Monday, May 23, 2016

Art Show Announcement

Thrilled to have over 20 pieces in a show at Cerulean Gallery.
Please join me on June 10th if you are in Amarillo.  It's going to be an amazing show with great works by 7 other artists, too.
If you have friends in Amarillo, send them to me to say hi!!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Gratitude Project - Thanksgiving Square Dallas

 'Thanksgiving Square - Give Thanks'
Mixed Media, 20x30

  Detail of mosaic, Ring of Gratitude and Bell Tower

Presentation to Founding Member of Thanksgiving Square

 Thanksgiving Square Chapel designed by Philip Johnson
 Stained glass ceiling "Glory Window" designed by Gabriel Loire
Ring of Gratitude and Bell Tower in the foreground
with the Wall of Praise

Things do come full circle.  This is a project I worked on in the fall, but, had to keep a secret until it was presented.  The piece above was commissioned to give to Peter Stewart, one of the founding members of Thanksgiving Square.  I worked with the members of the Board to create a piece of Thanksgiving Square.  

I had first visited Thanksgiving Square while attending Texas A&M University.  I cannot remember if it was on the Career Horizons program or later on a college field trip.  When I was looking through the eye of the camera to take this aerial, I remembered my professor's voice telling me to make sure to emphasize the light on the top of the spiral.  The field trip came back to me like it was yesterday.  I remember being in awe of the beautiful spiral ceiling with the light shining through all of the colors of the stained glass.  Whether it was in 1985 or 1987, here I was in 2015, with the great honor of being able to work on this very special project.

After touring the site and listening to what the Board members desired, I wanted to create a piece that encompassed the experience of walking through the site.  Important elements were:  "Give joyful thanks at all times to God," the Ring of Gratitude, the Bell Tower, a mosaic based on Norman Rockwall's "The Golden Rule," the chapel itself which is so iconic, the stained glass and the etching of the dove.  

The background is textured to represent the stained glass. I put the emphasis on the quote that is important to Mr. Stuart by placing it across the page.  I loved the design of the building and in previous studies I had beautiful watercolorings showing the curve of the building and the spiral, but, while going through the process of the design, the elevation of the building came about as a pure and stable icon with no other detail necessary.  Since the idea of Thanksgiving Square has been something that man (man everywhere all over the world, no matter what race) have strived for through out time, I wanted the images of the Bell Tower, the mosaic and the person walking through the Ring of Gratitude to look like memories or images from a dream.  These are recordings of experiences that have happened over time and more of these "memory slides" of people walking through the Ring of Gratitude towards the chapel can happen, it can be any of us in that "memory slide" walking to what Thanksgiving Square stands for.  In the upper corner I represented the etching, by Gabriel Loire, which is in the chapel, to remind us of peace and love.

The presentation was so touching.  I met an amazing group of people.  I was touched, inspired and honored to be part of this project.  I was lucky to get to go to the National Day of Prayer luncheon, a Thanksgiving Square annual event.  There is so much more I can write.  But, I encourage you to learn more about this amazing place, Thanksgiving Square, by visiting their website and getting involved.  If you are lucky enough to be in Dallas, go and visit.  There are restaurants close by and I think soon, they will have tables in the garden.  Take your kids, it is a beautiful experience of peace and innocence. There is something for all of the senses.  My favorite part is watching the little kids reading the Wall of Praise and playing around the Ring of Gratitude.  We were all born with sweetness and innocence....

"Those who worked on what is now known as Thanks-Giving Square, emphasizing “giving and living thanks,” helped make Dallas one of the few cities to witness the unification of races without violence." from the website.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Watercolor Classes at the Dallas Arboretum

This spring I will be teaching two classes at the Dallas arboretum.  One is a one day class focusing on roses.  The other is a first time and highly requested 3-day workshop painting plein air in the absolutely gorgeous setting of the Dallas Arboretum!  Don't wait for next time, sign up now.

Rose Class - May 7
Plein Air workshop - May 23-25

The class sizes are small enough so that everyone at all levels gets individual attention.

