Sunday, February 5, 2012

LETTING GO!

ACRYLIC INK DRAWING ON COLLAGED SURFACE

I found this blurry photo that struck me as an interesting abstract for a background.  I created a collage that interpreted this photo, then covered it with a layer of torn white tissue.  When that dried, I used the rubber stopper in the acrylic bottle and drew the images.  It was fun to start playing with the shapes and lines.  I was finally able to let go of caring about likeness etc. and just concentrate on shapes.  Making almost all of the lines angular is a Carla O'Conner exercise that I particularly like.  I can continue to play with these shapes in future paintings.  

THE CLAN #4 FINISHED


So, here is the finished painting.  I started out using watercolor but there was too much acrylic on the tissue paper so I wasn't getting much color sticking.  I switched to liquid acrylic.  Some of the colors are kind of intense and a little unusual.  The greens are amazingly bright, so I had to add a neutralizing color.  I kept to a basic orange/green palette because it was not something I usually work with.  

I feel I am working towards a breakthrough but not there yet.  I was disappointed that the original collage barely impacts the color .  It's all a learning process.  You have to see what happens to understand it.  There are always surprises, which is part of the fun!

I have my idea for the next painting.  I just received my copy of the CCP new Anne Bagby DVD.  I am going to attempt the process she used in the video and apply it to this series.  I just spent $$$$ for the Sunday New York Times to get some great fonts.  
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20 comments:

janice said...

The drawing is a huge leap in the progress in this series! It was a breakthrough for you that clearly will take you to some wonderful pieces. I love your acute analysis of and introspective approach to your work.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Janice, thanks for your comments. I think I am on my way to abstraction fairly quickly but will probably bounce back and forth as my ideas develop.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Wow Myrna! I think this has to be one of my most favorite pieces to date! I absolutely adore the palette and I just noticed that the heads are set up like Mt. Rushmore, or close to it, at any rate. What a gorgeous family treasure this piece is!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Myrna, I'm having fun watching you develop this series. This particular piece has a monumental look about it, sort of carved out of stone! Exciting!

Judy Todd said...

LOVE the Clan #4!

Georgi Streetman said...

This one really works, interesting abstract result! This has opened up some new approaches for me, also desirous of releasing an addiction to the result. This is such a great blog, admire your commitment to constant challenge and growth. To invite pattern-interrupt, I will often turn the piece (including the reference photo itself) upside down and work on it. Thanks for stimulating ideas!

Jeff Chase said...

Oh, yes! Way to get "outside the box". There's more than one way to see...at least 20 ;-) I salute you for taking on portraits in this process. Don't you just love the BTO process?

Jane ferguson said...

Oh love this one Myrna,I think you are back on your roll.Looking forward to seeing the rest.

Jeanette said...

Excellent result from your experiment. You have all the elements of abstraction and the willingness to let it take over. I'll wait to see where it takes you from here.

. said...

wow, love it!!! the colours are brilliant, and so fitting to the lines and the style.
Really great piece!!!
Cant wait to see what you will make next time, its been fantastic to see all this grow.

Great work!!!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Sherry, I hadn't thought of Mt. Rushmore but the position of the heads is about right. A lofty sculpture to live up to!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Peggy, Nice to hear from you. Hope your career is going great guns! The angular drawing is a Carla O'Connor exercise I love using.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Judy, Thanks for the comment. I see this design strategy is right up your alley!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Georgi, Thanks for following along. It makes me very happy when you get inspired by something I have shared.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Jeff! BTO is the best 10 weeks one can spend. I love being in the process!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Jane, yes I am starting to get into the BTO groove. You will see the results at critique!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Jeanette, glad you are following along. I never know where it takes me, but always somewhere fun and surprising!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Mari, Thank you for the kind words. It is all an experiment,but what fun!

Sharon Lynn Williams said...

Hi Myrna: love what you are doing!! Can you please tell me where to get the code for the Blurb coupon? I want to add it on my blog!!!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Sharon, I received an email from them with the code.

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