Kelly Eddington, BA 1991, Shows Watercolors

Kelly Eddington's recent work includes this watercolor of a girl enjoying a book collection. Eddington's paintings are currently on display in the First State LaHarpe lobby.

Kelly Eddington's recent work includes this watercolor of a girl enjoying a book collection. Eddington's paintings are currently on display in the First State LaHarpe lobby.

From the Hancock County Journal Pilot online:

LaHarpe artist’s work on display at First State Bank in LaHarpe
By Joy Swearingen, managing editor
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 9:52 AM CDT

Kelly Eddington, a LaHarpe native, WIU alum and watercolor artist, is displaying her art works at the First State LaHarpe lobby. They are on display to the public during bank hours starting Monday.

This show has been featured recently at Culver Stockton College Art Gallery. The pieces to be displayed may include Kelly’s incredible portraits, true-to-life florals and vibrant scenes from Burano, Italy.

“Ever since I was a child messing around with a terrible paint set from K-mart, I have been obsessed with controlling pigment suspended in water. Now I paint with divine, hand-made watercolors from Holland along with brushes ranging from high-end to dirt cheap, but the obsession remains,” tells Eddington on her webpage, kellyeddington.com.

She creates large, highly realistic portraits, still lifes, florals and occasional landscapes using the “unpredictable, unstable and unforgiving” medium of watercolors.

“I have always tried to take watercolor as far as it can go, and as a result my work resembles oil paintings in terms of color richness and detail. Hearing my viewers say, ‘That’s a watercolor’ always makes me smile,” she said.

Her most recent work is a series of people and their collections, especially their books.

Read more. Or visit Kelly’s website.

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