Comments from former students:

"Liana is not just a talented artist, but a gifted teacher with the ability to explain her technique so that even the novice student can learn.  I enjoyed her class so much and improved my watercolor skills tremendously." - MG

“ If you are looking to enhance your watercolor painting skills, I would suggest you consider Liana Yarkin.    Liana has developed an identity of using bright, light filled, soft colors in her ensemble of plein air paintings.   If you need someone to encourage you to the next step in your skill set, your help will come from a lovely lady with a smile behind every comment. Her instruction and demonstrations will include thought provoking ways to bring out the best in one’s ability regardless of prior water color experience.   If things are not going right, encouragement is not far behind.   I have witnessed her to help someone whose initial attempt was absolutely awful, ( no kidding), where soon a lemon was transformed into lemonade. ”

Monday, December 7, 2015

Watercolors on Silk and other Holiday Gifts

New Scarf Design

Vineyard Art Gallery

ABPA Home Tour

New designs for note cards plus the favorite State Fair Series

I have been busy completing commissions for Christmas deadlines and birthdays!  It is so hard for me to not post the photos of the completed work, but, I will be able to do so after December.  

Anyone can order a scarf via my website if you need one for a Christmas gift.  Locals, I will have an Open Studio in my Home Gallery this Friday 1-3, Saturday, 10-2.  You can pick up a scarf, note cards, prints and more!  Get that hard to buy for checked off your list!!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New Studio Gallery & Classroom

The Colors of Venice
11x14 watercolor
by Liana Yarckin

Art Show currently at 
City Cafe Dallas
Lovers Lane at the Tollway

New Studio Gallery and Classroom


Orchid Dyptych

all paintings for sale

I have a new Studio Gallery and classroom to teach classes.  

First workshop - Flowers
Beginner to Intermediate
November 5 10:00 - 2:00 
November 14 11:00 - 3:00

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chasing Days in Tuscany

11x14 watercolor
by Liana Yarckin

School is back in session and that means I get studio time!!!!  Last season got so busy with shows and selling my silk scarves that I decided to take the summer off and focus on my kiddos and family life.  

I have been painting images inspired by our family trip to Italy this summer.  It was such an amazing time.  I took my family to Santa Chiara were I did a study abroad program in 1989.  We were warmly hosted by the Santa Chiara family and met up with my professor.  Those photos are on my facebook page if you want to see more.  As well as pics of watercolors of Venice.  The trip was so amazing that I want to teach a watercolor workshop in Tuscany in May 2016.  I have everything I need, a place to stay for 14 of us with fabulous meals, the contacts for tours, interested students who want to go, my knowledge of the region and plein air painting!  What is holding me back?  Is it too wonderful for me to get to do?   

Tomorrow I take my painting to be hung in the Southwestern Watercolor Society Juried Art Show.  The show is the month of September at the Eismann Center in Richardson, TX.  September 20 is the reception party with food, wine, music, the amazing paintings that were selected and all of the artists. If you go, let me know, I would love to say hi to you in person!

I don't think I wrote anything about my silk scarves on my blog.  It was so busy.  I printed select watercolor florals on silk scarves.  Now a giant magnolia or a field of blooming tulips can be wrapped around your neck in luxurious silk.  Those are sold on my website in the shop.

Pics from the fabulous party thrown by Estate Life magazine:

 scarves on the table for a drawing and my butterflies on back wall

 favorite supporters and collectors

 a surprise visit from a collector

so lucky to have supporters that come out to every show

Friday, August 14, 2015

I got in!!!!

Great news which I am truly honored and humbled by.  I received the above email one day unexpectedly.  I think I was in shock for the first hour.  I had been so stressed when trying to select which paintings to submit.  Which painting would be the painting that would grab the juror's attention and make him pick it out of AAAALLLLLL of the other submissions?!  

When deciding which paintings to enter for acceptance to the SWS show this year, I looked at my others that had been accepted in past years.  I had just realized that for the last 3 years, 3 separate accomplished, amazing, well known watercolor artists selected one of my paintings to be in the show.  How could that be?  How could I be so lucky that 3 unrelated jurors would pick my painting.  I prepared myself that there was no way my painting would get selected for a fourth time.  What were the odds?  I don't know how it happened, but, I am taking it as a message that I should spend this year growing in my art.  Where that will take me, I don't know, but, I will just keep remembering it is the journey that is important.

