Saturday, March 10, 2018


In January I received the following email:

"Hi there Myrna, I am an A Level Art Student in the UK and I have felt very inspired by your mixed media drawing (particularly the image attached). I am planning a final piece based on it and completing a study on your work. I was just wondered where, or from whom, did you find your inspiration for this image and your other mixed media drawings/ paintings.
Many thanks, Chris Black"

How wonderful that the internet has made possible amazing connections across the world and across generations!  One of the advantages of age is experiencing the profound changes in the world and how we engage with each other and remaining in awe of what is possible today (not to mention the challenge of keeping up!) Art can be the common thread that brings us together at every age.

I was very flattered that Christian was interested in my art so I sent him information on the particular image he was wanting to study.  Fortunately for him, it was a piece I had lots of documentation on including a photo someone had taken while I was creating the piece on stage at Kanuga Art Retreat in North Carolina.   

The other day, Chris sent me an update on his project with images of the finished project. I received his permission to share with all of you the great job he did and the amazing final piece.   I hope you are able to view the photos and enlarge them so you can read the text that accompany his work.  

Chris Black UK art study

What I particularly appreciate about this image is that it is uniquely Chris.  He took from my work some ideas and inspiration and added it to his own ideas and made a very original piece of art.  
I hope that Chris will be able to make a trip to San Francisco some day and will look me up.  I would love to show him off and show him around.  


Chris Black said...

Wow, thank you so much Myrna, I feel honoured. What a crazy world we live in where these opportunities to celebrate creativity come so easily despite physical distance. Thank you for your help and for showing me off.

Candy said...

Myrna, this is a great story! I love the Internet (and, of course, art)for allowing us to make these connections!

Myrna Wacknov said...

My pleasure. I am so happy to have a forum to show you off!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thanks Candy. We live in an amazing age!

Lynnda Tenpenny said...

I was in the audience when you did that demo. And although it’s been several years, I can still recall my fascination and even wonder at how you created that face. I told several people that it was sort of like watching magic. I love textures and layered surfaces and only in the last few years have had the confidence to paint faces. I enjoyed this story a lot!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Thank you, Lynnda! I was very stressed out about doing a demo with so many experienced and well known instructors in the audience. Once I decided on a strategy I did a practice piece and then was relaxed. I think art is magic for those that watch and especially for those that create. I am glad you decided to jump in and try faces!

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