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Anemones And Parrot Tulips  20.75” x 29.5”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Anemones And Parrot Tulips

20.75” x 29.5”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Blooms And Leaves  14.75” x 15”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Blooms And Leaves

14.75” x 15”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Blossom  8.5” x 14.5”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Blossom (SOLD)

8.5” x 14.5”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

 

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Blue And White Dishes  21” x 29.25”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Blue And White Dishes

21” x 29.25”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Blue Glasses And Dishware  12.25” x 12.25”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Blue Glasses And Dishware

12.25” x 12.25”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Bouquet And Curtain  29.75” x 26.5”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Bouquet And Curtain

29.75” x 26.5”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Carnation With Baby Eggplants  30" x 38"  Watercolor

Carnation With Baby Eggplants

30" x 38"

Watercolor

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Citrus  25.25” x 21.75”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Citrus

25.25” x 21.75”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Clustered Fruit And Sunflowers  41" x 29"  Watercolor On Paper

Clustered Fruit And Sunflowers

41" x 29"

Watercolor On Paper

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Florist Still Life  29.5" x 41.5"  Watercolor

Florist Still Life

29.5" x 41.5"

Watercolor

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Fruit And Waxplant Leaves  25" x 35.5"  Watercolor

Fruit And Waxplant Leaves

25" x 35.5"

Watercolor

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Full Bouquet  21” x 20”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Full Bouquet (SOLD)

21” x 20”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

 

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Garden Roses  40" x 60"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Garden Roses

40" x 60"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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Geraniums And Leafy Greens  29.5" x 41"  Walercolor

Geraniums And Leafy Greens

29.5" x 41"

Walercolor

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Geraniums On Antique Indian Fabric  40" x 29"  Watercolor

Geraniums On Antique Indian Fabric

40" x 29"

Watercolor

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Guava Soda  36.25" x 29.5"  Watercolor On Paper

Guava Soda

36.25" x 29.5"

Watercolor On Paper

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Leaves And Roots  29.5” x 29.25”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Leaves And Roots

29.5” x 29.25”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Mexican Glasses And Blueflow Plate  14.5” x 21”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Mexican Glasses And Blueflow Plate

14.5” x 21”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Mexican Plate  19.5” x 29.25”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Mexican Plate

19.5” x 29.25”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Orchid Cactus  40" x 60"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Orchid Cactus

40" x 60"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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Oriental Poppies  29" x 20"  Watercolor

Oriental Poppies

29" x 20"

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Ornaments  21” x 29”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Ornaments

21” x 29”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Pink Frosting  29.5" x 41.5"  Watercolor On Paper

Pink Frosting

29.5" x 41.5"

Watercolor On Paper

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Pomegranates, Ribbon, And Plums  29.25” x 21.75”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Pomegranates, Ribbon, And Plums

29.25” x 21.75”

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Poppies And Birds Nest Ferns  29” x 21”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Poppies And Birds Nest Ferns

29” x 21”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Rose And Tulip Bouquet  12.75” x 18.5”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Rose And Tulip Bouquet

12.75” x 18.5”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Rose Clusters  29.25” x 20.5”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Rose Clusters

29.25” x 20.5”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Rose With Bud  16.5” x 12”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Rose With Bud

16.5” x 12”

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Rosebud Cluster  16.5” x 21”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Rosebud Cluster

16.5” x 21”

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Spears  12” x 13”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Spears

12” x 13”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Still Life With Delft  26" x 41.5"  Watercolor On Paper

Still Life With Delft

26" x 41.5"

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Still Life With Grapes  29.5" x 29.5"  Watercolor On Paper

Still Life With Grapes

29.5" x 29.5"

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Still Life With Propped Up Wreath  30" x 30"  Watercolor

Still Life With Propped Up Wreath

30" x 30"

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Strawberry Shortcake  25.75" x 41.5"  Watercolor On Paper

Strawberry Shortcake

25.75" x 41.5"

Watercolor On Paper

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Swirling Koi  29" x 41"  Watercolor

Swirling Koi

29" x 41"

Watercolor

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Three Small Bouquets  15.25” x 19.75”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Three Small Bouquets

15.25” x 19.75”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Toby  32.5" x 40.5"   Oil On Canvas

Toby

32.5" x 40.5" 

Oil On Canvas

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Toppled  29.5" x 29"  Watercolor

Toppled

29.5" x 29"

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Varied Koi  29" x 41"  Watercolor

Varied Koi

29" x 41"

