Artwork by Carol Reed Kennedy

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My name is Carol Kennedy, a watercolor and collage artist, originally from New England. I now live in Arizona and absolutely love the rich colors of the desert. As a child, I participated in painting and drawing lessons at the Boston Art Museum and certainly owned every crayon color in the world. Time out for a career and now I'm back to painting full-time and loving every minute of life. Giclees, prints and greeting cards are available in all of my designs. Please contact me at

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Polychrome VIII - Fun Design to Work

This design was wonderful to paint on 300 lb. Arches watercolor paper. The uploaded photo does not exactly capture the rich desert brick red as it appears in my painting, but as we all know, seeing the real thing is usually better than any photograph.

Once again, I used the aging technique taught to me by my painting friend. You can see it just under the lip of the pot going from left-to-right above the beginning of the black design. In addition to adding a sense of aging, the process also creates interesting highlights. This is #8 in my Polychrome series which will continue and continue because I just love the look of the three-color designs.

Giclee reproductions, prints and greeting cards are available in all of my artwork. This time I tried something new.... my first background wash is always a light warm yellow and then, I complete the pot image before beginning the 20 coats of dark-brown/black background color. I had giclee reproductions made showing the yellow background color because not everyone loves a dark background. It has created a nice option for collectors of my artwork.

Polychrome I - Another Challenge

Polychrome One was my first painting in the Polychrome series. Abiding by Indian Tribal Laws, I do not use tribal names to identify my art, so polychrome simply means "more than one color".

Polychrome One served as the springboard for the series, now numbering seven designs. All my artwork is available in giclee reproductions, prints and greeting cards.

I especially enjoyed working on this design because the only reference was in black-and-white. This allowed me to select the colors I believed might have been used back in the mid-1800s. As usual, my design colors consist of multiple layers of various shades from light to dark. The dark brown-black background is made up of about 20 layers of artist-grade watercolor paint.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Polychrome VII

"Polychrome VII" reflects the simplicity of some of the early southwest pottery designs. Painting is only part of the fascination. Research (my other love) is an important part of the process. Learning how early southwestern pottery was created and how the designs changed as a result of trading popularity in the early 1900s has been so interesting.

This photo is a good example of the importance of high-quality giclees. The original painting is nicely shaded; however, the initial giclee (from which this photo was taken) shows almost no shading. I've taken the original painting to another shop and will upload an improved photo to this blog. It goes to prove the importance of using a highly qualified person.

Giclees (with shading), prints and greeting cards are available for purchase.

Black-on-Red II

This photo appears a lot darker than the original painting. The design was created in New Mexico in the 1600s.

As in my other paintings in this series, the background consists of 15 to 20 layers of brown-black watercolor paint.

The highlighting technique was developed by an excellent artist in Arizona. Her work is collected world-wide and I'm happy to have her as a friend and generous teacher.

Giclees, prints and greeting cards with the Black-on-Red II image are available.

Polychrome II - For One Who Loves Details

For one who loves "details", this design was super fun to paint. You will note very fine black lines in sections that may appear gray on your screen. My #1 and 2 watercolor brushes got a real workout with this design called "Polychrome II".

The background consists of 15 to 20 layers of watercolor paint. It may look like solid black, but is actually a brown-black color. The design itself consists of about 10 layers of paint colors.

Giclees, prints and greeting cards are available in all of my designs. Although I have agreed to sell several originals, most reside happily on the walls in my home.


Let me begin this adventure by introducing myself: My name is Carol Reed Kennedy and I'm a watercolorist living in Surprise, Arizona. As a transplanted New Englander, I find myself in love with the colors of the desert, the big painted sky with its dramatic light and the culture of the southwest.

It took a long time to determine my personal style of painting. I tried flowers, landscapes, portraits, etc. Then, one day, with a lot of guidance from good friends and teachers, I realized that I love painting tiny details with small brushes. I discovered the beauty in the designs of southwest pottery and knew I had found my niche. Using watercolor paint on 300 lb. Arches paper, I paint the designs of southwest pottery created in the 1600 - 1800s. Many of the pots from this period are in poor condition due to the ravages of time and use. My goal is to show the amazing beauty of the pot as it may have originally looked. This is a challenge because most of the pots are now discolored and often have large pieces missing. I simply add to the design and change the color of the pot to achieve my goal.

I am very careful to follow both the U.S. and American Indian tribal copyright laws in my design selection. The tribal laws require that I not show the specific name of a tribe, so the names of the pieces reflect colors rather than origin. This particular painting is called "Polychrome III" and is part of a series of seven (7) paintings, with more to follow.