Friday, 30 December 2011

YELLOW BARN by Sharon Benner

Yellow Barn was painted on the first day of winter when the weather was warm. This farm is surrounded by my neighborhood of new homes but the owner keeps it country! I met the owner while painting and she said I could paint on the property anytime. There is a stream and another farm back off the road and I can't wait to explore it.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

December Rapids by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

Today is the winter solstice - the first day of winter - but it felt more like April today with temperatures in the high 50's.  I knew I really should have stayed home and finished my holiday preparations, but the sunshine and warm weather beckoned me outside to paint.  I went to a spot on the Yellow Breeches Creek near Boiling Springs and did this small study of the rapids there.  I am not certain that this painting is done and  I might make a few adjustments to it another time, but it was great to be out.  I saw lots of people out walking, fishing, enjoying the nice day - even saw a guy fishing in shorts and flip flops!  I hope this is a sign that we will have a mild winter with many more plein air painting days ahead.
Happy Holidays to everyone!

Friday, 16 December 2011


Painted at Cordorus State Park. This little island in the middle of Lake Marburg is a popular place for eagles to nest. I've painted the island at different times and this Fall rendering is my favorite.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The Art Center Exhibit is Ready for Viewing

The SVPAP Annual Members Show is now hung and ready for viewing on the Mechanicsburg Art Center School and Galleries. The exhibit is grouped by artist and fills the outside walls of the main showroom.

The Free Public Reception is this Saturday December, 10th from 1 - 3pm. Refreshments Served.  Meet the Artists and see approximately 75 original paintings created outside on location (plein air).

A portion of the sales benefits the Mechanicsburg Arts Center.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Markers by Julie Riker

6x8 oil on mahogany board

Cecelia found an interesting place for us to paint.  The Lincoln Colored Cemetery is full of old Civil War graves, most of them were older than the surrounding trees.  I decided to focus in on the shapes of some of the stones.  I was also experimenting with a new surface, a clear primed mahogany board.  I enjoyed using this smooth surface as an alternative to the canvas texture which I am sometimes fighting with.  The warm wood color also made a nice base which peeks through the paint in areas.

Saturday, 3 December 2011


Larry, Pat Keough and I were not taking chances. We were out to paint at the Historical Lincoln Colored Cemetery", not "dodge bullets". Orange hats helped to keep our heads warm and "bulletfree".


The story in the Patriot News told of local Vietnam veterans, who in 1998 became the official caretakers of The Lincoln Colored Cemetery, south of Mechanicsburg, mowing the grass, clearing debris and straightening the tombstones. The cemetery holds the remains of about 80 Afro-Americans. About 15 of them are Civil War veterans. Paul Kreiner, commander of the Vietnam Veterans in Mechanicsburg says'" It's a great honor. They are veterans and we are veterans. And we respect our veterans".
My husband and I sought out the cemetery and after a little detective work, we discovered whose property held the cemetery and I got permission from the owner to paint there with other plein air artists.
The cemetery site was very small, surrounded by beautiful farmland and clusters of trees. It reminded me of Gettysburg, but much more humble.
It was a sunny, clear, beautful day, but so cold. I hope to return in the spring, when I stop shivering.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Lincoln Colored Cemetery Plein Air Sketches by Larry Lerew

Had a great morning with Ralph Hocker, Julie Riker, Cecelia Lyden and Pat Keough. We enjoyed the crisp air and December sunshine at the Historic Lincoln Colored Cemetery off W. Winding Hill Road, Mechanicsburg, PA. I didn't "paint" but chose to make three quick plein air sketches in my sketchbook. The variety of shapes and colors were interesting and I had fun composing on paper.

Most of the grave markers were dated from the civil war era and had great shapes and wear. We were also surrounded by bare locust and cherry trees and open farm fields on three sides. Several of us had on "orange" hunting hats so we could be seen by any deer hunters in the area.

On my final sketch I threw in some watercolor pencil. There was green lawn in the cemetery, orange plowed fields all around, and a fruit orchard in the distance that appeared red. The sky was completely clear and you could see the atmosphere change at the horizon from almost white to deep blue over head. After a few hours our noses and fingers were cold. Ralph pointed out how the deer visited the cemetery pretty regular since alot of the small trees had there bark rubbed away. We all had a great time an agreed this site deserves a return visit.
Happy Holidays,
Larry Lerew

Saturday, 19 November 2011

"Picnic at Pinchot" By Debra Tritt Kreiger

Acrylic Painting on canvas 10"x8"

This painting was started plein air and finished in my studio. The Susquehanna Valley Plein Air painters hosted painting and a picnic at Pinchot Park this year. It was a bit breezy and cool and I was really happy when the sun came out. Sue made some wonderful coffee and we all shared some great food! Artist are also great cooks! If you look closely you can see our chef!

