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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Wednesday, 16 November 2016
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
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016
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
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"
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
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
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
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.