Oh!  I have a new website!!!

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See my latest paintings of Venice
Liana Yarckin Watercolors

p.s. the painting that was selected is the one of the candy apples from my State Fair series.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

You are invited to celebrate!

Despite the tornado watch, which cancelled the fabulous Friday night Member Preview Party, Artscape was still a success.  I am so thankful for all of those that came out on Saturday and Sunday.  We lucked out with good weather and nice crowds!  It was great to see so many community friends, as well as attendees from last year's show that were looking for my booth and even students from my watercolor classes.  Thank you to all of the new friends I met, both artists and collectors.  The Dallas Arboretum did a great job attracting artists from all over the country for this show.  I was lucky to find two pieces of art I bought for myself!  I will post more pics on my facebook page:  Liana Yarckin Watercolors.  

In the meantime, please come celebrate with me this Monday night!  A huge thank you to Estate Life Magazine and Park Cities One Design for hosting this fabulous party.  Everyone is invited.  I hope to see you there!!! RSVP here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Creating a composition from photos

 "Tulip Tranquility" in progress
22x30 watercolor by Liana Yarckin

Inspiration photos for "Tulip Tranquility"

This spring I have been seeing so many gorgeous blooms all around town.  Often I pull over and take several photos from a variety of angles.  In this case, I needed to see the shadows on the inside of white tulips.  

To create the above composition, I placed my "star" tulip first in one of the focal point locations using the "rule of thirds".  The rules of thirds is basically dividing your page up into thirds both horizontally and vertically.  This creates four intersections.  It is believed by many that the locations of these intersections is the best location for your subject.  The idea expands on the Golden section theory and 2:1 ratio.  After placing my "star", I then placed my second favorite flower near it and then continued to draw in blooms to fill the area.  I did refer to other photos of tulips that were not fully opened, yet. I am still working on this painting.  It is important that I paint the "star" with star attention and detail so that it will stand out in comparison to the other blooms. 

Come see me and this painting completed at this Friday, April 24 
Booth #9
Artscape - Dallas Arboretum

#Dallas Arboretum, #Artscape, #tulips, #watercolor

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Detail from
"Duck Pond - Everyone is a Winner"
by Liana Yarckin

I am in love with this painting.  Not for Sale!!!  Sorry, no arrogance intended, it just speaks to my heart right now.  I am often asked if I use a projector for my drawings.  No, and this is the perfect example of why I don't.  I took several photos of the duck pond game at the Texas State Fair while my kindergartner played the game.  I loved the way the sunlight was hitting the ducks.  When I finally decided to paint it, I cannot tell you how excited I was that it was much faster to draw referring to my photos than pulling out the projector, setting that all up, tracing and then combining and scaling photos to work together.  When I am ready to paint, I just don't have patience for that.  This is just a detail of the entire painting.  I used my photos to place the large ducks were they needed to be following design rules.  I added more ducks AND had to take out some round happy face floats that were in the photos.  In the original photos, there were not so many baby ducks covering the water, but in my mind when I was taking the photos, this is how I remembered it, lots and lots of ducks.  I have a few people interested in this painting, but, I will do a few more studies before I decide on what to sell.  Yellow is one of the hardest colors to work with for values and shadows, but, thanks to an oil portrait artist friend and neighbor, she made a comment that made the light bulb go off which resulted in that one beautiful, perfect shadow on the main duck.  Now, I just have to learn to repeat that!!!!  Intentionally.

100 Sunflower Fields
16x22 watercolor by Liana Yarckin

  Inspired by the sunflower fields in Provence, once again, it was faster for me to create a composition using several photos rather than using a projector.  When you are standing in the sunflower fields, it feels like the flowers are this close together, but, the photos (maybe I am a poor photographer) show a lot more space between the flowers and the flowers are not in the perfect "pose" for the painting.  Again, I truly get so impatient to hurry up and paint that I can draw what I want from the photos faster than using a projector.  I did go to college for architecture, which required a lot of free drawing classes, plus once out of school, for fun, I did a lot of figure drawing classes, which are the best for learning how to draw.

