Sunday, December 21, 2008

"DOUBT" ACCEPTED INTO CWA NATIONAL SHOW!


This is the portrait I did of Preston Metcalf, the assistant curator at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, California. He was gracious enough to give me permission to do anything I wanted with the photos I took of him. It may be a case of "be careful what you wish for". Many times I take pictures of strangers and keep on going. This time I made sure I had permission before I did anything other than for my own amusement. This image is so tightly cropped that I think I will attempt to float it instead of putting it under a mat. This painting is watercolor and acrylic on YUPO.

My son finally diagnosed my computer problem! I am lucky to have my techno saavy kids around to help me out. First he thought I didn't have enough space on the hard drive, so I spent hours sorting and moving hundreds and hundreds of photos to an auxillary hard drive to free up space. I get very nervous when I delete photos but I did it anyway. Then he had to update all the programs. I couldn't do that before because I didn't have enough space. Well, after all that, I still had the problem of losing my internet connection. My son is a scientist, so he has the patience of Job to do research and he found a website where this very problem was being experienced by other Mac users and they all had broken antennas!!! Since it is built in to the computer, I have to take it somewhere and get it fixed. Bill thinks it is a design flaw in the computer and Apple should pay for the fix. Yeah! Like that's going to happen. Anyway, I am working on my old computer which I kept because it has OS9 as well as OSX and my accounting program only runs on OS9. I refused to pay $300 to get a new accounting program for the new computer that would work for OS X. I only use it once a year for my tax records. I think I can plug in my auxillary hard drive to this computer and access my photos. Otherwise, I think I can transfer them to one of those portable stick thingies and transfer it that way. I don't know all the words, but I am getting pretty knowledgeable with the tools. Keeping up with technology is a full time job!

16 comments:

Nava said...

Congratulations! It's a real expressive one (and a great title!).

Reading about your MAC issues, I have to admit I am smiling, kinda. Usually us PC users who complain about such things, and lo and behold: Apple can also be rotten.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

My gratulations also. I have just bought Yupo and am scared to death of trying it.
Today, it is on Farbriano paper and of my challenge from DSFDF, Karin Jurick's blog.
thanks for computer information also. I have a lot to learn. :-)

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Congratulations Myrna! It's such and interesting, expressive piece. My condolences on the computer. It's frustrating when these things don't work!

Kathy McChesney said...

Myrna - It is fabulous - congratulations. Every time I visit your blog I get more excited about the upcoming workshop in Solana Beach. I love what you do with faces - you open up my creative mind. That is such a gift. Thank you & I'll see/meet you in February. p.s. I've been doing some self-portraits at your suggestion & it truly is a fascinating process (and helps me to accept reality!)

Anonymous said...

Season's Greetings and congratulations. I love your blog and look forward to a 2009 full of your lessons and examples.

Valerie

Anonymous said...

Season's Greetings and congratulations. I look forward to your blog with great anticipation and look forward to a 2009 full of your lessons and examples - you are a gift to all of us.

Valerie

mary hopf said...

Myrna! Congrats! I love it, as usual, and want to thank you again for your generous sharing of your process. Those of us who are fairly new to the scene have so much to gain from knowing you. You inspire! Mary Hopf

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Well, I knew I couldn't spell and my early post proved it.

Congratulations not gratulations.

RHCarpenter said...

Congratulations, Myrna! The portrait is wonderful - so emotive and such luscious colors and the expression, well, it makes you want to look at it and determine what the title means based on the expression :) A good thing - it gets our own creative juices flowing, if only in thoughts. Hope you have a winner on your hands and don't see why you wouldn't. Has he seen his portrait?

Pablo Villicana Lara said...

I was waiting for this post! I knew you'd be in the annual!

I totally agree with Rhonda, it is LUCIOUS ! ! ! ! What I think is so important about your work is that it pushes the boundries of watermedia similar to likes of Van Gough, the expressionists.
Through all your experimenting, you still keep the integrity of watercolor and composition and color theory and and and, that's the difference between making art and just slopping it on be different.

Cecelia said...

That is gorgeous!
Ha, ha. Thingy and whatchamacallit work for me! I had a lot of trouble with the internet and my computer just before and during Christmas, too. Working okay, now. My sister had the same problems, as did my daughter and grandson. We decided it was just so many people online!

Marie-Dom said...

Love this. The colours zing!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful what wondeful colors!!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

wow, great stuff.

Stephanie Lowe said...

Congrats Myrna! I absolutely love this style of portrait. Yupo -- so brave!

NoNo said...

Congratulations!

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