Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Monday, 27 June 2016
Saturday was a perfect day-beautiful weather and a beautiful paint location. A few of us painted for the Dillsburg Garden Club Tour for their ways and means event. I chose a wonderful property in Mechanicsburg . There were "paintings" everywhere I looked--huge interesting trees, pastures, farm buildings, cows, flowers and a charming house. I liked the look of this tree, with its huge, thick trunk and its fallen branches.
Monday, 13 June 2016
Sunday, 22 May 2016
Another gray day, but not raining; so I decided to travel to my neighbor's yard to catch some beautiful azalea color before the wet weather washed it all away. Many of the azaleas had passed their peak, before it was dry enough to set up my easel outdoors. There were still some dogwood blossoms, bleeding hearts and white peonies-enough spring glory to warrant a painting. I set up the composition, laid in the values [very flat with no sunshine to create shadows], colors and large and small shapes and finished the details indoors while it rained outdoors.
Friday, 20 May 2016
Here is another painting from Wayne Plein Air, painted on an overcast morning at Philadelphia's famous Boathouse Row. This piece sold at the preview party but is still on exhibit - along with my other paintings from the week - at Wayne Art Center, through June 23.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Plein Air Magazine Award
Wayne Plein Air 2016
I was honored to be included among 32 talented artists selected to participate in Wayne Plein Air last week.
We had 5 days to create paintings within 20 miles of Wayne, PA. It was fun exploring the area, rich with historical buildings, farms, and urban areas...I even ventured into Philadelphia.
All week the weather was gray and a bit drizzly. I was frustrated with the flat light. On the last day the sun finally came out and I painted this piece.
I was thrilled that judge T. Allen Lawson chose this painting for the Plein Air Magazine Award.
This and ALL of the paintings from the week are on exhibit at the Wayne Art Center through June 25.
Saturday, 23 April 2016
A beautiful spring day at Italian Lake was the serene setting for this past Wednesday paintout. The new swans were quite the attraction for children and adults out for a lazy stroll. My original rendering included 2 additional geese, but I was not happy with the composition. I cropped them out of the photo and will cut the canvas to this smaller size.
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Last week I participated in Paint Snow Hill, held in the charming town of Snow Hill, MD on the Eastern Shore. It was a great event and fantastic area to paint with endless subject matter. I found myself drawn to the many forgotten and decaying structures which conjured up feelings of sadness - but also mystery, and spoke to the power of time and nature over things of man. I was honored to receive Artist's Choice for Best Body of Work as voted by my peers.
The Old Boathouse
Porter's Crossing, Dusk
Friday, 15 April 2016
8"x10" Acrylic/oil on canvas
So happy to find out this painting has found a home. Thank you PCCA Gallery for the recent sale. I painted this plein air at the boat launch in Middletown. The river at the time was very high so I focused on this beautiful setting and light pattern on the bank of the river which was home to the bluebirds.
To see more of my paintings visit my website, www.debkreiger.com.
Thursday, 14 April 2016
oil on canvas
Today was the first sunny mild day that I could paint outdoors. I spent 3 hours at the West Fairview boatlaunch on the Susquehanna. It was very peaceful and pleasant. This pic is a tad darker than the painting.
Thursday, 31 March 2016
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Beth and I painted last week at Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster. It is a wonderful place to
paint - a little historic village with all sorts of buildings, gardens, animals, a pond...
I think it would be a great place for an SVPAP outing!
Friday, 4 March 2016
"Birds After Blizzard"
9x12", oil on canvas
Thanks to the SVPAP inspiration, I got out and painted with the birds of winter. Just wanted to capture a simple scene of this wild winter.
Monday, 22 February 2016
This was painted on McCormick Road along the Yellow Breeches after our most recent snow fall. This may be the last of my plein air snow scenes for this year...spring is coming and the snow is melting.
Saturday, 6 February 2016
Two of my most recent pieces which were painted in the week following the historic storm "Jonas" which dumped 29" of snow on our area. Now one week later most of the snow has melted so I am happy that I was able to capture it.
These paintings are now available at Art & Soul Gallery in Lemoyne. Art & Soul is located above the West Shore Farmer's Market and is open Friday and Saturday, or by appointment.
Thursday, 28 January 2016
"Sunny City House View"
8x10", oil on canvas
A bit late in posting this painting which was done on location with members of SVPAP during this past Harrisburg Gallery Walk. Thought it would be fitting for "The Burg 2" show at
Gallery at Second.
Monday, 25 January 2016
Saturday, 2 January 2016
Finally added some finishing touches to this painting which was started a few months ago in Shipoke along the river. I've just delivered it and 2 other works to Gallery @ 2nd where it will be part of the multi-artist 'Burg Exhibit which opens with a public reception on January 14 and runs until March 2.
If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website www.julieriker.com
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Sunday, 6 December 2015
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Good news yesterday from CALC[Carlisle Arts Learning Center] that 2 of my 3 submissions to their Holiday event sold. The first 2, above, were purchased. The last painting is still for sale. All 3 were painted, on site, in the vicinity of Carlisle and other close locations.
Monday, 30 November 2015
I've been too busy to paint outdoors. And cold weather is about to keep me indoors for a while. So, in order to help keep our blog going through the winter, I've decided to repost a couple of old plein air paintings. Both were painted in Boiling Springs-the same corner, but different seasons.
Saturday, 7 November 2015
The SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY PLEIN AIR PAINTERS, had a wonderfully successful reception for our fifth annual art exhibit last night. Happily, I was part of the success with the sale of my lily garden painting. We had 22 participants with 70-80 beautiful paintings, yummy food and drink and a big crowd-a good time.
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
"Dune Dancers", 9 x 12", Pastel.
Latest finished piece, painted 80% Plein Air and finalized in my studio from memory.
Beautiful Dunes of Cape, full of Sunlight and movement.
This was outside of Dennis Port, MA. I loved it there, one day I'll be back.
Saturday, 24 October 2015
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Beth and I went out today looking for some fall color to paint but no particular location in mind. We ended up at the Haldeman Mansion in Bainbridge.
This would be a good painting location for the group - lots of possibilities for paintings. I was interested in the layered surface of the old building.
Sunday, 18 October 2015
16x20 oil on canvas
Yesterday I painted live during a wedding ceremony along the Yellow Breeches at Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, PA. It was a commission request from the bride and groom who wanted a plein air painter to capture the setting of their special day.
This is the second time I have painted as part of a wedding. I feel I am a bit more comfortable with it but there are certainly challenges with each situation. The biggest challenge is time. I arrived 2 hours early to set up and paint the entire background. I only had about 30 minutes to quickly paint in the figures and a suggestion of a guest audience. Here is the painting just before the figures arrived...
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