It’s hard to commit to a daily painting challenge

It’s hard to commit to a daily painting challenge but every time I do, and stick with it, I’m always happy with the results. The first few times I did my Christmas countdown (daily watercolor illustrations counting down to Christmas) I followed prompts. Last year and this year, I’ve allowed myself the freedom to paintContinue reading “It’s hard to commit to a daily painting challenge”

Illustrated Map Making

I’m over a third of the way through my #the100dayproject – illustrated map making. If you are thinking about making a map, here are some of the things I’ve learned: Decide ahead of time the theme or point of view of the map. For example, is it a map of food destinations, tourist spots, localContinue reading “Illustrated Map Making”

Painting my favorite candy – Dots

Uppercase Magazine – a favorite creative magazine of mine – recently had a call for submissions of artwork of your favorite packaging. I of course picked one of my favorite childhood candies, DOTS, to paint. (And Yes, I ate all the DOTS.) One of my goals this year is to get my artwork “out there.”Continue reading “Painting my favorite candy – Dots”

Christmas Countdown Day 22/25 – Bells

Paint/draw along with me! Want a dose of creative inspiration? Sign up for my newsletter “My Creative Collection” by clicking here. Learn more here. Have you visited my online shop? Prints of my seascapes are available on watercolor paper or canvas, in many sizes including the new “mini” canvas 11″ x 14″ at shop.eileenmckenna.com. Take a peek!Continue reading “Christmas Countdown Day 22/25 – Bells”

Creating an Animation from your Illustration

I’ve been animating my illustrations lately and thought I’d share how I do it. My technique is similar to stop motion – I save an image for each point of movement in the animation. Then I put the images together in iMovie. When the time between frames (or images) is the right speed, it appearsContinue reading “Creating an Animation from your Illustration”

Christmas Countdown Day 1/25

Paint/draw along with me! Want a dose of creative inspiration? Sign up for my newsletter “My Creative Collection” by clicking here. Learn more here. Have you visited my online shop? Prints of my seascapes are available on watercolor paper or canvas, in many sizes including the new “mini” canvas 11″ x 14″ at shop.eileenmckenna.com. Take a peek!Continue reading “Christmas Countdown Day 1/25”

Creative Christmas countdown 2017

Last year I had a lot of fun drawing and painting every day to countdown until Christmas. I even uploaded some of my illustrations as ornament designs. See them all at http://www.zazzle.com/eileen_mckenna. I’ve decided to challenge myself again this year. The prompts are the same – it will be interesting to see how the sameContinue reading “Creative Christmas countdown 2017”

2016 – My creative year in review

As this year wraps up, what I’m most proud of is not a particular painting or illustration but that after some ups and downs, I’m finishing the year strong. I completed daily challenges in October (InkTober), November (World Watercolor Group’s food prompts), and December (my own Christmas countdown). Oh and I’m also proud of my Nutcracker pin!Continue reading “2016 – My creative year in review”

Merry Christmas

Hope everyone is having a very merry Christmas! 🎄🌟😀 – Eileen Day 25 . The countdown is complete. Day 24 was just a quick ink sketch of an angel. Christmas Eve is a busy day. Some of my favorites from the countdown. Which was your favorite?

Mrs. Claus

Day 21 in the Christmas countdown. She’s the woman behind the man in the red suit. I suspect she deserves a lot more credit than she gets. 😂 My childhood favorite Christmas movie is “The Year without a Santa Claus.” Mrs. Claus has a big role in this movie, as well as Mother Nature. MotherContinue reading “Mrs. Claus”