Sunday, August 30, 2009


I am back from a fabulous week in the Lubbock, Texas area called Ransom Canyon. I held a workshop there and made some great new friends. I will be posting a slide show of the first paintings tomorrow. It will take me a little while to adjust the photos and put a name with a painting, etc. I also have some great photos of Ransom Canyon to share later in the week, along with additional paintings from the workshop. I took my computer but was not able to get internet reception on it, so couldn't post to the blog during the week.

Texas hospitality was in full swing there. I was wined and dined and treated like royalty. My hostess, Joyce Runyan, was so gracious. She has this great house with an incredible view overlooking the lake in the canyon. We sat out on the deck, balmy weather and sipped wine and talked art and our life history each night as the sun set and the stars came out. No pollution, clear bright skies. Joyce has an extensive art book collection, of which I took full advantage! I am looking forward to a return visit.

This is the first demo I did for the workshop. I demonstrated my gesso transfer technique and that was the surface I painted on.
I am going to include a "how to" series of photos in my book as I think I created this process and it doesn't exist in any source material that I know of. I am never sure if I invented a process or idea. I read so much that I sometimes forget that I saw it somewhere and imagine I invented it. I believe in giving credit to the originator, so if you catch me making an honest mistake, be sure and set me straight.


Susan Webb Tregay NWS said...

Fabulous piece, Myrna. Love it.

Now tell us about your gesso transfer technique!


Nina E J said...

I've never heard of the 'gesso transfer technique' - it sounds interesting! And the image you did is nicely packed with colors that complement eachother!

Mary Paquet said...

Wonderful piece, and your week sounds fabulous.

Is this the transfer process that you used in Jerry's class using the transfer sheets? Great results.

Cynthia said...

Love this your book you say...are you writing a book?
Do I understand that correctly?
I´d be the first to buy a copy if you are.

teri said...

Welcome back!
Anxious to see your photos tomorrow!

Joyfulartist said...

It's so good to have you back, I missed your always creative examples of your work. I look forward to your video and pictures.

Anonymous said...

Hi Myrna, Glad to hear you had a good time in Texas. Your experimentation and inventiveness is wonderful; it's like you're having waaaaay too much fun. The resulting paintings are stunning!

Dan Kent said...

I like this one a lot! Great use of color! Speaking of color (great segue), I finished the Faber Birren book. Darned interesting. Still processing it really. Not sure what to think about parts of it. What would you recommend as book no. 2 after that one in my art theory education (before yours is published, of course)?

Myrna said...

Sue, Nina and Mary, I have posted the directions for the gesso transfer technique on the blog.
Teri, Joyful and Peggy, Thanks for the welcome back. I do have too much fun with art. It should be illegal.
Yes, Cynthia, I am attempting to write a book. I hope it will be available in October. That is my goal!

Dan, the Faber Birren book took me 20 years to finally understand! Stephen Quiller and Nita Leland have very user friendly books devoted to color. If you do the exercises and try out the combinations, you will get a good working knowledge.

Jeb said...

Great piece! It's neat that you did this in my favorite place..... West Texas!

Dan Kent said...

Thanks for the recommendations! I will definitely check out these authors.

Dan Kent said...

Thanks for the recommendations! I will definitely check out these authors.

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