Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's not raining, but watercolor pouring!

Paris Illumine'es
17x22 watercolor by Liana Yarckin

After Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days, I decided to take on another challenge.  Pouring.  I saw a video on how to do it about 3 years ago.  I thought it was cool.  My first "pours" were "Love is in the Air" and "Flocking Together".  Because pouring takes so much prep time and detail work applying masking fluid, I never went beyond the first two pours.  After the challenge I thought, if I could discipline myself to get up everyday and commit to posting a painting by 10:00 a.m., then surely I could pour.  

I did the above by masking and then pouring on watercolor paint, let dry, then mask again and then pour.  This painting took 4 phases of masking and pouring.  The pouring part is so much fun and only lasts about 30 minutes whereas applying the masking and waiting for it to dry takes a long time.  I was on a roll, but, then disaster struck when on my third painting.  I left my painting outside to dry while I went to do errands, the sun ended up shining on it.  When I brought it in, the masking was sticky goo that cannot be removed.  You can read all about it on my facebook page.  I have a second successful painting there as well.  Despite the disaster, I have started a new pour of the mess up because I just love the results of the color and the process of the pour. 

The title of this painting is by a facebook follower.  I just love the name and think it is perfect for this painting.

Have a fabulous weekend!  Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days Overview

Here is my collective work from the 30 in 30 Challenge.  You should go to Leslie's Blog to see all of the collective work by each artists.  In thumbnail format you can really see each artist's style, color palette, subject.  I have actually found more artists that I am interested based on seeing their collages because their work really stands out in this format.  

As for me, I started a pouring on Monday.  My 5 year old did one, too.  A pouring is when you pour your paint on instead of using a brush!  So far so good.  It is a street scene from Paris on a large sheet of paper.  I will post both mine and my son's next time.

If you did not read the post on Big Tex because you thought it was a bad painting, please read, it is a good story.  It turns out that that painting created the post buzz and fan engagement on my facebook page, Liana Yarckin Watercolors.  Once you read it, you will know it's not a bad painting.  Dallas is celebrating a lot of centennials this year and I bet Big Tex will go for a good price.