Saturday, 22 July 2017
About a dozen of us went out to this field of sunflowers, Thursday, in 90 degree weather, no shade, no cloud cover-very hot and humid. The lure of all that yellow made me forsake any common sense. Wearing light colored clothes, a hat and slathered in suntan lotion, I still only lasted about 2 hours-just barely enough time to work on a small patch of the field.
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Last Saturday was a beautiful day for plein air painting. Donna, Julie, and I travelled to James Buchanan's Wheatland home in Lancaster. This was my second time there. My first painting [below]
Friday, 7 July 2017
I was honored to be commissioned as the onsite painter for last weekend's Star Barn Raising Festival.
The Star Barn is a significantly historic barn, built in 1860, that sat along rt.283 between Harrisburg and Lancaster. It has long been a favorite site for painters, photographers, and lovers of nostalgia. The barn was purchased by a private owner last year and has been moved, along with it's outbuildings, piece by piece, to it's new location in Elizabethtown where it will be preserved as a venue for weddings and events.
I was asked to create 2 paintings, both 24x36, depicting certain actions in the reconstruction. I kept thinking that the original barn raising may have had a few sketch artists, as not everyone had a camera back then.
The festival was well attended and I was able to talk to many people about my painting. I was surprised that so many people relate to this barn in a personal way.
At one point, an Amish teen boy (maybe 13) stood and watched me paint for about a half hour. He asked a lot of questions about what I was doing and seemed very interested that I was painting just from observation - what I was seeing. I thought that was a neat moment - art bringing together 2 very different people.
painting #1 showing some of the outbuildings and the raising of the bents
painting #2 captured the lowering of the cupola into the structure by crane
Saturday, 1 July 2017
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Last week I painted in Cumberland, MD for the Mountain Maryland plein air event. It was my first time visiting this area. I loved the steep hilly town and the rural outlying areas. Much of this rural area is economically depressed which is sad to see, but makes for great painting subjects. I had the opportunity to paint in an abandoned silk mill in Lanaconing which closed in 1957 and was left intact.
"1937 McCormick Deering"
"Lonaconing Silk Mill"
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
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.
Honorable Mention Award
"Across The Lake"
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Monday, 5 June 2017
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
Saturday, 3 June 2017
"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
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.
Monday, 8 May 2017
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
Monday, 10 April 2017
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
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
Blue Bonnet Road
Backlit Prickly Pear
Down At The Creek
Misty Morning Mesquite
Home On The Range
Monday, 27 March 2017
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
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
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 www.barbaradeugarte.com. Please visit me at my new website, read the blog, and sign up for future newsletters. Thanks.
Saturday, 31 December 2016
|State Street and Second View|
|"Cathedral in Cold"|
Oil by Susan Benigni-Landis
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
Thursday, 1 December 2016
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"
"Bridge To The Falls"
"Front Row Seats"
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