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Advanced Watercolor Portraits with instructor Myrna Wacknov - A Gualala Arts Workshop November 15 through 19, 2010.
Gualala Arts Center
Gualala, CA
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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Gualala Road in Gualala, CA,is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m. Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email


Advanced Watercolor Portraits with instructor Myrna Wacknov - A Gualala Arts Workshop November 15 through 19, 2010.
A Gualala Arts Workshop - Advanced Watercolor Portraits with instructor, Myrna Wacknov, Monday - Friday, November 15 - 19, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Register by:  November 1, 2010.
Tuition: Members of Gualala Arts $350;  Non-members: $385.

This workshop is designed for those who are already familiar with the basics of portraiture.

Demonstrations each day will be followed by lots of personal attention. My goal is to have each student develop their own unique painting style. I share various approaches to working with reference materials and various painting surfaces.

Be prepared for fun, creative excitement in a fast paced, intense and highly structured environment.

Day one explores the color variations in various skin tones, with special emphasis on color for people of color.
Day two develops the ability to redesign the lighting on the head.
Day three explores expressions.
Day four deals with self portraits from life.
Day five covers working with the head and hands in the composition, with special emphasis on learning to draw hands.
About Myrna Wacknov: Myrna was doing commissioned portraits before graduating high school. She was also the charcoal sketch artist at numerous outdoor art shows around the Kansas City area for a number of years. Having attended Washington University in St. Louis and the Kansas City Art Institute, Myrna finished her degree in Painting and Drawing at the College of San Mateo and San Francisco State University.

She received her Signature Membership in the National Watercolor Society in 2005. She received her Signature Membership in the California Watercolor Society in 2007.

Reflections on Turning 65, by Myrna Wacknov. Myrna has been included in many national watercolor competitions. Awards: Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society. The Louise Cadillac award from Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society. The San Diego Watercolor Society. President's Award 2009 California Watercolor Society. She won first place for Watercolor in the Society of Western Artists annual show 2006 and Best in Show in 2007, the Portrait Award 2009. She received the First Place award in the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society's annual show 2007. Awarded the CFS Medal in the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in 2008. She was a semifinalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

The October 2007 issue of Watercolor Magic magazine has a feature article on her portrait process. She was featured in the March 2008 issue of Artist Magazine recognizing 20 artists over 60. She was awarded 2nd place in the American Artist Magazine Self Portrait Competition October 2008 issue of the magazine and the Cover of the January issue of Palette Magazine.

Her work is on exhibit at the Concord Gallery in Concord, California. You can visit her website and her on-line art journal at

Welcome to a Gualala Arts workshop, Advanced Watercolor Portraits With Myrna Wacknov on Monday through Friday November 15 to 19, 2010, from 9:00 to 4:00.
Payments can be refunded until the "register by" date; after that date, no refunds.
If the class does not fill, you will receive a full refund.
Please check that your class has filled before the first meeting date.
If you would like to receive monthly workshop email announcements, please go to our website, Go to the left menu and click "Email sign up." After signing in with your current email address, instructions will be mailed to you for updating your email choices.
Bring a portrait you have painted, if available, for me to see your starting point.
Sketch book
Mechanical Pencil
Kneaded eraser
Tracing Paper size 19 x 24
narrow masking tape
Watercolor crayon in turquoise
Permanent black fine marking pen (Sharpie)
Black Vis-a-Vis erasable pen (office supply store)
Box of facial tissue or roll of toilet paper
Paper towels
2 "L" shaped pieces of cardboard (an old mat cut at opposite corners works well)
Optional: Golden's Matte Medium diluted and a brush to apply it to the watercolor
Image of someone of Color (several to choose from)
Photos of hands
Images of head with hands
A few interesting portrait images
Paper: 3 sheets good quality watercolor paper made into half sheets.
Support for watercolor paper and several clips to hold paper to board
Brushes: Rounds - #12 up to 36! your choice. Need at least one #20 or larger
Selection of flats
1 cheap foam brush
Other optional but useful sizes & shapes:
#10 Filbert (I use a Black Gold brand one)
#14 Cat's Tongue (mine is by Escoda)
#4 Cheap Joe's Lizard Lick (personal favorite)
Specialty brush: 3/8" Grainer by Princeton Art & Brush Co. for hair
Colors - professional grade only. Bring what you have.



Gualala Arts Center
46501 Gualala Rd
Gualala, CA 95445
United States

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