Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Finger Lakes Plein Air by Julie Riker

I had a great time last week as a participant in the Finger Lakes Plein Air event in Canandaigua, NY. 
I really stretched myself by working a bit larger than I usually do in plein air, choosing unusual subject matter, and did some hiking into a gorge to find a secluded waterfall. 
I was delighted to receive an Honorable Mention Award for my painting of the campfire which I did for fun one night with no intention of entering into the competition.

Also, I was delighted to see fellow SVPAP members Gail Fox and Gay Dunn who stopped by to see the Saturday Quick Draw on their way to paint in the Adirondacks.

 "Vintage Crop"


 "Outdoor Seating"
Quick Draw

 "Unforgettable Fire"
Honorable Mention Award

 "Grimes Glen"

 "Bent Tree"

"Across The Lake"

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Negley Park Paint Out

"Susquehanna Rooftops"
9x12", oil

by Susan Benigni-Landis

The first Saturday in June finally gave us wonderful weather and views!

Monday, 5 June 2017


oil/stretched canvas

The day had a dreary, overcast start, but by late morning the sun was shining brightly. It was a perfect day for plein air painting. This view from Negley Park is from one of the openings, through the vegetation, of rooftops in Wormleysburg,  along a road leading to the Susquehanna River. The vista includes part of the Harrisburg skyline, plus a little bit of mountains in the distance. My image is blurry-having much trouble with my computer displaying pics from my camera.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Negley Park paint out

Marilyn Ladieu works on her painting at yesterday's paint out at Negley Park.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

A Stormy Eve to Paint

 "Clouds Over Courthouse"
9x12", oil on canvas
by Susan Benigni-Landis

There were a few evening painters at First Friday Carlisle in May, as the weather had been questionable for painting all day. A very short window of time (about an hour) presented an opportunity to catch stormy skies beyond the courthouse in Carlisle. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Art for Healing

Works from a group of SVPAP members have been selected for a 3 month exhibit at Hershey Medical Center.  The project, sponsored by Center Stage, places artwork in various locations of the hospital where the images may calm and comfort ailing patients.  Jill Peckelun, Paul Gallo, Cecelia Lyden, Patricia Walach Keough, Julie Riker, Debra Kreiger, Sue Van Tonningen, Johanna Monighan Schaefer, Jane Albin, Susan Benigni Landis, and Gail Fox have all contributed paintings to this effort.

Cecelia Lyden

Julie Riker

Monday, 8 May 2017


oil/stretched canvas

It was cold and windy last Wednesday, but with rain predicted for an"eternity," I wanted to paint the beautiful blossoms, before inclement weather destroyed them. I lasted about 3 hours outdoors and quit when I started to shiver. I finished the painting indoors, out of the rain and cold.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Early April At West Fairview

 "Spring Cityscape"
9x12" oil

"First Fish"
9x12" oil

Paintings from first SVPAP group Spring 2017 paint out 
by Susan Benigni-Landis

Monday, 10 April 2017


Susan, Johanna, and Felicity are making good use of the warm spring weather,  producing beautiful art this past Sunday. The West Fairview boat launch was crowded with others, fishermen, boaters in addition to our group members.

COPSE OF TREES By Cecelia Lyden


Sunday was a sunny, warm day and several of us  from our group, took advantage of the weather to "officially"start our plein aire painting at the West Fairview boat launch. I had only a small 8x10 canvas and, rather than painting a landscape, I opted to paint this thicket of trees, which only covered a small area. I really liked the "pinkish" sunlight hitting the trees and branches.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Texas Trip by Julie Riker

Here are some paintings from a recent trip to Texas.  I went with 5 other artists and we stayed on a ranch an hour and a half West of Austin, near Llano.  It was beautiful landscape, much different from what I see and paint around Pennsylvania.  

