Eileen McKenna Art & Design

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Swimming. A Creative Muse

Swim Meet
The competitive swim season ended a few weeks ago. With only a week left in summer, we will probably visit the town pool only once or twice more. The pool and swimming has been a source of creative inspiration for me for the past few years.

This summer I designed fabrics in the swimming/pool theme:
Pool themed fabric designs - Swimming Laps, Pool Tiles, Goggles. Fabrics for all the swimmers!
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and did two paintings:
Watercolor Swim Race by Eileen McKenna.
Swim meet warm ups. Painting swimming pools in watercolor.

Here are other swim inspired pieces from previous years:

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The last item in the slideshow (the “Vets” cards with goggles) was the first time I added ink to a watercolor. It was a turning point for me and has become something I do often.

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Painting swimmers

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A few years ago, inspired by the swimmers during warm ups at a swim meet, I created the watercolor painting below. I loved the perspective of the painting, but always wanted to create another version with richer more saturated colors. And I did – see my steps below. You can order the new Swimmers print on canvas, paper, acrylic, and more on Zazzle – just click here!

Swimming Laps watercolor painting

As I started, I taped off the edges with thick painter’s tape, to create a white border. First I painting the swimmers, so I could add blue (water) over parts of them, so those parts looked like they were underwater.

Process for painting swimming pool in watercolor

When the swimmers were completely dry I painted the blue pool water. I marked where the swimming lanes would be and tried to keep the blue in these areas lighter.

Process for painting swimming pool in watercolor

I painted the swimming lines next using a flat brush and red watercolor paint and white gouache.

Swimming Laps. Painting swimming pools in watercolor.

I added more blue to darken the water in spots and added white gouache around the swimmers for splash.

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I love how it came out. The richer colors make such a difference. Makes me want to dive right in! The perfect painting for the swimmer in your life and you can now order the new Swimmers print on canvas, paper, acrylic, and more on Zazzle – just click here to visit my Zazzle shop!

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