Monday, December 30, 2013

"Penny Store" by Larry Lerew

"Penny Store" by Larry Lerew
9.5" x 7.5" Mixed Watermedia on Watercolor Paper

Long ago every little country community had a little penny store where kids could spend their pennies to purchase a few gum balls or sweet treats. I remember the glass case of goodies on display full of penny candy and being able to point to what I wanted and the clerk filling my small paper bag with Penny-A-Piece treats. Sometimes when I didn't have pennies I would use my wagon or bike basket to collect empty discarded pop bottles along the road and use the deposit money to buy my penny candy. It was a different and in some ways kinder, safer and more trusting world than we have today. Here's wishing everyone a kinder, safer and Happy New Year!

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Snow On The Barn" by Larry Lerew

"Snow On The Barn" by Larry Lerew
7.5" x 9.5" Mixed Watermedia on Watercolor Paper
 
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"5 Country Swine" by Larry Lerew

"5 Country Swine"
by Larry Lerew 
Acrylic & Ink on Gessoed Watercolor Paper 7.5 x 9.5"

Monday, December 2, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Across Henry's Fields by Larry Lerew

"Across Henry's Fields"
by Larry Lerew
en plein air, September 2013, Henry Spangler Farm, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA
Watercolor and Ink on 8 x 14" watercolor paper
#13-11-04
I painted this en plein air and took it back to may studio and felt it was to washed out and needed more defining to give it life. I finished it today in the studio and feel it now has the energy it needed.
These fields located near Henry Spangler's barn are beautiful today and well worth seeing. There's a horse trail running through this farm and I was fortunate enough to greet a dozen or more trail blazers that day. I also enjoyed the peace and quiet and the sound of an owl hooting in the woods.
 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Remembering the Fall Color - Larry Lerew

 
"Late Summer Field With Split Rails"
Henry Spangler Farm, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA
En Plein Air September 2013 by Larry Lerew
Watercolor/Ink on Watercolor Paper
9.5 x 7.5" unframed

Friday, October 18, 2013

In The News! by Larry Lerew

Dillsburg artist gains inspiration from area scenery
By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger

Photo by Curt Werner

____Artist Larry Lerew could be described in current parlance as an “Outlier,” a scientific term popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book of the same name describing things that lie outside normal experience. Gladwell used the term when referring to people who have become extraordinary in their craft. In his book, the author explains “the 10,000-hour rule,” hypothesizing that dedicating 10,000 hours to any pursuit will result in excellence. Lerew, who began painting in childhood, has likely racked up enough hours to have exceeded that mark.
____The Dillsburg resident studied at the York Academy of Arts as a commercial art major and then took a job doing prepress work for print ads in magazines and newspapers. Ever wonder who developed the cute masthead still used today for the Dillsburg Banner? Yep, Lerew’s the behind-the-scenes talent who designed it back in the 1980s.
____The gifted artist made the jump from commercial art to painting after the 9/11 incident in New York City. “It was a time when many people started evaluating what they wanted to do in their lives and I decided I wanted to paint instead of doing commercial art,” he said.
 
See the October 17, 2013 edition of the Dillsburg Banner for details.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Original Artist Sketch #13-10-10 by Larry Lerew

Serendipity Blot Figure
Original Artist Sketch #13-10-10
Watercolor on Canvas Paper, 7 x 5", unframed
Signed by Larry Lerew

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Original Artist Sketch #13-10-11 by Larry Lerew

Serendipity Blot Figure
Original Artist Sketch #13-10-11
Watercolor on Canvas Paper, 7 x 5", unframed
Signed by Larry Lerew
 

Original Watercolor Sketch #13-10-09 by Larry Lerew

Serendipity Blot Figure
Original Artist Sketch #13-10-09
Watercolor on Canvas Paper, 7 x 5", unframed
Signed by Larry Lerew
 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

"Finding Orange In Shipoke" by Larry Lerew

The Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters (SVPAP) gathered in Harrisburg today for a little painting. This was the first time in decades I drove into Shipoke. I was impressed with the beauty of this community. Thank you Clare Klaum for inviting us to paint along the river.

"Finding Orange In Shipoke" by Larry Lerew
8" x 10", Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel
#13-06-25, en Plein Air, Harrisburg, PA

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Friday, June 28, 2013

"Step On A Crack" by Larry Lerew


It was kind of summer stormy today with periods of showers so I stayed in the studio and finished one of my plein air paintings I did on the street in front of the coffee shop in Camp Hill. I needed to make a few final touches like pushing the background back and adding some white calligraphy throughout the painting. This was one of a dozen paintings I painted at the Camp Hill Plein Air Event. All finished and I hear thunder again.

"Step On A Crack" by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on 16" x 20" Archival Canvas Panel
#13-06-24, en Plein Air, Market Street, Camp Hill, PA

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

"Wolfe's Diner" by Larry Lerew

 

"Wolfe's Diner Truck Stop" by Larry Lerew

6.5 x 8.5", Wax Crayon, Watercolor & Ink on Watercolor Paper
#13-06-23, Good Eats on Rt.15, Dillsburg, PA
 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Rock Stairway To Heaven" by Larry Lerew

 
"Rocky Stairway To Heaven" by Larry Lerew
6" x 6" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel
#13-05-13
 
I was making several trips down and back to York in April and this stone staircase near Harmony Grove caught my eye. That area outside of Dover, PA is full of red sandstone structures which are beautiful anytime but especially when the redbuds are blooming. This small painting is my interpretation of red rocks and red tree blossoms. They make an interesting texture contrast I think and if there was an actual stairway to heaven it should be lined with redbud trees.
 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Camp Hill Plein Air 2013

Just finished a week participating in Camp Hill Plein Air. Had a great time and met lots of friends.

