Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SAN DIEGO NEWS!

I am finally back from San Diego.  The Watercolor Society had a wonderful Preview Party for their International Show on Thursday. I received my signature and was awarded the second highest award!!  What an amazing honor.  The next night was the opening reception and Saturday morning they had a breakfast for the artists.  We each had an opportunity to talk about our paintings.  This was so interesting....the stories behind each one and the techniques were described.  I took lots of photos but the website is up with all of the winning paintings.  Each can be enlarged so you see fantastic detail.
Click on the link  and enjoy this fantastic show.

There were some wonderful exhibits in Balboa Park at the art museum.  I went to see the Henri Toulouse Lautrec drawing and poster exhibit.  When we arrived I discovered there was a show of Zandra Rhodes, Brittish iconic designer of fabrics and incredible clothing in another building.    In the eighties, I was very involved with fiber art and art to wear.  I had the most fabulous book on Zandra RhodesZandra Rhodes and the Art of Textiles: A Life Long Love Affair.
I absolutely loved this exhibit and am inspired to created some paintings based on the photographs I took.  Here are some pages from her sketchbooks.  I spent an hour tonight going through 4 cartons of books from my fiber art days and I can't find that book on Zandra Rhodes.  It has to be here somewhere.  In the meantime I found the first art book I ever purchased at the age of 16 with my babysitting money.  I still remember the thrilling feeling of discovering this book and purchasing it.  I knew I would never have given it away but it was missing for many years.  The book?   A 1958 hardbound edition of The Complete Guide to Drawing from Life  by George Bridgeman.
 Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life   As you can see, this book is a classic and still in print at a very inexpensive price.

14 comments:

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

Well you just got back from a wonderful time haven´t you...that is great news for you and this piece you submitted is wonderful as well as some of the other pieces. Amazing! That cover of the woman with the pink hair...way ahead of her time...in the 50s with such a look,,,wow!

RHCarpenter said...

Congratulations!!!

Nancy Goldman said...

congratulations on your award Myrna. It is well deserved.

Nancy Standlee said...

I'm so happy for you, Myrna and you deserve it.

jane Ferguson said...

Congratulations Myrna,I can really hear all the excitment in your voice.I would love to see the Sandra Roudes show.Looking forward to catching up later today.

Mary Crowell said...

just went to the website and saw your winning painting, congratulations and to mike bailey also, what an honor for you both.

Mary Paquet said...

Congratulations on your well-deserved award, Myrna!! I look forward to your paintings inspired by fabric art. Cross-polination is wonderful.

Mary Sonya Conti said...

Always wonderful to hear that credit and awards are given for quality art. Congrats to both you and Mike Bailey Myrna

Linda said...

congratulations, myrna. you're one amazingly creative and talented lady. so glad i was able to take your class at CWA. keep on inspiring all of us!

Carol Nelson said...

Congrats on your signature award, Myrna.
I went to Golden, CO to see the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL WATERMEDIA SHOW and there you were!!! Your painting looks awesome.

Kellie said...

U are amazing!!!!!! I would love for you to check out my site Social Muze. :) We are all about art in all forms and your stuff would make such a wonderful addition! Would u be interested in hosting a blog or group with clips from this blog for our members possibly??? You can click on my "Creative Playground" tab on my blog to access it! :) I sure hope u will at least take a peak! :) I will be back!!! :)
http://magicinthebackyard.wordpress.com

David Lobenberg said...

You go, girl! They let that Mike Bailey guy in the show!? :-)

devotedmomof7 said...

Congratulations on this tremendous honor. Thank you for the link. I was excited to see my Dallas friend, Gisa's painting there, too. Great company to be in, and well deserved.

Ruth Armitage said...

Congratulations Myrna :) I've enjoyed seeing your work in the recent exhibition catalogs. I hope to see you in person one of these days... Glad you enjoyed your trip to San Diego and the varied exhibits!

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