Monday, August 19, 2013

SURPRISED AND HAPPY!

50 YEARS LATER
The National Watercolor Society published the names of the artists that have paintings to be included in their 2013 International Exhibition.  I was surprised and thrilled to have the above painting included!  I didn't make the cut that past two years, so it is wonderful news.  I like this painting a lot but wasn't sure how much others would take to it.  Trying to second guess the judges is an exercise in futility.  In the end, we have to be the final judge and jury.   I start with a concept or idea, do my best to carry it through, evaluate the outcome and go on to the next one.  I love when others find value in a painting or drawing, but ultimately, mine is the only vote that  counts.


This painting is a tribute to my husband, who has been an unwavering support and cheerleader of my artistic endeavors all these years.  Sunday will mark our 50th wedding anniversary.  
Jerry's Highschool Yearbook Picture 
Still handsome after all these years.

34 comments:

Sadami said...

Oh, Myrna, congrats on your both achievements : the work got in and the anniversary. Have a wonderful and sweeet time with your handsome hubby.
Best wishes, Sadami

Myrna Wacknov said...

Sadami, you are so sweet! thank you.

CrimsonLeaves said...

He is indeed still handsome. Congratulations on your acceptance and even bigger congratulations on 50 years of marriage to you both!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Congratulations Myrna! I looked at the list of artists accepte and its quite the stellar group! What a wonderful piece and congrats on the 50 years!

Gayle Miller said...

Wonderful dear friend!

jane ferguson said...

This is wonderful news Myrna,I am very excited for you,so deserved. Also congratulations on the wedding anniversary another great achievement.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thank you Sherry. Older but still handsome after all these years!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks, Peggy! There were almost 1000 entries and fewer than 100 accepted. Lot's of great work didn't make it in. I am excited to be included this year.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Gayle, miss you but following closely all your artistic endeavors.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks, Jane. I can't believe how fast 50 years goes by!

Ruth Armitage said...

What a way to celebrate your anniversary. A beautiful tribute to your husband, and congratulations on the NWS acceptance!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thank you, Ruth. I love painting his face!

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

Congratulations on your painting and your anniversary. That portrait is amazing. And he must be a very good man for you to be married for 50 years. I'm at 25...i have another 25 to go! Wish me luck. :)

Joyfulartist said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful way to celebrate the love and devotion of 50 years of marriage.

Sheila Sonnenschein said...

So happy for you, Myrna! Well-deserved! You are so talented. And, happy 50th!!! I was born the year you were married!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks, Carol, If you made it 25 years, looks like you find a good man, too! Enjoy every day and year. They sure go by quickly!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks, Joyful! Lots of celebrations going on!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Sheila, you make 50 look amazing!! Good genes, good living and a great family!

Judi Richards said...

Congratulations. I love this painting. When I first saw it, I thought I saw you near his left year, contemplating a new painting.

RH Carpenter said...

Congratulations!!! I am happy to see this was accepted - and so happy for you both: 50 years!!! WOW!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on being accepted into the NWS show. Will you become a signature member this year?.
Congrats to you and Jerry on 50 years of marriage. Regards to you both.

Hilda

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Myrna,
Congratulations on all counts! The portrait of Jerry is wonderful and it's no wonder it got into the show. I especially enjoyed reading your words about the artist being the final judge and jury! :)
Keep up the great work and I hope you and Jerry have a wonderful fiftieth anniversary celebration.
Sincerely,
Gary.

Sharon A Lyon said...

Miss you, Myrna..I am so glad to see your work respected and recognized. I have your Kitty Cat prominently displayed in my century old home in Ohio. Sharon Lyon

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thank you Judi!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Rhonda, we both have great Jerry's in our lives! Thanks for the good wishes.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hilda, I am a signature member of NWS but haven't made the show for the last 2 years. It is always a wonderful surprise to get accepted.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks you, Gary. I see you are enjoying your new home in Hawaii! I am following closely. thanks for the kind words.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Sharon, how wonderful to hear from you! If you get back to the Bay Area, be sure and call.

georgia mansur said...

Huge congratulations Myrna~ on both accounts~ well done you, all that hard work has paid off and we know it sometimes is just that, hard work! We just celebrated our 29th and I am looking forward to the next adventures with my husband and with my art! Thanks for sharing your creative journey, a true inspiration. : D

Chris Rogers said...

Myrna, your blog has given me so much inspiration and insight into my own creativity. This painting is truly marvelous and certainly worthy of the attention given it by "Those Who Determine What's Great". Your work is always great. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks, Georgia! What lovely compliments. 29 years is significant. Lots of surprises ahead!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Chris, nothing means more to a teacher than to know that they have made a difference in someone's life. thank you for sharing that information with me.. Paint on!!

barbra koenig said...

Really happy for you Myrna. You are so talented.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Those are very kind words, Barbra, Thank you!

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