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  If you know of a place where you can order even smaller quantities of Tyvek, let me know.  


Chris Rogers said...

Another outstanding painting, Myrna. I have to try Tyvek!

Bobbie Powell said...

A wonderful piece. Congratulations

Candy said...

I'm going to go to the web page to check out the winner because this painting looks like a winner to me. Very nicely done, Myrna! Your idea on recycling failed paintings is great!

Candy said...

Myrna, I went to the Fallbrook Art Center site to see the winner. I had some time, so I pulled up some of the other paintings by Googling the artists. Oh, I'm so glad you posted this. I enjoyed looking at the paintings. You're right - it's masterful work. Thank you for this post!

Meera Rao said...

masterful, indeed ! Love it .

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