Also check out The Canton Artists League facebook page and website for future events and membership information.
Last Wednesday the members of the Canton Artists League enjoyed a demonstration of crayon-Batik from artist local artist Larry Walker.
Walker started his career in advertising after graduating with a BS in Graphic Design from KSU in 1956. He soon realized that the intense stress and late hours of the “ad man” persona was not for him, so he returned to school for his degree in Education and began teaching. He taught at Cuyahoga Falls High, Hower High School, and the University of Akron. He snuck as much art in as he could with a full time teaching load and as a result, has exhibited extensively including the Canton Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art and The Akron Art Museum. Larry retired from teaching in 1999.
“I just try to produce as much as I can and enter as many shows as possible” stated Larry Walker in his introduction at the League.
This is one hard working artist.
As the demonstration started, one was immediately aware that this man is a natural teacher. Everything was nicely laid out, he was smiling (obviously enjoying himself and his audience), and he took the time to go over every step.
He had done a drawing on butcher paper with Sharpies, Berol Prisma Colored Pencils and Crayola crayons. Appreciative “ohs” and “ahas”, echoed throughout the classroom. Then, with a grin, he crumpled the paper into a tight ball. This cracks the wax and gives your audience a coronary. Then, over this lovely, colorful, slightly rumpled, floral print painting, he poured black India ink. He didn’t just dribble it gently over the precious drawing, he dumped it, even splashed a-little, then used a brush to get it distributed evenly.
Before it was too dry, he used a sponge to get the ink off the surface of the drawing. Preparation paid off as, he had 2 buckets of water handy, one for the first round of de-inking and another for the second, more careful washing off. Of course, the ink stayed in the cracks created by the exuberant crumpling.
With his trusty iron at the ready, he sandwiched the art between newspapers, (no, surprisingly, it won’t leach into the wax) and ironed until there was no waxy, crayon residue.
Again, evidencing teacherly preparation, he had foam-core board, a frame and a matt stashed under the table. Walker demonstrated the tricky technique of mounting the painting on the foam-core with Spray Mount and finally popped the mounted art into the frame and it was ready to hang. All of this in a matter of one short hour.
Check out Larry’s other Crayon Batiks in the slideshow for this article and at his website:
Also check out The Canton Artists League Facebook Page and Website for future events and membership information.