Featured Artist Linda Eader

 Artist Linda Eader’s nature-inspired paintings burst with color and vibrancy. Enjoy this collection, and view more of her artwork on her website.

 

alcohol ink blue iris portrait by Linda Eader

“Abstract Iris Elegance” alcohol ink, 8″ x 8″

 

The Inspiration for my alcohol ink paintings is all around me. Whether I’m simply walking through my neighborhood, relaxing by the ocean or cruising on the Intracoastal Waterway near my home, the artistic stimulation here in Florida is unending. My alcohol ink creations come alive through a combination of abstraction with realism and intense color.

 

alcohol ink portrait of a red flower by Linda Eader

“Fleur en Rouge” alcohol ink, 20″ x 16″

 

My interest in art was never encouraged during childhood. As an adult, I worked in the life insurance field to pay the bills. I couldn’t financially afford to pursue a full-time art career.

 

alcohol ink floral and butterfly portrait by Linda Eader

“Petals and Wings II” alcohol ink, 14″ x 11″

 

In my spare time I taught myself by studying art books and pursuing a few local art classes in pencil, oil and watercolor. Eventually, I taught some classes myself and did commission work. After moving to Florida, I gave up art altogether to pursue other endeavors.

 

alcohol ink portrait of a Rose Seduisant by Linda Eader

“Flamant Rose Séduisant” alcohol ink, 16″ x 20″

 

Apparently, however, I’ve loved art longer than I can even remember! After recovering from a debilitating accident a few years ago, I found my first grade report card in a box at my parent’s Ohio home. I was surprised that my teacher had written “exceptional art ability” on it all those years ago. I knew in my soul that I had to get back to my art and heal.

 

alcohol ink portrait of an angel fish by Linda Eader

“Angel Eyes” alcohol ink, 12″ x 12″

 

It was then that I discovered alcohol inks. I love their vivid color and luminosity. Alcohol ink is a highly addictive medium—it’s all about color, color, color!

 

alcohol ink floral portrait by Linda Eader

“Hidden Jewel” alcohol ink, 20″ x 16″

 

I typically paint on yupo paper, nara paper or ceramic tile. I have no plan of composition or color when starting a painting and no predetermined subject.

 

alcohol ink portrait of a red macaw by Linda Eader

“The Real McCaw” alcohol ink, 10″ x 10″

 

I start by creating an abstract background. Then I move the inks instinctively with canned air or the air from my airbrush, or just simply tilting the painting to let the inks flow. I love this free, no-pressure playtime where I can just focus on color and texture.

 

alcohol ink portrait of a sea turtle by Linda Eader

“Underwater Mardi Gras” alcohol ink, 12″ x 12″

 

Once I have developed a pleasingly expressive background, I decide what subject matter best compliments that background. I draw that subject on the background and complete it with a brush. Now I have satisfied both my need for the freedom and the creativity of abstract and also my need for perfection and detail all in one painting. It’s a perfect combination for my art style! Fellow artists call me the “queen of alcohol ink.”

 

alcohol ink portrait of a blue heron by Linda Eader

“Blue Bayou” alcohol ink, 11″ x 14″

 

Getting back to my art was a good call. Within a short time, I sold many originals and won several awards. I was the featured artist in a local magazine and was honored to display my work in several solo gallery shows. My goal is to share my interpretation of my local paradise and honor the personality and spirit of animals with my God given talent. Yes, my art has taken on a new priority, a  colorful new beginning!

 

Artist Linda Eader invites you to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Comments

  1. Kathleen Wanner says

    Beautiful art and very talented

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