Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A GOOD DAY'S WORK!

REVELATION

I found a few sheets of heavy weight YUPO in my studio and decided to try an idea on one of the sheets.  This handsome gentleman was a guest at a recent art event I went to.  He even knew I was taking his photo and didn't mind.  He is one of the few people I know that doesn't look self-conscious or pose when a camera is aimed his way.  

I wanted to see what would happen if I stamped an acrylic pattern on the paper first and then drew and painted on top.  I forgot to photograph the stages...a sign I was really into the painting and not thinking about anything else.  I kept the paper upright, which is a risky thing to do with YUPO, and surprisingly, I was able to control the drips pretty well.   I used diluted liquid acrylic and some acrylic ink.  Watercolor would have been impossible at the angle I wanted to work at.  Part of the reason I wanted to work upright is to get an accurate drawing without distortion,  I had fun drawing with these rubber shaping tools.  I thought they were intriguing but this is the first time I have found a good use for them.  I'm not sure what they are designed for but probably clay or heavy acrylic or heavy oil.  

Now that I have a good realistic portrait, I think it will be fun to try some stylized versions.  If you click on the image it should bring up a different screen where you can see the details.

12 comments:

hmuxo said...

A very impressive piece!!

Meera Rao said...

This is super! Love the texture, the colors, the composition! You have done it again!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thank you Hilda. I see you are also a "people" painter. Pastels is one of my favorite mediums to work with. You do it well.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Meera, you are so kind! Hope this past year has been good to you. It was so fun hanging out for a week last year.

CrimsonLeaves said...

He is indeed a handsome gentleman and looks awesome with his white beard and cowboy hat!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Myrna, It's fun to see how creative you get with paint. The textures add so much life and expression to your portrait. It will be fun to see where you go with particular gentleman with the hat!

Lizhillart said...

love the printed background

RH Carpenter said...

What a fantastic portrait!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thank you Sherry, Peggy and Rhonda. I need to tweak the background and then on to the next one. I appreciate that all three of you continue to be such a great support to me.

Zoe said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and am very glad I did! What a beautiflul project and gorgeous work!I grew up to appreciate art and tried to teach my kiddo the same. He went to art school so I guess it worked out. I cant wait to link him to your site!Thanks...Im gonna be sure to follow.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks, Liz. We are of like minds.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Zoe, welcome to my blog. I look forward to hearing from you now and then.

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