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Gualala Arts Workshop
Advanced Watercolor Portraits
Instructor: Myrna Wacknov

Monday - Friday
November 15 - 19, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Stephen Bruce, by Myrna Wacknov
Register by:   November 1, 2010
Tuition:   Members: $350
Non-members: $385
Materials list:   Advanced Watercolor Portraits

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

See also: Gualala Arts Workshop Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway 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

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.