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Waterlilies  12.5” x 17”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Waterlilies

12.5” x 17”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Anemones And Parrot Tulips  20.75” x 29.5”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Anemones And Parrot Tulips

20.75” x 29.5”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Blooms And Leaves  14.75” x 15”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Blooms And Leaves

14.75” x 15”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Blossom  8.5” x 14.5”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Blossom (SOLD)

8.5” x 14.5”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

 

Blue And White Dishes  21” x 29.25”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Blue And White Dishes

21” x 29.25”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Blue Glasses And Dishware  12.25” x 12.25”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Blue Glasses And Dishware

12.25” x 12.25”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Bouquet And Curtain  29.75” x 26.5”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Bouquet And Curtain

29.75” x 26.5”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Carnation With Baby Eggplants  30" x 38"  Watercolor

Carnation With Baby Eggplants

30" x 38"

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Citrus  25.25” x 21.75”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Citrus

25.25” x 21.75”

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Clustered Fruit And Sunflowers  41" x 29"  Watercolor On Paper

Clustered Fruit And Sunflowers

41" x 29"

Watercolor On Paper

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Florist Still Life  29.5" x 41.5"  Watercolor

Florist Still Life

29.5" x 41.5"

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Fruit And Waxplant Leaves  25" x 35.5"  Watercolor

Fruit And Waxplant Leaves

25" x 35.5"

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Full Bouquet  21” x 20”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Full Bouquet (SOLD)

21” x 20”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

 

Garden Roses  40" x 60"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Garden Roses

40" x 60"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Geraniums And Leafy Greens  29.5" x 41"  Walercolor

Geraniums And Leafy Greens

29.5" x 41"

Walercolor

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Geraniums On Antique Indian Fabric  40" x 29"  Watercolor

Geraniums On Antique Indian Fabric

40" x 29"

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Guava Soda  36.25" x 29.5"  Watercolor On Paper

Guava Soda

36.25" x 29.5"

Watercolor On Paper

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Leaves And Roots  29.5” x 29.25”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Leaves And Roots

29.5” x 29.25”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Mexican Glasses And Blueflow Plate  14.5” x 21”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Mexican Glasses And Blueflow Plate

14.5” x 21”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Mexican Plate  19.5” x 29.25”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Mexican Plate

19.5” x 29.25”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Orchid Cactus  40" x 60"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Orchid Cactus

40" x 60"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Oriental Poppies  29" x 20"  Watercolor

Oriental Poppies

29" x 20"

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Ornaments  21” x 29”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Ornaments

21” x 29”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Pink Frosting  29.5" x 41.5"  Watercolor On Paper

Pink Frosting

29.5" x 41.5"

Watercolor On Paper

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Pomegranates, Ribbon, And Plums  29.25” x 21.75”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Pomegranates, Ribbon, And Plums

29.25” x 21.75”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Poppies And Birds Nest Ferns  29” x 21”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Poppies And Birds Nest Ferns

29” x 21”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Rose And Tulip Bouquet  12.75” x 18.5”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Rose And Tulip Bouquet

12.75” x 18.5”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Rose Clusters  29.25” x 20.5”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Rose Clusters

29.25” x 20.5”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Rose With Bud  16.5” x 12”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Rose With Bud

16.5” x 12”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Rosebud Cluster  16.5” x 21”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Rosebud Cluster

16.5” x 21”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Spears  12” x 13”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Spears

12” x 13”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Still Life With Delft  26" x 41.5"  Watercolor On Paper

Still Life With Delft

26" x 41.5"

Watercolor On Paper

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Still Life With Grapes  29.5" x 29.5"  Watercolor On Paper

Still Life With Grapes

29.5" x 29.5"

Watercolor On Paper

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Still Life With Propped Up Wreath  30" x 30"  Watercolor

Still Life With Propped Up Wreath

30" x 30"

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Strawberry Shortcake  25.75" x 41.5"  Watercolor On Paper

Strawberry Shortcake

25.75" x 41.5"

Watercolor On Paper

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Swirling Koi  29" x 41"  Watercolor

Swirling Koi

29" x 41"

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Three Small Bouquets  15.25” x 19.75”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Three Small Bouquets

15.25” x 19.75”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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Toby  32.5" x 40.5"   Oil On Canvas

Toby

32.5" x 40.5" 

Oil On Canvas

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Toppled  29.5" x 29"  Watercolor

Toppled

29.5" x 29"

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Varied Koi  29" x 41"  Watercolor

Varied Koi

29" x 41"

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Waterlilies  12.5” x 17”  Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Waterlilies

12.5” x 17”

Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

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"Illusion and allusion are meaningful words for me in the sense that in my work there's an illusion of something real, but there's also an allusion to something intangible."

