Thursday, August 15, 2013


Have you ever ranked the elements of design according to  your personal favorites?  For me it is Texture, Line, Color, Size, Value, Shape and Direction is last.  On  Wednesday of the workshop we think about the element of LINE and the roll of the dice had me pairing it with the element of color.  The most gorgeous use of a colored line is the mastery of Wayne Thiebaud with his shimmering contour line, and of course, Vincent Van Gogh who constructed stunning paintings out masses of lines, lines, lines.  Another Red/Green complimentary color scheme and we are off and running!  

This is the third painting on this piece of paper.  Two unsuccessful  paintings are underneath.  The letter M was on the previous painting but worked out for this one.  Maybe a letter sweater from college?  I think this will be the final incarnation as I added Portfolio Oil Pastels on top of the paint to brighten things up and bring out the color of the lines a bit. I have never tried to cover oil pastels.  I'm not sure they would cover easily.  

This looks very much like a caricature which are lots of fun to do.  If you appreciate the art of caricature, check out Caricature Showdown 3000 on Facebook.  Every week they pick a different person to draw and paint and then vote on Friday.  The winner gets to select the next subject.  Lots of people submit entries in a wide range of styles, techniques and materials.  Different aspects of the face are exaggerated by each artist.  I love to browse each week and evaluate whether they captured the essence of the likeness.  It makes you think about what makes "us" look like "us".  It turns out that programmers who are working on facial recognition software are studying caricaturists because they see the differences in faces so easily.


Anonymous said...

Hi Myrna,
I've been following your posts on your workshop, they're enlightening! I agree with you on Wayne Thibaud's stunning use of line. It's an exciting design tool. I'm enjoying your exciting variations of this interesting face.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Love the "M", Myrna. This is a fabulous piece and your thoughts and notes on caricatures grabbed my attention!

Meera Rao said...

The variations workshop with you is the most fun learning experience I had last year :) it's a delight to see your creativity each time. Thanks for sharing :)

Myrna Wacknov said...

Peggy, thanks for the kind words coming from the queen of designing!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Sherry, glad you like this one. Try your hand at creating a caricature. Lots of fun.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Meera, it was special having you in the workshop and meeting you in person. Safe travels home.

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