This past weekend was a busy one. Saturday I worked with my son's Cub Scout troop on getting their Art pin. They were required to talk to a local artist about the different occupations in the art field as well as do a variety of art projects. I had watercolors, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, oil pastels and clay for them to use with the different projects. Some of the boys couldn't wait to paint at an easel while others wanted to do the clay first. We lucked out with great weather and did the whole project outside.
Then after the Cub Scouts left, I headed over to Northpark Mall for The Great Adventure Hunt benefiting Childcaregroup of Dallas. It was a scavenger hunt in the mall. The theme was Paris. Childcaregroup had 4 artists painting on easels at the water/information stations. It was a great experience. I worked on the two above paintings. One, a street cafe to go into my cafe series and the other with the Eiffel Tower. As you can see, they are still stapled to the boards, I need add the finishing touches. This would be my first time to paint in public as a "feature" so to speak. At first, I was uncomfortable with the thought of people watching me paint and what it would be like. But, it turned out to be just fine. Everyone was interested and the children especially made me very comfortable. I am pleased with how the street cafe painting is coming out. The setting of stopping to answer observers questions and having my focus divided made my painting more spontaneous and loose - you know, what I am always striving for.
Thank you for visiting. I just posted several commissions I am working on on my Liana Yarckin Watercolors Facebook page. Home portraits in the pencil phase and several watercolors of other subjects. They all have May deadlines so I need to get to work!