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Ancient Design

Eileen Monaghan Whitaker, 30 x 22 in. Watercolor.1989

The Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation

The Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation

Eileen arrived at the airport in Guatemala City in October of 1988 and was welcomed by San Diego friends Lauralee and Wayne Bennett who draped this colorful, hand-woven shawl around her neck. Eileen was crazy about the design and knew she wanted to “somehow paint it.” But how? “It took me a year to decide how to paint it. I wanted to represent the design, softened with folds. I didn’t want people involved because that would compete with the shawl’s design.” She draped the shawl on a rope and manipulated the folds. Painting was a long and tedious process with so much attention to detail. Since the artist stood when she painted, it was also exhausting.

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  • Title: Ancient Design
  • Creator: Eileen Monaghan Whitaker, 30 x 22 in. Watercolor.
  • Date: 1989/1989
  • Date Created: 1989
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: http://whitakerwatercolors.org/

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