Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Today was one of those days when you think you don't know how to paint anymore. I never feel like that with other media but watercolor feels foreign if I have been away for awhile. I decided to try and paint my popcorn kernels this afternoon. I found a wonderful artist, Nancy Christy-Moore at and she had these beautiful floating colors and then did a fabulous ink drawing on top. I thought that would be a great way to approach this image so I coated the paper and painted loosely using the forms and values in the charcoal drawing of the popcorn. When it was dry, I did a line drawing of what I thought I saw in the image. UGLY!!! So I took it to the sink and washed off as much as I could and tried it again. I think I have a candidate for a gesso coverup. Or tissue paper. Or collage. I am about ready to abandon this idea. I do not draw well from my imagination. I need to have SOME reference in front of me. I am going to set this whole idea aside for awhile and start on a serious painting. I need to get ready for the advanced portrait class, so I am going to do a sheet of 5" x 7" bozzettos with color for people of color. I hope some of you are having better luck with your popcorn images.

In the meantime, I am posting a page from my sketch book that I did in preparation for the self portrait series. This is one of the submissions for "Strokes of Genius 2"

1 comment:

Mary said...

Myrna, I certainly can empathize with you, and I must say that it is comforting to know that a far more experienced artist sometimes has similar frustrations.

I did my popcorn sketch and thought I saw some Degas-like dancers as seen from above in it. I managed to do one dancer that was reasonable, but I don't like the other. Maybe I will have to "see" something else in my sketch. I find it very difficult not to have visual references, which always challenged me in WBTO.

In any case, I love the sketches you've posted, and wish you good fortune in the competitions.

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