Friday, July 26, 2013


I  am reading a wonderful book by Twyla Tharp, "The Creative Habit".  It is helping me to clarify my direction and get even more focused.  It seems this art thing is never exactly where you want it to be, if you even know where you want it to be!  

I have spent the last two days working on this image.  I covered up a false start and started over.  This is getting closer to what I want.  I used liquid acrylic inks and then building up the opacity with fluid acrylics.  The surface was first textured with gesso and heavy gel that I stamped into.  I drew and painted with a cheap, thin wooden coffee stirrer and lots of finger painting in the final stages!  My nails are a disaster but it was lots of fun with very interesting effects.  If  you haven't tried painting with your hands or fingers.  This is a small square gallery canvas.  I am going to try a similar  painting on watercolor paper.

I like this palette.  Indigo Blue, Magenta, Yellow Ochre, Spectrum Red (red orange) Dark Walnut and Buff Titanium in place of white.  


Sadami said...

Hi,Myrna, very happy to know u're finding what u've wanted for. That's what I've been trying in drawing. Please well take care fingers. Thank u for sharing pain, joy, discovering.
Best wishes, Sadami

CrimsonLeaves said...

This is truly exquisite!

Maywyn Studio said...

Lovely work
I like the man's expression, the depth of his thoughts in color.
Fingers are as good as brushes for painting.

Meera Rao said...

Great textures and colors! Love to see it in person. I too love that book - hoping one day I will have clear direction and focus ! Your dedication to experimenting is inspiring!

RH Carpenter said...

I love the look of this - I think you are onto something really good - but you already were, I know!

Coreopsis said...

I recently bought that book, and spent several days obsessively reading it, and writing down quotes from it. She has marvelous things to say. I need to read it again now, and really think about how that applies to me.

I absolutely LOVE these images, and I look forward to perusing them in more depth!

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