This painting along with others can be seen at the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters Exhibit at the Mechanicburg Art Center December 10th - January 13. Reception Saturday Dec 10 from 1 to 3pm.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

SVPAP Member Blog Spot
Meet SVPAP Member Julie Riker

     I studied art in college and after graduating I found work with a company involved in the restoration of the state capitol.  There I went from doing small paintings to working on large scale walls and murals.   My six years on that project led me to start my own decorative painting company in 1997.  Working in private homes, businesses, and churches I get to travel to beautiful places and develop great client relationships.  I love my work.

Floating Ice on the Susquehanna
8x10 oil on canvas
painted February 2011 in West Fairview

     I started plein air painting about 3 years ago in Earl Blust's class.  I immediately embraced it as a way to combine my love of painting with my love of the outdoors.  Plein air painting has helped my decorative work immensely.  There are the technical things - just painting more makes you a better artist - but more importantly it has renewed my passion for art that sometimes becomes "a job".  Being involved in our plein air group has been a great way to connect with other artists, to learn and share.  I still feel like I have so much to learn and am enjoying the journey.

Creek House
8x10 oil
painted September 2011 on Chincoteague Island

     If you would like to see more of my paintings and my decorative design work please visit my website

Monday, 14 November 2011

Antietam National Battlefield
Original Plein Air Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Burnside Bridge'
(Antietam National Battlefield)
8 x 16

This is one of the plein air paintings that are currently in the
'Hallowed Ground - En Plein Air' exhibit until 
November 27th at the Delaplaine Center in Frederick, MD.

It was such a hot, humid day when I was there painting at
Antietam, and also a day when millions of gnats were
out in full force.  The funny thing is that when you are really
into your painting, the heat and bugs just seem to 
disappear...until you come back to the real world!

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.

Claire Beadon Carnell

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Bridge off Slate Hill Rd

I was with Cecelia Lyden, Pat Keogh and later came Ralph. A very nice spot  with a water fall, an old building and the bridge. I had completed most of it on site and then finished it at home. . This is 9 x 12 acrylic. Would love to go beck there again. 

Saturday, 5 November 2011




A rare three, rainless, warmish days enabled me to paint outdoors for three afternoons; two days alone for an hour or so and the other with fellow artists for three hours. I used a larger canvas than usual and I needed the extra days to complete the painting. This was a spot that I discovered while riding around, looking for paint sites. It's about 18 minutes away from my home, where we have resided since 1969. I had never seen this idyllic area before and I honestly felt like I was far away from home--in a different state. It was a very unexpected and enjoyable discovery.

Friday, 4 November 2011

by Claire Beadon Carnell
100 Paintings in 100 Days Challenge
'Inspirations from a Back Yard'

'Fall Tree Tops'
Oil on Canvas
8 x 6

Day 98

I had planned to go out painting with my plein air group
today, but the morning started out grey and drizzly.
Not wanting to waste the morning, I started painting on
some projects I already have in the works.  By noon, the wind had
kicked the clouds out of the way, and the sun had popped out,
so I decided to paint the tree tops of the beautiful
maple trees in my yard.  Even with all of the snow we
got last weekend, there were still a lot of
wonderful, colorful leaves to paint!

Only two more to go...

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interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Claire Beadon Carnell


I had the opportunity to go to Penn State with my husband recently for a conference.  I have a friend, Saundra from the Johnstown area who is an artist and also attends these conferences with her husband.
We always try to get together and for a few hours to plein air paint.  We went to the Old main campus and found a great spot.  There were several groups of touring students for next fall semester so the campus was much more lively than we had anticipated.  We even had some very friendly squirells come to check us out.  It was great fun!


For my 2nd painting that day I was going to go the the lake and paint the trees reflecting in the lake.
But some of the artists were experiencing their canvas blowing off of their easle. So I decided to find a more sheltered location.  I was captured by the open garden gate, the flowers and the view beyound.
It was much less windy and a very serene setting.


