Friday, February 5, 2010


I spent the day getting framing supplies and putting together 4 paintings for an exhibition.  I worked on this painting yesterday plus finished my taxes !!!  It always feels so great to have that behind me. 

On another note, I will be doing a demonstration Monday night for the Livermore Art Association and the Pleasanton Art League at their joint meeting at the Almond Ave. School in Livermore.  The meeting starts at 7:30.  Come and join us if you are in the area.  

Now, back to the painting.  Some good things are happening.  I like the color and how the collage papers are working with the image.  I like painting with the watercolor sticks on top of the tissue paper.  The eyes are better than how I originally drew them.  Problems....lots!  Not a good likeness but that isn't that critical.  There is still something wrong with the eyes, the nose is too big.  The real problem is that I cannot draw spontaneously in this large scale with the kind of accuracy I personally require of myself if I am going to paint so realistically.  So, I need to draw the image  on tracing paper and transfer it after I have it correct...OR... I need to draw in a very loose style and paint it in a compatible manner.
I have a difficult time continuing to work on a painting that I don't like.  I will see if I can make some additional corrections.  If not, I will start over.  I think I need a very large roll of cheap paper to do lots of practice drawings on this large scale.  A fun challenge to master!


fheathermoore said...

This is really beautiful Myrna and very calming. I too hate working on a piece that I don't like. I'd rather start over. Our teachers tell us not to though. I've seen me ripping up page after page in life drawing class and just about to do it again then they make me stand back, and it's not as bad as I thought. Still I'd rather move on. Glad to hear you got your paperwork all done!

Unknown said...

Myrna, although your painting isn't an exact likeness of your face, it is wonderful. I love the expression. It's sensitive and thoughtful - an expression that draws me in. Your technique is fabulous as well! Also, I'm in awe that you completed your taxes!! Hope your demo is fun and the exhibition is ground-breaking.

Ginny Stiles said...

I WANT you to finish this...I LIKE it.
First off this person seems "contemplative but happy". so often I feel your faces show sadness or pain or someone who is not centered. This person is so likable. Do not lose her. Keep her happy!

Billie Crain said...

This is so serene looking.:) Quite a switch from your last portrait. What will you title this series? The Many Moods of Myrna?

Eva said...

I didn't think there was anything wrong with this wonderful painting until you mentioned it, but I still like it just as it is!Bravo

One Woman's Thoughts said...

Actually I really like the feel of this painting. Although it is not an exact replica (there are cameras for that), I got a great feeling from your painting and it beckoned me to look at it again, even before I read your comments. I too seem to have trouble working on something once I am unhappy with it. I enjoy your blog and you inspire me.

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