Thursday, December 29, 2016

Winter Silence by Larry Lerew 161213



Winter Silence by Larry Lerew 161213
3" x 6" Ink, Beeswax Crayon, Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, Unframed.

Today's daily painting is a mix of mediums and both drawing and painting. I love to retain the white of the paper and play with crayon resist as in the green tree shape. I added a figure to the porch of this farm house and some smoke out the chimney for interest. This was a fun artist sketch to get me moving and keep active in the studio.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Seaside Escape by Larry Lerew 161212



Seaside Escape by Larry Lerew 161212
5" x 5" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel, Unframed.

This daily painting is about my love of painting white buildings and structures. I found this white fire escape staircase built onto a white Coast Guard Station in Cape Cod. Not everything is in perfect perspective but my goal was to capture the sunny bright moment of being on the coast.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Stacked Erasers by Larry Lerew 161211


  
Stacked Erasers by Larry Lerew 161211
5" x 5" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel, Unframed.


Made a stack of drawing erasers today for my daily painting and thought about how worn they are from rubbing out marks, fixing mistakes and drawing both negative and positive impressions. Sometimes there is to much stated and things need to be simplified.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Yellow Barn by Larry Lerew 161210



Yellow Barn by Larry Lerew 161210
5" x 5" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel, Unframed.

Today's daily painting is a view of the yellow barn at Fort Hunter in Dauphin County. Although the barn is a beauty, I'm always attracted to the white sycamore trees in the background. This was painted from a 9 x 12" color sketch I made en plein air back in March of 2016.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Rock Mosaic Planter by Larry Lerew 161209



Rock Mosaic Planter by Larry Lerew 161209
5" x 5" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel, Unframed.

Today's daily painting was my interpretation of a beautiful rock mosaic planter we keep at home. Plants and planters are important to keep around because they can cheer you up when winter lingers.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

One Bunny Down by Larry Lerew 161208



One Bunny Down by Larry Lerew 161208
5" x 5" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel, Unframed.

Today's daily painting still life features three little white wax bunny candles I keep in the studio. Winter is coming with lots of white landscapes to paint once the snow falls but for now some white subjects in the warm studio feels good.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Corn and Oaks by Larry Lerew 150403



Corn and Oaks by Larry Lerew 150403
6" x 6" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel, Unframed.

I love the color in late fall across open fields. This corn field with a oak tree fence line near my studio was my inspiration for this painting. I find the fall of the year to be most colorful and exciting to paint.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ink Bottles by Larry Lerew 161207



Ink Bottles by Larry Lerew 161207
5" x 5" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel, Unframed.

Finding beauty in shapes and colors of ordinary things.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Water Jar and Brush by Larry Lerew 161206



Water Jar and Brush by Larry Lerew 161206
5" x 5" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel, Unframed.

I love blue or green colored canning jars and always keep a few in the studio. I painted this still life in an attempt to capture its freshness with my paints in a painterly way. 

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Choo Choo Train by Larry Lerew 161205


"Choo Choo Train" by Larry Lerew 161205
5" x 5" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel

I still have toys from my childhood. Here is a Tin Choo Choo Friction Train I was given to play with about 1958. Looks like I'm still having fun with it in my daily painting.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Little Forsythia House by Larry Lerew 161204




"Little Forsythia House" by Larry Lerew 161204
5" x 5" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel

I grew up in a little house much like this one and they always catch my interest. So right away this painting has a homey feel to it, especially when there is forsythia, pine trees, front porch and a fence nearby. Oh an the metal roof, I went to sleep many times in my youth listening to rain hitting our metal roof.


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Two Paste Up Jars by Larry Lerew 161203



"Two Paste Up Jars" by Larry Lerew 161203
6" x 6" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel

My pre-press paste up days are over since this manual skill was only needed before the use of computers. These two amber rubber cement jars were vital tools if you didn't use a waxer to paste down layout components in what was sometimes called photo mechanicals. Today page layout software does all the labor commercial graphic artists spent building pages by hand. The jars were air tight with an adjustable brush. The fumes from the rubber cement are toxic and the glue was not archival and turned pages brown over a short time which is why most art departments switched to wax as an adhesive or a clear tape cut in method with razor blades.

 


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Up On The Roof Top by Larry Lerew 161201

"Up On The Roof Top"
by Larry Lerew 161201
7" x 5" Watercolor on Watercolor Paper

It was fun painting some simple Santas today. Here is one of the cool ones!
I love to let watercolor do its own thing.