The day we painted at Blue Hound farm was beautiful, but very windy.  The sun was bright and gave some great shadow and light effects.  Fall is so fleeting, especially with the snow storm we had that brought down half of a beautiful red maple in our yard that had just started to turn deep red.  So I am glad I had a chance to capture the beauty of the fall foilage.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

View from Hunter's Valley Winery

A group of us went up to the Hunter's valley Winery to paint  two weeks ago. It was pretty chilly and very overcast. this is 3 x 5 acrylic, We had a glimpse of sun trying hard to peep through. But soon it got even colder. Beautiful view, though

This is also acrylic. 8 x 10 Just a slight turn to the  right gave me this view. Looking over towards Millersburg. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


If you want a quick glance at upcoming events for our group, a new feature called 'Upcoming Events at a Glance' has been added to the right sidebar. This will allow you to easily see what lies ahead in the months to come.

If you're interested in more information about these events, just go to the 'Upcoming Events' tab at the top of the blog.

Do you have a second? Please let me know what you think of this new feature!

Monday, 31 October 2011


Friday at Willow Park was cold, but enjoyable. We had enough sunshine to make our paintout worthwhile.

In this photo, Ralph, who came a little later than the rest of us, was deciding on what view to paint and momentarily blocked mine.

Saturday, 29 October 2011




Squeezed between a cold, rainy day on Thursday and a cold, snowy day on Saturday was a cold, partially sunny day on Friday. Our plein air group decided to seize that day and we headed for Willow Park. I shivered for most of the time we were there, but we managed to find a spot of color by the creek and, once again it was so nice to be out painting with friends.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
Frederick, MD

'Fields of Tranquility'

Oil   12 x 16

This is one of the paintings I will have on exhibit along
with other paintings, and the paintings of artists
Deborah Lovelace Richardson and Peter Plant
during the Hallowed Ground - En Plein Air Exhibit at

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
40 South Carroll St
Frederick, MD 21701

November 1 - November 27th, 2011
Opening Reception is November 5, from 3 -5 pm

Hope you can make it!

2 exhibits to see...

    Ralph Hocker is showing his paintings at the New Cumberland Library October through November.  The library is open 10-8 Mon.-Wed., 10-6 on Thursday, and 10-5 on Saturday.  They are closed on Friday and Sunday.

    The Seven Livelies, of which Ralph Hocker and Paul Gallo are also members, will be showing at the Mechanicsburg Art Center.  Opening reception is Friday Nov. 4th,  6-8. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Grey Day at Harper's Ferry

©Linda Young
Titled:  Grey Day at Harper's Ferry
Watercolor 9 x 12

 I had to make a steep walk down the hill with all my heavy gear to sit and paint this scene recently.  I was able to lay in the first washes of color while on location and today, I put the details in from the photograph.  We probably would have stayed longer but the bugs were getting so bad we had to leave. Next time, I'll lighten my load and take the bare minimum to work with.  

Painting at the Felicita Resort

The Felicita Resort was beautiful, yet difficult to paint. On my second visit I chose the main fountain with dancing figures. I think it turned out pretty good for such a difficult subject. Hope to go again next year!

o go again next year!

Friday, 21 October 2011

YELLOW TREE by Sharon Benner

The yellow tree seemed extra bright against the gray sky. The paint out, picnic and meeting was a fun day even though the wind blew and the air was a bit chilly. The hot choclate that Sue Gray provided was much appreciated.

PINCHOT PARK By Cecelia Lyden

oil/canvas board


You might not guess, with the use of so many warm colors in this fall scene, that this was an unusually cold, windy day for mid October. The sky was overcast [again] with some in and out sunshine. This was our paint out/picnic/meeting day. We were all bundled up, but we still enjoyed delicious food and warm camaraderie.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Fall Glory'
Oil on Linen Panel
10 x 8

This past Saturday, a group of artists met up
 to paint at the beautiful Blue Hound Farm in Lewisberry, PA.
Mary Beth Brath and Brownyn Hughes arranged the event,
which included a tour of the farm before we started to paint,
refreshments and a delicious supper and then a critique of our
day's work by Cathy Mabius.  It was an absolutely
delightful day - full of laughs because of the mishaps
caused by the gusty winds, as well as the antics of the
various farm animals!

