Monday, October 31, 2011

"A Bouquet of Newly-Sharpened Pencils"

  Daily Painting #121/"A Bouquet of Newly Sharpened Pencils"/Original acrylic painting on canvas 8"X10"

   Before I had children, I used to keep freshly sharpened pencils on every desk and table top "just in case". I love to draw with a newly sharpened pencil point! It was about 20 years ago,when the boy's were little, that I surrendered my habit upon discovering, in my horror, smartly- snapped pencil missiles amidst piles of blocks and legos.  I was even more terrorized when I first found one of my cherished number six drawing pencils in the rubble. Like a kindergartener on the first day of school, I began to guard my precious pencil case. 

My favorite quote from the movie "You've Got Mail" :
"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."  

 Enjoy, Eileen      
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Monday, October 24, 2011

"The Artist's Studio Kit"

 "The Artist's Studio Kit"/ #120/Original oil painting on gessoed panel 6"X8"
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Persistence Pays:  This painting session began with an apple still life. It wasn't until I scraped off 2 finished paintings, that I realized that if I was not excited about it, no one else would be.
Fearlessly, I wiped away the first 2 hours of work; then, with yet greater abandon, wiped away the second 2 hours of work. I set up an "apple-less" still life and arrived at this final painting in the wee hours of the night.

Encouragement for young artists:   If I could give encouragement for any young inspiring artist, it would be to fearlessly abandon a painting that is not working and faithfully attempt to reach the height of your abilities (which vary from day to day). 
How to decide what to paint?: Recently, I was interviewed for a TV broadcast, and one of the interviewer's questions was, as she pondered my paintings:  "What is there left to paint?"  I had never considered the question because, in my mind, an artist has an unlimited resource of subject matter. I could only think of the unending repertoire of painting ideas in my notebooks and on my computer.
Why the matches?:  (To burn the bad paintings? Ha, No.) I keep them around to loosen lids, light candles, and sometimes to sign paintings with the blunt end of the match. 
Also, they shape of the match sticks rather mimicked the brush bristles, and the color of the box complemented the rest of the composition. 

A sixth sense:  I think that the more you paint, the more you develop an instinct and eventually don't have to over think the matters of why something isn't working. You just know. Is it working?  Do most of you artists have a sense of when to abandon a painting and move on to something else? I sure do. I may not know immediately why a painting isn't working, but, eventually time will reveal the cause.

 Enjoy, Eileen      
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Press Release: One Woman Art Show, Liberty, Missouri

"Local Color" now at City Hall
A new exhibit by Eileen McCoy, now at Liberty City Hall, features original oil paintings of recognizable places and still life paintings created in her Liberty, Missouri studio.
Original Acrylic Painting "Hype Shoes" 16"X20"

Several local oil  paintings of the Country Club Plaza, Martha Lafite Nature Sanctuary, & more.
Exhibit features some paintings from the daily painting blog, including a portrait of Congressman Sam Graves.

"Local Color" now at City Hall

"Local Color" now at City Hall
A new exhibit by Eileen McCoy, now at Liberty City Hall, features original oil paintings of recognizable places and still life paintings created in her Liberty studio.

McCoy is a lifelong visual artist, who draws portraits and paints landscapes and still life subjects. She draws the crowds, quite literally, through her caricature drawings at special events throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. She is a member of a global community of artists who paint and publish daily paintings online for show and sale, and recently completed her 100th daily painting.

This exhibit of "Local Color" can be seen at Liberty City Hall during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will run through the end of December.

For more information about Eileen McCoy or to see more artwork visit her website.

  Enjoy, Eileen      
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

"DRAWING OF THE WEEK": An Italian Named Nick

3-minute rapid party drawing- Live trade show entertainment
Another satisfied customer!

Trade Show Booth Entertainment

One of the benefits of providing live caricature art entertainment at events is that I get to vicariously travel the world by drawing the people thereof. This young man named "Nick" was here from Italy enjoying a trade show in Kansas City. 

 Enjoy, Eileen      
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Monday, October 17, 2011

"The Three Bees"

  Daily Painting #119/"The Three Bees"/Original oil painting on panel 8"X8"

Whilst perusing a box of old photos, I came across this one of my mom (on the right) with her sister and her mom (left). It was a classic short from the 70's taken during the relative's visit here in front of the Mighty Missouri River. What a classic! What attracted me was the composition of the trio (after cropping), the contrasts of lights and darks (not to mention that awesome hit of red), and the dance of the sun upon their 1970's quintessential attire.

"A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need." Proverbs 17:17

    Enjoy! Eileen      
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Friday, October 14, 2011

"Every Good Gift"

Painting #118/ "Every Good Gift"/ 8"X8" contemporary oil painting

   Part of the joy of painting, is really studying nature. As is before my eyes, the green pears from yesterday, turned into these yellow pears today. Nevertheless, they were suitable for a fine still life painting and it was fun to witness the transformation.

I've been using a new painting surface that I really enjoy. It enables me to apply my paint thicker and to drag some dry brush effects over the textured surface.

 Enjoy, Eileen  

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17     
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

"Two Are Better Than One"

Daily Painting #117/"Two Are Better Than One"/Original oil painting on panel 6"X8"

    This week, you shall be taken on an exploration of the color "green". I am exploring the vast palette of the warm, cool and dark side of the color green. As I do, I'll share some "painting tips" that each painting provides.

The key to getting good, clean colors is: use less white to mix colors. Also keep the painting lively through the use of broken color; contrast bits of warm and cool but keep the values relatively close. With so much green, you have got to vary things by adding touches of orange, red and warm yellows. Be sure the painting can bear the level of intense color you apply.

 Enjoy, Eileen  

"Two are better than one...for if one falls, his friend can help him up..." 
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011


"Keystone Tourists"/8"X8"/Original Oil on gessoed panel

  Daily Painting #116/"KEYSTONE TOURISTS"/Original oil painting on panel 8"X8"
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This pair of delightful tourists were discovered at Colorado's festival:  Taste of Keystone in Summit County, Colorado. Only an artist would ask some complete strangers to pose for them! Anyway, I hope they follow up to enjoy this painting of themselves.I was attracted not only to the marvelous apparel, but the strong contrasts and the shapes surrounding the subjects.
A hearty hello goes out to Kelly Jones of KCTV 5  who has a gift for helping her "interviewees" feel so relaxed and welcomed. I was honored to be chosen for an interview.
  Enjoy, Eileen      
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Monday, October 3, 2011

"Quite A Pear"

  Daily Painting #115/"QUITE A PEAR"/Original oil painting on panel 8"X10

Here you go...another play-upon-words title. I cannot resist.
It is so nice to be back in the routine of studio painting. I have drawn over 330 happy faces in the last week. Whew! So, in celebration of the studio return, I give you this pair of pears. This one is on a larger scale than the other daily paintings. I am challenging myself to experiment with different colors, compositions and subject matter. Also, it is great for a painter to alternate between working from photos and from life. This lively oil painting of pears is painted from life. This original painting features palette mixtures of green, purple and blue with just enough red to make it dangerous.

    Enjoy, Eileen      
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Sunday, October 2, 2011



   Enthusiastic personalities make for the best caricature drawings. This lively gal had a contagiously admirable joy about her! I feel so blessed to have the privilege of drawing so many people.

Enjoy, Eileen      
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