Artist paints Ea­gles pa­rade water­color

Lo­cal artist: Nancy Hem­s­ing uses wa­ter­col­ors to paint slices of life Pa­rade pal­ette: Pop­u­lar print de­picts Ea­gle’s Su­per Bowl cel­e­bra­tion

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gil Cohen For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

LOWER PROV­I­DENCE » Nancy Hem­s­ing is sit­ting in her den watch­ing the Philadel­phia Ea­gles Su­per Bowl pa­rade on her flat-screen tele­vi­sion when a car­toon light bulb flashes above her head.

Hem­s­ing, an Ea­gles fan, had al­ready been in­spired af­ter watch­ing the game with a group of friends.

“It was an ex­cit­ing game to watch and I had a feel­ing they were go­ing to win. I didn’t think they were go­ing to win with the game go­ing down to the wire,” she said.

When she wit­nessed the cer­e­mony un­fold­ing on the steps of the Philadel­phia Art Mu­seum, her cre­ative juices be­gan to flow. The im­age im­pressed her so much that the vet­eran lo­cal artist wanted to cap­ture the “mood” on pa­per.

She quickly went to her long, tan-col­ored art ta­ble and went to work.

“I just wanted to put what I saw on pa­per. I just did it for fun. I didn’t think it would turn out so well.”

It turned out so well, in fact, that Hem­s­ing showed it to friends who en­cour­aged her to sell re­pro­duc­tions of the water­color. Since com­ple­tion of the work in mid-Feb­ru­ary, she has sold more than 50 print re­pro­duc­tions..

This month, her work — high­lighted by the Ea­gles print and ac­com­pa­nied by a va­ri­ety of other wa­ter­col­ors of landscapes, flow­ers and peo­ple — was the solo at­trac­tion at Mead­ow­brook Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity on Skip­pack Pike in Worces­ter.

When you walk into Hem­s­ing’s square-shaped, car­peted den in her town home in Lower Prov­i­dence Town­ship, you can’t help notic­ing the var­i­ous wa­ter­col­ors (her medium of choice) on her peach-col­ored walls : a group of peo­ple wait­ing at a bus stop, two young boys look­ing out over the ocean, por­traits of her fam­ily mem­bers and New Eng­land-style homes.

Although the Ea­gles water­color was done from tele­vi­sion images, many times it’s im­por­tant to go on lo­ca­tion to cap­ture the feel of the sub­ject, she ex­plained. Hem­s­ing, along with 19 other artist bud­dies, have been known to spend a week’s time in Maine, Ver­mont, Mary­land and Ber­muda, vis­it­ing with well­known artists and view­ing and paint­ing their sub­jects first-hand. “You learn new ways to paint landscapes, por­traits and still lifes from well known artists,” she said. “They give you a dif­fer­ent perspective on how they paint.”

A na­tive of Norristown, Hem­s­ing at­tended Ste­wart Ju­nior High School, where she first be­came in­ter­ested in art. She was grad­u­ated from A. D. Eisen­hower High School (now Norristown Area High School) and ma­jored in in­te­rior de­sign at Moore Col­lege of Art.

A brief com­mer­cial: For those wish­ing to pur­chase the Ea­gles print, con­tact Nancy Hem­s­ing at nshem­s­ing@ver­i­zon.net.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Nancy Hem­s­ing, Lower Prov­i­dence artist, hold­ing water­color which she painted from tele­vised images of the Ea­gles Su­per Bowl pa­rade.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The water­color paint­ing of the crowd gath­ered around Philadel­phia Art Mu­seum steps dur­ing the cer­e­mony honor­ing the Philadel­phia Ea­gles Su­per Bowl vic­tory.

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