Blue Bonnets and Prickly Pear
9x12 oil

Blue Bonnet Road

Backlit Prickly Pear

Down At The Creek

Misty Morning Mesquite

Home On The Range

Monday, 27 March 2017

"Out and About" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

10x8 watercolor on crescent board
Last week I was out plein air painting with my brother Jon on the Gettysburg battlefield. I'm generally a fair weather painter, but it was a cold morning and it felt pretty good to get some of the cob webs from winter cleaned out! I painted most of the painting on site and decided to add an American crow on the fence post.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Winter In Willow Park by Julie Riker

9x12 oil

I was happy that we had a brief little snow storm last week.  It was just enough snowfall to make everything pretty - and it wouldn't be winter until I got to paint a snow scene :)
This was painted in Willow Park, Camp Hill.  

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

New website

I have decided to simplify my life and reduce the need to blog in many different places so I am posting my website address where I will do all future blogging.  I will also post on Facebook but direct viewers to the website.  My new website is   Please visit me at my new website,  read the blog,  and sign up for future newsletters.   Thanks.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

State Street with Snow Flurries

State Street and Second View
"Cathedral in Cold"
Oil by Susan Benigni-Landis
"Braving it..."

Several SVPAP members (Kim, Julie, Susan) made it to the December 11 paint-out, in sub 32 degree weather, complete with a few flurries. Looking forward to 2017 plein air painting! Happy New Year and Happy Painting!

Monday, 5 December 2016

"Once Upon A Vine"

One more small study piece from my French adventures this summer.
8 x 10", Pastel with WC underpainting on
ultra-light weight multimedia pastel panel. 80% finished on location.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Graystones Preserve by Julie Riker

I am finally getting around to uploading my paintings from the October weekend at Graystones Preserves.  Thanks to Liz Gallucci for arranging this trip and sharing this beautiful place with us! There was certainly plenty to be inspired by!

 "At The Falls"

 "Brilliant Reflections"

 "Bridge To The Falls"

 "Floating Boats"

"Front Row Seats"

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

FALL FINERY By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas

I painted with some friends at Ft. Hunter on Saturday. The weather was brisk, but warm in the sunshine and the color was glorious. It took a while, but the 2016 Fall has finally delivered-beautiful golds, rust, maroons, and deep, rich browns. Per usual, I completed the 'bones" of the painting [ composition, tree arrangement,value placement, some color] on site. The rest of the painting was completed at home.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Great Weekend Painting Graystones Preserve with SVPAP, by Deb Kreiger

The Graystones Preserve is indeed a hidden gem in the Pocono mountains since 1934. Thanks to our member Elizabeth Gallucci for making the arrangements and giving us great tours along with her knowledge and history of the preserve. We  all had fun and picked up a few tips form everyone. What a beautiful place and we hit the perfect weekend. I painted three paintings. All are acrylic on canvas with the first one having a touch of oils. The first painting was our view from our cabin! The second is of Mud Run, which one part of the creek with a lot of rocks.! The last is a very peaceful still pond. The colors were fabulous.
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Bethany Beach Plein Air by Julie Riker

Dune Path
12x16 oil
2nd Place Award

I recently participated in Bethany Beach Plein Air, Delaware.  It was a challenging few days with hurricane like conditions, so finding sheltered painting locations was a priority.
I was honored to receive Second Place for my painting "Dune Path", and an Honorable Mention for my 2 hour Quick Draw, "Sand and Sea", as well as sell 3 paintings from the event.

"Sand and Sea"
Quick Draw, Honorable Mention

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Plein Air Chincoteague by Julie Riker

Last week I participated in Plein Air Chincoteague.  It was my 6th year painting for the event and I am always amazed to find new and more beautiful scenes to paint.
Two of these paintings sold at the Saturday evening exhibition and the other two I consigned to Flying Fish Gallery on Main Street, Chincoteague.

 "Evening, Looking West"

"Morning, Looking East"

 "Edge of the Marsh"

"Beach Day"

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

"A Quick Rest" by Susan Benigni Landis

"A Quick Rest"
8x10", oil

Lucky to have an egret pose for a few minutes during a peaceful paint-out on the Conodoguinet Creek last week. Thanks to host, Liz.