Friday, 31 December 2010

Joined SVPAP - It has been a good year

"Clouds over Lake Pinchot"   Watercolor     4/2010

I started painting with the group in April since Sue Gray invited me. It was a cold day at Pinchot Park, but it was great to talk with other artists and take a peak at their work while being encouraged to come out and paint yourself. Everyone was welcoming and I felt very comfortable talking to everybody. I liked looking at Ralph's artwork and sharing stories with Pat.
After painting several times with the group throughout the summer, I joined the group officially after our paint out at the Governor's residence.
Looking back, it has been a good year for me. I have been painting much more, since I now have the encouragement of a group of likeminded people and fellow artists.
Thank you Susan for inviting me,
Johanna
Contact me if you like to see more of my artwork

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

SVPAP Member Sharon Benner with Lisa Egeli


SVPAP Member Sharon Benner is shown above with Nationally known plein air artist Lisa Egeli at the 2010 Gettysburg Festival Plein Air Artist Colony.

Monday, 20 December 2010

GOVERNOR'S SCULPTURE by Sharon Benner


What a cold, damp day it was when we painted at the Governor's Residence. The garden was full of local color as the sun light was not out that day and didn't influence the colors. The metal sculpture of a boy and his dog made the center of interest and I tried to downplay the fall colors in the flower beds. The mist was starting as I completed the painting, so I added some soft blues and pinks. You can view other paintings at www.hanoverareaarts.com/42 or http://www.sharonkbennerfineart.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Haybales by Julie Riker

6x8 oil

With the cold weather and the coming holidays it has been difficult to do much in the way of plein air painting, but I am enjoying the posts of everyone's "older work".  Claire's beautiful painting of haybales reminded me to post this one which I have posted before on the Daily Painter's blog but not on this site.  This was the first painting I did using my (at the time) new thumb box.  It was the middle of the hot hot summer and I remember having to paint under the tailgate of my car for some necessary shade.  Quite different today.
If you would like to see more of  my work please visit my website http://www.julieriker.com/

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

TREES IN WILDWOOD By Cecelia Lyden

acrylic on canvas
10x13
This was the first plein aire painting I had done in 50 years. I signed up for a 1 day workshop with an instructor. I was the only one that did, so I got a lot of one on one instruction that day. We went to the Wildwood Preserve in Harrisburg. He demonstrated his approach to painting by applying a lot of red on the canvas first, then overlaying it with other colors. It made for a very vibrant, loose and exciting painting. I tried it, but probably covered too much of the red. You can , however, still see some of the red color peeking through. The painting is more expressionistic than usual for me, but I like its color and loose brushwork.

VIEW OF WILLOW PARK By Cecelia Lyden

acrylic on canvasboard
11x14
I did this painting this past summer on my first trip with a local plein aire painters group. Willow Park is in Camp Hill, PA. I live in Camp Hill, so I did not have to travel far. It was only the second time I had painted outdoors since I was in college about 50 years ago. I fumbled around a bit, setting up, but I enjoyed the experience--painting and some socializing with other painters and passers-by.

Friday, 10 December 2010

GRASSES BY THE BAY By Cecelia Lyden

acrylic on stretched canvas
16x18
This scene was painted this past summer, outdoors, looking across the water where the South River meets the Chesapeake Bay. I sat on my daughter's deck in the warm sunshine with a slight breeze blowing. I posted this image on DPP, but not here--I have not been outside painting in this frigid weather, so I decided to repost this memory of warmer weather.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

SUMMER HAY
Plein Air Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Summer Hay'
Oil  6 x 8
SOLD

I did this little plein air painting at the home of Lyn O'Neal
(owner of Art & Soul Gallery).  It was such a
beautiful summer day, and the hay bales were right along the
edge of her property.   It was one of those days that you
try to remember clearly when you are out painting and the
snowflakes are flying!

If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Sycamores & Wild Irises - Acrylic Plein Air Landscape Wildwood Wetlands by Pennsylvania Daily Painter Pat Koscienski

Sycamores & Wild Irises
12" & 6"
Acrylic


This painting was done plein air at Wildwood Sanctuary off Industrial Road, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The wild irises were in bloom; the water lilies were just starting to think about opening. I couldn't help zeroing in on the bark on the sycamores and the wild yellow irises that sat around the tree trunks at the water's edge. If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact Pat at patsfineart@hotmail.com. If interested in viewing more of my paintings, both abstract and representational, please visit my website and blogspot at:

Tiny Victorian by Julie Riker

4x6
plein air oil

This very small study of architectural detail was painted in Newport and is currently showing at Gallerie 13 in their mini art show.

