Friday, February 26, 2010

HEART FELT!

After dinner dishes are done, I have been setting up my tabletop easel on the kitchen counter next to a small television and creating a painting while I watch the Olympics.  The house is warmer than the garage studio and the lighting is strong in the kitchen.  

This painting started out as a drawing with my coffee stirrer stick.  I decided to try and draw from a drawing rather than from the original source material.  The drawing looked way too much like a cartoon for me.  I started painting and then decided I needed to redraw the image.  I covered the painting with tissue paper with my heart pattern gessoed on the tissue.  I really like the pattern effect.  I was able to go back into the painting and do a better job of drawing.  This was a lot of fun. 

13 comments:

Cynthia S. said...

I'm relatively new to your blog. Your style is amazing! I love the way you use texture and re-work a painting over and over when you're not satisfied. It's teaching me something I need to know.

Christy Hagenbaugh said...

Beutiful! I admire your talent!
Art is a beautiful thing in this world.
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Candy said...

I really like the pattern, too. Great job, Myrna!

RHCarpenter said...

Myrna, you are amazing! There is something very interesting in this that draws you in and maybe it's the hearts, maybe it's just the look on her face - reminds me a lot of the latest Artist's Magazine portrait issue (KY artist Gaela Erwin's self-portraits).

Dan Kent said...

I really love this! The heart designs make it magical - it is like we are looking at her through a crystal. As always, I am amazed with all of the techniques at your disposal.

Werner said...

cool, great


viele Grüße Werner

Stan Kurth said...

Sometimes I like a cartoon look if it invokes a "wow" response. Your stirrer stick drawings capture so much essence of character; very similar to the gestural lines in a Ben Shahn figure. So now I've compared your work to Chuck Close and Ben Shahn. I'm not nuts, I just see certain aspects or details and they remind me of what I know. Your work truly is exquisite.

Kathy said...

I like Stan's comments and heartily agree!

Nancy Goldman said...

I really love all of the patterns and textures you add to your paintings. The results always seem to be so fresh and creative.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Cynthia, welcome to my blog!

Thank you Christy and Candy for the nice comments.

Hi Rhonda, I must check out Artist's Magazine and Gaela Erwin. Should be on the newstands tomorrow.

Hi Dan, interesting comparison to the crystal. I like trying for some mystery and complexity in the surface.

Werner, thanks for stopping by.

Stan and Kathy, I am overwhelmed with the comparison to such great artists. I appreciate your compliments.

Thank you Nancy, for your kind comments.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Beautiful, creative work. I love the way one creative thought opens the door for so many other expression. This is a great blog!

Beverly Gurganus said...

I just came upon your blog and finished browsing. I enjoyed looking at all your pieces. You have a very interesting style. I like how you are exploring other tools for drawing like the straws.

Paula K. Cravens said...

I really like this piece Myrna. NIce portrait and as always, intrigued with your layers.

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