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Fester by kellymckernan Fester by kellymckernan
"Fester" is one of 12-14 pieces in my upcoming solo show at Subtext Gallery titled "Cognitive Dissonance" in San Diego, California, opening May 3rd. I will be there for the opening night!

20" x 24" x 1.5" depth // watercolor

UPDATE: The original piece has sold, but there are limited edition prints now available at my shop!

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:iconjustingedak:
JustinGedak Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice work.
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Tomolan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Beautiful.
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SnafuBE Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Did this involve ink as well or strictly water colour?  I love your technique!
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Strictly watercolor. Thanks!
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MaiJim Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
I REEEEALLY like this. Love the roots and the bird theme. Lovely background. 
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leppakakaklifoth Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful work
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconbornfreak:
BornFreak Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist
So beautiful! :)
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MySweetDarkness Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Amazing !
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lovely!!! did you use salt for some of the  texture

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HectorMcreyes Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing
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:iconkejoro:
kejoro Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
ohhh It's wonderful :rose:
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:iconlifeevans:
LifeEvans Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist
so beautiful *--*
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muhehehe Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
nice
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Zonguerilla Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Sooooooooo goooood x)
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:iconmeggie272:
Meggie272 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the roots and the feathers, the colour scheme, the flowing lines :)
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Nariece Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student General Artist
This looks really good! I was wondering what inspired it? Is it based on a myth or story?
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats, your wonderful work is nominated for our "Eye Candy at the day" :iconsoulcollectors: today you find your work on our main page and also here [link]
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure :love:
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
featured! : [link]
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! :)
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Verlisaerys Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's wonderful! :heart:
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savior007 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Omg she is so pretty when i see this i look at a person who is in pain and yet shares love at the same time..even thou love can hurt..it is also joyful . From one artist to another i congratulate you my dear sir
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you - also, I'm a lady. ;)
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savior007 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
No wonder it's so perfect it was made by a beauty such as yourself
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:iconcroftroan:
CroftRoan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Writer
This is beautiful!
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Blasphemy-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ho this is gorgerous, congratulations!!!!
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great style!
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:iconlechair:
Lechair Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Incredible way to paint
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artistiko07 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
concept wise is so powerful!
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GrantHillsdale Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Nice roots
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02Lei Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful picture, I like the detail in the feathers and the face. Beautiful!
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KURIZKURIZniKALAI Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow ...
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ChildishLover Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE the roots. Well done, dear.
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FoolsGolde Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
love love love this! as always incredible work and so inspiring as well :D
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Juandiego1993 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Oh my god!!!this is incredible!!!
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bluedevilsinger Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Oh, this one is amazing, Kelly! I know as an artist, you probably loathed that one of your pieces was leaked by the gallery, but I this one is amazing (although I must be dull as I saw it on your Instagram.) Was this one painted on the paper Marzipan inspected on Instagram while it was soaking?

Fester really fits your collection. I love that she's missing her bottom half because it's all roots. She's "rooted" into her past, you know? But birds are always symbolic of the future, yet these are raven or crow-like, which are scavengers. She plagued. She wants to move forward into the future, but she's festering and bound by her past or her present situation. She needs freedom.

My other trail of thought went to she's dying inside and falling apart on the outside. It definitely reflects your feelings, since I know you.

I think I may get a few more trails of thoughts here, but those are the first two! (On that note, why do I always pick out the depressed trains of thought first? Hm. Most may find the strength bits first, I tend to go the depressed avenue first....siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.)
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks Katie! Here's one more clue to help your interpretation: the yellow band... ;)
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bluedevilsinger Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Well, aren't yellow bands for soldiers and veterans? So, she's a veteran and will soldier on?

My brain is so officially fried.
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nah, my intention was for the band to be viewed as on a tree. :)
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bluedevilsinger Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
I didn't get that one, but I can see it now that you pointed it out. With yellow and ribbons and I think of soldiers due to my military upbringing (sort of a curse, I guess.) I was surrounded by them for a long time! That and floral wreaths when it comes to nature. I still don't tolerate them well without thinking of Veteran's and Memorial Days! It's like, "Go away!"
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Alberticorico Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome :clap:
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deathskull7 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013   General Artist
cool
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passion-aesthete Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
masterpiece :heart:
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EberAryRomero Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Great job!!!
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maecentric Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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