New York Series Works On Paper    Gallery 1 (recent works)       Gallery 2 (2006 -2011)       
This gallery contains studies from my NY series. Because a large painting can take me up to three months to complete, I usually do a color study first to help me decide on the composition and what size canvas to stretch. This gives me the opportunity to work out my ideas ahead of time before I commit to several months of painting on location.

For these studies I used a variety of supports, sometimes using small boards or canvases or gessoed watercolor paper. Most of the studies were the basis for larger paintings with the exception of "Factory, Interior ". Unfortunately this painting was the one that got away. I did the study over several weekends while spending the bulk of the week completing a larger painting close by. One Sunday when I was considering a second view of the site, a guard saw me and asked what I was doing. I showed him the completed study and said I wanted to paint a second view. He then informed me that I would need permission from the owners of the property. Permission was denied and a year later this fascinating building on Zerega Ave in the Bronx was demolished. Now it's a parking lot for school buses.

 

 

   ¬†End, E. 132nd St., Bronx (study), oil/gessoed watercolor paper, 12"x22.5" by Valeri Larko
   End, E. 132nd St., Bronx (study), oil/gessoed watercolor paper, 12"x22.5" by Valeri Larko