Friday, November 20, 2009

BACK IN SCHOOL!


David Lobenberg honored me by asking if I would come up to his Sacramento City College watercolor class and do a demo for the students. What fun to meet someone in person you became friends with through the internet! Naturally, the weather was fairly threatening with a big storm coming in and I had a two hour drive to get there. Add in rush hour traffic in the Bay Area. I was anticipating a harrowing journey. Just goes to show how we waste so much time worrying about what might be....it usually doesn't. The drive was easy all the way, counter commute, and I was ahead of the rain. By the time I left, everything was sunny.

David is a very joyful person and his wonderful sense of humor and fun pervades the classroom so I knew I was in for a great time. I did demonstration using Tyvek with two different inks....the Carter brand I found ad Staples which has a cool bias and a Winser Newton non-waterproof ink that had a warm bias...Permanent India Ink plus bleach. I added some carbon black at the end. While the painting was drying, the class put on a feast, pot luck style.

So, thank you David and your wonderful class for such a warm welcome. I am looking forward to receiving lots of e-mails with photos of the paintings inspired from my demo.

I am getting lots of people loving this Tyvek paper. Maybe everyone who is interested should start requesting it from Cheap Joe's. If there seems to be enough interest, maybe they will carry it again.

13 comments:

meera said...

We are just emerging from a sever nor'easter storm here in the east, and so finally found time to catch up with your blogs -- I am enjoying reading about your new technique. Since the paper/mats, even water etc for watercolors are all to be acid free - what happens to the paper when you use bleach? Or its so much fun that you really don't care?:)

Kathy said...

What wonderful outcome to an internet relationship, Myrna! I'm happy for both of you, and especially for those lucky students who had the opportunity to learn from you :)

Mike said...

Yep! David L is a first class "stitch." He has a great following as a result of his encouraging and relaxed teaching style. Keep it up, Dave!

jane.w.ferguson@gmail.com said...

I am glad you had a safe journey and lots of fun when you got there.Love the portrait.Did you get to Home Depo????

vickiandrandyrossart said...

what is the difference between tyvek and yupo? I know tyvek as what wraps new house's framework.

Barbara Sailor said...

Sounds as if you had a great experience demonstrating in David's classroom - the painting is great, as usual!

Ginny Stiles said...

Can you describe the properties of the paper you are using?

Billie Crain said...

Tyvek sounds very similar to Yupo. Can you make a comparison? I'm not sure if you've worked on Yupo so I ask.

Myrna said...

Meera, Tyvek is a synthetic paper and the bleach didn't seem to disolve it, so I think that surface is safe but who knows how long the Tyvek will last? Traditional paper is probably affected in a negative way, but as long as I outlast the image, that's all I care about. So much fun is definitely the operative phrase!

Myrna said...

Thanks, Kathy. The internet has expanded all of our worlds and connections. It is a marvel of the ages.

Jane, I haven't made it to the hardware store yet, but I did point to the floorboard in class and told them of your discovery.

Vicki, YUPO and Tyvek are both synthetic surfaces but accept paint in different ways. You need to experiment with them to discover what each can do.

Myrna said...

Ginny, the properties are Synthetic, slippery, smooth, semi absorbant, visual texture like rice paper, will accept many art media.

Barbara Woods said...

Thank you very much for the wonderful demonstration, Myrna! I haven't started my own painting yet, but tracked down and bought most of the materials to work with. You've challenged me. Now I need to get busy so I can send my own self-portrait to you. Our class enjoyed meeting your husband, too.

Carrie H. said...

I hope you are planning on us using Tyvek when you come to Portland next April (21,21,+23) I already checked with our main Art Supply store here and she carries it. It will be great to meet you in person too!
Carrie

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