Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Now you can find artwork by Eileen Downes at
Hang It Up Gallery
4359 Town Center Blvd. Ste 113
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 939-1845

I am pleased to announce that my artwork collage limited edition prints
are available at the fine art gallery, Hang It Up Gallery
located in the California foothill community of El Dorado Hills.
In addition to the prints, an assortment of my new originals
will also be available in January 2008.
Please stop by the gallery to check out the fine assortment of art
by all the gallery artists, and perhaps do a bit of
holiday shopping while you are there.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Dec 5th - Dec 24

Come to 20th Street Art Gallery to select that Christmas gift this year.

Gallery Associates Show
Second Sat Reception Dec 8th
6:00 - 9:30 pm

20th Street Art Gallery
911 20th Street
Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 930-0500

Artist: Eileen Downes
Title: Daffodils
Size: 24" x 18"
Medium: Collage

Still Searching for the Perfect Christmas Gift?

Top ten reasons why ART may be the perfect present.
1. Paintings are not just for art lovers, they can be for anyone who loves the subject depicted in the painting: animals, birds, flowers, butterflies, shoes, children, nature.
2. Art is thoughtful. Every painting has a story behind it.
3. Art is unexpected. Most of us know what will be under the Christmas tree this year (same as last year and the year before). Why not give something different, and more personal?
4. Art is unique. Select an original painting, and you can be sure that nobody bought Uncle Dan quite the same thing.
5. Art is easy to buy. Visit galleries such at 20th Street Art Gallery in Sacramento, or Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. The friendly, helpful staff will help you select just the right piece.
6. Art can be affordable. If originals are too expensive for your budget try prints which are often priced at $150 and under. Where else can you get such a beautiful and thoughtful gift for so little?

7. Buy with confidence. When you have any questions about the paintings, or about shipping, returns, or anything else, the galleries will make that contact easy.
8. Support the 'little guy'. Sure, you could buy the latest shiny electronics from the mega-stores. But, every day artists – across America and worldwide – are working hard to bring you a little bit of beauty for this holiday season. We'd be delighted to help make your holiday celebration special with the perfect gift.
9. Art won't wear out or expire. A beautiful painting hanging on the wall will be a constant reminder of how much you care, long after other gifts have been used up or forgotten.
10. Think outside the box. Not everybody needs another cell phone, digital camera, or popular DVD. Give them a gift that says 'you are special to me'.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Open the Door

Come to the Artisan Gallery to look behind the door and see visions of heaven.......

Open Door Policy

Here is a photo of part of the art piece: Open Door Policy. It will be on exhibit at Artisan Gallery (see the following for details)

portion of interactive art piece

size: 72" x 24" x 9"

Sunday, November 25, 2007


Come see the
Visions of Heaven Art Show
Starting Sat Dec 8, 2007
Artisan Gallery
1901 Del Paso Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815
Reception Sat Dec 8th 6-11 pm

Artist: Eileen Downes

Title: Visions of Heaven No 2; Medium: Collage; Size: 16" x 12"

An innovative exhibition of artwork by the Covenant Artist's Group including work by Eileen Downes

Friday, November 16, 2007

Prints now at Nava's

Check out my new Limited Edition Prints now at

2220 J Street Ste 4
Sacramento, CA 95816

Title: Iris Morning
Limited Edition Print
Medium: Collage
Size: 20" x 16"

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Now showing in Chicago...

These are some of my collage paintings currently available at
Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL

Artist: Eileen Downes
Title: Fred's Dancing Shoes
Medium: Collage
Size: 24" x 18"
(click on image to enlarge)

Artist: Eileen Downes
Title: Ginger's Dancing Shoes
Medium: Collage
Size: 24" x 18"
(click on image to enlarge)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Art Trip to Chicago

I just returned from a fantastic trip to Chicago. I was impressed with the beauty and splendor of this fine city. Although the weather was unseasonably warm (nearly 90 degrees in October) I had an opportunity to walk along Lake Michigan, see the sights, enjoy fine food, explore art museums and visit fine art galleries. It was with one of these galleries, Woman Made Gallery, in the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Corridor that I had a previously scheduled appointment with the director, Beate Minkovski. I am pleased that after this meeting we secured a showing of my work including both originals and prints. I am looking forward to this exhibition planned for Nov and Dec 2007.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Press Release for New Show

The following is an excerpt from U.S.News Corp: Art News USA:
Group Show at the 20th Street Art Gallery:
Show Dates:
Wednesday, October 10th thru Friday, November 2nd.

