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.

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