Detail from Commissioned Wedding Bouquet

Did you know the new trend at weddings is to have an artist do a "live painting" at your wedding?!  I was blessed to be hired by a neighbor who loved my work to paint the bride's bouquet.  I also painted the first dance and the wedding cake because I had time.  When at a wedding with your easel and a crowd watching you - you can not set up a projector!  One most know how to draw, quickly, I might add, while wedding guests are standing around watching you.  It was so much fun and wonderful for me since I love anything beautiful and girlie.  I have 3 boys so I do not get my share of buying dresses or tying ribbons in hair, so painting scenes from a wedding was absolutely blissful for me!!!  I have 3 more weddings lined up!!!  I will post the other wedding pics next time or go to my facebook page to see.

Come see me at the Dallas Arboretum Artscape Art Show
April 24-26 
Booth 9

TIP on drawing: use your arm and body.  It sounds crazy, but, really think of using your arm and body to mask out the overall large shapes.  We get into trouble when we use are wrists and these little wispy, sketchy lines.  The drawing becomes too contrived and stifled.  You are just trying to capture the essence.

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#weddings #bouquet #livepainting #texasstatefair #rubberducks #provence #sunflowers

Monday, April 6, 2015

BIG Art Show - Artscape Dallas Arboretum

Friends, I am so excited about my upcoming art show at Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum.  I cannot tell you how fun this event is, especially, the preview night on April 24.  I have special tickets for you if you are not a member.  Please let me know if you would like a ticket.

Liana Yarckin Watercolors
Booth #9
April 24-27
Dallas Arboretum

I am honored to be selected as one of the artists in this show.  The show features artists from all over the country who specialize in a variety of mediums.  There is something for everyone.  Last year, many of my visitors found interesting art pieces in a booth across from me for their little peeps.  I have been working very hard and will have new works on display that I have not posted anywhere online!  The only way to see them is at the show!!!  Last year I sold 5 pieces on opening night.  Two were by facebook followers and they knew exactly what they wanted.

So come and see me, bring the family, make it an outing - it is only once a year.

#dallasarboretum, #lianayarckin #artshow

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Painting the Great Hall

 11x14 watercolor by Liana Yarckin

The school fundraiser is over and the painting, "The Great Hall" has gone to the lucky high bidder.  This is a beautiful space and I think it is wonderful for the students to get to dine here daily.  The architecture alone expresses what a special place this is and how sacred it is. 

When it was suggested that I paint this space, I immediately thought of how was I going to capture the feeling of this space and what it represents.  I wanted to paint it full of the students talking with each other, the sunlight coming in through the clear story windows and the grandness of the architecture.  To fill the space with students, I used several reference photos taken on different days.  It wasn't as simple as go one day during lunch and get the photos I needed.  Some of the tables were empty so I had to fill these tables with my imagination.  I made sure to include some Seniors in their "blues", too.  

The ceiling is a beautiful wood with an amazing wood truss system.  I layered in several colors to emphasize the truss system and the varying shades of light and shadows coming from the windows and the trusses.  

I ended up growing fond of this painting because of what it represents.  What a privilege it is to go to a school like this.  To be in an environment where learning and growing into the best person that one can be.  Having the best teachers and resources possible.  The friendships that are made.  Where one's future is ahead of them.  To be a young student again.  I am so pleased that this painting went to someone who I know will cherish it.  

What were your favorite memories from school?  When you were a student?

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Architecture in Watercolor
at the Dallas Arboretum

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Inside at The Great Hall

The Great Hall
11x14 watercolor by Liana Yarckin

Painted for the St. Marks School Fundraiser
Who will be the lucky bidder????

A collector with her Liana Yarckin original.  I was so inspired to paint her dogs after I saw a photo she posted on facebook.  Aren't they the cutest dogs ever.  One of the precious pups has gone to doggie heaven.