If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website http://www.julieriker.com/

Thursday, 2 December 2010

"The Govenors Fall Garden" By Debra Tritt Kreiger

"The Governors Fall Garden" 4"x6" Watercolor on 300lb paper

I couldn't resist painting this scene. The birch tree which had an unusual color, with its' bark shedding and the rich color of the berries and leaves. It was a cold day with not much sunshine but the colors in the garden were very warm!
You can view the original at Gallerie 13 in December. Don't forget first Friday, December 3rd from 6-9

To contact me about the purchase of this painting or see more of my work go to http://www.debkreiger.com/or shop in my new store, Deb's Gifts

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

AND SO THE DEBATE CONTINUES...

The other day, Cathy Stone and I were discussing what constitutes
Plein Air art work.  Obviously, this discussion is taking place across
the country.  Cathy sent me this link to a very informative and
interesting article which discusses this very matter.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-grant/debate-must-plein-air-be-_b_789629.html

Monday, 29 November 2010

FLURRIES ON THE RIDGE
Plein Air Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell
100 Paintings in 100 Days Challenge
'Inspirations from a Back Yard'
66/100


'Flurries on the Ridge'
Oil  6 x 8
66/100

Day 66

What a surprise to wake up one morning to the sight of
snow flurries coming in over the mountain ridge.  The
flurries provided the perfect atmosphere for painting 
this weathered old pine tree, which looked as if had already
withstood many a storm. 


If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING
Plein Air Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell
100 Paintings in 100 Days Challenge
'Inspirations from a Back Yard'
65/100


'The Day After Thanksgiving'
Oil  9 x 12
65/100

Day 65

Thanksgiving day was pretty cold, raw, and rainy here
in Pennsylvania (a perfect day to stay in, eat yummy food
and nap!)  The day after, the wind kicked up and blew the
clouds away, leaving behind a pale light that bathed the
woods.

I have been refining my palette to get cleaner, fresher
color, and working to push the feeling of light in my work.
I was happy with what happened with this little
plein air.  What do you think?

If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Friday, 26 November 2010

MOSSY SHED, ALLENBERRY by Sharon Benner


MOSSY SHED, ALLENBERRY was painted at Allenberry Resort and Inn during a SVPAP morning paint-out. The sun light filtered through the trees and illuminated this little relic of a shed with a hole and bright green moss on the roof. See more paintings at www.hanoverareaarts.com/42, contact sharonbennersart@yahoo.com

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Plein Air at the Governor's Mansion


Ralph Hocker


Clare Klaum

Ralph Hocker and Clare Klaum were 2 of the SVPAP members that enjoyed a day of painting in the Governor's Gardens.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

A Stately Entrance by Julie Riker

12x12
oil

I made arrangements for the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters to paint out in the well tended gardens of the  PA Governor's Residence last week.   Even though most of the flowers had gone for the season, there was still a lot of beautiful color to see.  I particularly loved this shrub in the foreground with the firey red foliage.
It was a cold day to paint outside, but Tammy and the staff made us feel welcomed, even offering warm beverages and freshly baked cookies to warm us up.  I think everyone had a good time.

 
If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website http://www.julieriker.com/

Saturday, 20 November 2010

BARE TREE IN THE GARDEN
Plein Air
by Claire Beadon Carnell



















'Bare Tree in the Garden'
Plein Air
Oil on linen    12 x 9

This week the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters
had the wonderful opportunity of painting in the gardens
of the Pennsylvania Governor's residence.  The buildings
within the compound are beautiful, but my eye was drawn
to this scene of a bare tree standing starkly against a
backdrop of colorful fall foliage.

