Monday, December 27, 2010

Zenyatta Original Watercolor

I loved watching Zenyatta race. Taking up her position at the back of the field, saving energy, until it was time for her to weave through the field on her way to victory.
Zenyatta's coloring is very dark. I didn't want the darks to look flat, so I used pure colors of Ultramarine Blue, Violet, Burnt Umber, and Burnt Sienna, and allowed them to mix on the paper.

Zenyatta Original Watercolor
8x10 on 140lb cold pressed paper

Monday, December 20, 2010

Chihuahua Watercolor

Once in a while I will do a custom portrait for someone, and they won't like what I've done. I will make any attempt to bring it to your satisfaction, but if I can't, I will refund your money and cancel the transaction. You are out nothing, no loss of deposit. I don't want anything hanging on your wall that you are not completely in love with. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
That was the case with this cute little chihuahua. What happens with paintings that are rejected? Well I own them now, and I will make any changes that I think will make them more marketable and put them up for sale.

8x10 watercolor on 140lb cold pressed paper

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Black Cat in the Grass Watercolor

One day I was out at the barn taking photos of horses and got a photo of one of the barn kitties laying in the grass. I liked the photo so much that I made a note to paint it one day.
8x10 watercolor on 140lb cold pressed paper.

Black Cat in Grass
8x10 watercolor

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Almost Free" Painting #3

This is the third in my series of original paintings offered for $5 to promote my new blog and website.
Yesterday I offered General Grant (which still hasn't sold as yet if you want to pick up the pair), and today I am offering his adversary, Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
I wanted to use a limited palette for this painting and started out with just 3 colors, cerulean blue, cadmium red light, and yellow ochre. It became clear pretty fast that I was going to need something a little darker so I added burnt umber into the mix. I love using a limited palette, because I am forced to mix, and the result is gray tones that harmonize with the rest of the painting.
Robert E. Lee
8x10 watercolor on 140lb paper


When I was young kid, I remember the amazing triple crown year of Secretariat, and how fascinated I was with the blue and white patterns on the blinker and jockey silks.
In this 8x10 watercolor of Secretariat, I didn't want to do a painting of Big Red in motion but perhaps capture a quiet walk to the the track or the gate.
I wanted the focus to be on the blue and white patterns of the blinkers, so I used warm colors everywhere so the blue would stand out.
Original 8x10 Watercolor on 140lb paper
$65  Available on Etsy

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Almost Free" Painting #2

Last night I watched a documentary on General Ulysses S. Grant, and was inspired to do this painting.
My goal for this painting was to keep it fast and loose and not worry about runs, but to control the paint where I wanted it controlled and let it go everywhere else.
This watercolor painting measures 8x10 inches and is painted on 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper.
Being offered at the promotional price of $5. The last "Almost Free" painting sold within minutes, so don't let this one get away.
Subscribe to my blog to be alerted to when these "Almost Free" paintings go up for sale.
General U.S. Grant
8x10 watercolor on paper.

Almost Free Painting #1

This is the first in the series of original paintings I am offering at unbelievable prices to promote my blog an website.
Though I am not usually an oil painter, this is a little German Shepherd painting I did with oil on Gessoed hardboard.

German Shepherd 6x6" Oil on Hardboard $5
To purchase click here.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cavalry Horse Painting

I have always been fascinated with Charles Reid's watercolors. Read every book  he has put out, watched every video, and still can't get that looseness in my paintings that he seems to produce.

Every time I sit down to paint, I have him in mind, and try to keep my paintings as loose as possible, but always seem to tighten up in the end. When Charles feels that his paintings are getting too tight, he loads up his brush with paint and just splashes it on the paper, connects it to his subject and it just seems to work.
Notice how he uses the white of the paper. Rarely does he have the background filled in to the borders. He lets the subject merge into the background with soft edges.

Here is a painting I did of Robert E. Lee, using some of Charles' techniques. I wanted to vignette the background and leave it mostly white, but chickened out and filled it in with color to the border, but still tried to keep it loose.

I tried again with this Civil War Calvary Horse. I kept it fairly loose and managed to keep some of the background white.

Calvary Horse 8x10 Watercolor
Available on Etsy.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Custom Painting Process

What do you need to do to get a custom painting of your pet? First off, decide what size painting you need. I have 3 sizes available, 8x10 $80, 11x14 $150, and 16x20 for $250. Keep in mind that they are watercolors and will be framed with mat, so an 8x10 will be framed to an 11x14 size once it is matted.
You can purchase the size custom painting you want off my website,
Then just email your photos to me at If you just have hard copies of photos you can mail them to me.
You can send me the one you want painted, or send me a few if you want my input on which one would make a good painting. Natural light photos work better then photos taken with a flash. Flash tends to make everything look flat, while natural light shows the contours of your pet better. The more I can see, the more I can paint.
Once we decide on the photo we want to use for the painting, I will get your input on how you want it composed. Do you want to show full body, or just a head shot. I will crop it in photoshop and send the cropped photo to you for your approval.
At this time I will also get your color choices, what color you would like the background to be.
Also if you want any changes made, like omitting the collar from the painting, let me know before I start to paint. I work in watercolor, so if you wanted something left out or added, it is best to know up front, because it is very difficult to make major changes once the painting is complete.

When the painting is complete, I will either scan or photograph the finished painting, depending on size, and email to you for your approval. If you want anything touched up, don't be afraid to ask. It's going to be hanging on your wall a lot longer then it will be on my easel. I will do my best to touch it up to your liking.
Once you approve the finished product it will be shipped out to you. I ship all paintings flat, backed by hardboard, and protected by plastic.

Will I sell prints of your custom pet portrait? The answer is no. Even though I retain the rights to the painted image, I will not reproduce it, you will have the only copy.
If you want your painting to have the exposure, I would be more then happy to reproduce it but not without your approval. If you are not happy with the finished painting, I will refund your money and cancel the order. Rejected paintings become the property of the artist and I will have the right to alter and reproduce as I see fit.

How long does the process take? I can usually have your portrait done and in the mail within 7 days. Around the holidays, that may take a little longer depending on how many orders I get.
If you have any questions feel free to email me.

Let me introduce myself.

Welcome to my new blog. I am new to blogging, so bear with me, I promise to get better.
My name is Ron Krajewski and I am a self employed artist living in Gettysburg, Pa.
My specialty is watercolor pet portraits. I try to break away from the norm, by using off center compositions. In a lot of my pet paintings you may see just half of the dogs face. This opens me up to alot of questions like, "where is the rest of the painting?", but hey, it is not for everyone. when you commission a pet portrait through me, I will paint it any way you like it.
I am married to my lovely wife, Wendy, who is a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. We live in Gettysburg with our 2 cats, Spencer and Puss Puss. Yes, we call her Puss Puss, but if we have to take her to the vet, we sign her in as Sadie. They are models for several of my paintings. If you see one of my paintings of a black cat, or a Tortie, those are most likely them.

Another 2 members of the family who model for a lot of my paintings are our 2 horses, Metro and Pork Chop. They are 2 retired race horses. Metro who raced under the name of Metro Meteor, was quite a race horse in his time. He was once considered one of the best turf sprinters on the East
 Coast, racing for Obviously NY Stables and was trained by Linda Rice. Racing mostly out of Saratoga and Belmont, he earned $300,00 before bad knees ended his racing career.
we adopted him off the track knowing he had issues and not knowing whether he was going to be ridable again. He has come a long way and I am currently riding him on the trails, and love him to death.
Pork Chop is on the other end of the spectrum. He had a very short racing career earning $360 over 6 races. He learned to run slow, save his knees and retire pretty.

Throughout this blog I am going to try to keep those interested in what I am currently working on, show you step by step paintings in progress, and show you some of my finished pieces. Also periodically I will be offering original paintings at cheap promotional prices to promote my website
I can also be found on eBay, Etsy, and Facebook.