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,
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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


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 or

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.
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Wednesday, 15 December 2010


acrylic on canvas
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.


acrylic on canvasboard
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


acrylic on stretched canvas
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

Plein Air Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Summer Hay'
Oil  6 x 8

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!

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Monday, 6 December 2010

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

Sycamores & Wild Irises
12" & 6"

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 If interested in viewing more of my paintings, both abstract and representational, please visit my website and blogspot at:

Tiny Victorian by Julie Riker

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.

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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

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Wednesday, 1 December 2010


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.