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PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVED WORK
Please note that the paintings on this page are in private collections and are not available for purchase.
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study for MEMORIAL, I
Drybrush, 11-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches
Drybrush, 10-3/4 x 14-1/2 inches
Watercolour, 17-1/4 x 29 inches
I discovered this house one day while driving through Berks County with an artist friend of mine. I was immediately drawn to the small wooden el to the rear of the main house, and the way that you could see right through the building to the other side. I also liked the unique television antennae. An article of blue laundry hangs on the washline to the rear, gently blowing in the March breeze. Hints of green are beginning to appear in the fields. The location is on Snyder Road in Oley Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Watercolour, 13-1/2 x 21-1/2 inches
The stone farmhouse was owned by the Marshall family for many years. As in a number of my paintings, the title has a double meaning, and is called NIGHT MARSHAL, with one "L". The marshal was originally the groom, and later the master of the horse in a medieval royal household. The thick stone walls of the house are reminiscent of the medieval German architecture, and the marshal reminds one of the long history of the farm, which would have had horses a century ago. What is the marshal doing tonight, sitting up late in the third floor attic room where the lit windows appear?
The house was built in sections, the earliest dating to pre-Revolutionary days. The property was purchased by the Marshall family in 1977, and served for many years as Marshall's Garden Barn. The barn on the property has been razed, but this house remains. The location is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 663 and Geryville Pike in Geryville, Pennsylvania.
Watercolour, 16 x 29 inches
In Colonial days, the full February Moon was known as the Trapper's Moon. The lighted windows indicate that the trapper is up early on this cold February morning; he will go out to check his traps and hopefully will discover some rare prize. The complex of farm buildings is based on a group of buildings on Mine Road in the Oley Valley, Berks County, Pennsylvania. As it is with my night scenes, I imagine myself being "nighted", not knighted. I finished the painting by signing it "Sir Bradley Hendershot" in honor of my "nighthood".
Watercolour, 18 x 29-1/4 inches
A full moon is low in the sky over London Vale Farm on a cold winter's evening. Smoke comes from the chimney of one of the outbuildings; is someone out there doing work at this hour? The farm is located on London Vale Road near the Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The painting was used as the centerpiece for The Tradition Continues, a two-person exhibition with my father, Ray Hendershot, at Travis Gallery in October 2008, and appeared on the invitations.
Drybrush, 14-1/4 x 29-1/2 inches
This is an entirely invented scene, but is indicative of the many eighteenth-century stone farmhouses in southeastern Pennsylvania. As is typical in my drybrush paintings, I take my watercolour technique one step further, and build up the textures of the stone, brick, and wood using many layers, and many small strokes of the brush. The coal shovel is seen to the left of the door, and the open coal door to the coal bin below is seen to the left in the painting on this cold snowy day.
Drybrush, 21 x 29-1/4 inches
This "still life" is a close-up of the barn on a property located on Huff Church Road, Berks County, Pennsylvania. I was drawn to the textures of the stone, stucco, and weathered wood of the facade. A horseshoe hangs in the "open-end upward" good luck position on the door to the left. In this work, I got particularly interested with the textures, and took the watercolour one step further, creating a drybrush painting, which involves a building up of many layers using many small strokes of the brush.
Watercolour, 21 x 29-1/4 inches
A snowstorm blankets the Peter Wentz house, located off of Shearer Road, in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The structure was built in 1758 using the Georgian-style architecture so popular with the wealthy English gentry in the Philadelphia area.
Restored and furnished as it would have been in 1777, the Farmstead shows the blending of two cultures, with the German heritage of Peter modifying the Welsh background of Rosanna, his wife. In spite of its English style, the house reflects Wentz's German background with features traditionally found in German construction such as the tile roof over the beehive bake oven, the 5-plate heating stoves, etc.
Due to its strategic location to Philadelphia, the farmstead was twice used as headquarters by George Washington during the Pennsylvania Campaign of 1777. It was here that General Washington planned the attack on the British in the Battle of Germantown, which took place on October 4, 1777. Although the planned daybreak attack on the British was well-conceived, a dense fog enveloped the village just as the attack was to begin. At one point, one American division was fired upon by another, causing panic and confusion, and the Americans were forced to retreat. Subsequently, on October 17, British General John Burgoyne surrendered to American Major General Horatio Gates at the Battle of Saratoga, or Bemis Heights. This is usually regarded as the turning point of the American Revolution. The news of Burgoyne's Surrender was received and celebrated in this house on October 18, 1777. Tradition has it that a salute was fired so close to the house that the glass in several windows shattered.
The painting is titled DRIFTED INN, as a reflection of the large snowdrifts around the exterior, and the fact that the General treated the house almost as an Inn.