Although the day was raw and  cold, we were warmly
greeted by Tammy and other staff at the residence,
and were even invited to come inside to warm up with
some hot tea and freshly baked cookies.  Now that's
what I call some plein air roughin' it  :)

If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Morning Serenity -Original Oil Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting by Pennsylvania Daily Painter Pat Koscienski

Morning Serenity
9" x 12"
Oil on canvas

This scene was painted at the Conodoguinit Creek in a Community Park off Erford Road in Camp Hill, PA. It was a misty morning...I got 2 paintings that morning....this one being the earlier of the two done that day....the fog was heavier at this time, but did start to lift as I painted the 2nd. If you have any questions, contact Pat at patsfineart@hotmail.com If you want to see more of my paintings, both representational and abstract, please visit my website and blogspot at:

A SKIM ON THE POND by Sharon Benner

A Skim on the Pond was painted at Lake Marburg in Cordorus State Park in August when the lake was very low and resembled a pond in areas. The water was very still and a skim of algae was all around the edge and it seemed to sparkle with the back lighting. I found it a challenge to capture that sparkle. The oil painting is 11 x 14 and framed in a wide gold leaf frame. contact sharonbennersart@yahoo.com

AUTUMN PALETTE By Cecelia Lyden


What I chose to paint

Mansion backyard, facing Front Street

It got a "little " cold on Thursday.
oil on canvasboard
6x8
Julie Riker arranged for our plein aire group to paint at the Govenor's mansion yesterday. We are planning to do a painting each season. The strong winds on Wednesday left many of the trees void of leaves and autumn color, but much of the shrubbery was still brilliant and contrasted beautifully with the bare branches of other shrubs.






Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The Susquehanna From Fairview Township



Painted with Ralph's class from the East shore a few weeks ago. madeline Reilly. 12 x 15

Sunflowers


            Started at Ashcombs them completed at home. madeline Reilly

Sunday, 14 November 2010

HANGING ON
Plein Air
by Claire Beadon Carnell

*** CRITIQUE REQUESTED ***
'Hanging On'
Oil on Linen
9 x 12

Last week our plein air group, the Susquehanna Valley
Plein Air Painters, painted at the juncture where the
Letort Creek flows into the Conodoguinet.  We had
the most beautiful warm weather for the middle of
November, and many different vistas of this area
to paint. 

I was really drawn to this curve where the Letort
flowed into the Conodoguinet, especially because
of the rock structures, weathered trees,
and the yellow foliage.

If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Letort Falls by Julie Riker

11x14 oil

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect November day to paint together at this location.  I tackled this day with a larger canvas than my usual and chose what proved to be a challenging view of the falls.  When I started painting a large part of the falls was shaded by a tree  behind me and I tried to capture that cooler light as well as the motion of the water.  This is pretty much how the falls looked from my vantage point, but I am trying to decide if eliminating some of the rocks in the lower right and toward center area might make this a better painting.  Any suggestions?


"Letort Rushing" By Debra Tritt Kreiger

"Letort Rushing" 5.5"x8.5" on 140lb paper
This was painted plein air looking down on the rushing water of the Letort waterfall as it prepares to meet the Conodoguinet Creek. What a beautiful November day we had. Every plein air painting is a challenge for me . I liked all the activity going on and the calm pool near the rocks. I think I captured the rush!


To contact me about the purchase of this painting or see more of my work go to http://www.debkreiger.com/or follow my blog at debkreiger.blogspot.com or you can shop in my new store, Deb's Gifts

Friday, 12 November 2010

LETORT WATERFALL By Cecelia Lyden

oil on stretched canvas
8x10
Thirteen of our plein air group met on another beautiful fall day at a spot near Middlesex, where the LeTort stream meets the Conodoguinet. I have to say that capturing water splashing over rocks on canvas was a challenge but kind of fun. It suited my style of painting of working quickly and splashing paint on a canvas.

Backlit Letort by Cathy Mabius

Backlit Letort, oil 8 x 10

I joined fellow SVPAP painters yesterday to paint in Carlisle, PA on a mild November day with sparkling sunshine.  It was little bit of heaven, painting to the noise of the rustling water as the Letort rushes down to meet the Conodoguinet Creek.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

6 PM October Apple Tree

Sorry to have missed painting the beautiful day today with the group...can't wait to see the new works!

This is one I finished in my yard a few weeks ago.  As I was leaving my studio, the late-day light was just spilling across the back yard, and creeping right under the neighbor's tree illuminating the fallen (or piled up) fruit.  T he effect lasted only minutes before the shadows moved on.  I purposefully waited for the effect a few days later and was able to capture what I had missed the first time.