Carol's Lucky Shoes by Eileen Downes
The October exhibit showcases the works of several 20th Street Art Gallery favorites: The loose, painterly figurative and landscape oils of Paige Decker; the embellished realism of Joanne Evers’ still life and nature-themed oil abstractions; the unique pieces of “layerist collage painter” Eileen Downes, who turns torn paper into colorful images; the muted colors used by Laurie Peters to add a mysterious quality to her surreal and serene landscapes; the highly detailed work of Marbo Barnard’s magnificent landscapes and cityscapes from her recent trip to Tuscany; the heavy textures and bold strokes of Patricia Reed’s oils; and the oils of rich color and exaggerated shadows by Ragan Ragan. This promises to be one of the best shows of the season…full of diversity and masterful techniques, a bountiful selection of original art.

Monday, September 10, 2007

20th Street Art Gallery Oct Show

Artist: Eileen Downes
Title: Plum Colored Pumps
Medium: Collage
Size: 24" x 18"
Available at 20th Street Art Gallery (see below)

This collage painting is one out of the series of 15 new works from the Stepping-Up Series. The shoe model for most of these images was a lady from my church who absolutely Love's shoes!!!! (She has great legs and ankles too) She came to my studio one afternoon with a carload of shoes, and I took many positioning photos from which to work. My studio is equipped with a black backdrop drape and spot-lights, so I could determine positioning for interesting shadows.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Sneak Peek....

Artist: Eileen Downes
Title: Carol's Lucky Shoes
Medium: Collage of torn magazine papers
Size: 18" x 24"

Artist: Eileen Downes
Title: Tangerine Heels
Medium: Collage of torn magazine papers
Size: 18" x 24"

Here is a Sneak Peek of two of the many images from my
Stepping-Up Series of shoes that will be available

Oct 10 - Nov 2 2007
20th Street Art Gallery
911 20th Street
Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 930-0500

Reception Sat Oct 13th 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Hope to see you there!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Now Available...
Limited Edition Giclee Prints
Jul 25- Oct 31
Nava's Salon
2220 J St
Sacramento CA 95816

Friday, July 20, 2007

Sneak Peek

Take a look at one of the pieces that will soon be at the Monroe Center for the Arts in Hoboken, New Jersey as part of the National Association of Women Artists Annual Invitational Exhibition.

Artist: Eileen Downes

Title: The Fatality of Femininity

Medium: Acrylic, Collage, Wooden Blocks on Canvas

Size: 30" x 30" x 4"

Detail of The Fatality of Femininity

Thursday, July 12, 2007

2nd Saturday (with a Cause)

Save the date for this fine art auction/fundraiser for
Lymphoma and Cancer Research.
Saturday September 8th
5:00 - 9:00 pm
Return to the Secret Garden
10119 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Old Fair Oaks Village, CA

Limited Edition Giclee Print

Artist: Eileen Downes

Title: Dancing With Daddy

Size: 16" x 20"

will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Happy 4th of July

Artist: Eileen Downes
Title: Summer Watermelon
Medium: Collage
Size 18" x 24"
I thought this artwork collage was appropriate for the 4th of July as our family enjoys the tradition of eating fresh watermelon at our 4th BBQ. Then we watch our own fireworks in front of the house complete with patriotic marching band music! Wishing you all a very happy 4th of July celebration.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Questions People Ask....

What is Collage?
Collage, pronounced ko-lahj', simply means pasting or glueing papers or objects onto a surface.
When did Collage start as a fine art form?

In the early 1900's the modernist avante-garde movement began using collage as a fine art medium. Artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were atracted to the use of everyday materials from which to create their works of art.
How long does it take you to make one of your collages?