Watercolour, 19-1/2 x 29 inches
I've done many paintings on this farm in the past. This time, I was drawn to the opposite side of the house, where a bricked-up window caught my eye. I liked the interesting shapes of the roofline and back porch. The scene is located on the banks of Mud Run on Bertolet Mill Road near Snyder Road in Oley Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The house is known as the Abraham Levan House, built around 1753, and is a large, steep-roofed example of the "stove-room", or "Continental", type of house.
Watercolour, 20 x 29-1/4 inches
I've returned once again to a farm that has appeared in many of my paintings. This is the Greulich house in Upper Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. The barn has burnt and fallen, and the house itself is in a sad state of disrepair. The property has been sold and the house may be razed (NOTE: The house has been razed since this painting was completed). I have done numerous paintings of the house from different angles and at different times of the day, hoping to create a permanent record of the property before it's too late. This is a view of the north gable end of the house, with the workshop below, on a cold winter day. The wrap-around porch has fallen in, but I've restored it for the purposes of this painting. Smoke rises from the workshop chimney, making one wonder what is going on inside. The farmhouse was located just over the hill from my previous studio in Upper Hanover Township.
Watercolour, 17-1/2 x 29-1/4 inches
We had recently had a period where the planet Venus, the Evening Star, appeared incredibly bright in the evening sky just after sunset. I've always been quite a watcher of the night skies, and wanted to capture this event in a painting. For the scene, I traveled to a farm that I've painted numerous times in the past, on Huffs Church Road, just to the northeast of the village of Huff Church in Berks County, Pennsyvlania. The farmhouse and outbuildings are depicted just after sunset, as the sky still glows with a cadmium orange hue and Venus shines in the west above the house.
Watercolour, 14 x 29-1/4 inches
One day, I visited the Knabb-Bieber Mill complex on Bieber Road in Oley Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. I had free roam of the property as I studied the mill, miller's house, barns, and outbuildings from all angles. This view shows the barns as they appeared from the low ground near the mill stream.
Watercolour, 14 x 29-1/4 inches
I have spent quite a bit of time walking around the Kaufman (one "f") Farm, an eighteenth century farm that is being restored in the Oley Valley in Berks County. The farm shown in this particular painting is adjacent to the Kaufman Farm that is undergoing restoration, and is also a Kaufman farm (I call it "Kaufman II"). Both farms are, located on Kauffman (two "f's) Road, just off of Snyder Road and Covered Bridge Road. As I walked over the rise one day, this is the view I saw. The farmer wanted to talk to me about the history of the place, but his wife had just gotten a telephone call that there was a coyote spotted locally, and that it was headed in this general direction. So the farmer got his gun and took off in his truck after the coyote. I never heard the outcome, but my memories of the day are evident in the title of this work. The title of the painting actually has a double meaning. The first refers to an imaginary stream that I called "Coyote Run". The second uses the word "run" as a verb in the sense that I was hoping that the coyote would obey my unspoken wish "coyote RUN" from the farmer--he is coming to shoot you! I imagined a lone coyote howling at the full moon in this night scene of the Kaufman II farm. As it is with my night scenes, I imagine myself being "nighted", not knighted. I finished the painting by signing it "Sir Bradley Hendershot" in honor of my "nighthood".
LIGHT IN THE WOODSHED
Watercolour, 29-1/4 x 20-1/2 inches
This is the Thompson-Neely House, located south of New Hope, along River Road in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A light has been turned on in the woodshed as the occupant prepares to cut wood for a fire on this cool evening in November. I was fascinated by the dramatic backlighting on the large silhouetted tree next to the house.
Watercolour, 19-1/4 x 29-1/2 inches
An artist friend of mine took me to see this building one day in late 2001; it is part of the Haines Brothers mill complex near Dorneyville, Pennsylvania. The building has the distinction of being the first schoolhouse in Pennsylvania outside of the city of Philadelphia. The schoolroom actually was on the second floor; the schoolteacher lived in the building and reached her quarters by climbing a ladder to the attic area beneath the gable. The first floor served as a springhouse. Upon close examination of the building, one can see slots in the walls, which served as rifle ports used to ward off attacking Indians. I was most interested in the heart-shaped metal sculpture hanging on the outside wall. This inspired the title of the painting, VALENTINE'S DAY.
Watercolour, 26-1/2 x 39-1/2 inches
I've tried to capture the feel of Frye's Mill during the height of a winter storm. The buildings seem to huddle together against the cold wind and blowing snow. There is no sign of activity and Frye's ladder leans lifeless against the side of the shed. The mill is located on Vera Cruz Road about a mile north of the village of Vera Cruz in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
Drybrush, 21-1/4 x 39-3/4 inches
I have attempted to capture the cold bleakness of a midwinter's day. Here you are standing in the middle of this field, with the mill buildings looming up in front of you. I've paid particular attention to the texture of the stucco, using the drybrush technique to build up the layers. The mill is Sickman's Mill in Lancaster County.
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