Friday, April 29, 2011

"Chalk Talk #Two" , (Oil painting #70)




 "CHALK TALK 2"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
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Here is my little artist subject again drawing away at the tennis match. Her little poses while creating on concrete made for some interesting compostions. It reminds me of my early beginnings in art. A budding artist here, perhaps?
This little girl, by coincidence, also appears in one of my commissioned caricatures. She is the little ballerina in this drawing of the Casel family. 


 
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Chalk Talk 1"




"Chalk Talk 1"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
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"CHALK TALK 1"
Whilst at my son's tennis match, I couldn't take my eyes off this young artist with her chalks and accompanying blue shadow.  The chalk lines provided some interesting challenges within the light and shade.
Enjoy! Eileen

    
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Waiting For Your Call"



 "Waiting For Your Call"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting

Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
"SURPRISE!"
This painting was for this week's entry in the Daily Paintworks Painting Challenge. It's fun to see how other artists interpret the same subject matter. My palette is getting more unified as I have limited it to 3 colors and white. I'm still working on freeing up those brushstrokes.
   
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

"The Number Fifteen Ball"





"The Number Fifteen Ball"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting

Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 
Here is the last, howbeit delayed, of the Billiard Ball Series, featured with a German beer bottle and an cigar box on it's side.This was selected because of the shape repetition  provided by the label as well as the wonderful rich color of the bottle.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"She Rules The Roost"



Original acrylic painting on canvas 6"X8"
"She Rules The Roost"

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This is my submission to the Daily Paintworks "Chicken Challenge". The challenges change weekly and, as the point of this blog is to challenge myself and hopefully others--I am not "chicken" to take on a new one.
It occurred to me while painting this, that the crest or comb on her head rather resembles a crown-thus the title.  
Whatever you do in life, try to challenge yourself. Sometimes things can turn out really well through perseverance.
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." Thomas Paine 

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

"First Holy Communion, Portrait"




 
 Commissioned Art Work
"First Holy Communion, Portrait"

I received this wonderful email from a client who had commissioned a portrait of her daughter 2 years ago. She had an old photo of her daughter's first communion, but was dissatisfied with the setting and formality. She was kind enough to send me a photo of it, framed. Here is what she wrote:

"(Eileen McCoy)... (painted) this portrait of my daughter from a photo.  So Lovely!! ... 
(I) saw (Eileen) on KC etsy and decided it was time.  
It hangs in my hearth room and I look at it every day--a wonderful keepsake.
Thank you, Jeanine

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

"Reflections of the American Diet"



"Reflections of the American Diet"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
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Diet Pepsi and fruit..part of the American Diet. Artistically, a study in shape repetition, color and value contrasts and surface reflections. 
Happy healthy eating! 







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Friday, April 8, 2011

"Waikiki Shell Collector"





"Waikiki Shell Collector"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
HAWAII SERIES 
More paintings from Hawaii...I'll continue to explore the Hawaii themes as my painting develops..or until I run out of reference material. (A good excuse to return) I love the blues in this painting and then the sudden hit of red in the figure to balance it all out. There's a feeling of solitude and peace in this painting that I enjoy.



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Thursday, April 7, 2011

"The Plaza Shopper" Original painting #60






"The Plaza Shopper"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
 Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
The Plaza Shopper
Don't you just know that she carries this recycled "Green" shopping bag everywhere?
There must have been a grand sale at Macy's that got her racing to that next bargain. 

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Work Boots"






"Work Boots"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting 
Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
Shoes just have so much personality.  I mean, there it is-a thousand words you could conjure up about the owner of these shoes. A neighbor came by to say hello and I said "hold it right there" and ran for the camera. So this one was done from a photograph- but painting from life helps an artist to incorporate a more painterly approach to these subjects from photos. I am using less white and an even more limited palette.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"TULIPS"






"TULIPS"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
SPRINGTIME TULIPS
My daughter received this beautiful bouquet of tulips and I couldn't resist. The liveliness of the bouquet, the soft shadows, and the tall stems inspired me. I struggled a bit, but quickly figured out that I needed to break up the stiff stems with color variations to avoid redundancy. Depth was implied by the broken, faded colors on the rear flowers; the foreground being more defined. Spring has sprung!


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Monday, April 4, 2011

"The Number Fourteen Ball" with Corn Cob Pipe







"The Number Fourteen Ball (with corn cob pipe)"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting

Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 
The colors in this one made it just plain fun to paint-so did the corn cob pipe. No one can be serious with a corn cob pipe involved. Anyway, here is number "14" in the series. One more to go and then the insipid cue ball--what to do with this plain, white ball?  We shall see...

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

"The Number Thirteen Ball" with Leopard Shoes







"The Number Thirteen Ball (with leopard shoes)"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
 Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 
Inspired by my daughter's leopard slipper shoes, the thirteen ball turned out to be the most fun so far. I started layering lighter colors over darker one's after blocking in all of the shadow areas. There's much more freedom in the brush strokes and fun with the colors. The number "13" gets such a bad rap--I wanted to avoid any cliches and make it fun. Typically, I start with the game ball's color and work out the setting from there. It shows that I had a delightful time. Whadda think?

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

"The Number Twelve Ball" with pocket watch








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

The shape of the pocket watch mimicked the billiard ball--I also enjoyed the challenge of painting the watch face without getting caught up in the small numbers. Unless you're creating graphic designs, it's important to avoid the pasted look.
According to the New York Times, pocket watches are making a come-back. Now we can use that little pocket on our Levi jeans.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/fashion/17iht-acawpocket17.html
  Enjoy,  Eileen McCoy- Kansas City Artist & Caricature Artist     
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Friday, April 1, 2011

"The Number Eleven Ball"


"The Number Eleven Ball"/ Original 6"X8" oil painting on canvas panel


Note: The watermark does not appear on the original painting
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BILLIARD POOL BALL SERIES 
The pedestal idea was getting a bit redundant, so I began to use a rubber washer underneath to keep the ball from rolling away. Some painting tips:  Bouncing a  daylight blue stage light off of the top of the still life box deepens the blue shadows. I avoid "pasting" the numbers on the balls by adjusting the color of them in relationship to the direction of the light. Being aware of soft and hard edges is key to pulling the viewer's eye in and out of the picture plane.

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