Oregon in watercolors
Edna Kennel's landscape paintings on view at the Sandy Library
The transparent glow over other media. The beautiful, light touch. The paper becoming part of the painting.
These are some of the reasons Edna Kennel loves watercolor painting.
Kennel, 81, sold her first painting at age 9 and began experimenting with watercolors more than 40 years ago.
Now 14 of her pieces, all Oregon landscapes, are exhibited at the Sandy Public Library and remain on display through Nov. 30 at 38750 Proctor Blvd.
'They are Oregon scenes I think most people in Sandy will recognize immediately,' Kennel said. 'There's a coastal sunset near a lighthouse, a mountain stream in the fall with water cascading down.'
Kennel worked in Eugene as a graphic designer for 25 years before living in Newport for the beginning of her retirement and later moving to Sandy to live near her niece.
In retirement, she's 'kept pace' with her hobby by painting the landscapes she comes across traveling throughout Oregon.
'I don't have a favorite place in Oregon,' Kennel said. 'It's just so gorgeous. I see paintings all over. I'm able to see them in my mind. They start in my view from the left and pass in front of me to the right. It's almost mystical.'
Kennel said that art is her 'main thing,' though she also enjoys growing orchids and gardening.
Her other media include pastels, oils, and pen and ink, but most of her recent work is watercolor.
Throughout her career, Kennel has exhibited her work and produced commissioned work, most recently for a family of six.
Kennel is a member of Wy'east Artisans Guild, and one of her favorite guild activities has been making silk scarves for women who were going through chemotherapy.
Her inspiration, Kennel said, comes from within, and her advice to blossoming artists is, 'Practice, practice, practice.'
It worked for Kennel, who began as a child has continued making art all her life.
'I'm thinking about what I will pursue next,' she said.
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