This one is displayed, along with works of Pat Koscienski, Claire Beadon Carnell, Ralph Hocker, Cecelia Lyden, and Lyn O'Neal at the Holiday Artists Market, 16 W. Pomfret Street, Carlisle.  Stop and see this beautiful display through the end of December.

Acrylic on canvasboard, available, contact the artist.

Hunter's Valley View by Julie Riker

5x7 oil

I painted this tiny scene at the Hunter's Valley Winery last week.  The colors were glorious that day.  The grapevines were just starting to turn shades of burgundy and ochre, and the valley and distant mountains showed the full fall display. 
This would be a great place for our group to meet sometime.  The views are amazing...plus they offer wine tasting (which can only enhance the painting experience).

If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website http://www.julieriker.com/

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Mystic Memorial by Cathy Mabius

Mystic Memorial, oil, 9 x 12, completed in plein air.

When I arrived at Memorial Park in Camp Hill, PA the day was overcast.  I had forgotten to add my easel back into my plein air kit, so I painted this from sitting on my supply case.  As it turned out, the low view point  made for an interesting composition.  The sun broke through half way through the painting, but I stayed with the original cool light that was in force when I started.

I only post plein air work on this blog, but you are welcome to visit (or become a follower) on my personal blog "Art of Cathy Mabius"  at cathymabius.blogspot.com.  Today's post is a 20 x 30 oil of the Susquehanna River that I started in a workshop that I taught this summer  "A Landscape from Start to Finish."

You are also welcome to visit my website www.cathymabius.com.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

MILLER ISLAND
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Miller Island'
Oil  6 x 8

I painted this last year from the cabin we were staying in
while vacationing in Maine.   It was so nice to just paint from
the back deck, all the while enjoying the breeze from the pond
and the sound of the loons.    I wound up framing it and leaving
it behind in the cabin to thank the owners of the cabin for
letting us stay there.


If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Monday, 8 November 2010

"Autumn by the Lake" By Debra Tritt Kreiger

"Autumn by the Lake" 5.25"x8.25" watercolor on 140lb paper

This is a plein air painting I did while at Fuller lake painting with my friends from the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters. It was a really beautiful fall day and just perfect for our painting and picnic!

To contact me about the purchase of this painting or see more of my work go to http://www.debkreiger.com/ or you can shop in my new online store, Deb's Gifts

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Autumn's Reflections - Original Oil Impressionistic Plein Air Landscape by Pennsylvania Daily Painter Pat Koscienski

Autumn's Reflections
9" x 12"
Oil

This painting of the Yellow Breeches was done plein air off McCormick Road in Mechanicsburg, PA. The day was brisk, but the sun was out enough to show off the burnt siennas and yellow ochres of the autumn day. If you have any questions or wish to purchase, contact Pat at patsfineart@hotmail.com If you wish to see more of my paintings, please visit my blogspot and website at:

Saturday, 6 November 2010

River Rapids by Julie Riker

8x10 oil
Another plein air study of water rushing over the rocks.
If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website http://www.julieriker.com/

Thursday, 4 November 2010

EARLY FALL COLORS by Sharon Benner

Painted at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in October. This oil painting was painted with a pallet knife very quickly to capture the back lighting and to keep the colors clean and fresh. Please visit www.hanoverareaarts.com/42 or SharonKBennerFineArt.blogspot.com

"View from Negley Park" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

"View from Negley Park" 8.5"x7.5" watercolor on 140lb paper

This is a view from Negley park looking over at the Harvey Taylor Bridge. My mission that day was to choose the brightest fall tree I could find and paint it. I think I succeeded.

To contact me about the purchase of this painting or see more of my work go to http://www.debkreiger.com/or follow my blog at debkreiger.blogspot.com or you can shop in my new store, Deb's Gifts

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Winter Morning on the Lake by Cathy Mabius

Winter Morning on the Lake, 12 x 12, oil

I'm a newbie in the blogsphere and am entering this whole new world at the invitation of Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters!  


For my first post, I pulled up an image of a plein air painting that I did with two other members of SVPAP,  Lyn and Sharon,  a few winters ago.  As I remember, the date was one of the first days in January.  The location:  Pinchot Park, in northern York County.  Yes, it was cold -- but, as a rule, plein air painters are a hardy lot ! 

One of the reason that we plein air painters brave the elements and other distractions is to be able to capture the colors in nature that only our eyes can see, but a camera cannot.  The reference photos from this day were almost totally monochromatic. For me capturing the color harmony is of vital importance in order to capture the feeling and atmosphere of the day.


