Saturday, June 30, 2012

Beech Spring Farm, Orrtanna, PA by Larry Lerew

#12-06-59 Size: 12" x 24" Acrylic, en plein air
"Beech Spring Farm Overview"
Orrtanna, Pennyslvania
 
June 28th the SVPAP met at this beautiful location and I found a great viewpoint for my painting on a open field hillside. It was a hot day with a dry breeze blowing and I was working in full sun that's why I got "sun sick". Had most of the painting in place but had to stop and take a break in the shade and drink some water to recover. It's amazing how involved an artist gets while working. We ate our brown bag lunches under the shade tree and had a great art talk. This farm is "very pristine" and I needed to rough it up a little on canvas to give it the character I like. I finished this painting in my cool studio and added the dots and dashes I felt were needed.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I Look At Green and See Red? by Larry Lerew

Spent this morning painting with friends Julie Riker, Ralph Hocker, John Tritt and Cathy Mabius at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art outside of Millerburg, PA. I'll call this painting "The Red Forest" because I looked at the lush green woods and thought this would make a great painting by pulling the greens out of a red underpainting. Hope you enjoy the color vibes!
Title: "The Red Forest"
Size: 10" x 10"
Acrylic
en Plein Air


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Saturday, June 23, 2012

My Entries 2012 Members Show At The Art Center, Mechanicsburg, PA by Larry Lerew

#12-06-53 Size: 8" x 16" Acrylic, en plein air
"Camp Hill Plein Air Behind Market Street"

#12-06-54 Size: 8" x 16" Acrylic, en plein air
"Dillsburg Square Crossing"

I'm participating in this year's 2012 Member's Show at the Art Center School and Galleries, Mechanicsburg, PA. The reception is Friday, July 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. The top painting was painted on location standing next to the Community Building in Camp Hill and the second painting was painted on the street at Dillsburg's Square. I have been exploring Fauvism with my plein air painting and really enjoy having fun with simple shapes and free color. Henri Matisse and the Fauves are having an important impact on me as I evolve as an artist. I can no longer paint just what I see, I'm now consistantly painting what I feel and that's a big poetic step in my painting.


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Thursday, June 14, 2012

View From Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg by Larry Lerew


#12-06-25 Size: 10" x 10" Acrylic


#12-06-24 Size: 9" x 12" Pastel

Participating in the Gettyburg Festival Plein Air Event this week.


Met Donna Barlup and Dorothea Barrick at Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg, PA. We each painted two paintings ate a brown bag lunch and ended with a cold ice tea at a local cafe'. Had a great time, enjoyed the location and occational visitors. Paintings from over 30 plein air artists will be on display with a wine reception from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the Majestic Theater & Lobby in Gettysburg, PA. Please feel welcome to join us and see how Gettysburg is interpreted by the artists.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Steel Observation Tower by Larry Lerew

#12-06-22 Size: 12" x 16" Acrylic
#12-06-23 Size: 12" x 9" Pastel

Participating in the Gettyburg Festival Plein Air Event this week.

Met Donna Barlup at Devil's Den and we both painted watercolors this morning. Donna's painting was impressive and full of color. My painting didn't work and bit the dust, so I tried a quick pastel study of a couple of interesting trees just above us on the horizon. Then I packed up and left to see Madeline Reilly who was painting from the Peach Orchard. She was finished for the day and needed to come back later so I headed over to the steel observation tower, had a quick bagged lunch and painted the tower. Switching mediums made things interesting and fun. I climbed this tower in grade school and my Cub Scout Troop spent a fun day flying kites here back in the 60's. Met lots of people through the day and had plenty of fun painting and talking. Just wish I was younger and had more energy although I'm happy I can get out of the studio and paint en plein air with friends.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Painting the Gettysburg Battlefield by Larry Lerew

#12-06-21 Size: 8" x 16"

#12-06-20 Size: 12" x 36"

#12-06-19 Size: 8" x 10"
Participating in the Gettyburg Festival Plein Air Event this week.
Here are three out of my first five works. I think I'll switch to watercolor or creative drawings on paper for the last half of the week. Last evening I painted by the Copse of Trees on the Battlefield and it felt a little spooky. It was super quite and I heard footsteps coming up behind me several times and then stop. Most times it was tourists admiring my work but one time I turned and no one was there. Do ghosts enjoy painting too? There is always someone or something looking over my shoulder. Just another interesting experience while out plein air painting.

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