How to Paint the Ocean with Watercolor and Gouache

The beach has been the backdrop of my life. It’s where I was born and raised, played, worked as a lifeguard…and now enjoy summer days with my family. I spend a lot of time learning and practicing capturing the ocean in watercolor. Download the full  “Waterscape Seascape Painting Tutorial,” in my Etsy shop. How to PaintContinue reading “How to Paint the Ocean with Watercolor and Gouache”

Creative Holiday Gifts for budgets big and small

If you are looking for a creative gift, browse my ornament designs at http://www.zazzle.com/eileen_mckenna. Want to make a bigger impact? Canvas prints make a great gift! Browse the available paintings at shop.eileenmckenna.com. How about some wearable holiday spirit? Give an enamel Nutcracker Pin!   Currently shipping only in the continental U.S. Get creative with your gift wrap!Continue reading “Creative Holiday Gifts for budgets big and small”

Surf Collection

Surf Camp is the third collection of watercolor paintings I’ve released as Limited Edition Giclee Art Prints in my online shop. While my previous paintings featured bright blue skies, for these two paintings I had the pleasure of painting dark cloudy skies.

The Green Collection

I’ve added six new paintings to my online shop! Four of the paintings are “The Green Collection.” You may remember that in August I launched my shop with “The Blue Collection.” Grouping the paintings by the color of the ocean made perfect sense to me when the giclee printer suggested it. Something that has alwaysContinue reading “The Green Collection”

Side Surfer

I primarily paint from my own photos. It’s nice to incorporate that into the process of a painting – capturing a moment that strikes me and later painting it. This painting is from a photo I took at my hometown beach of Long Beach, NY. It’s taken from the angle of one set of jetties,Continue reading “Side Surfer”

Blue Wave #11

This painting was a break through for me. It was the first painting where I used white gouache – more opaque than watercolor paint – to paint the foam and spray. Before this I relied on the white of the paper for those areas. Using gouache allowed me to create more depth in the foam and waves.Continue reading “Blue Wave #11”

Waiting

This watercolor was painted at the beginning of my “painting the beach” project, in early January. The painting is based on a photo I took on New Year’s Day. You can tell it’s a cold day because the surfer – who is just noticeable – is all in black, in a wetsuit and cap. HeContinue reading “Waiting”

Limited Edition Giclee Art Prints will be available when my new online shop launches in 10 days!

Very excited to announce that finally…Art Prints will be available when my new online shop launches in 10 days – on August 14th! It has been exciting preparing for the launch. From choosing which pieces will be part of the first collection – I enlisted my family and neighbors to help pick! To working oneContinue reading “Limited Edition Giclee Art Prints will be available when my new online shop launches in 10 days!”

Capturing the Ocean in Watercolor

I’ve aspired to capture the ocean in watercolor for years. In December I made “painting the beach” my New Year’s project. The snow was falling outside, but I was inside painting waves. With each painting I learned and improved. Some of my firsts in early January. I watched a few YouTube videos and learned fromContinue reading “Capturing the Ocean in Watercolor”