Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fading Farm by Larry Lerew #170216


Fading Farm by Larry Lerew
Inspired by farm along Interstate 81, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
5 x 7 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170216

We were traveling home from a family trip with my son driving while shot quick photo reference of the farms along the way on Interstate 81, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Back in the studio I sometimes review these photo reference shot I take on rainy days. I liked the silhouette shapes and fading look of these farm buildings. The power pole and trees hold the whole thing together. The soft subtle color changes are the best part of this painting.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Late Night TV" by Larry Lerew #170423


"Late Night TV" by Larry Lerew
Inspired by Central View Road, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
8 x 10 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170423

I did this crayon drawing one afternoon but never painted it until yesterday. I thought I would take this drawing made in the afternoon and give it a late night look. I got a light on in the second floor window but didn't think until afterwards that I should have used my white crayon and marked some stars in the sky. I guess it was a starless late night. Wonder who was on TV?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

East Berlin Streetscape by Larry Lerew #170422


East Berlin Streetscape by Larry Lerew
Inspired by East King Street, East Berlin, Adams County, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
#170422

I found a good place to park my truck and viewed the street up ahead towards the center of East Berlin, Pennsylvania. I'm always amazed that some town still have mail boxes on the sidewalks. This view had a nice cluster of traffic along with a quite open space of open street. The two towers also stood in the distance. Overall East Berlin was a wonderful town to paint and I enjoyed all the interesting variety of shapes and colors.

Monday, April 24, 2017

East Berlin Fire Station by Larry Lerew #170421


East Berlin Fire Station by Larry Lerew
Inspired by Olde Liberty #1 Engine House / Town Hall, 4th Street, East Berlin, Pennsylvania
16 x 12 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
#170421

I happened upon this beauty by chance and was really impressed. This Fire Station had a sign proudly displayed over the front carriage doors and was dated 1892. The stop sign mounted to the side of the building turned out to be very important since while I drew this crayon image there must have been a dozen vehicles turning up this alley. After I left this location I drove past the much larger modern East Berlin Fire Station which was just down the street.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

East Berlin Happy by Larry Lerew #170420


East Berlin Happy by Larry Lerew
Inspired by W. King Street, East Berlin, Adams County, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
#170420

I was finishing up my painting and sketching for the day and was heading out of town when I saw this group of fantastic buildings. I had to stop and make one last crayon drawing on the spot to turn into a painting back at the studio. The variety of shapes was a "WOW". I even managed to include a sweet little vehicle. East Berlin is a wonderful town to paint.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Storing The Old Red Truck by Larry Lerew #170419


Storing The Old Red Truck by Larry Lerew
Inspired by Route 234 West and Route 94 North, Adams County, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
#170419

I was on the road roving with my crayons when I saw this lonely red truck parked under a roof along the road. There was a beautiful selection of trees gathered around and one was in full white blossom. I made a crayon drawing and added the watercolor from my memory when I return to the studio. It's funny how I can remember shapes and colors of a view when I'm painting but have trouble finding my keys.

Friday, April 21, 2017

April On Codori Farm by Larry Lerew #170417


April On Codori Farm by Larry Lerew
Inspired by Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170417

This painting started as a crayon sketch made on the Gettysburg Battlefield. I put the basic shapes of the buildings of the Codori Farm high on my paper because I planned to work in an interesting foreground back at the studio. I like to start my art on location and finish it with color back at the studio because it give me freedom of expression and I'm not intimidated by the actual view.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Biglerville Evening by Larry Lerew #170418


Biglerville Evening by Larry Lerew
Inspired by E. York Street, Biglerville, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170418

It was late in the day and long shadows were covering these homes but the tower was high enough to catch some light. Evening paintings are always powerful but it's challenging to get everything down on paper or canvas before the light is gone. I like these cozy homes in Biglerville, Pennsylvania with an apple factory water tower standing over them.

April Neighborhood by Larry Lerew #170416


April Neighborhood by Larry Lerew
Inspired by S. York Street, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
#170416

I was inspired by this view of S. York Street, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania after I finished with the Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg and was parked in there parking lot. The pink trees and yellow bushes are always an attraction for me each April. Here the buildings take a back seat to the vibrant spring colors of April.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Farm On Central View Road by Larry Lerew #170401


Farm On Central View Road by Larry Lerew
Inspired by Central View Road, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
#170401

I wanted to paint this farm in the spring before summer obstructions came along. I like the way the farm hugs the hillside and the positioning of buildings. The soft edges make this painting special.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg II by Larry Lerew #170415


Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg II by Larry Lerew
Inspired by York Street, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
#170415

To me this painting is more fun the first attempt. I love the free movement of line and color throughout the paining. I drew the plein air crayon drawing in red and added watercolor in the studio. It only took a few minutes to get the gesture on paper but that was the most important part in keeping it fresh.

Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg I by Larry Lerew


Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg I by Larry Lerew
Inspired by York Street, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
#170414

I was asked to take a look at this location and see how I could make it into art. This interpretation of the theatre includes the surrounding trees in its rural setting on the edge of town. I think the building started out as a one room school house and was transformed and expanded over the years to its present larger size.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Gettysburg Columns" by Larry Lerew 170413


"Gettysburg Columns" by Larry Lerew
Inspired by N. Washington Street and W. Water Street, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170413

This townscape features a group of interesting buildings on N. Washington Street at the corner of W.Water Street, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The power pole had a slight angle but I might have pushed it a little. The white columns looked good between the yellow and red brick. This street scene is opposite the Gettysburg College so there are college students walking everywhere.

"Standing Proud" by Larry Lerew 170412


"Standing Proud" by Larry Lerew
Inspired by  S. Main Street, Biglerville, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170412

This tree was standing so proud to pose for me on S. Main Street, Biglerville, Pennsylvania. It was late in the day the shadows were stretching long across the porch of this town home. This tree looks like it gets pruned on a regular basis and may have been here for some time. I loved the shapes and shadows of the form and the idea of keeping a pet tree in the front of the house.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"April Showers" by Larry Lerew #170411


"April Showers" by Larry Lerew
Inspired by Codori Farm, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on #140 Watercolor Paper
#170411

When the sky gets dark, rain is on its way and sometimes all day in April. That's Pennsylvania and we enjoy the Spring rains which starts the growing season. I had some fun working with the wax crayon on this heavy paper and even did some razor blade scratches. The clouds were interesting to create with the wax resist. There's not any detail to this painting but I still get the feel of the place as I sketched it from across the battlefield at the Pennsylvania Monument.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Students At Gettysburg College Gate by Larry Lerew #170410


Students At Gettysburg College Gate by Larry Lerew
Inspired by Brick Gate to Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170410

I have always been amazed by this entrance gate to the Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The brick pillars ate all topped with spheres with the highest ones being white and I would think made of glass. The students pass through here daily along with a few vehicles from time to time. I'm sure there was a time carriages entered this gate to the college.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Biglerville Skyline by Larry Lerew #170409


Biglerville Skyline by Larry Lerew
Inspired by the view from Route 34, Biglerville, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170409

I was painting in Gettysburg this Sunday afternoon and headed back through Biglerville, Pennsylvania on my way home. I view the Apple Plant from route 34 and found a good spot to make a crayon drawing. I included the brick smoke stack, two of three water towers and what I think is the old Musselman's House at the plant. I also included some large apple crates stacked up on the left. When I got back to the studio to finish the wax drawing and add the watercolor I was quite pleased with the results.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April Corn Fields by Larry Lerew #170408


April Corn Fields by Larry Lerew
Inspired by Gettysburg Road, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170408

I was waiting at the gym for my wife to finish her workout and drew these corn fields and trees across the road. The trees are just ready to bud and have a red and purple tint to them and the cut corn stocks are all dried and golden. Soon the fields will change again when they are planted to the coming growing season.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"Mountain Air" by Larry Lerew #170407


"Mountain Air" by Larry Lerew
Inspired by the corner of Twin Hills and South Mountain Roads, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170407

I drew this en plein air with black crayon and finished it with watercolor back in the studio. These three homes are nice and cozy built into the mountain and I'm sure the folks there enjoy the mountain air. Lots of drawing in this painting and I love the grainy look and texture.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"Living Together" by Larry Lerew #170406


"Living Together" by Larry Lerew
Inspired by Main Street, York Springs, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170406

I liked this view of Main Street, York Springs, Pennsylvania because of the drop in elevation. I was drawing in my truck cab parked just behind Saw Mill Road. They brick home in front of me was large and at eye level while the homes on the opposite side of the street we below eye level. They vintage homes are charming to capture in my art and I relate to them because I have always lived in a place like this in South Central Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"Renovated Mill" by Larry Lerew #170405


"Renovated Mill" by Larry Lerew
Inspired by York Springs, Pennsylvania
16 x 12 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170405

I was roving the allies of York Springs, Pennsylvania and stumbled upon this wonderful view of an old mill or feed store that was renovated into apartments. I did a quick wax crayon drawing en plein air to be completed back in my studio. I liked the white buildings grouped together and divided by the strong verticals of the power poles. It's always fun to paint white objects and still put plenty of color into the work.

Monday, April 3, 2017

"Early Spring" by Larry Lerew #170404


"Early Spring"
Inspired by Rt. 94, Main Street, York Springs, Pennsylvania
12 x 16 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper
#170404

This painting was drawn en plein air from my truck cab on busy Rt. 94 just south of town in York Springs, Pennsylvania. I drew the crayon shapes and tones in place but left the tree tops unfinished to complete back at the studio. The truck traffic was so worrisome I didn't want to stay parked along the road for long. I love these mature trees and mature houses and how they sit into the landscape.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

York Springs Bank Fire Escape by Larry Lerew #170403


York Springs Bank Fire Escape by Larry Lerew
York Springs, Pennsylvania
#170403
11 x 14 ins. Wax Crayon Watercolor Resist on Drawing Paper

This was so strange. As I was sketching I notice things, that's why I'd rather sketch than take photos to work from. This was a very red painting, even the plants growing under the fire escape where red. I tried to keep the top of the painting light since the sun was hitting it and the bottom darker to indicate shadows. There is a drive-thru banking lane just to the right of this with a signal light giving the the painting the only spot of green. Fun painting to create and interpret.