Tuesday, June 25, 2013

SWS 50th Annual Members Juried Show

Shadow Dancer

I cannot believe my painting got into the SWS member show.  After I saw all of the entries online, I didn't think my entries were as strong as some of the others.  There were so many interesting techniques, subjects and compositions.  I can't wait to see all of the paintings that were selected.

Something that does concerns me is that the competition is open to water media on paper, including yupo and acrylic.  These do make interesting pieces, but, when one is working with  yupo and acrylic, the possibilities are much different than watercolor alone.  The SWS is a watercolor group.  As an artist that likes painting with transparent watercolor, I wonder if it can compete with acrylics strong colors and the option of being able to paint white on top of other colors.  I know that one can get very interesting results with acrylic on yupo that simply cannot be done with watercolor on paper.  

What is your opinion?  Do you feel that watercolor competitions should be limited to watercolor only?  I realize that there are many more entries when the competition is open to all water media.  But, will a traditional watercolor on paper technique be able to compete?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Homeless in Austin, Texas

Work in progress

I think he was going to ask me for money, but, I started talking as he approached me and my husband.  I immediately took out my camera, said I was an artist and if I could take a few photos so I could paint him.  He talked some gibberish and did all kinds of silly poses and gestures, but, did not ask me to stop taking photos, so I just kept taking them.  My husband did ask me to stop and for us to move on.  We did give him some money and I came home with this awesome photo of him.  He is smiling a mischievous smile in the photo.  I hope I can make that happen in the painting. 

See me on Face book at:  Liana Yarckin Watercolors
Website:  www.lianayarckin.com

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Patio in Austin, Texas

Inspired by a patio on an Austin street.  Loved the blue chairs and the chrome frames.
Searching for a name.  Any thoughts?