Title: "Roving Red"
Size: 16" x 20", Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
SOLD


Here's another of the four paintings I painted during Camp Hill Plein Air 2013. I painted this from behind my parked car on Bridge Street in New Cumberland.

Title: "Matinee"
Size: 16" x 20", Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

 
 
Saturday was the Quick Draw Painting Event. All the participating artists were given time to paint from 10 a.m. to Noon. I tried something different this time and walked around and sketched a few artists working first, then created a painting of them using two brushes, a cut up credit card for scrapping and a toothbrush for spatter. Got lots of attention, a newspaper interview and SOLD the painting before I finished it. That was a good day!

Title: "Plein Air Painters"
Size: 8" x 16" Acrylic on Canvas
 
 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Carroll Valley Spring by Larry Lerew


"Carroll Valley Spring"
by Larry Lerew
#13-04-06
Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel 11 x 14"
First plein air painting of 2013. Drove down Rt. 116 through Fairfield, Pa and spent the morning of Thursday, April 18th painting with my friend Dorothea Barrick at the Carroll Valley Township Park. This bright and colorful painting is how I interpreted a nearby stone farm house on an overcast, drizzly day from under a dry pavilion. The trick is to not really paint what you see but what you feel. Painting is poetic and to many plein air painters are way to literal.

Monday, April 8, 2013

So Rusty but Still Fun! by Larry Lerew

 

Fort Hunter Barn and Bridge

Old Fort Hunter Filling Station

Old Fort Hunter Garage

View of Rockville I think.

Fort Hunter Mansion on the Hill above the creek.
This rocky bank would be interesting to paint.
Had a great time getting out with the SVPAP group today at Fort Hunter, just above Harrisburg, PA.
Spent my time making these 5 quick sketches to shake some of the cobwebs off. Didn't have the courage to paint today, it's been a long winter.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"The Gallery Game" by Larry Lerew



"The Gallery Game" by Larry Lerew
16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas Panel
My latest painting available for purchase at
This Friday, April 5, 2013 is First Friday
6 to 9 p.m. Downtown Shopping in Mechanicsburg.
Come out and enjoy!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Up For Auction! by Larry Lerew

This painting completed in my studio is my interpretation of the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield. I love the color in this piece. Other than a few brush slings here and their I pretty much painted this entire painting with a old expired plastic club card from AAA. It's like palette knife painting only different!
 


I will be submiting this my newest painting to the Sixteenth Annual Art Auction to benefit the Land Conservancy of Adams County to be held Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Blue Parrot Bistro, 35 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Cons...ervancy's website: www.LCACnet.org A wine and cheese reception will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, to open the show and celebrate the artists. The reception will coincide with Gettysburg's First Friday events.

"PENNSYLVANIA COURAGE" by Larry Lerew
#13-03-01
Acrylic on 24" x 24" Stretched Gallery Wrapped Canvas
www.LarryLerew.com

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Thinking of Warmer Days by Larry Lerew

 Working in the studio on these cold days. Here's a short chicken story.

"Free Range"
by Larry Lerew
#13-02-01
Acrylic on 11" x 14" Archival Canvas Panel
www.LarryLerew.com
...
Remembering back when there were chickens in the yard at my grandparents farm. There were chickens roosting in the trees, eggs hidden everywhere and sometimes a protective rooster flying at you with his spurs. I was flogged by roosters many times, but the nasty ones didn't last long.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Shopping Cart Tango by Larry Lerew



"Shopping Cart Tango"
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on 12" x 36" gallery wrapped canvas (sides painted)
www.LarryLerew.com

Really wanted to paint this for days. Had to run errands and attend a few meetings but kept thinking about what I wanted to paint. I compose paintings in my head all the time. When I got to actually paint I tinted my ground, in this case canvas, with gold paint for a change. I did a couple of quick gel pen sketches in my sketchbook and dove in. I didn't want everything lined up like ducks in a row so I kept thinking "Variation" in size, shapes, color and direction. This kind of painting is very spontaneous but there is a lot of thinking going on before anything begins. It's really fun to see your interpretation appear on canvas. I am taking this painting to Brath & Hughes Fine Art, LLC - Gallery today and if accepted you can see it "LIVE" during their February featured group exhibit "Food & Fruit".

Monday, January 21, 2013

"Market Day" by Larry Lerew


 
‎"Market Day"
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on 10" x 8" gallery wrapped canvas
www.LarryLerew.com

Spent many hours as a kid attending and working Farmer's Market at Broad Street in Harrisburg, Lemoyne Farmers Market in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. I remember using dry measure baskets and crates like pint, quart, 1/4, 1/2 and whole pecks, 1/2 and whole bushel baskets and bean hampers. Many of the patrons brought "Market Baskets" along to carry their groceries home.
 

"Quaker" by Larry Lerew

"Quaker"
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on 20" x 20" gallery wrapped canvas
This is my new painting of the "Friends Meeting House" in York, Pennsylvania. I've been painting with sticks, cards, brushes and even my fingers, now I added a "sponge". I'm looking for variation in mark making while having fun at the same time. You can see this painting and more in the York Art Association Gallery Group Exhibit at the Off Center Grill in the Yorktowne Inn in York, Pennsyvlania starting January 26.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Early January 2013 Paintings by Larry Lerew

"Golden Plow Tavern of York, York, PA
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on 20 x 20" gallery wrapped canvas


"Eckel's Carriage House" Mechanicsburg, PA
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on 20 x 20" gallery wrapped canvas
 


"Lady Linden of York" York, PA
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on 20 x 20" gallery wrapped canvas


"Orris B & B of Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg, PA
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on 10 x 8" gallery wrapped canvas