Thursday, May 31, 2012

Last Day of May 2012 Over The River by Larry Lerew

Title: "Harvey Taylor Bridge Impression"
Size: 3.5" x 5.5"
Location: en Plein Air, Negley Park, Lemoyne, PA
Medium: Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
Artist: Larry Lerew

I know this is a little wild but I like it. Johanna called a SVPAP paint out at Negley Park, Lemoyne, PA and we had a fun time painting on this last day of May, 2012. Cecelia stopped by but couldn't stay. The river was a little brown from recent rains and had a lot of color. I tried to scale down my format and found it interesting to reduce so much natural information to such basic simple shapes and colors on such a small size paper. I might call this my "Dinky Series".

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fresh Spring Air On The Susquehanna by Larry Lerew

Title: "Susquehanna Tree Jumble"
Size: 16" x 20"
Location: en Plein Air Liverpool Boat Access, Liverpool, PA
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Panel
Artist: Larry Lerew

This is my semi abstract interpretation of our day painting right along the river at the Liverpool Boat Access on May 10, 2012. The river was high and running fast after the recent rain. The light and color was fantastic so I painted how I felt standing their in the clear fresh spring air. The cloud shadows were dancing around taking the mountains in and out of light and everytime I looked up at the river it changed color. Everytime Bill Andrew saw a log or tree floating by he would say "Quick Larry, paint that in", I'm fast but not that fast. This was a fun day on the Susquehanna River.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012 Windy Day At Samual Lewis State Park by Larry Lerew

I usually make a quick 60 second thumbnail sketch just to find the basic shapes and see what I am dealing with. I start thinking "Simplify" and look at what to leave in and what to leave out. I know this doesn't look like much of a sketch but this little short hand sketch helps me compose.

This is the best I could do on site. I laid in the basic shapes but brush control was crazy. I like happy accidents but this was wild. Bill said lets keep at it and stay a little longer maybe the "elements" would calm down.

This beautiful vista was right in front of us but so hard to capture.
Photo taken for reference to complete painting in studio.

Title: "Columbia View From Sam Lewis State Park"
Size: 8" x 16"
Location: en Plein Air Samual Lewis State Park, Wrightsville, PA
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Panel
Artist: Larry Lerew

We had a great time but boy was it windy. Bill Andrew and I painted from the top of Samual Lewis State Park and both had to run after flying watercolor paper and I had my canvas blow off the easel twice. It was hard to pull a straight line with a brush since the wind would actually move my arm. After an hour and a half we gave in and packed up but first I took a photo for reference back in my studio. I really liked this composition and wanted to complete this painting on site but it was impossible that day and the next trip to this park could be weeks or months away.

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