OK, the question that artist's hate to hear, but a reasonable question none the less. I am asked this question by several customers at every art showing I have attended, and the following is my very best attempt at a straight forward answer: That is a difficult question, as I work on as many as 5 layered collages at a time at various stages of completion. What I can tell you is that the process is very labor intensive from the collecting of papers, tearing of papers, re-tearing of papers, gluing many layers, peeling many layers, and then applying the final touches to the pieces. I give each piece of artwork my very best attention, and each piece holds a part of me in it.
Can you describe your process?

My collage artwork is composed of many layers of torn paper. I use torn magazine papers as my "palette of paint" working the image by adding and subtracting tonal values of paper until I create the desired effect. I enjoy how words, phrases, and imagery from the magazine papers appear almost magically between the edges of the torn paper adding to the meaning of the piece. I leave the rough edges of the collage visible which adds to the layered feeling, and I add a touch of oil pastel to enchance the textural quality of the rough glued papers.
How durable are your collage paintings?

I use archival matte medium and acid free backing paper for my artwork. The magazine paper is not acid free, but is from higher quality printed magazines. The artworks should be framed under glass or plexi without touching the artwork itself. Avoid placing the piece where it would be in direct sunlight.
Do you do commissioned work?

I LOVE working closely with the client, and can make a custom commissioned piece specially for you. Often clients and collectors like me to use their own family photos, letters, maps from vacations etc. to create their custom layered collage. Such commissioned artworks are a joy for me to create, and have special meaning for my clients. Please contact me directly for such a commisioned work of art at

Friday, June 22, 2007

Longview Museum of Fine Art Exhibition

Here is a photo of one of my collage pieces that will be in the Longview Museum of Fine Art in Texas for the National Association of Women Artists Invitational exhibition,

Personal Landscapes Sept 18 - Oct 24, 2007.

Title: The 36-C Tree

Size: 36" x 32"

This collage, mixed-media piece embraces the concept of little girls growing up to be women. This right of passage is our "personal landscape" so to speak. It is created with torn magazine images symbolic of womanhood, lace, bra snaps, charcoal drawing, photographs of the piece mid-creation, and oil pastel.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Albuquerque Exhibition

This is the front of the Albuquerque Museum of Art where I have some artwork on exhibition with the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media starting Jul 15th and continuing until Oct 8th. Check out their website at for more information. The show will feature some "edgy" and thought-provoking work done by artists from all over the country . See photos of my wax collage pieces I have there a few posts earlier.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

20th Street Art Gallery extends show

I am pleased to announce that my butterfly series exhibition at the 20th Street Art Gallery has been extended thru the month of June. The God's Beauty Series is a collection of collage paintings that embrace the beauty and grace of butterflies.

20th Street Art Gallery

911 20th Street

Sacramento, CA 95814


Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 12-5

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

"Look - We can make works of art out of the contents of our wastebaskets."
....Georges Braque

Georges Braque was a founder of the medium of collage as a fine art medium. I love this quote from him as it sums up the idea of transformation, recyling, and creative expression.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Fun Photo Session

More of the Stepping-Up Series coming soon...

This is a "positional photo" from which I will create a new collage painting that will look something like this one...

Saturday I spent the morning taking photographs of shoes for positioning and composition. A friend from church volunteered to be my shoe model! She has some GREAT shoes too. I am looking forward to continuing my Stepping-Up Series of shoe collage paintings using these photographs as reference. Can't wait to start the fun!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Title: Peaceful Flight

What a fun art reception we had on the Second Saturday Evening of May 12th at 20th Street Art Gallery, ( ) Sacramento for the opening of my God's Wings Series of collage paintings. Thank you to the many friends, collectors, and art aficionados who attended the event. It is always a pleasure to have the opportunity to talk about my work and the dynamic Sacramento art movement in general. The show continues until May 30th, so if you did not get a chance to go opening night, there is still time.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Funny "Art Joke"

Recently a guy in Paris nearly got away with stealing several paintings from the Louvre. Fortunately he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gasoline. When asked how he could make such an error he replied,

"I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh"

(credit goes to Funny Stories)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Saturday, April 28, 2007


