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Eileen Goodman: Into Light

Into Light

April 2023

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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

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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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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Full Bouquet  21" x 20"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Full Bouquet

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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Leaves And Roots  29.25" x 29.25"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Leaves And Roots

29.25" 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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Natal Plums  15" x 14.75"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Natal Plums (SOLD)

15" x 14.75"

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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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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 D'Arches Paper

Pink Frosting

29.5" x 41.5"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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Pomegranates, Ribbon, And Plums  29.5" x 21.75"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Pomegranates, Ribbon, And Plums

29.5" x 21.75"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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Poppies And Bird's Nest Ferns  29" x 21"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Poppies And Bird's 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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Rosebud Cluster  16.5" x 21"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Rosebud Cluster

16.5" x 21"

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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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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 D'Arches Paper

Still LIfe With Delft

26" x 41.5"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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Strawberry Shortcake  25.75" x 41.5"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Strawberry Shortcake

25.75" x 41.5"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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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"

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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

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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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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Full Bouquet  21" x 20"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Full Bouquet

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

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Leaves And Roots  29.25" x 29.25"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Leaves And Roots

29.25" 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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Natal Plums  15" x 14.75"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Natal Plums (SOLD)

15" x 14.75"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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

Orchid Cactus

40" x 60"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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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 D'Arches Paper

Pink Frosting

29.5" x 41.5"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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Pomegranates, Ribbon, And Plums  29.5" x 21.75"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Pomegranates, Ribbon, And Plums

29.5" x 21.75"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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Poppies And Bird's Nest Ferns  29" x 21"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Poppies And Bird's 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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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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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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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 D'Arches Paper

Still LIfe With Delft

26" x 41.5"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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Strawberry Shortcake  25.75" x 41.5"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Strawberry Shortcake

25.75" x 41.5"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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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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Waterlilies  12.5" x 17"  Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

Waterlilies

12.5" x 17"

Watercolor On D'Arches Paper

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“The shadows are everything, imbuing unexpected meaning. They are unplanned, undefined, but dependent upon the viewer emotionally or psychologically. Shadows hide and reveal, form emerges and disappears.”

- Eileen Goodman

Eileen Goodman: Into Light - Into Light - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Spears, 12″ x 13″, Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

In her latest solo exhibition, Into Light, Eileen Goodman’s watercolor facility is on bold display. Since her transition away from oil paint in the late ‘80s, Goodman has skillfully tamed this temperamental, aqueous media for use in her abundant, large-scale still life paintings. When creating work, she is focused on the basic components of observation, color, light, and shadow. It is only upon reflection, after deep shadows have defined their purpose, that possible interpretations come to light.

Beginning with an arrangement of objects, such as fresh flowers or vegetables, Goodman utilizes photography to preserve their appearance and capture a particular tone. She then crops and adjusts a printed version of the photograph to construct a desired composition. Once satisfied, the painting commences with washes of transparent pigments on white paper. Select areas are thoughtfully conserved for future highlights while the rest of the image is pushed into the paper, delineating shape and space.

Eileen Goodman: Into Light - Into Light - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Blossom, 8.5″ x 14.5″, Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Eileen Goodman views her job as that of a formal and technical creator rather than a conceptual theorist for visual information; a viewpoint shared by many artists who came of age during the mid-20th century. In many of her works, undefined shadows are akin to an abyss. The objects depicted sit precariously between an unknown background and illumination from a light source. As a result of these formal decisions, narratives and metaphors abound. Layers of dense pigment reflect the passage of time, with each shadowy layer pulling Goodman’s bouquets, cakes, and produce into distant realms and times.

Eileen Goodman: Into Light - Into Light - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Leaves And Roots (Detail), 29.25″ x 29.25″, Watercolor On D’Arches Paper

Eileen Goodman received her BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) in 1958 and has since become an important figure in the Philadelphia painting community. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Philadelphia and the northeast region.

Her work resides in local collections both public and private including Merck Pharmaceutical, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Woodmere Art Museum, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and many others. Goodman has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured in many articles, reviews and books. Eileen Goodman lives and works in Philadelphia.

Eileen Goodman: Into Light - Into Light - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

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

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