I create watercolor still life paintings that are highly realistic. My palette is bold and bright, and I delight in creating objects that are shiny, reflective, colorful, and difficult. Some of my contemporaries "own" certain subjects such as Ball jars, peonies, or musical instruments. In my quest to find original subject matter, I've ventured into antique jewelry, marbles, candy, and glass gems. I like to create intriguing juxtapositions within my paintings. Occasionally the arrangements of my objects help me tell stories.
My paintings can take anywhere from two weeks to two months to complete. My approach to painting is meticulous and time-consuming, and I think this helps my viewers understand how important my subjects are to me. If items as mundane as marbles on a piece of foil are worthy of my extended, intense study, then maybe everything my audience encounters in their daily lives deserves a second look.
Kelly Eddington was born in west-central Illinois and received a B.A. in painting and drawing from Western Illinois University and an M.A. in art education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was an art teacher for seventeen years before deciding to pursue painting full-time in 2010. "I have never seen watercolors with the technical mastery Kelly Eddington commands. There is also so much heart and such an embrace of color," said film critic Roger Ebert, one of Kelly's earliest fans.
"I have always tried to take watercolor as far as it can go. Hearing my viewers say, 'THAT'S a watercolor?' always makes me smile," she says. Kelly has a YouTube channel called Kelly Eddington Watercolors, where she demonstrates watercolor techniques and narrates her painting process. The channel has over 210,000 subscribers and nearly 13 million views.
Art paper giant Strathmore produced two pads of watercolor paper with step-by-step instructional material and exclusive videos by Kelly in 2016. Part of Strathmore's Learning Series, Learn to Paint Watercolor Flowers and Learn to Paint Watercolor Basics are designed for people who are new to watercolor and want to learn more, and you can read about them here.
Kelly's award-winning paintings are in private and public collections throughout the world, and she has shown her work in numerous one-person shows regionally and in China, Brussels, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Two of her U2 paintings are part of the Little Museum of Dublin’s permanent collection. She is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Missouri Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, and the Global Association of Watercolor Artists. Kelly lives with her husband Jeff and their two cats in northeast Missouri.
"I have never seen watercolors with the technical mastery Kelly Eddington commands. There is also so much heart and such an embrace of color." -- Roger Ebert
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