Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Process of a Painting

Today I am prompted by a conversation I had with a photographer and also a fashion designer's post. I met the photographer at a reception for my art show.  She asked me many questions about my  art, each piece, about color, subject and in particular, composition.  As we discussed the different pieces, I thought, "this is a process that I want my viewers to know about."  Then I saw a post by fashion designer, Dahn Ta, mentioning that everybody wants to be part of the end result but is unaware of the process and doesn't want to be included in the process.  This post was regarding him staying up late to sew his pieces together in time for a show.  

Often, in my blog, I have mentioned how I stopped the car, stopped my walk, stopped skiing (even with a group of people) to take a photo (which turns into several) of something that inspires me.  For some reason, I always want to be completely surrounded by the "thing" whatever the thing is - red roses, white tulips, butterflies, aspen trees, busy street scenes.  I want this "thing" to be all around me including in my peripheral vision.  (Any psychologists out there, I would love to hear what this desire is all about).  The first memory I have of this desire is when I was a senior in high school in my drafting class.  Our assignment was to design a pool and deck.  I designed a large round pool with a steps in an angular area outside of the circle, basically in the shape of the Shell Oil seashell.  Mr. Llamas, my teacher, asked why did I do this.  I replied, "I want to be in the middle of the pool with water all around me, lots and lots of aqual water."

Years later this idea continued in my head subconsciously, until recently.  As I told the photographer, when I pull over to take a picture of the tulips, the photo doesn't look how I see it.  I pulled over because I saw a bunch of white tulips, so many white tulips, but in the photos they look like a puny garden.  This is not entirely because of my photography skills, I have the photos here to show you.  With the photos below, I decided to make my composition what I thought I saw or what I wanted to see.  


From the road, it looks like a lot of tulips, but, 
then when you look down to take an aerial, 
look at how the tulips look.

Please take note of how large that 
tulip is in comparison to my hand!
Wouldn't that be dreamy to have
such big tulips!!!


"Serenity" by Liana Yarckin
31x39"
Beautifully and professionally framed in 
true watercolor tradition - floated so
the beautiful deckled edges of the
300lb. cotton rag paper show


Currently hanging at Cerulean Gallery

Selected by Bespoke Stationary
for their current collection

See more of my world - surrounded by an abundance of flowers, butterflies, aspen trees and even rubber duckies and Coke bottles here!

Better yet, wrap yourself in tulips, palms, seashells or a Bali bay here!

If you like my art, please share with your friends.  The best compliment is your referral!!! 

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