Thursday, January 2, 2014



After seeing the wonderful exhibit at the DeYoung Museum in SF showing the work of David Hockney, I have decided to spend more time learning how to manipulate the art apps which I have downloaded onto my iPad.  I don't expect to have my work printed into large scale prints like I saw at the museum, but I was impressed how Hockney was able to use this technology and yet produce work that was so representative of his work in watercolor, acrylic and oils.  

So much of digital work that is passed around in various venues on the internet features amazing technical wizardry of images that look like photographs but were created in the iPad or iPhone.  As astounding as these images are, they didn't motivate me to want to create that type of digital image.  

Now I want to figure out how to make a "Myrna mark" with my iPad.  I will be receiving a new stylus in April that should make the process much easier.  It has a very fine tip and is pressure sensitive which will allow me to create a mark that changes width by pressure instead of having to manually change the width.  It is called the YuFu Stylus Pro and was just successfully funded through Kickstarter.

These are two images I played with yesterday.  The first one I was playing around with layers.  I still don't understand exactly how to use layers, so that is the first thing I am going to master.  I played with two apps.  I think a better plan is to stick with one app until I have it fairly figured out, then move to another app.  January will be dedicated to Sketch Club.  My goal is to do one a day.   

What art goals have you set for yourself this year?


gracemrankinartist said...

Hi Myrna,
I am also trying to get the hang of an I pad app. It is called procreate. I may just follow your leavd for Jan as I will be travelling some and it is easy to take along.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Good luck with your efforts, Myrna. Love the plant on top; the background colors add much! My daughter is super with computer apps in the art arena.

Anonymous said...

As you probably know, Hockney began by playing with the very simple and free iPhone Brushes app. He then graduated to the ipad which have him a larger "canvas" .
Looking forward to seeing your digital work evolve!

Dorise said...

Am hooked on my iPad. Looking forward to your explorations and blog entries. Hope you had a great holiday season and think of you fondly here at GAC.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Grace, looking forward to seeing what you do with your iPad app. Most of them work pretty much the same. I figure once I have it under control, I can try the others.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Sherry. You should have your daughter introduce you to some of these apps. I like the portability of my iPad not needing anything water, brushes, paint, etc. Trying to figure out how to block out the glare.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Anonymous...Hockney is so ready to take up the latest technology and make it work for him. I think we could all take a lesson from that open minded curiosity.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Dorise, so nice to hear from you. Please share what you are doing on your iPad! I have a workshop scheduled for Gualala in November where we will be using a digital devise. It is now up on the website. Check it out! Happy New Year to you and yours

Jo Murray said...

I've always been an admirer of David Hockney...mainly his photography. I've since come to know his paintings and love them. You seem to have a handle on the technology very well. Love the first image.

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I love painting & your art is awesome, Thanks for sharing it..

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