Title: The X-Man

Title: Marriage Fruit
I just found out that I have had two collage paintings selected for exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum of Modern Art! They are wax collages made from torn antique papers, acrylic paint, my own drawings, and melted bees wax. The pieces are conceptual in nature. I can't wait to go to the reception for the show, as well as take some photos of the desert scenery.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Title: Fancy Flutter
Size: 24" x 18"
Medium: Collage

I'm getting ready for my art show at 20th Street Art Gallery in Sacramento for the month of May. I have received a lot of interest in the subject matter of this upcoming exhibition: God's Wings, a collection of collages embracing the grace and beauty of butterflies. This show was purposefully timed to occur in Spring. Now, I was thinking that my collages are philosophically a bit like the butterflies in Spring in that I take something ordinary (magazine papers) and transform it into something of beauty (artwork). This idea got me thinking about transformation in general: transformation of caterpillars into butterflies, Winter into Spring, creative children into creative adults, life into death etc. The ultimate transformation of life into death or eternal life in Heaven is also the subject of a new art project and blog: see for details. I'll add more about this project in this blog later. In the mean time, here are a few photos of some of the artworks that will be available in the May show at 20th Street Art Gallery...ENJOY.

Title: God's Delight
Size: 18" x 24"
Medium: Collage

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Capitol Show Photos

Here are some photos of the California Cooperative Art Project and the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media simultaneous show held at the California State Capitol 10th and L street in Sacramento April 2 - 13 M-F 8:00am to 3:30pm. I hope you get a chance to see the exhibition!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek at one of my butterfly images that will be available for the springtime show May 8 - June 2 2007

20th Street Art Gallery
911 20th Street
Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 930-0500

My God's Wings Series is a collection of collages which are made from many layers of torn magazine papers. They embrace the beauty and grace of God's winged creatures. I hope you get a chance to see the exhibition, and I hope you enjoy looking at God's winged creations as much as I enjoyed trying to capture their loveliness in my collage paintings.

Title: Blessed Wings (God's Wings Series)
Medium: Collage
Size: 18" x 24"

Thursday, March 08, 2007

The California Cooperative Art Project

I hope you all get a chance to see the California Cooperative Art Project that will be on display at the California State Capitol Basement Gallery at 10th and L Street in Sacramento; April 2 - April 13, 2007. For the last two years, I have been very involved in the production of this large scale art piece and securing this display venue. This 36" x 240" canvas painting traveled all over California to 29 participating artists who contributed painted, collaged, or drawn imagery to the piece. The piece is a statement about unity, cooperation, and the connecting of the "artistic spirit". For more information on the project see my web site

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Sacramento Magazine Article March 2007

The following are selected quotes from an article published in Sacramento Magazine March 2007. For the complete article see or my website

So You Want To Be An Artist
photography by

By Joan Waters

Advice from regional pros about selling your work and surviving the process.
The Artist as Businessperson...Art is business...

Sunny Dahlias, by Eileen Downes

...That’s how Sacramento collage artist Eileen Downes sees it. While some artists struggle with the business side, Downes takes a realist’s approach. “I find being successful involves a lot more than talent,” she says. “You have to be a business-minded professional. Everything you do marketingwise has to fit your plan. It’s important to tell people you’re an artist. My e-mail has my website and tells people what I do—that I’m an artist who paints with torn paper.” Recently, Downes received a commission while she was making reservations at a local bed-and-breakfast inn. “The owner looked at my website, liked my work and commissioned a large piece,” Downes says. “You don’t always know where your business is going to come from.”
Stephen Simonson, gallery manager at 20th Street Art Gallery in midtown Sacramento, calls Downes a “dream artist.” “She is doing a lot to try to make it happen,” he says. “She comes in with a passion and a drive that makes the gallery want to do more for her.”

My Favorite Red Heels, by Eileen Downes

Once you have a good relationship with a gallery, maintaining it probably means you don’t show in another gallery in the same geographic region or sell work right from your studio. “Although I do not have an exclusive contract with 20th Street Gallery or any other gallery—and I caution artists never to sign any totally exclusive gallery contract—for any local sales of my originals, I like to refer my collectors to the 20th Street Gallery for purchase,” says collage artist Eileen Downes. “If the buyer is out of the area, I try to match them to another gallery that could sell my work—for example, the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. I think it is better to use a gallery for the sale of my originals, and working like that always encourages good artist/gallery relations, which is very important to the success of the artist.”