This is the first painting I worked on - of a glorious tree out
in the field.  The wind was relentless - had to hold on to the
easel to keep it steady.  As I was getting ready to tranfer
my painting to my carrier,  the wind ripped it out of my
hands and sent it sailing!  Thankfully it landed face up,
but it did get a small smear and some dirt on the way...
I fixed the smear and left the dirt alone so that I could just
wipe it off once the painting had dried.

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.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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Thursday, 13 October 2011

SPANGLER'S BARN by Sharon Benner

Spangler's farm is on the Gettysburg battlefield but is currently off limits for repairs. I parked at the start of the driveway and painted the barn which was partically exposed. The property was open for a while back in 2009 and Cathy Mabius and I painted there on several occasions.

Sneak Preview of
Original Plein Air Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

 Sneak Preview of  'Where Jefferson Once Stood'
(Jefferson's Rock, Harper's Ferry, West VA)
Oil on Canvas
10 x 8

This coming November, artists Deborah Richardson, Peter Plant
and myself will have our plein air work of Civil War battlefields
displayed at the Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick, MD in an
exhibit entitled 'Hallowed Grounds, En Plein Air'. 

Until the exhibit, I am not going to show any full shots of the
work I have done, but rather some 'slices' providing a sneak
preview of paintings that will be in the exhibit.  I am hoping
that it will tempt people to come to the Deleplaine Art Center
to see the actual paintings.

This particular slice is from a plein air painting done this
past Monday from Jefferson Rock in Harper's Ferry,
West Virginia.  I was painting with fellow artists Deb Richardson
and Linda Young, and we had quite an experience hiking down
 to Jefferson's Rock and then hiking back up with our gear.
  It was worth it for the amazing view of the Blue Ridge
Mountains and the confluence of the Shenandoah and
Potomac Rivers.

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.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'City Island and the Old Bath House'
Oil on Canvas Panel
6 x 8

Last Thursday, painters from the Susquehanna Valley 
Plein Air Painters (including new member Larry Lerew)
met at Negley Park in Lemoyne to paint
the various views of the Susquehanna River, including 
City Island.  The weather was gorgeous for painting, 
making for some beautiful light and shadows.  My 
painting came out of my pochade box yesterday morning 
as I was getting ready to go down to Harper's Ferry,
West Virginia to paint - so I am hoping when I get a 
moment to take a good look at it I can decide whether
it is completely finished and can be signed :)

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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.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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Camp Hill Cafe Exhibit by Julie Riker

Lotus on the Lake - Wildwood
8x10 oil

This is one of 13 paintings that I am currently exhibiting at the Camp Hill Cafe on Erford Road.  The paintings will be hanging through November and are mostly small plein air works.  The cafe is opened for breakfast and lunch so if you have a chance please stop by.

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

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Boiling Springs Lake watercolor

©Linda Young
Fall Afternoon at Boiling Springs Lake
6" x9" watercolor
Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of October were beautiful days to paint plein air.  Boiling Springs Lake was alive with children, dogs, walkers and runners; even a young couple were posing for their photographer for their wedding portrait at the nearby gazebo.  Ducks were being fed by young and old alike.  The frenzy when they tossed the corn created quite a raucous among the feathered residents and made ripple upon ripple on the water's surface.

Tomorrow, I'll be going to Harpers Ferry; it's a place I've heard of but never have been before.  I don't know much about the history there so tonight I'll try to get a little bit of education about it.  I am meeting fellow plein air artist Claire B Carnell in the morning to travel there and meet another artist.  I'm looking forward to another plein air adventure and so far, it looks like it's going to be another beautiful day.

"Under the Pergola" (Felecita)

The day we went to Felecita there were so many beautiful areas to paint, but when I walked under this pergola and saw the pink flowers spilling onto the walkway and saw the vista of the distant hills as I turned around I knew this is the scene I wanted to capture.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg MD

 Sneak Preview of  'Early Autumn at the Burnside Bridge'
(Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD)
Oil on Canvas
8 x 16

This coming November, artists Deborah Richardson, Peter Plant
and myself will have our plein air work of Civil War battlefields
displayed at the Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick, MD in an
exhibit entitled 'Hallowed Grounds, En Plein Air'. 

Until the exhibit, I am not going to show any full shots of the
work I have done, but rather some 'slices' providing a sneak
preview of paintings that will be in the exhibit.  I am hoping
that it will tempt people to come to the Deleplaine Art Center
to see the actual paintings.  As you may have deduced from
the title, this 'slice' is from a painting of the Burnside Bridge.
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.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Painting donated to CALC Martini Auction

©Linda Young
Under the Arbor at Two Mile House
12 x 16 Watercolor

I have donated this framed painting to the Carlisle Arts Learning Center's 19th Annual Martini Auction to be held on Saturday, October 15 at the Depot at Dickinson College.  It was painted at the Two Mile House during the McClain Celtic Festival.

