|MADMAN OF BORDEAUX|
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I have been thinking about giving a workshop in Italy where we would have the opportunity to paint some of the local residents who would come and sit for us. Along with instruction on drawing people in settings where they will be moving, not posing. Naturally, there will be plenty of time for touring, shopping and let us not forget eating!
I will be putting together a list of interested artists. I will keep them informed of details of future plans. If you would be interested in having your name on the list, send me an e-mail at email@example.com and I will keep you updated.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 8:03 PM
Sunday, November 25, 2012
|CONEJO BOTANICAL PARK HIKE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND 2012|
|CONEJO BOTANICAL PARK HIKE #2|
We are back home from a wonderful Thanksgiving week where we had the blessing of being with all of our children and grandchildren. Everyone still enjoys each other's company. In today's world where everyone is scattered around the country and around the world, not everyone can gather the clan together for special holidays. We feel very fortunate and appreciative.
Unlike myself, my children LOVE hiking and wanting to be part of the group experience, I go, too. I am the only one out of breath dragging up a steep incline. They are always there to lend a hand or an arm in the more precarious areas. In spite of myself, I get some needed exercise and a good aerobic workout plus some photos of beautiful areas. No time to paint during the hike but I have been adding to my new leather bound sketchbook while sitting comfortably in front of my iPad working from some of the photos. The Oak trees in California have the most amazing twisted limbs which feel so expressive and fun to draw and paint. As an aside, for those of you not familiar with Spanish names, the name Conejo is pronounced KA-NAY-HOE. It translates as rabbit.
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving shared with special people you care about be it family or friends.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 10:49 AM
Sunday, November 11, 2012
|Susie Shipman hand made leather bound watercolor sketchbook (binding)|
|Susie Shipman Leather bound watercolor sketchbook front cover|
|LIME KILN PARK, SAN JUAN ISLAND, WASHINGTON...Hike to light house|
|MORAN STATE PARK, ORCAS ISLAND, WASHINGTON....waterfall trail hike|
|MORAN STATE PARK, ORCAS ISLAND, WASHINGTON....waterfall hike|
My youngest son bought a beautiful secluded vacation home on Orcas Island, Washington. We spent the week up there enjoying the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. This involved taking hikes which are often challenging for me. My boys watch out for me and help me with the steep and/or slippery spots. These little watercolor paintings were done from photographs I took from the hikes. The sketchbook was a gift from my children and I had the wonderful good fortune to meet the woman, Susie Shipman, who hand makes these fabulous books. The paper is Saunders Waterford from England and I am able to paint on both sides without buckling. She told me she used to sell them all over but has scaled back and now I believe they are only available on Orcas Island or you can order from her website. If you want more information, here is a link for Susie . The size I have is 5 x 7 and, as you can see, I was able to flatten out the page and paint across the paper for a 2 page spread.
Barely back from our great adventure up North and I am preparing to drive to Sacramento tomorrow for a demo for the Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons Inc. It will be around 2PM when I start and is being held at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. If you are in the area, I hope you will be able to stop by. For those of you who can't make the drive, I will post the results on Tuesday.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 5:08 PM