Friday, February 16, 2007

Please take a look at my new release of Signed Limited Edition Giclee Prints from the Stepping-Up Series which are available now, for a limited time, at select Sacramento California area Famous Footwear locations. More can be seen on my website:

Friday, February 09, 2007

Eileen’s Helpful Tips
For The Beginning Art Collector

1. Buy art if you absolutely LOVE the art piece. This seems like a simple premise, but so many beginning collectors get caught up in the “investment perspective” of art collecting. If a piece of artwork speaks to you on an emotional level by appealing to your memories of childhood, for example you will always be happy with your purchase regardless of any perceived investment potential of the work.

2. Visit art galleries, museums, and artist studios often to get an idea of what the art world is like. Many cities have gallery walks in the art district where galleries open their doors and offer refreshments, music, and the artists are there to answer questions about their work. This is a non-threatening way for first-time gallery goers to observe. Don’t be afraid to ask the artist questions; we really like to talk about our work! You are not “bothering” us, and there are no “dumb questions.”

3. Revisit a few of the galleries that you found particularly interesting at a less busy time. Spend some time in the gallery, sit in front of the piece you are interested in, ask the gallery staff questions about the work and questions about the artist. A good gallery will know about their artists: Where did she get her training? What medium is the work? What is involved in the artist’s creative process? Where has she exhibited? Does she work full-time as an artist? Where can her work be seen in any public or corporate collections? Where has her work been published?

4. Some galleries allow the work to be purchased on a conditional basis, and if the buyer doesn’t like the piece in his home he may return it (in good condition of course). Other galleries offer a representative to go to your home and install the piece for you. Don’t be afraid to utilize the expertise and services of the gallery – that is what they are there for!

5. Don’t ever allow yourself to be intimated by an art gallery. If the gallery staff acts snobbish, go somewhere else. You are the customer, you are buying art, and they are there to help you. There are many very pleasant galleries in which to invest your art collecting time.

6. Find out about the artist. Ask to see the “artist binder” where you will find an artist statement, bio, and exhibition history. An artist who has experience in exhibitions will be more collectible than one who doesn’t. You can also search the artist online to discover more information about her. Never try to “undercut” the gallery by contacting the artist directly. A professional artist will not shortchange or sell-out her gallery. Look for published articles about the artist and her work. An artist who has some media following will be more collectible than one who doesn’t.

7. Does the artist release Signed Limited Edition Prints of her work? Popularity of these prints often makes the originals more valuable.

8. Buy art that fits your own family budget. If you spent more than you really should have, you may have a negative connection to the artwork every time you view it in your home. There is artwork available to fit every budget, from high end originals, to Limited Edition Giclee Prints, to posters.

9. Have the prices of the artist’s work been steadily and gradually increasing over the years. This is a sign of a strong career development; artificially inflated prices are often just fake.

10. Is the artwork framed using archival materials? Is everything that comes in contact with the actual piece acid-free? This insures that your art investment will remain protected and sound. Ask the gallery if there are any special precautions about how and where the work should be hung. Certain media should not be hung in direct sunlight, for example.

Enjoy your art collecting experience! check our my website at

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Kitty in the Studio

Our family cat, Emmy likes to keep me company when I work in my studio, as she happily involves herself in my artistic activities. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures of her and the collage portrait that I made of her. Feline curiosity can be a problem though, as I must keep a close eye on her so that she does not get into anything dangerous. For some reason she likes to sit on papers on my computer desk. Are they warmer? I wonder.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Here she is...
This is a large size special commissioned piece of art that was made specifically for the Gate House Inn in Jackson, California which is a lovely and relaxing bed and breakfast inn. The artwork is a collage painting made from bits of torn magazine papers, and torn photos from the property grounds, as well as torn photos of the heirloom oriental carpet that graces the parlor of the historic inn. Close-ups of the piece showing more detail can be seen in the posts below. I hope you enjoy looking at the artwork, and I also hope you get an opportunity to stay at the delightful bed and breakfast inn.