Kelly Eddington was a high school art teacher for seventeen years before deciding to pursue painting full-time in 2010. She specializes in highly detailed portraits and still life. She demonstrates watercolor techniques and narrates her painting process on her YouTube channel, Kelly Eddington Watercolors. The channel has over 220,000 subscribers and over 14 million views.
Strathmore produced two pads of watercolor paper with step-by-step instructional material and exclusive videos by Kelly in 2016. Part of Strathmore’s Learning Series, Learn to Paint Watercolor Flowers and Learn to Paint Watercolor Basics are designed for people who are new to watercolor.
Kelly’s paintings are in private and public collections throughout the world, and she has shown her work in numerous one-person shows regionally and in China, Belgium, Ireland, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. She lives with her husband Jeff in northeast Missouri.
I create watercolor still life paintings that are highly realistic. My palette is bold and bright, and I delight in creating objects that are shiny, reflective, colorful, and difficult. I like to create intriguing juxtapositions within my paintings. Occasionally the arrangements of my objects help me tell stories.
My paintings can take anywhere from two weeks to two months to complete. My approach to painting is meticulous and time-consuming, and I think this helps my viewers understand how important my subjects are to me. If items as mundane as marbles on a piece of foil are worthy of my extended, intense study, then maybe everything my audience encounters in their daily lives deserves a second look.