Thursday, March 31, 2011

"The Number Ten Ball" with hunting knife


"The Number Ten Ball"/ Original 6"X8" Oil painting on archival canvas panel
 Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 
Okay, so what's a hunting knife got to do with billiards--and fruit? Think like a painter: It's all about the shapes, colors,reflected light and check out that nice blue shadow! I am beginning to see a real change in my work and in my approach. If you like painting, then practice and study. If you like hunting, check out this website: http://www.realitydrivenpursuits.com/team-rdp/

  Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist & Caricature Artist     
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"The Number Nine Ball"



"The Number Nine Ball"/ Original Oil Painting on Canvas/6"X8"
Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 
This painting explores the theme of soft lighting and transparency as well as foreground and background objects. I have thoroughly enjoyed this numbered ball series as each one presents a different challenge. What do you think? Feel free to comment. Thanks!

  Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist & Caricature Artist     
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

"The Number Eight Ball"







"The Number Eight Ball"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 
Instead of being "Behind the Eight Ball" the red rose is in front of it. The expression "behind the eight ball" generally indicates being in trouble, or in a weak or losing position. And what kid from the 60's didn't own one of those magic eight ball toys?  Ever wondered about the 8 ball toy construction?
These guys actually dissected one of them to get to the bottom of the mysterious iconic toy and warn "don't try this at home"!:
http://8ball.ofb.net/procedure.html
  Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist & Caricature Artist      SEE MORE ART BY EILEEN:      PAINTING BLOG: WWW.EILEENMCCOY.BLOGSPOT.COM

Friday, March 25, 2011

"The Number Seven Ball" #50



 "The Number Seven Ball"/ 6"X8"/ Oil painting on canvas 
Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 
The seventh in the series of billiard balls. Composition: The tilt of the ball was intentional as I didn't want it just staring at the viewer to avoid a sort of "alien-staring-at-you" affect and offers some motion. The shadow brings the viewer in, up the pedestal, around the ball and down.

BONUS GRINS:
Our son, Lincoln, impersonating Jim Carey's Ace Ventura:






 Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist & Caricature Artist     
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"The Number Six Ball"




 
"The Number Six Ball"/Original Oil Painting by Eileen McCoy/6"X8"

 Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
 To add variety and explore more painted shapes and colors, I challenge myself with ever-changing set-ups. This one features a necklace (sent to me by my beloved friend, Irmgard, in Germany) with beautiful colors that presented several challenges. The subject trailed in and out of the light and offered some wonderful reflections in the lower box as well as on the still life base. I am training myself with a more limited palette of colors and the focus is more on value and less on color. There is a famous quote "value does all of the work, but color gets the credit" (unknown source). Too often artists get caught up in color and forget the importance of value. Artist Phil Starke who I have studied with, has always taught to worry less about color, just get the values right. It is so true!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

"The Number Five Ball"


"THE NUMBER FIVE BALL"/Billiard Series/6"X8" original oil painting by Eileen McCoy
 Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
I decided to take this pool ball on vacation by painting in a landscape in the background. Perhaps, subconsciously, I was thinking of the wonderful vacations our family of 5 has taken. I really like the brushwork on this.  Also, I have been experimenting with palette color changes. Again, a simple setup--with a focus on the complementary color contrasts: orange and blue. Perhaps I should have called this "Rising Sun""?

"As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us."

Psalm 103:12 


Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist & Caricature Artist     
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

"The Number Four Ball"



"The Number Four Ball"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
 Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
 BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 

These pool balls roll, so the first objective I have is to incorporate some sort of pedestal to keep them in place. I have this water atomizer in my studio which I use to spritz watercolor painting. It held the ball well, but gave it sort of a strange alien shape. To combat this, I used the shape of the pliers; the lines of which balance things out. The yellow/orange color of the handles balances out all of the blue too. Simplicity, that's the goal. Life is complicated enough, eh?
Stay tuned for more painting fun... Oh, I really liked some of the bronze colors that emerged on my palette.
 Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist & Caricature Artist   
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Friday, March 18, 2011

"The Number Three Ball"






Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 


The goal here was to explore values, reflections, and highlights using red. For the background,  I kept it simple with just fabric folds.

 
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! ...Though one may be overpowered two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken 
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). 
  Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist & Caricature Artist   
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

"The Number Two Ball"




"The Number Two Ball"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 
I set up these billiard pool ball still life scenes each day and try not to get to complicated with cliches about the numbers.When setting these up, I have a still life box with
a controlled lighting setup. I chose the pool balls for their shape and varied color.
So things don't get boring, I vary the backgrounds with "shapes", and with not a lot of concern over deeper meanings. Read into each one what you will: Two shapes (in this case, shoes), a number two ball-all pretty simple.
As I line up the series, I can see my work changing, which is why I keep plugging away in spite of the incessant battle with discouragement.  This blog keeps me going.
I am already up to the 13 ball, so look for more to come. Each one is very different.


"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! ...Though one may be overpowered two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken 
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

A special thanks to David, my husband, who makes each day better than the last one.

And a shout out to Debra P. & Sherlyn O. for your encouragement.



Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist & Caricature Artist 

 
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Monday, March 14, 2011

"The Number One Ball"


"The Number One Ball"// Original Oil Painting on Archival Canvas panel/ 6"X8"
Please note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting. 

Billiard Pool Ball series
     I began this painting blog as a way to keep my focus and improve my painting skills.
Through reading, studying, and experimentation, I hope to become a better painter. 
Presently, I am focusing on improving my ability to see value changes while working
on a more spontaneous approach with my brushstrokes.

For the last 2 weeks, I've been working on a series of Billard Pool balls in chronological order. The attraction of painting these was to explore value changes on a basic round shape. The assorted colors of these balls enables me to explore value changes with each color as well. 


In "The Number One Ball" I have added an amber colored pedestal to explore translucent colors and highlights.

   
Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Fine Artist and Caricature Artist   

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

"Yampa River View, Colorado"

 



Colorado Plein Air Landscape// Original Oil Painting on  Archival Canvas panel/ 8"X10"

Colorado week: Yampa River View, Colorado landscape/ Original oil painting
      This original Plein Air oil painting was painted on location in Steamboat ,Colorado where we stayed in a tent along the river and woke up to snow one September morning.
I loved the palette on this one--which I made certain to limit. The scene was so lively and busy enough that too much jumping about with colors would only add confusion. The limited palette seemed to hold things together amidst all the texture and lively brush strokes.

Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist