Thursday, May 11, 2017

"Hillside Barn" by Larry Lerew #170217


"Hillside Barn" by Larry Lerew
Inspired by a farm close to the Mason Dixon Line, South of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
5 x 7 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170217

Some buildings are made to fit into the land and become a part of the landscape. This barn started on the hillside and eased itself down the hill in a calming decline. I like the subtle colors and shapes that developed with the help of the wax resist.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Kindness Lily" by Larry Lerew #170110


"Kindness Lily" by Larry Lerew
Inspired by the lovely flowers my wife grows at our home, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
7 x 5 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170110

I've always loved these orange lilies that grow all over our South Central Pennsylvania area. I've even seen them blooming in Williamsburg, Virginia. I heard somewhere they were imported years ago from China to be used along roadways to fight bank erosion. We even had a common name for them which was "Road Lilies".

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

"Susquehanna Rocks" by Larry Lerew #170502


First Step: Crayon Marks 

"Susquehanna Rocks" by Larry Lerew
Inspired by McKees Half Falls on the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on 50 lb. Canson Sketch Paper
#170502

This riverscape is my interpretation of a beautiful day on the Susquehanna River. I painted an acrylic painting en plein air some time ago but wanted to give this a try with wax crayon watercolor resist. I really like the variety I achieved and overall look. 



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Olde Stone Mill by Larry Lerew #170424



Olde Stone Mill by Larry Lerew
Inspired by Mountain Road and Mill Road, York Springs, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
#170424

This mill has always interested me and has been a challenge to paint over the years. It's located on a sharp and dangerous corner with no good road shoulders to paint from so I worked from one of my own photo's. In fact I'm sure the mill is old enough to have been here before the road was paved, which today seems to be a launching ramp to cars to crash into the mill. I do like the view of the mill sinking below the road and even the curve with warning signs.

Monday, May 1, 2017

2208 House by Larry Lerew #170501


2208 House by Larry Lerew
Inspired by 2208 Market Street, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170501

I took a look at my sketches from the Camp Hill Spring Fling this past Saturday and started working on new concepts. I wanted to begin anew with basic shapes and not get so busy. My paintings are more enjoyable to me when I keep them simple and devoid of detail. I've also liked working in RED and quite often think a simple red frame is a nice touch.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fading Farm by Larry Lerew #170216


Fading Farm by Larry Lerew
Inspired by farm along Interstate 81, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
5 x 7 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170216

We were traveling home from a family trip with my son driving while shot quick photo reference of the farms along the way on Interstate 81, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Back in the studio I sometimes review these photo reference shot I take on rainy days. I liked the silhouette shapes and fading look of these farm buildings. The power pole and trees hold the whole thing together. The soft subtle color changes are the best part of this painting.