Friday, February 10, 2017
This is my painting that is on exhibit in the annual Signature Watercolor Show at Fallbrook Art Center. I was in San Diego last weekend to visit my son and we drove the hour north to the charming mountain community of Fallbrook to attend the opening reception of this fabulous show. Signature membership in a national watercolor society is a requirement to submit an entry, so the show is full of masterful work. It must have been a very difficult job for the Juror, Dale Laitinen, to select the show and award the prizes. I felt honored to be included. If you go to their website, you can read a list of the winners. Unfortunately, there are no images except for Dean Mitchell's winning entry.
This painting is on "reconstructed tyvek" which is my term for tearing up a failed painting on tyvek and sticking it back down on another failed painting on watercolor paper (or canvas, cradle board etc.) I glue it down with YES glue so the paper will accept watercolor. I like how the watercolor paint will seep into the crevices of the surface and create greater texture. This has become one of my favorite surfaces for painting a very craggy face. You can tear a sheet of tyvek if you first make a cut in the side of the paper with a scissors. You can pick up free envelopes of Tyvek at the Post Office. It isn't necessary to paint on the paper before tearing it up. I just like to recycle failed paintings and the painted surface adds unexpected elements into the mix. Try it both ways and see what your preference is. If you want to purchase sheets of Tyvek, you can order them from allweatherblueprints.com If you know of a place where you can order even smaller quantities of Tyvek, let me know.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 1:51 PM