Thursday, January 12, 2017
This is a painting of a wonderful photographer, Gary Bridges. Not only is he a great photographer, he is a very nice, warm and friendly man. When I met him, I was taken with his lean rugged countenance and asked if I could photograph him and create some paintings. He was very gracious and so I took 3 or 4 different poses and have painted 4 or 5 versions. Because I don't like to paint teeth, my subjects look serious. In this case, Gary looks downright menacing. As the song from Porgy and Bess goes, " It ain't necessarily so!"
This painting is going to be on exhibit starting this weekend with the 2017 national exhibition of the California Watercolor Association. This is an organization very close to my heart so I was particularly happy to be included in the show. National shows always have so much competition with excellent level entries vying for too few spots. Sometimes I am able to make the cut and sometimes not. Lucky this time! I am looking forward to attending the opening reception on Saturday the 14th at the Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Art Center in Pleasanton, Ca. This is a fabulous venue and I am excited that CWA was able to have this important show here again. Reconnecting with local friends and a few from as far away as Florida is going to be another highlight of the day.
This is a new surface I experimented with. It is supposed to resemble plaster. You take paper toweling and separate it into one ply and glue it to the surface (watercolor paper, canvas, wood panel, etc.) with an equal mixture of gesso and mat medium. I used paper towels that already had some paint on them and would have been thrown away. I like how the whitish ground has subtle color coming through. The surface when dry is quite rough, so don't use good sable brushes on it. I added some watercolor crayon to the final piece which helped to accent the texture and the element of drawing that I feel is important to my work.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 11:30 PM