Tickets sold out early last year so if you are planning to attend, order yours early.  $75 per ticket

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Sunflower Fields (Willowmill Creek) by Clare Klaum

My very first post!!

It was an incredibly beautiful day when we painted at Willowmill Creek.  I have never been to Tuscany, but seeing  the 4 acres of sunflowers gave me a glimpse of what it must be like. That was also the day of the earthquake.  What an incredibly "moving" day!  I hope some day to go back there.  So many more things to paint.  

Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Refuge - Looking East by Julie Riker

12x24 oil

This is another painting that I did from the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge.  This is actually painted from the same location as the previous work I posted, only turned 180 degrees looking the other direction.  This side of the marsh has more water and less solid land.  I painted this in two afternoons, when the sun's direction allowed the most reflections of trees and sky.  Aside from the mosquitoes it was a peaceful place to paint.

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

Friday, 23 September 2011

The Refuge - Looking West by Julie Riker


This is one of the paintings that I did for the Plein Air Chincoteague event.  This view of the refuge is one that I have wanted to paint on my visits to the island in the past.   It is a view that most visitors to the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge will recognize - almost everyone who stops along the road at this spot to photograph the vast marsh will see the wild ponies grazing in the distance.
     I was so fortunate to have some sunny days for this trip.  It was the same week that hurricane Lee was flooding Central PA, but since the storm stayed inland the coast was pretty nice.  There were some interesting cloud formations though - the large sky streak across my painting was, I think, the edge of the storm on the mainland.

 The Refuge - Looking West
12x24 oil
     This painting was carefully planned.  I even purchased a larger horizontal format canvas to take with me with this scene in mind.  Since the light changes drastically I worked on this 2 separate mornings and stopped at noon each time.  The painting sold at the Saturday exhibit to a nice couple from New Jersey who I had met on the beach earlier in the week and drove by several times as I was painting this.

     I was thinking I may sometime to do a larger studio version of this painting.

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Monday, 19 September 2011

Paint out at Felicita

      Cecelia, Ralph, Sue, Claire, Johanna, and Julie painted at the Italian Gardens at Felicita this morning since we were rained out last week.  We are also able to paint there on either Wednesday or Thursday morning if the weather cooperates.

 Johanna painting by the reflecting pool.

 Claire found a nice spot, tucked away in the pergola.

Julie and Johanna

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Rowe's Barn On Coulter Road, VT
Jane Ramsey

 Rowe's Barn On Coulter Road, plein air watercolor, 12 x 9

This is another painting from the North Bennington Vermont Plein Air Event held earlier this month. Despite a rainy, grey day (thanks to Hurricane Lee), I managed to paint this lovely old barn. Right after finding this spot to paint the rain subsided and slowly the sun began to pierce through the thick cloud cover. 
I loved this peaceful setting with the barn high on the horizon above me. The run off from the heavy rains was meandering through the fields, making its way under the driveway to join a babbling brook behind me. The steady gurgling sound kept me company. The overcast skies created soft colors and sublte shadows from the diffused light.

You can read more about this painting on my blog, Plein Air Pairings.

Monday, 12 September 2011

SVPAP members participate in Plein Air Chincoteague

      Pat and I spent the last week painting on Chincoteague Island, VA as part of their annual Plein Air event.  45 artists painted throughout the week and on Saturday night they held an exhibit/sale of the finished work.  Despite the heavy rains and flooding in Central PA, we were blessed with great weather all week - even the one day of drizzly mist led to some wonderful atmospheric paintings.  There are so many painting possiblities on both Chincoteague Island and the wildlife refuge on Assateague, from houses and historic sites, boats and marinas, marsh, beach, bay, and ocean.  Such a beautiful place to visit.

Pat Walach Keough

Julie Riker

I have about a weeks worth of blogging material on each of these paintings, so I will be posting that later.

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Friday, 9 September 2011


Last Thurs. Julie Riker and I checked out a place to paint and it didn't work out for us, so we decided to go to the battlefield and paint something that would challenge us. This was a challenge not only because it involved many depths but the weather started out sunny and we finished in the rain.