November 2, 2015
Eileen Dorsey, Acrylic Painting
We were fortunate to have the judge
of our Lake Metroparks Farmpark show, Eileen Dorsey,
demonstrate acrylic painting at our November 2nd meeting. She
is a Cleveland native who graduated from
University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2006. Throughout
her childhood and high school years, Eileen always loved art.
But, she says “I was so glad to get out of art school.....now I
don’t have to follow their rules.”
is an extremely talented artist. Her oil painting,
Through The Forest,
was juried into the
current Riffe Gallery
Show in Columbus, Ohio. While working on her largest piece for
ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, it sold and can now be seen on
the 6th floor of the new Cuyahoga County Admin Building.
can also see one of her oil paintings on the 1st floor.
Eileen paints mostly in oils. She uses acrylics as an
underpainting for her oil paintings. Over 35 members watched
intently as Eileen started to add color to her canvas, which was
sketched with a forest scene. First, she brushed a light
color, bright yellow, and then moved to darker colors of green and
reddish brown as she developed the image over the next hour.
We engaged her in conversation to learn more about her style and
technique. She likes using brushes for acrylics, but prefers a
palette knife for her oil paintings. She made her palette
using a piece of window glass with foam core backing, duct taped
together. It’s easier to scrape off old dried paint.
What does she do with all that dried acrylic paint? She makes
jewelry, of course. Since this is only the underpainting for a
future oil, we look forward to her sharing the final artwork with
teaches classes for beginners in her studio located in 78th Street
Studios. She invited us to visit her studio during 78th Street
Studios monthly "Third Friday" art walks. You can see more of
her work at
By the way, her favorite beer is Columbus IPA....
Thanks to our hosts, Elizabeth Edwards and Sandra Johnson, for
providing us with yummy treats after the demo.....loved the cupcakes
and zucchini bread.