I just read an important message on Alyson Stanfield's art coach blog. I know many of you artists out there do not have a blog and are using facebook as a platform to share your art. It turns out that Facebook has changed the settings on your home page so that only those "friends" that comment or indicate "like" are getting your latest posts on Facebook. The title of this blog is a direct link to the article that discusses this new wrinkle and tells you how to change your settings. Just click on the title and it will take you to the information. We need to pass the word around about this so that every artist gets the exposure they deserve!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
I think this is done. I was able to increase the saturation of color. It just took some layering. I am getting pretty tight with these paintings. I will probably proceed along these lines for awhile and then get more gestural when I have the literal out of my system.
So, what was the Eureka! moment? I often lie in bed and imagine how different ideas will look and then fall asleep. Often, the in the first waking moments, ideas pop into my head. The subconscious works on the problems and comes up with solutions. I have been trying to resolve a composition of multiple heads and hands, what size paper, what shape paper, etc. I like to just start drawing because of the spontaneity of the line and image but it is hard to control the composition when I work this way. It came to me that I could draw the images on tissue paper and then move them around until I found the most appealing composition and then collage them onto the paper. I am very excited about this idea. I want to use a color other than black, and using a stick with ink will probably be too rough on delicate tissue paper, so I think my Lizard's Lick #4 dipped in acrylic ink will do the trick. I'm looking forward to trying this idea out this afternoon. Stay tuned.........
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Last night I went to a different drawing session with clothed models. They were not professional models but did a good job and the variety was nice. You can check out the results on my life drawing blog "Drawn from limb to limb".
Today I tried a few different ideas for collage. I hope to paint on top of these sheets tomorrow.
Monday, February 14, 2011
These are the drawings I did today in preparation for a new painting. I may create a series out of this idea. Now I have to decide how I am going to combine these images into a composition. How many people? What shape and size will the paper be? These are just a few of the considerations. The last drawing is the beginning of the search for an interesting solution. Hopefully, tomorrow's drawings will reveal a few answers.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
He definitely needed something to cover him up!
Once the collage was dry, I went to my reference images and selected this one:
This is a photo I took in Israel of a store mannequin with the most outrageous hair!
And then this one:
Lips and earrings to die for! The schmata on the head, not so much.
Stir it all together and Viola!
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 7:49 PM
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I went to an afternoon life drawing session today. Here is a sketch I did of some of the participants. Not a great painting but I was happy with my approach starting with the most forward figure and working back from there.
I decided to draw the group because I was so bored with the model. These afternoon sessions are designed for people who want to do a finished painting. The same pose is held (with breaks, naturally) for two weeks. This was the second week, so most of the participants already had their spots. I wound up with a totally frontal view. She was standing perfectly straight holding a staff. Good Grief! There was no rhythm or life in this pose. I will give it one more try next week but I think I am going to have to find another solution. Perhaps I should just go sketching once a week where there are lots of people. Anyone want to join me?
I did meet a very friendly gentleman who introduced himself as a follower of my blog! It's nice to connect with people who are friends you didn't know you had. Check out Drawn from Limb to Limb for some of the other drawings I made today.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I went to a life drawing session last night. This was the 3rd week I have been able to attend and this was the first week I found the model inspiring! That's not to say that the other models didn't do a good job. It must be excruciating to hold any pose for 20 minutes without moving. I guess I like curves, on women. I think this pose has potential for a painting. I am now thinking of going to a Thursday afternoon session. This is a long pose for two weeks. I like short poses but I think I can move around and draw the model from different positions because there are fewer artists in attendance. I am going to check it out tomorrow. To see the rest of the drawings, check out my other blog, Drawn from Limb to Limb.
Monday, February 7, 2011
I received a phone call today telling me that I won 2nd place with this painting in the 2nd Annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition "World of Watercolor" at the Fallbrook Art Center. It is always an honor to get into a show, much less win an award. I am hoping to hear which other paintings received awards. I have never been to Fallbrook but I understand it is a wonderful facility for workshops and classes plus they have several beautiful galleries. In addition to this show, they also have on exhibit a collection of watercolors by the previous generation of masters known as the California Style Regionalists from 1920 to 20000
I didn't make it into the Western Federation show, which was a disappointment. I didn't make it into the American Watercolor Society show, either, but I pretty much figure that as I send in my entry. It is never a forgone conclusion that your painting will be in the show, much less receive any extra recognition. But you lose 100% of the time you don't try. I got over being devastated not making it into a show the year Chung Kee Chee didn't make the cut either.
So, what's the 3rd great thing that happened this week? I FINISHED PREPARING MY TAXES! Now I can get busy painting. Nothing feels better than handing over my tax stuff to my accountant.
Tomorrow night is another life drawing session at the Palo Alto Art Center. Maybe I'll see you there!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Went to a life drawing session tonight. I was much less tired than last time and sat in a low chair with a back. It made a huge difference. No back pain and I enjoyed the evening. Check out my blog "Drawn from Limb to Limb" for details.