Friday, April 20, 2012


Kanuga Watermedia Workshops is held in the beautiful North Carolina area just outside of Hendersonville.  Each spring, hundreds of watermedia artists come to learn from the best.  My week was spent learning from Myrna Wacknov!  Photos from Day One follow...

Beautiful morning light on one of the green cabins. 

Beautiful Lake Kanuga.  You can walk all the way around it and the spring peepers (little frogs) are singing each evening.

Beautiful Myrna Wacknov, showing us how to create our own personal stamps that will relay our own "authentic voice" instead of copying or using someone else's stamp materials and voice.

Beautiful paintings created by Myrna, using lots of texture created by stamping, gesso-ing, stenciling, and even painting on aluminum foil!!

When we were growing up, my sister had a child's sized china cabinet.  She kept so much stuff in there, in the top and in the drawers.  Papers, odds and ends, little toys and tea cups and saucers, just about everything that meant anything to her was crammed in that cabinet.  She called it her "beautiful mess".

This is Myrna's beautiful mess :)  I don't know how she flew here with all this stuff!!  And this is only about a 1/4 of what she had in her classroom!

She kept us busy learning how to create texture in dozens of ways, and by the end of the week, I was seeing texture possibilities everywhere!

Come back for more info on the workshop when I get caught up with unpacking, laundry, and all the other things you have to do when you've been gone a week.


Christiane Kingsley said...

You lucky lady, Rhonda. I can't wait to read more about the workshop and to see the results of that inspiring week.

Caroline Simmill said...

What a wonderful location, you must have had a lovely time there. It is good that you are keeping well too. I look forward to seeing your work from the workshop. Her work looks amazing.

CrimsonLeaves said...

I so wish I could take one of Myrna's workshops myself. It sounds like so much fun and I love her work. Glad you were able to attend, Rhonda.

Sadami said...

Hi, Rhonda,
Wow,wow,wow~~~!! I wish I could join it!!! Thank U for sharing the info and the photo. Enjoy them all and look forward to next.
Cheers, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

Stay tuned, Christiane, Caroline, Sherry and Sadami, for more from the workshop and the little works I did on Thursday!!

Sherry, Sandy Maudlin may be working out something with Myrna to have her come and do a workshop in Sandy's studio in Indiana - close enough to drive!!! I'll let you know when I find out more (probably next year, I imagine).

Meera Rao said...

I was at Myrna's workshop in Potomac and would have happily loved to have one more week of it :) Its so much fun --enjoy your time !!!

Studio at the Farm said...

Rhonda, what a beautiful setting! Sounds like you had a great time. i look forward to reading more about it.

RH Carpenter said...

It was a wonderful setting, Kathryn. Meera, Debbie Conn was there from Potomac so was getting a double dose of texture!!