Saturday, January 13, 2018


Every year around December, I take some quiet time to contemplate what I would like to focus on for the coming year.   I consider all aspects of my life.  this helps me to focus and set some concrete action plans to move forward.  Art is a major activity in my life and I have found by limiting my activity to a few ideas, I actually expand my growth and accomplish more than just drifting along with no direction.

Lately I have discovered some exciting artists who have ideas I want to incorporate into my work.  They work in mixed media and in abstract ways.  These are areas I wish to grow my knowledge.   Of course, for me, drawing and portraiture will be part of the mix.  Robyn Mcclendon is one of the artists I have been watching on YouTube videos .   She has been doing a 365 day practice for a number of years now.  She has inspired me to do a daily practice for the coming year.  So far, I have not missed a day!!!!  Maybe it is a little early to celebrate!

Jane Davies is the other artist I absolutely love!!   I have signed up to take an on-line course with her starting in February.  This will be an interesting adventure.  

This is the image I have decided to concentrate on for the coming year.  I have a few variations if I run out of steam.  It is an image of my son that I love and have done several major paintings based on this image.  It continues to be a favorite.   I am calling it Man of the Year.  I have decided to do a drawing a day for the year.  I am convinced that daily practice will produce great rewards.  The last time I did a years' worth of drawings was perhaps my most productive, so I am counting on this practice to fulfill my goals   The other goal I wish to pursue is doing a small abstract collage each day.  I can only accomplish the collage on the days I am in my studio.  So far I have combined the daily drawing with the collage when in the studio.  The best part of this daily project is being able to take a few minutes at the end of the day and do a quick drawing with my finger on my iPhone if I need to accomplish my goal.  It makes it a "no excuses" goal.  

Here are the collage and drawing combos I have done so far.

Here are the digital images done on my iPad Pro with a stylus 

And last are my end of the day, little finger drawings done on my iPhone.


Sadami said...

Dear Myrna, I hope you will achieve the goals. Thank you for sharing the interesting information. I heartily admire you. You always inspire me. I, too, want to grow as an artist and a person. Best wishes, Sadami

Meera Rao said...

Happy New Year ! congratulations on a year where you accomplished your set goals and a full wonderful start on this year!!! Thank you for continuing to be an inspiration for me and I look forward to your adventures this year :)

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thank you Sadami and Meera for your consistently kind remarks and support over the years. I am excited to have a strong focus this year. Hope you both have a wonderful creative year as well!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Ruth Armitage has left a new comment on your post "YEAR'S GOALS ON TARGET!!":

How fun to see your projects! I’m curious now that you’ve been using your ipad pro, which program you’ve gravitated to. I’d be interested in a post on your digital process, brushes, etc. Looking forward to seeing more of the Man of the Year!

Ruth, I accidentally rejected your comment. I should wear my glasses when working at the omputer!!

My digital process is mostly instinctive . I have been playing around with the app Sketch club and using the brush Vector which creates filled in shapes. Try it ! Lots of fun.

Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

I am always inspired by your willingness to experiment and push yourself.

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