Saturday, December 31, 2011
The last project I have for this year (today!) is to create a book of my work for the past year. I think this is a great way to have a record of each year and is fairly simple to do with all the wonderful technology available on the internet. I am going to use Blurb but there are a number of places that you can create these self published books.
Today I wrote out my goals for the coming year on a piece of paper. I will put it away and check it next Dec. 31st. A goal is only a dream if it is not written down. Some of these goals require that I create a strategy to make them happen. Some of them require that I only show up each day and work. It is amazing to see at the end of the year how many things came to realization because I just showed up and did my part leaving the Universe to do it's part.
I am excited for the new year to begin! I will be taking a new workshop from Gerald Brommer using tons and tons of 3-d collage materials, slathering it with gesso and then painting with watercolor or acrylic! Then, I am taking Mike Bailey's Watercolor Beyond the Obvious class for the 4th time. Some people have taken it as many as 12 times (I think that is the record). People sometimes ask me why I am in a workshop when I teach them myself. I hope I never get to the place where I can't be learning something new. I love being the teacher and sharing what I know and I love being the student and learning from others, both the instructor and my fellow students. I also learn new ideas for presenting my material in my workshops by observing different instructors.
In closing, I would like to share with you a quote from Edward Betts which expresses my concept of the kind of art I wish to make. I am going to make a beautiful sign for my studio so I can be inspired by it each day.
"There is an obligation to go beyond craftsmanship, to push the medium beyond descriptive imitation toward the transformation of nature into solely pictorial terms, to form images that have urgency and communicative power and in which poetry or geometry is of more concern than an unimaginative list of visual facts."
Thank you to all the wonderful people who have followed my blog this year and been so generous with your support of my work and efforts. May you all have a healthy, happy and creative year full of joy in
the making of art!
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Friday, December 23, 2011
|Jennifer Lawson holding our mutual portrait sketches|
|Jennifer's sketch of Me|
|My sketch of Jennifer|
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Friday, December 16, 2011
I have been hearing reports that the January issue of Watercolor Artist is out but I haven't seen it yet. The bookstore told me it should arrive by the 19th at the latest. The painting from the CWA national show is in this issue along with the other 2011 winners from shows around the country. The staff at Watercolor Artist asked me to write the Creativity Corner article for the April issue of the magazine. I was honored to be considered. The creative challenge for me was in keeping to the 450 word text limit. The staff at the magazine has been great to work with. It will be fun to see what paintings the readers come up with after reading the article.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Monday, December 5, 2011
Lastly, I was horrified to discover that there were seventeen comments from many of you that had not been published!!! I don't know how this happened as I thought I had done so. A HUGE APOLOGY to everyone who took the time to send me a comment and felt ignored. I appreciate each and every remark that I receive and would never purposely ignore any of them. I will be checking that page more frequently to catch any errors on my part.
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Monday, November 21, 2011
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Saturday, November 19, 2011
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
I am so excited! I finally was able to upload my first iPad2 video to YouTube. I had to break it down into segments, so here is the first part. For some reason it may not play on my blog but click on watch on YouTube and you can see it.
Here is the second part which shows the supplies you will need.
This segment shows my method of painting the envelope. The last segment, Part 4, shows how to fold, cut and tape the envelope to create a wallet!!
If you make your own, be sure and send me a photo so I can share it on my blog.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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Monday, November 7, 2011
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
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Monday, October 31, 2011
Thanks to Nancy Standlee, who discovered a new source for creating slide shows, I can finally show you the wonderful sculpture exhibit I had the pleasure of seeing during my week in Belgium this summer. I originally spent hours making a slide show with Slide.com but could never get it to show up in the blog. In the meantime, Slide.com is shutting down. I have no idea what will happen with the past slide shows I have created. The new website is by Kizoa.com I am very pleased how quickly everything loaded and the ease of putting the show together. I am so happy to have a new source for slide shows.
This past week I created a video on how to make the Tyvek wallets with my new iPad 2. I managed to get by that learning curve, then had to figure out the editing program iMovie for iPad 2. With a little help from the Genius Bar, I got that figured out, but then.....I can't seem to upload it to YouTube or Facebook or anyplace I can then transfer to the blog!!!!!! In the meantime, it appears that my MacBook isn't capable of upgrading to the latest operating system which I need to sync with the iPad 2. Between the learning and the funding, this modern technological age has a very dark side!
I hope to have the video available SOON. Till then, enjoy the slide show.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 8:12 PM
Monday, October 24, 2011
|TYVEK WALLET ENVELOPES|
|PAPERS PLUS FINISHED WALLETS|
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
|BRUSH PEN DRAWING OF WENDY|
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
|Entrance to Kemper Museum...Louise Bourgeois' "Spider"|
|Lawn Sculpture Kemper Museum "The Thinker"|
|David Bates Triptych "The Storm" Katrina painting 60" x 250"|
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Monday, October 17, 2011
|BAMBOO PEN/ COFFEE STICK & INK|
|COFFEE STICK & INK W/WASH|
|COFFEE STICK & INK PLUS WASH|
The next exercise in the One Drawing A Day book suggests using Bamboo pens. I have two different sizes, one being quite large, but the ink line isn't nice and wide like the example in the book. In fact, the two pens produce a rather similar line. I don't know what I am doing differently, but I prefer drawing with a flat thin wooden coffee stirrer as I can get a wonderful variety of line with that simple tool. It is actually much more portable for on site sketching, too! The first drawing today started with the bamboo pens and then I switched to the coffee stick. The second drawing I added the wash. I kept playing with the materials. The first two images are of a gentleman that sat in Rembrandt's studio in his house in Amsterdam, keeping an eye on the place. I actually asked his permission to take his photo. A very handsome man! The last image is of my husband....who also made a surprise appearance on Gary Everest's blog over the weekend!!! Check it out!
I was in Kansas City for the weekend. Almost all of our time was spent with family but I talked my husband into taking me to the Kemper contemporary gallery. It is small but very attractive and had some wonderful work on display. I will post images tomorrow. My biggest disappointment was the Dean Mitchell painting "Release" wasn't on display although it is owned by the museum. It is one of my very favorite paintings by this amazing artist and I was anticipating seeing it in person. Oh well, maybe next time! They have a large collection and a limited exhibition space.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
|KELP BASKET MULTIPLE DIP PENS AND INDIA INK|
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Monday, October 10, 2011
|ONE DRAWING A DAY #1 BAMBOO PEN|
|ONE DRAWING A DAY #2 CONTINUOUS LINE RAZOR POINT PEN|
|ONE DRAWING A DAY #3 CONTINUOUS LINE RAZOR POINT PEN|
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Friday, October 7, 2011
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
|GARY EVEREST'S PORTRAIT OF ME|
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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Sunday, September 25, 2011
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
|AURYN INK PROGRAM|
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