Monday, February 28, 2011

"Em-pear-ess"


Back from Fruit Week! She's on the throne: "THE EM-PEAR-ESS" 
  The pears are in season. It seems that everyone is painting them. 
The shape is just so inviting and they always have these great stems
like an exclamation mark at the top.
The complementary contrast made for a great palette in this painting. 
The reflections give the painting light and life.
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Purple Shadows, Mountain View Road" #40


"Purple Shadows, Mountain View Road"// Original Oil Painting on Archival Canvas panel/ 8"X10
Colorado week: Pinnacle Peak/Steamboat Colorado area/ Original oil painting
      This original Plein Air oil painting was painted on location in an area just outside of Steamboat, Colorado. I was taken in by the golden, shimmering Aspen trees contrasted by the deep rich evergreens. The shadows on the road streamed across in purples and blues. 
Once again, Colorful Colorado lives up to it's name.
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Love On The Summit"




"Love On The Summit"// Original Oil Painting on Archival Canvas panel/ 6"X8"
Colorado Week: Swan Mountain Road Overlook/ Original oil painting
      This original oil painting was inspired by the Swan Mountain Road Overlook in Colorado. We visit here on each of our trips to Breckenridge, Colorado. I thought this inspiring vista demanded a romantic couple (who were not actually there then): not just for the "theme" but also to provide some scale to the picture. That's the wonderful part of painting--"It's your world" as the late Bob Ross would say.  The more you  paint, the more you'll  develop the courage to take some artistic liberties with your paintings.
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Monday, February 21, 2011

"Fishing On The Yampa River"

"Fishing On The Yampa River"// Original Oil Painting on  Archival Canvas panel/ 8"X10

Colorado week: Steamboat, Colorado Landscape painting/ Original oil painting
      This original Plein Air* oil painting was painted on location in Steamboat, Colorado.
It features a fisherman enjoying a sunlight morning on the beautiful Yampa River.
I had the pleasure of taking my paints to Colorado to capture some of the scenery there. 
It's helpful to vary one's subject matter to improve at painting. 
As I've been painting a lot of reflections in still life paintings, I find this is great practice for painting bodies of water.
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Sunday, February 20, 2011

"COLORADO HOME"-BRECKENRIDGE


"Colorado Home"// Original Oil Painting on  Archival Canvas panel/ 8"X10"
Colorado Week: Breckenridge/Summit County/ Original landscape oil painting
      This landscape painting features an inviting Colorado Home framed by Colorado wild flowers and Aspen trees. Dave and I have had the pleasure of staying here with friends a few times. It is very, very nice!  It wasn't until blogging this that I noticed the "color" in the word "Colorado". Mmm-where have I been?  It is definitely colorful. 
I thought some detailed shots below would help you see the brushwork a bit better.



DETAIL
DETAIL
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Slice of Life"


"Slice of Life// Original Oil Painting on  Archival Canvas panel/ 8"X10
Fruit week!: Apples and Plate/ Original oil painting
      The inspiration for this set-up came from another artist's teaching on composition. In an attempt to challenge myself, I set-up this still life in my studio and painted using his teaching as guidance. I wanted to be sure I was painting from the still life, not merely mimicking his style. It can really help trying to see the world through another artist's eyes.
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Friday, February 18, 2011

"Rolling Along"



"Rolling Along"// Original Oil Painting on  Archival Canvas panel/ 6"X8"
CLICK to PURCHASE
FRUIT WEEK?
      I guess I should have called this "Fruit Week" as I'm breaking out the fruit for still life paintings.This one was with a limited palette. The apples kept rolling away from the vase, thus the title. But also, that's what I am doing is rolling along with this huge project of daily painting and blogging. It's really helping to paint each day. I am getting more fluid with the brush strokes--and it's becoming less intimidating. I still have days where I scrape and start over again--but they are fewer and further between.  I have to muster up courage daily.
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"One Apple Up On Top" #34

"One Apple Up On Top", Original Oil Painting /Archival Canvas panel 6"X8"

Using a viewfinder and value scale
Lately, I've been experimenting with lighting and value changes within colors. Using an amber viewfinder and a value scale helps me gauge the values. Glare on web paint can obscure the colors.
There's quite a bit of color in this still life, so it was important to unify the subject matter. I did this by receding the objects into the background color.

   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Yer My Honey"


"Yer My Honey"// Original Oil Painting on  Canvas  8"X10"
Multiple paintings on one canvas
     Still experimenting with different ways of painting the same thing. Once again, I set a timer and attempted a semi-transparent subject. When the subject remains the same, you can then experiment by varying your brush strokes and the colors on your palette.  



Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"This Day is Bananas:B-A-N-A-N-A-S"


"This Day Is Bananas: B-A-N-A-N-A-S" 12"X16" Oil On Canvas

 In celebration of the 2010-11 tax season: I give you Bananas! 
I set this still life up, set a timer and painted away. It was great fun-and what a relief to have the 2010 taxes done.  I am thinking about going back to pencil and paper to do my taxes instead of using the software. Or maybe I should do the taxes in oil?

   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Monday, February 14, 2011

"Yellow Rose"


"Yellow Rose"/ medium size 9"X12" Original Oil Painting on panel
 This rose was painted from life in my good old stand-by Mason jar. There is something about the informality of the jar-as opposed to a vase-that appeals to me. The swirling reflections in the glass were a delight to study. This daily painting has me seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. 
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Sunday, February 13, 2011

"Happy Valentine's Day" #30



SOLD
"Happy Valentine's Day"/small original oil painting/6"X8"
   
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Caricature Art Entertainment at Grand Opening of Hy-Vee

Who can resist this face?!

A happy Camper!

Dustin Hoffman?


Kansas City Caricature Artist Eileen D. McCoy
 I just thought some of you might enjoy seeing some of the happy faces I've had the pleasure to meet this week. Here are just 3 of about 200 faces I drew at weekend events. It's amazing what you can learn about another person in just 3 minutes! If you like to draw, try taking a sketch book with you to get in some practice. Drawing really helps your observational skills which, in the end, will make you a better painter. It's like I tell the amazed children who watch the drawings develop: practice practice! 
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Monday, February 7, 2011

"TIME'S UP!" #28



 "Time's Up"/ Original oil painting/8"X8"
      Yet another painting challenge from colleague, Carol Marine,daily painter.  
The idea here was to set a timer, divide your canvas into 4 or more sections with a 
10- minute time limit on each section and then stop (Yes, I did. No cheating, I promise). The real challenge was deciding what to paint. With a myriad of still life objects at hand, and a timer in the other hand, the proverbial light bulb went off: 
"Why not paint the timer?"
This turned out to be lots of fun--my brushstrokes got more fluid and colors more precise.
Thanks to my wonderful husband, David, for the concise title! 
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist

Saturday, February 5, 2011

"THE HONEYMOONERS IMPERIAL" #29

"The Honeymooners Imperial/ Original Oil Painting on  Archival Canvas board/ 8"X8

Carol Marine Painting Challenge: Vintage Car/ Original oil painting
      This original oil painting was painted in response to a daily painting challenge by fellow artist, Carol Marine. She had taken a photo of this classic car and posted a challenge. As a painter of people, I could not resist adding this newlywed couple to the classic vintage car. They just belonged here. It was fun and it really put my painting skills to the test. 
Enjoy! Eileen
   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist