Monday, May 29, 2017

Butterflies in Contemporary Art



Partial Collection of the Series

Happy summer!  Hope you are doing well and enjoying the blooming flowers and butterflies.  I have been continuing my work with butterflies.  Experimenting with brighter colors and more and more layers.  You can see in my last painting of a butterfly kaleidoscope that there is a significant increase in the number of layers which increases the depth.  On the electric bright kaleidoscopes, I am focusing on the high contrast of complimentary colors which I feel makes a stronger statement with a more simple design - less layers.  I want to achieve an dramatic feeling through the color.  If I added more layers, then there would be several shades of gradating color which would create depth, but, not electric color drama.

Please let me know what you think.  Are these intriguing to you or boring?  I am going to try this same technique with abstract shapes since abstract art is so popular right now.  Yes, I am allowing the trend to influence me.  It is because I am competitive with getting recognized for my work.  But, also, I LOVE the process of watercolor.  I have been told my many that watercolor is the hardest medium to master.  It is the first that I learned, so it is all I know.  I enjoy the process so much that I want for watercolor to be seen and appreciated by all.  I want for young artists to try watercolor.  Just imagine what young minds can do differently with the medium.  That is what I am trying to do with the butterfly kaleidoscopes - think and create like a young artist.  Fresh, experimental, uninfluenced, naive, innocent.  If you are a young artist, I encourage you to try watercolor and take it somewhere new.

all images are created and owned by Liana Yarckin
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum Recap

Me upon completion of setting my tent up. 

New artist friends, we traded our note cards!

My regular that comes every year to see me.

These two ladies bought each other my scarves for Mother's Day

The left wall of my tent.

The right wall of my tent.

Overall, Artscape was a success.  Saturday kept some peeps away with the threat of rain, but, it never ended up raining.  I am pleased with the way my work showed and the feedback from collectors and artists.  My new butterfly series was a hit!