Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Larry Lerew to Display Art at Dillsburg Library

Even though this simple plein air sketch is messy and suggestive it holds a ton of valuable information and memories for me the artist and doesn't have to be understood by others. I encourage everyone to keep a sketchbook and learn how to use it.


I did a plein air sketch from the comfort of my pick-up truck recently. This was a quick 15 minute pencil sketch to capture simple shapes and compositions of downtown Dillsburg looking north from the Post Office. I left my camera behind and soaked in the view as an artist. It was early afternoon and the school buses started moving by and I knew the yellow bus was my center of interest. From this quick field sketch I created the painting below. The painting is not plein air but I think I caught the feel of the moment from my sketch which is why I like to sketch plein air. 

View a selection of my paintings in person during the month of February 2012 at the Dillsburg Library, Dillsburg, PA. Free admission, Free street parking. Come in, warm up and have a look at some of my recent work. Link to Dillsburg Area Public Library for hours: http://www.yorklibraries.org/dillsburg/
Wednesday, February 1, 10:00am until Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 8:00pm
Phone: 717-432-5613
Email: dllib@yorklibraries.org
Librarian: Barbara Tosiano

Friday, 27 January 2012




Pepper Beach Park is one of many small parks along A1A in Fort Pierce, Fla. This park is on both sides of the highway--the beach side and the Intracoastal/Indian River side. We chose a niche on the river side. In all honesty, the mosquitos were eating me alive, so I left, having painted for only 2 hours. The bridge and figure were completed indoors. This painting is not 100% plein air, but it was started and inspired outdoors.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

SVPAP Member Blog Spot -- Cathy Mabius

 I have to admit that I like to be outdoors... but plein air painting is so much more than just enjoying time outside.  As any plein air painter will attest, we have to be our own sherpas and put up with the vagaries of weather, insects, distractions by the dozen and forgo our personal comfort in order to do it.  And, amazingly we do it willingly! 
 Why, because it is so important to capture what our eyes see, but a camera cannot... the colors, the values and the experience of being there.  
 In the top photo, you'll see me painting.   The above photo is of one of the plein air studies that I did that day.  I know that I would never have gotten this painting from just snapping a few photos and trying to recreate it in the studio.  It was done fast, as it was almost the end of the day for the event (Harrisburg Gallery Walk 2009 at the Governor's Residence) and sun was low and intense.  I got at least 90 % of it done in a half hour.  Later in the studio, when I was shoring up the brick wall and tightening those edges, I pulled up the digital photo that I knew I took.  It was hard to find, because none of the brilliant light was there, the red brick wall, well, looked red and the overhanging tree was a bit bland.  I didn't follow the photo except for seeing the structure of the tops of the pillars, etc.  I honored the colors that I put down that day.
That is what plein air painting is all about for me -- gathering information that I can't get in any other way than sitting there and getting it done.  Despite the bugs, the sweltering heat and passing people commenting on my painting -- good and bad  (I remember a comment from one man as I was just starting to block in a painting -- he told me to "keep with painting, you'll get there one day...")
 Here's another plein air done while painting with fellow SVPAP painter, Sharon Benner, in Gettysburg. In some respects, yes, it is a bit crude and a gutteral response.  But it is an honest response, which is what plein air is all about.
Lastly, I'll share a little study done near New Hope, PA.  The coolness in the shade was wonderful and the sense of light was so delicate.  This one hasn't been out of the studio.  Not because I don't think it worthy of going to a gallery, but because its value is for me is to have as a reference when I finally get time to create a larger studio piece from it.

Hopefully this gives you a bit of insight into how I approach plein air painting...  HAPPY PAINTING.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Calling All Artists - Plein Air Camp Hill

 Camp Hill is having it's Plein Air Competition for the 2nd year.  The Call to Artists and application for 2012 can be found on this site.
 The site is still being updated so make sure you are looking at information for 2012.