Saturday, December 12, 2009

THIS AND THAT





My "Beginning Watercolor Portrait workshop" scheduled for Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society has an extended waiting list. If a few more people sign up, they will schedule a second workshop to accommodate everyone. So, contact Karen Druker if you are interested. She will give you all the details.

Next, the remarkable blog called "Marking a Mark" by Katherine Tyrell is having her annual year end blog awards. Everyone gets a vote and there are quite a few categories. If you want to cast your vote for all your favorite blogs, click on the "This and That" blog title and it will take you to Marking a Mark.

And last but not least, about the above painting. Today was one of those dark, gloomy, rainy days that are perfect for staying inside and wrapping yourself up with an art project. I had recently take this painting out of it's mat and decided I needed to recycle it. It was the last one in my bone series and was based on a grid idea a la Chuck Close. The title was the most fun thing about it : "Close to the Bone". I decided to collage over it and move it into my collage Self Portrait Series. I think I shall title this new one "These Old Bones"! or something to that effect. There is still work to be done. I am going to try and save more of the original image in the lighter areas. Most of the original painting is buried.

I will be sitting at Gallery Concord tomorrow. I can finish the painting there. If you are out and about, stop in and say "hi".

7 comments:

Kathy said...

Myrna, I like all three paintings! They're compositionally well-organized and the hues are brilliant. The third resolution, into a self-portrait, retains that brilliance. I'm always inspired by your creativity!

RHCarpenter said...

I just watched a pbs program about Chuck Close and watched him paint a self-portrait - huge and unwieldly that had to be lifted, turned, and lowered with hydrolics behind the canvas. Stunning work when it was done and I enjoyed seeing little squares and circles of varying colors become...a face! This one at top did remind me of that - but it worked well alone as an abstract, too.

Carolina Moon Arts Studio said...

Myrna, i absolutely love your mixed media work!

Carolina Moon Arts Studio said...

Myrna, I absolutely love your mixed media work!

Joyfulartist said...

I would sure love to watch you work. Your results always amaze me.

Liz said...

Myrna Iam fascinatedby the grid design you started with in "this n That" I'm sure you didn't paint the grid lines in. Is it a stamp? stencil? or ?? I am new to stamping and stencils and can't get my mind around this.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Liz,on the computer in Photoshop Elements, I enlarged a section of a painting until I had squares I could see (large pixels) and used that as my pattern. It is a regular grid. I then cut up a sheet of wrapping paper that had all these colored circles (this took hours!) and glued them down on top of the painted squares.

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