Here is another painting with more muted colors!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Yes, We Have No Bananas by Larry Lerew 161107



"Yes, We Have No Bananas"
by Larry Lerew 161107
6" x 6" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel

Well yesterday's painting "Apples In Repose" made my friend Ron hungry and he jokingly asked me to paint a banana so he could have fruit salad. Haven't painted bananas in years and thought it would be fun to play with the colors.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Apples In Repose by Larry Lerew 161106


Apples In Repose
by Larry Lerew 161106
6" x 6" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Board
unframed

Well its the first day of Still Life Season and I saw these three relaxing on the kitchen table so I took a shot. I'm not a hunter anymore so now I stalk still life subjects and these juicy apples where ready for harvest. I found my warm and cool colors and dialed in my brain to a  painterly mood and went to town on this small canvas. I'm please to say, no apples were hurt in the making of this painting!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Heidlersburg, Pennsylvania en Plein Air I & II by Larry Lerew

Heidlersburg, Pennsylvania en Plein Air II
by Larry Lerew
11" x 14" Watercolor
July 11, 2016

Heidlersburg, Pennsylvania en Plein Air I
by Larry Lerew
11" x 14" Watercolor
July 10, 2016

Had a wonderful sunny July weekend painting in Heidlersburg, Pennsylvania. I meet several people while painting who loved my work and purchased both of the these paintings. 



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Traffic Police by Larry Lerew #160617

"Traffic Police by Larry Lerew #160617"
14x11 in
We all need some order to bring us out of chaos. I was once painting the traffic police during a quick draw competition at a plein air event and made a few pages of sketches in my sketchbook. Today I remember the fun I had that day painting the police on site live under two hours and even selling the painting off my easel.
This painting is a new work of art using my previous sketches and memory. I love the flow of movement in the figures as they would change positions to direct traffic and assist people crossing the street.Larry
14" x 11" white 70 lb. laid finish drawing paper
acrylic, bees wax crayon, watercolor
unframed, signed



Thursday, June 16, 2016

Spring Pea Pods and Peas by Larry Lerew


My wife just shelled our first pint of peas from the garden this morning and they taste so sweet after waiting a year.
Spring Pea Pods and Peas by Larry Lerew 
#160604
8" x 10" Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Gettysburg Rose Farm by Larry Lerew


Gettysburg Rose Farm by Larry Lerew
6" x 6" Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

The Rose Farm on the Gettysburg Battlefield is always beautiful to see. I'm always struck by the open land and fields around the farm I presume kept up by the National Park Service. My eye always goes to a single evergreen growing on the farm that is twice the height of the house and very narrow. It reminds me of the many civil war monuments placed all around the park.
Larry


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Picklefest 2016 Sketches by Larry Lerew

Stopped in at Picklefest 2016, Dillsburg, PA this morning and had fun with a few sketches. There were reenactors everywhere and a steel band playing. Beautiful morning! I think some of my sketches will deserve more development in the studio and perhaps be great reference for a future painting. After a half dozen sketches I warmed up and the guy playing the bass drums was getting interesting with looking one way and playing in the other direction in the round. The broom maker was interesting how he fit into his work station and the easy movements he was making. Only spent a few minutes on each sketch but that's all I wanted to spend to capture the feel of the event.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Italian Lake Stairs by Larry Lerew

This painting was made from a charcoal sketch I made on a Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painter Painout at Italian Lake, Division Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania yesterday. I love to draw and paint staircases and when I saw this one with the back lighting I was hooked. I'm including the sketch with the painting to show how I take a sketch and create a new piece of art.

Italian Lake Stairs by Larry Lerew
10 x 8" Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spring Swans On Italian Lake by Larry Lerew

The the SVPAP had a group paintout today at Italian Lake, Division Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I strolled around with my sketchbook and charcoal pencil and made some marks en plein air. Below is a painting I completed in the studio from my morning sketches. The swans and geese were beautiful along with the bright pink blossoms on the trees.

Spring Swans On Italian Lake by Larry Lerew
8" x 10" Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I Love Spring! by Larry Lerew

We were having breakfast and I noticed how beautiful the forsythia arrangement was my wife placed in the kitchen window.
It had started out as bare twigs a few days before and that morning it was ablaze with color so I had to paint it. I love Spring!
"Kitchen Forsythia" by Larry Lerew
14" x 11" Watercolor on 140 lb. Stretched Watercolor Paper 
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Friday, March 11, 2016

The Boiling Springs Iron Furnace as a watercolor. Larry Lerew

I painted in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania on Thursday and met Cecelia Lyden as she was leaving and had a pleasant introduction and chat with Cheryl Kugler when she arrived. I sketched and painted the Iron Furnace close to the mill and enjoyed an afternoon of outdoor painting. The weather was perfect. I pencil sketched the furnace in my sketchbook first and then moved a short distance away to paint off the tailgate of my pick up. The parking lot was full of fly fishermen and I should have taken the time to sketch them coming and going with all their gear. That might be a future painting this spring.
"Boiling Springs Iron Furnace" by Larry Lerew
11" x 14" watercolor on 140 lb. stretch watercolor paper
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Fort Hunter Sunshine" by Larry Lerew

Yesterday I sketched and painted at Fort Hunter, just north of Harrisburg, PA. Being a warm day in March was wonderful since the winter trees were still devoid of foliage and I could see around them and the structure of the trees themselves. The light was fantastic so I sketched from the bridge and the front of the large barn to capture the view of buildings and later the mansion across the street. I enjoyed this painting with its pencil contour lines and muted colors. I like pencil lines to show in a watercolor. The sunshine was wonderful and much appreciated after experiencing recent eye surgeries.
"Fort Hunter Sunshine" by Larry Lerew
11" x 14" Watercolor on 140 lb.watercolor paper stretched
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