Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Early Bird by Larry Lerew 170109



Early Bird by Larry Lerew 170109
5" x 7" Watercolor Wax Resist on Drawing Paper

A bright spot in your day is the sight of a happy colorful early bird.
Had a break through today with my art. I managed to bring a nice variety of white wax crayon around my subject so a more pleasing background way formed with watercolor. Working with crayon and watercolor is challenging but rewarding. I also deepened by colors and mixed some nice dark areas. Can't wait to apply these new found discoveries to my next group of paintings.

Monday, January 23, 2017

"Selfy" by Larry Lerew 170107

"Selfy" by Larry Lerew 170107
7" x 7" Watercolor Wax Crayon Resist on White Drawing Paper

Thought I'd have some fun with a self portrait of sorts using watercolor wax resist.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Plain Popcorn by Larry Lerew 170106



Plain Popcorn by Larry Lerew 170106
4" x 10" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel, Unframed.

Plain Popcorn by Larry Lerew is mighty tempting. There's no butter or salt added. Kind of a low calorie painting. ​This painting really "Pops" when viewed from three feet or more away. 



Sunday, January 15, 2017

ARRRR. . . by Larry Lerew 170105



ARRRR. . . by Larry Lerew 170105

7" x 5" Watercolor Wax Resist on Drawing Paper, Unframed.


Having fun with watercolor, wax crayon and green drawing paper. This little gem is perfect for anyone with a love for pirates.
I love the wax resist effect. Drawing paper soaks up the watercolor and the waxed areas have a most pleasant beading effect.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Seminary Ridge From Reynolds Woods by Larry Lerew 170104 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania




Seminary Ridge From Reynolds Woods
by Larry Lerew 170104
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
5" x 7" Watercolor Wax Resist and Graphite on Green Drawing Paper, Unframed.

Here's what I often do to create a new painting. The charcoal sketch was made en plein air in my sketchbook and took no more than ten minuets. It's usually a simple value sketch made quickly and sometimes has written notes along the margins or right in the sketch itself since this is my working tool.
When I'm in my studio I pull inspiration from my sketchbooks and start to experiment with shapes, placement and colors as you see in the first attempt which is all green. I thought the painting needed more dark tones and additional color.
This brings me to the third version but maybe not my last attempt. You see as a piece develops new things can happen which can improve or hamper the painting. The trick is always finding a good stage to stop. Not everything works and their is a lot of failure, but eventually progress is made and that's why artists like me spend a lifetime working and growing.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Winter Nap by Larry Lerew 170101




Winter Nap by Larry Lerew 170101
8" x 10" Watercolor Wax Resist on White Bond Copy Paper, Unframed.

Starting a new year of painting and want to devote attention to "Wax Resist".
Want to explore different mediums and approaches to this technique.
This painting using white wax crayon and watercolor paint was interesting on white bond copy paper.
I liked the results, but this paper was to thin for scraping and did not want to hold a crisp edge.
The soft edges were nice. Lifting color was impossible since the pigment absorbed into the paper and seemed to stain it. I did manage to retain lots of whites both with the brush and wax. Over all I was happy with my painting. If you have any comments, please feel free.