Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kinsman Civil War Monument, Fairview Cemetery - Council Bluffs, IA

Another monument in Fairview Cemetery, Council Bluffs, IA is the Kinsman Monument, a Civil War memorial in honor of Colonel William Kinsman who was the commanding officer of the 23rd Iowa Volunteer infantry regiment.  More information about it's history can be found HERE.  

I have lived in this area most of my life and was not aware of this until just a few years ago.  The monument is surrounded by actual Civil War canons.  Many other Civil War veterans are also buried around this monument.  

The cemetery itself is one of the oldest in Council Bluffs and full of history.

Kinsman Civil War Monument - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Carnegie Library Watercolor Painting - Council Bluffs, IA

A landmark in downtown Council Bluffs, IA is this Carnegie Building.  This Carnegie Library opened September 12, 1905.  It served as the public library until 1998 after which time it became the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.  It was the largest of 17 Carnegie Libraries in Iowa designed by Patton and Miller.   If you are interested you can read more about the Carnegie Libraries in Iowa project HERE.

Carnegie Library Painting - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Black Angel - A Council Bluffs Legend

I started a series of artwork centered around historic buildings and landmarks in Council Bluffs, IA where we have lived for many years.  One of these is a painting of the Black Angel which appeared in dreams of Mrs. Ruth Anne Dodge, wife of Civil War legend General Grenville Dodge, just before her death.  The statue stands on the edge of Fairview Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Council Bluffs.  Read more about the Black Angel HERE.

Black Angel Painting - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Biloxi Shore Watercolor Painting

When traveling through Mississippi recently we decided to spend the night just outside of Biloxi.  Since we had some spare time after dinner we decided to drive along the shore.  This is a scene we happened upon.  It was so peaceful.  I wanted to capture that feeling of calm the fisherman in his boat seemed to be enjoying in solitude.  If I were him I don't think I would even care if I caught anything.

Biloxi Shores completed painting - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art

Later, painting from photographs I knew I wanted to express the calmness and serenity I witnessed.  I also felt it was the perfect opportunity to experiment with the sky so I did some research and then did some quick color studies.  As you can see in the final painting above I went more with the blue version.  Blue is a very calming color but also a cool color so I added colors to warm the painting and to give the sense of the sun setting at the end of a busy day.

Experimenting with atmosphere before completing Biloxi Shores

This painting has been sold and found a happy home in Florida.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Day on the Beach at Pine Point in Scarborough, Maine

While attending a family reunion in Portland, Maine the family gathered for dinner at a restaurant in Scarborough followed by a leisurely walk along the nearby beach at Pine Point.  I was fascinated with the beautiful sandy beach and the wonderful reflections in the wet sand.  One of the younger relatives appeared to be in her own little world as she walked in the sand.  I couldn't resist painting this moment in time.

Pine Point Beach, Maine - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art

Below is the photo I took capturing her enjoyment.  I could have stayed there all evening.  It was such a beautiful place.  I hope to go back there some day.  I will probably paint this image more than once too, experimenting with different approaches.

Friday, February 24, 2017

February Challenge - Watercolor Landscape

This is a landscape painting I finished recently.  I experimented a bit by laying down the yellow and some blue in the background.  I wanted the sunshine to come through the trees.  The painting was done on a Whitmore Rough Watercolor block.  The weight is 140 lb and I normally work on 300 lb.  The size is 12" h x 16" w.

Painting - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art

Below is the beautiful photograph which was provided by Patricia Allingham Carlson for a challenge on one of my Facebook art groups.  It is really fun to see so many share their interpretation of the same photo.  It is also a learning experience.  Hope you enjoy my version!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Lake Manawa Acrylic Painting

This is a commissioned painting I recently created.  My client lives on the shores of the local lake and wanted her view reproduced so if she moved she could take it with her.  They have a beautiful home and a beautiful view from that home.  It had been some time since I painted with anything other than watercolors so I did have to replace my aged acrylic paints with new, but I must admit that even though watercolors are my preferred medium it was refreshing to switch it up for a change.  It is a different way of thinking between watercolors and acrylics.  With watercolors I begin with very light colors, reserving the white of the paper for white areas.  With Acrylics I can begin with the base colors and work to either lighter or darker layers over the base.  I generally add the highlights/whites at the end.

Lake Manawa Painting - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art