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!
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 11:46 AM
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.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 9:37 PM
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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