Sunday, February 9, 2014


This is how the painting finished up.  It started out like this

Evolution stage 1

This is acrylic on YUPO.  It might be a finished painting, but it doesn't really speak to me but so much fun exploring with paint.  My idea was to add an image on top.

Evolution stage 2
I made a drawing on parchment paper and then created a continuous line mask with a glue gun.  Laid it down and brayered acrylic over it.  Interesting idea but it has problems.  

Evolution stage 3

Added some collaged papers Starting to look interesting but problems with the white streak on the right side of the face, lost the lines of the fingers.  I laid the glue mask back down and attempted to add more paint.   Messed it up big time. 

Evolution stage 3
I covered over the mess up face with more collage paper.  As I was looking at it, I realized the dark shape in the middle was perfect for a head, so I looked through my photos and found the perfect image!

This is a photo of my son, Bill, taken while we were on Skype.  I just photographed the screen! He thought I was....well, you know,

Evolution line drawing from app TRACE

This is a cool line drawing I created from the above photo with the digital app TRACE.   

Evolution stage 4
I used a sanguine red conte crayon to draw the lines onto the painting so I could wipe away mistakes with a damp paper towel.  Then I used an eye dropper with black acrylic ink and drew over the lines. 

Evolution stage 5 FINISHED
Using the new Golden High Flow Acrylics, I added some color here and there.  These new acrylics are so transparent, they work beautifully as glazes.  I didn't want to loose the patterns of the collage papers or the ink lines.

I can't wait to try this technique again.   

I can't wait to teach this process in my new workshop Texture and Self Portraiture in the Digital Age!


CrimsonLeaves said...

Nicely done, Myrna!! Your son looks cute too.

Hastypearl said...

Wow! I felt like I was watching a "cliff hanger" movie! This one had a Very happy ending. Thanks for exploring IN FRONT OF US! Learning is happening...Laura

Boud said...

As usual, I'm a contrarian! I loved totally your stage one and wished you'd kept that as the final work! it's full of overtones and subtleties and it's just wonderful.

Jo Murray said...

Love the way that happened. Am going to have to check out TRACE.

barbra koenig said...

I loved the ink tracing of his face, how it is broken up into key areas. That,s what I'd like to do

Dan Kent said...

Amazing and wonderful!!! Wow!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks, all for the nice comments, even those contrary ones! I appreciate feedback, and I think it is valuable for all of us artists.

mike b said...

Very cool! I love the texture & your line drawing. A friend sent me the link to your site. I'll be poking around some past posts for sure. Great stuff and I love to see the process!

mike b said...

I think I'm missing a step in understanding something - what did you do with the digital line drawing from your iPad? Print it out & use it as a guide? Transfer to your "physical" art somehow?

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Mike, I use the digital line drawing as a guide and draw freehand onto the paper. Sometimes I jump in directly with going back there! This time, I used a conte crayon which could be wiped away if I needed to make a correction and then went back with ink in the dropper for a heavy irregular ink line. I hope you give it a try!

mike b said...

Thanks! My heart lit up seeing your style with the line drawings & all that texture! I'm very drawn to that myself. Thanks for sharing!

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