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"

If you are interested in purchasing any of these works or viewing more of my paintings please visit my website

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

If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website

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.

Saturday, 6 August 2016



Friday morning a few of us painted at Liz's Gallucci's home on the Conodoguinet Creek. We never saw the sun, but we still were able to capture the serenity and beauty of the setting. We also were treated to the sight of a dozen or more heron, resting and flying by.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

OPEN SHED By Cecelia Lyden


For someone who is not a farm girl, it's amazing  how much I love to paint bucolic, picturesque, warm and comforting farm landscapes. This spot is on the Paulus farm, where some of us painted on Saturday. It was my second visit there this summer and I hope to go back again.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Dillsburg Garden Club Tour - Watercolor 10x12 - June 25
Paulus Farm - Watercolor - 10x10 -  July 30

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

"Petry in Purple", pastel.

"Poetry in Purple:, 12x 9"
Plein Air Pastel.

One hot day in June somewhere at rural area or South-West, France...
It was a dream trip, but I'm back now.
Will be posting more painting soon, as I sort things out..

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Dillsgurg Garden Tour

I painted at the 4th Garden on the Dillsburg Garden Tour. The home I painted at was in Mechanicsburg, Martin Home. We were treated so well and a sandwich lunch was provided. Thank you Frannie! What an awesome garden!

Monday, 27 June 2016


       oil/stretched canvas

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.

Canal Reflections by Julie Riker

10x20 oil

Painted during Plein Air Richmond, I was happy to be awarded an Honorable Mention for this piece.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Market Day by Julie Riker

9x12 oil

Painted at Finger Lakes Plein Air for the 2 hour Quick Draw Event, this painting won the People's Choice Award and sold at the event.

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

Boathouses by Julie Riker

10x20 oil

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

Staircase To The 2nd Floor by Julie Riker

12x9 oil
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.