Friday, May 23, 2008


Here is the sketchbook page from my return flight from the Cedar Hills workshop in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area last week. I was crammed into my middle seat next to two big guys. I felt like a contortionist sketching and painting in the limited space but it passes the time and is a fun activity while flying. The first drawing was done with the Elegant Writer caligraphy pen. I started to put some color on it but the ink kept bleeding and I decided it wasn't a good decision to add color, so I started the second image drawn with a pencil and then full color applied. I love my little art kit. I still haven't put any paint in the second Altoids box but the clear plastic water bottle lids are in place so I will probably fill them before my next trip. I don't really need a second box but there is room in the small makeup case I have everything so I will take advantage of it. It just occurred to me that I should photograph the whole setup. I will take care of that tomorrow.

I heard that you can paint watercolor on regular gessoed canvas (not the "special watercolor canvas") so I am intrigued. I spent part of the day transferring one of my drawings onto a 10" square canvas and will start to paint it tomorrow. I suspect I will finish it in a few hours. This canvas has a gesso coating so I don't see why it wouldn't work as gesso accepts watercolor very nicely. I will post tomorrow the results of this experiment.

Speaking of experimenting, I just booked a workshop in Minneapolis for next year and they want a short version of the "Vern" series as the focus of the workshop. Ideas are flashing around in my head how to present this material in five days. I am looking for some "guinea pigs" in the Bay Area to try these ideas out on. If you are interested in such a class, send me a note and I will find a place and time.


About said...

Wonderful, wonderful! Willie Nelson has the greatest face, and you've captured it soooo well. I sure wish I was close enough to attend one of your workshop! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I would love to be your guinea pig!

Anonymous said...

I especially like the version of Willie on the left. Please do post a photo of your watercolor kit in an Altoids container; most curious to see it. Thanks!

Sunny said...

I will like to be your guinea pig.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Sunny, you need to send me an e-mail with contact information for the new workshop I am developing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Myrna,
Just the Best!! thank you for doing this.
Diana L

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