You are welcome to visit my website www.cathymabius.com 
or my blog cathymabius.blogspot.com

2010 Susquehanna International Fine Art Competition

Attention all Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters!

Cecelia Lyden just received a comment on one of her Susquehanna River
Paintings informing her about an upcoming contest sponsored by the West Shore Gallery, Inc, and Sunbury Press, Inc.

The link to obtain contest information is http://www.susquehannaarts.org/, and the site is very clear and concise.

Digital entries must be submitted by Dec 10, 2010.

Definitely worth checking out!

Sunday, 31 October 2010

WORMLEYSBURG ROOFTOPS BY Cecelia Lyden


Tatiana Myers's photo of our plein air site.
acrylic on stretched canvas
8x10
CRITIQUE REQUESTED

Our plein air group enjoyed another beautiful fall day painting at Negley Park in Lemoyne, PA. Below my spot on this hill were houses in Wormleysburg situated on the Susquehanna River, splendidly blue on this sunny day.




Saturday, 30 October 2010

Last Bit of Green by Julie Riker

6x8 oil
This was painted at Pine Grove State Park during the group's painting and picnic outing. I was attracted to the way the light filtered through the trees illuminating the path. The colors were gorgeous that day - a great play of warms and cools. Fall is such a beautiful time of year. I am just a bit sad to see the lush foliage go.
If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website www.julieriker.com

Thursday, 28 October 2010

MORNING'S LIGHT
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Morning's Light'
Oil on Linen Panel
9 x 12

I painted this while participating in the first Artist's Colony
sponsored by the Gettysburg Festival.  The vantage point is
looking down from Little Round Top toward Devil's Den.
It was a beautiful summer morning, and we got there just
as the sun was starting to kiss the tops of the trees.

Morning's Light will be part of an exhibit of work created by
Daily Painters of Pennsylvania, and will take place at the
Brafferton Inn in Gettysburg during the month of November
2010. 

If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Monday, 25 October 2010

"Reflections of Autumn" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

"Reflections of Autumn" 10"x7.5" on 140lb Arches paper

This is a piece I did plein air painting at Fuller Lake last week. I finished the painting in my studio. It turned out to be almost abstract! So much activity going on in nature in the fall season. All the wonderful textures and colors. My senses seemed to go into overload! I thought this would be a different view as the last brightly colored leaves are hanging on and the branches are ever so close to the water. It was a beautiful day!

To contact me about the purchase of this painting or see more of my work go to http://www.debkreiger.com/or follow my blog at debkreiger.blogspot.com or you can shop in my new store, Deb's Gifts

Sunday, 24 October 2010

FALLING LEAVES AT FULLER LAKE
Plein Air Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Falling Leaves at Fuller Lake'
Oil on Linen Panel
9 x 12

The day we were to meet at Fuller Lake in Pine
Grove Furnace, the day started out with dark clouds
and drizzle.  Fortunately, the clouds moved out quickly,
and we had a beautiful, sun-drenched day.  The breeze
skittered the leaves across the water and through the
air, and the colors were fantastic!

If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Autumn Path - Acrylic Impressionistic Plein Air Landscape Painting by Pennsylvania Painter Pat Koscienski

Autumn Path
6" x 6"
Acrylic on canvas
This painting was started plein air at the Reimann conservancy off Waggoner Gap Road on the Perry County Side in Pennsylvania. I was told it was a area of land, woods, stream that was donated to a conservancy where no hunting or sale of the land would take place. It was done last fall, and I remember the air being crisp that morning. I wanted to try the smaller canvas to capture the essence of the morning, trying to stay loose and paint quickly. If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact Pat at patsfineart@hotmail.com If interested in viewing more of my paintings, please visit my website and blogspot at:

Friday, 22 October 2010

Fall at Fuller Lake by Catherine Stone

Thanks to the supportive members of SVPAP who welcomed me to my first group paint out!

What a glorious day!  Bright sun, deep shadows, fast moving clouds and  just enough wind to throw colored leaves into the air like confetti!  Light sparkling through the trees like through stained glass windows..our own natural cathedral!

"God has cared for the trees saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods.  But he cannot save them from fools." - John Muir

Acrylic on canvas board, 8 x 16, available.  Contact the artist.