- Eileen Goodman

Eileen Goodman - Artists - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Bearded Iris, 12.25" x 10.5", Watercolor

Eileen Goodman (1937 - ) never thought she would be a painter. Growing up in Montclair, NJ, she always drew a lot but was “pretty naive about painting.” Choosing illustration as a career, she attended what was then called the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), which didn’t even have a major in painting. However, the faculty included a few serious painters (Morris Berd, Larry Day, Paul Keene, Jerome Kaplan, and fellow student and former husband Sidney Goodman), whose independent artistic expression suggested other paths. After a brief period developing a portfolio of commercial work, she followed in their creative footsteps.

Putting down roots in Philadelphia, Goodman joined an art community in a city with an artistic legacy reaching back to our nation’s earliest days. Established in the early nineteenth century in this city, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts nourished a tradition of uniquely American realism, defined by such notables as the Peale family, Thomas Eakins, and The Eight. Today realism is as much a part of Philly as the Liberty Bell, cheese steak, doo-wop, and Rocky.

Experimenting with smaller watercolor versions of her oil paintings, Goodman was attracted to the work of Pennsylvania modernist Charles Demuth, who is well-represented in the Barnes Foundation collection in suburban Philadelphia. Perhaps she recognized a similar sensibility in the watercolors of an artist who had exceeded the boundaries of illustration.  Vividly direct, Demuth combined a facility to describe form through outline with exuburant gesture and saturated color.

Eventually Goodman’s work in watercolor became dominant.  In the early 90s, she painted a number of pieces measuring five feet across, a scale more commonly afforded oil paintings.  Foregoing oils altogether, she found ways to make watercolor achieve astonishingly unexpected effects of tonality and texture.  As with Demuth, properties which render and make real are energized by looseness in the brushwork and layering of color.

Goodman does not have an agenda when she begins a painting. In other words, she sets out with no pre-conceived message, emotional perspective, or point of view that she wishes to convey. Instead she is drawn to the formal relationships between arranged objects that she sets up and photographs; she focuses on composition and the play of light as it touches the surfaces of the objects. Meaning and interpretation, for Goodman, evolve in the mind of the viewer.

Eileen Goodman - Artists - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Clustered Fruit And Sunflowers, 41" x 29", Watercolor

Eileen Goodman's watercolors are captivating. In the unforgiving medium of watercolor, she captures the beauty of intense light and color through the subject of still life. Patterns and shapes dance across her sheets of paper and reveal the artist's life-earned intimacy with what could be considered the most challenging medium. Her understated mastery belies the artist's appreciation and fascination with the craft of making art and the inspirational power of nature.

 

Goodman combines fruits and flowers with patterned rugs and textiles, rhyming found structure with an imposed order. She invites the viewers to engage her subjects and call to their minds memories of cherries, pomegranates, and lilies. At other times, Goodman heightens the drama in ordinary moments.  She looks deep into the shadows created by the form of her objects and finds within these shadowy regions the "dark side of beauty."

 

Goodman discovers the tone and mood found within her subjects. With the rhythm of moving and drying water inherent in the watercolor medium, the need for quick actions and patient responses allows the artist to be both impulsive and reflective. Goodman's works call attention to the moment at hand, recall the past moments overlooked, and change the way the viewer will see every cherry in the future.

Eileen Goodman - Artists - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Roses In Front, 20.75" x 29", Watercolor

Roses In Front, 20.75" x 29", Watercolor

Eileen Goodman received her BFA from the University of the Arts (previously the Philadelphia College of Art) and attended Temple University.  Her works are included in numerous private, corporate, and public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Woodmere Art Museum where she was recently featured in a 2016  retrospective, "The Weight of Watercolor". Goodman has been represented for over thirty years by Gross McCleaf Gallery.

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Eileen Goodman featured in John Thornton's Mysterious Beauty, the Watercolors of Eileen Goodman

Nature's Perfect Beauty, the Watercolors of Eileen Goodman

John Thornton, 2014

For decades Philadelphia based artist Eileen Goodman has created breathtakingly beautiful paintings in watercolor. Her reverence for nature is clear in these poetic works.

Eileen Goodman Opening Reception November 12, 2015

Woodmere Art Museum, 2016

Opening reception for "The Weight of Watercolor: The Art of Eileen Goodman"