Monday, July 30, 2012

Backyard Wildflowers - Larry Lerew

"Gigantic Pink Wildflowers"
8" x 10" Canvas Panel
En Plein Air July 30, 2012
Perfect summers' evening to paint. Great light and clear sky. Still can join in after 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday this week. I started the first evening with a painting of these gigantic 6 and half foot tall pink wildflowers that grow along our creek.
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings I want to paint the mass of purple and red wildflowers in the meadow. The Queen Ann's Lace is still blooming. These flowers are always beautiful but only bloom for a short time. I have the grass cut all around so I can paint without stepping in the high weeds. The butterflies are everywhere right now and the evening light is fantastic.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Boiling Springs Corner" by Larry Lerew

"Boiling Springs Corner"
Acrylic 12" x 16" Canvas Panel
En Plein Air July 25, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Paint Out That Went Solo - Larry Lerew

"Wild Carrot Behind My Garden"
en Plein Air
12" x 16"

Planned a paint out today but the weather was not good this morning so I encouraged the SVPAP painters to visit another time. By 11 a.m. it was still overcast and everything was still wet from yesterday but I wanted to paint outside so I did. I tried some new tricks for a very "Green, Cloudy, Wet Day". I threw out the "Local Color" and tried to paint this painting without mixing green. I also had fun working the entire painting with one 3/4" wide brush except for a few calligraphy lines and my signature. The wet day kept the normally fast drying paint wet which was a challenge and made it hard to over paint layers and get drybrush effects. I took a lunch break and when I came back it had dried a little and I added final touches. By the way my uncle calls "Queen Ann's Lace" by an old country name "Wild Carrots" and he can't understand why I would want to paint "Weeds".

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I could feel the snakes watching - Larry Lerew

Thursday Julie Riker, Ralph Hocker, Bill Andrew and I painted early at Wildwood Lake near HACC above Harrisburg. We were looking for water lilies but it was still a little early in July. My first visit here and I found a spot on the "boardwalk" close to the nature center. Bill and I both saw a red weasel and lots of hikers of all ages moving around the park. I felt a little uneasy standing in one spot for two hours next to marshy water, there had to be water snakes. This was an interesting low key painting and I had fun toning all the values down but still holding onto lots of color.

"Wildwood Lake Woods Of Color"
en Plein Air
9" x 12"

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

McKees Half Falls by Larry Lerew

Early morning light on the river today was fantastic. I really liked the low view of the river and seeing the sparkling stepped levels of the McKees Half Falls. Thank You Julie Riker and Ralph Hocker for showing me the "beautiful river". I think I'm falling in love with the river! Had a great time painting and lunching with Mary Beth Brath, Cathy Mabius, Julie Riker and Ralph Hocker.

"Sparkling Waters At McKees Half Falls"
en Plein Air
8" x 16"

"McKees Half Falls On Susquehanna"
en Plein Air
10" x 8"

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

SVPAP Respresented At The Art Center School and Galleries 2012 Member Show - Larry Lerew

The Art Center School and Galleries 2012 Member Show July 13 to August 10 held an open reception last evening. I am honored to be included in the awards presentation announced by Jeannine Swartz and juried by Laura Shambaugh. Laura considered the following when judging the exhibit.

* Overall originality/uniqueness - how the piece/image was made their own.
*Craftsmanship of the media used.
*Did it reward the viewer from a distance and also when viewed up close? Does it keep the viewer's interest?
*How successful did the piece convey the concept or meaning if there was one?

The Awards:
3rd Honorable Mention Went To: Helen Canfield "Two Lovelies" Watercolor.
2nd Honorable Mention Went To: Lori Snyder "Transcendental Trash" Photography.
1st Honorable Mention Went To: John Hassler "Early Spring" Oil.
3rd Place Went To: Larry Lerew "Dillsburg Square Crossing" Acrylic.
2ns Place Went to: Teri Oja "Birches with Lupines" Thread/Fabric.
1st Place Went To: Linda McCloskey "The Other Side Of Me" Acrylic.

Stop in through August 10 and view all of this wonderful member's exhibit represented by 25 artist's showing 48 pieces.

"Dillsburg Square Crossing"
Acrylic en Plein Air
8" x 16"
Larry Lerew, 3rd Place.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Lily Love" By Larry Lerew

#12-07-02 Size: 9" x 12" Acrylic, en plein air
"Lily Love"
High Street, Camp Hill, PA
Cecelia Lyden called a SVPAP paint out on June 27 to paint in her neighbor's backyard flower garden and this is my painting. I wanted to make a statement on canvas with this outrageous burst of natural color before me and had to paint exactly what I saw and felt. I didn't see flowers or objects, I saw a beautiful jumble of color, shapes, texture, movement, lines and values.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

"Peach Flavor" by Larry Lerew

#12-07-01 Size: 10" x 8" Acrylic, en plein air
"Peach Flavor"
Petra's Farm on Lerew Road
This was a beautiful location with plenty to paint. I took a look around and found myself in a small fruit orchard. I was looking for interesting shapes and patterns and the color of these ripe peaches hanging in the tree caught my eye. In fact I wanted to paint them so bad I took the risk of standing under the tree with fruit on the ground and a few bees. I made it to completion and I'm proud to say no bees were harmed in the making of this art.

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