Sunday, 30 January 2011


I talked to Ralph Hocker this weekend, and he said that he and other members of the Seven Livelies were at Warm Springs last week, and they were interviewed by Chuck Rhoades of Channel 27 News.  This story will be shown this Monday, February 1st at 6:00 P.M.
on Channel 27's 'News at 6'.
Hope you get a chance to check it out!

SUNRISE By Cecelia Lyden


I was up early, as usual, grabbed a small canvas, went out on the terrace where my paints, brushes and water were waiting and began to paint, furitively, while the sun kept rising higher and higher above the horizon. As small as this canvas is, I still could not paint fast enough and had to wait a couple of days till a similar sunrise occured. Kind of exciting having a race with the sunrise.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011



What started out as a warm, sunny morning with a few puffy clouds at the Fort Pierce Marina, rapidly changed into a cool overcast morning as storm clouds began to form. Two weeks ago, I painted alone in the drizzle. Last week the fog was so thick, I could not see the ocean, the horizon-nothing .I stayed home. This week, Tuesday morning looked promising. Several of us showed up to paint. Most of us finished our painting before the threat of rain sent us packing. I think I like painting cloudy, stormy skies and water more than sunny skies. But I'm getting very used to this warm weather and think I will have a difficult time adjusting to cold, spring day, plein air outings.

Saturday, 22 January 2011


This is from the confluence of the Conodoguinet River and Le Tort Spring Run in Carlisle, PA.
Watercolor, approx. 12x16, 16x20 framed.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Winter Plein Air Painting - Julie Riker

Well, I finally did it!  I have been telling everyone that I was going to get out there and do some winter plein air painting, but always something comes up or I chicken out with the cold weather.  This morning I woke up to bright sunshine and long purple cast shadows and I knew I had to go out.  After reading Mary Beth's link about "disconnecting" I grabbed what I needed and went out on what was maybe the coldest day so far this year.  I have been reading Stapleton Kearn's blog and his witty discussions about what to wear when painting in the snow so I had some idea of how to dress.  I wasn't about to sink $200 into the super insulated boots he recommended, but I did have the chemical heat packs which help quite a bit.  I had many many layers and was quite comfortable painting...the only thing that got really cold were my right hand fingertips, even with my warmest gloves.  I ended up switching hands several times and painting left handed to warm up the right hand in my pocket.  I was only able to spend an hour on the 6x8 plein air sketch.

plein air oil sketch

Home, a hot shower, and a cup of tea...I was still thinking about the scene I had painted, so I went to work on a larger version in the comfort of my studio.  I spent about 2 hours on the larger one.  I will not post that on this blog, but if you would like to see it please visit my blog

I am very happy with the day's work.  I have been missing that connection with nature that you can only get from direct observation, not from photographs.   Winter painting is not that bad.  You just have to be prepared and maybe paint in shorter sessions.

..and maybe I'll think again about those boots. 

Thursday, 20 January 2011


The sunrises over the Atlantic in Florida have not been as brilliant as they were last winter.
Atlantic Sunrise by Cecelia Lyden Acrylic ~ 16 x 20 framed
I"m not sure if the temperature affects them[ it is much warmer this year], but there have been many foggy and hazy mornings and most of the sunrises have had a pastel tint to them . This morning the sky closest, to the horizon, was yellow and pinkish, folowed by some ominous dark clouds and then a beautiful blue where the clouds had dispersed. It was early and there were no boats in sight yet, just a couple of soaring birds. What a sight!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The PA Governor's Residence by Julie Riker

11x14 oil

     This painting has been purchased by the staff of the Governor's Residence and presented as a gift from them to Governor Rendell and the First Lady.  I am honored that my painting will be owned by such an important couple and  hope that it becomes a cherished reminder of the eight years they spent living in this beautiful place.

     I painted this during an open house tour where I joined a few other artists in demonstrating plein air painting in the gardens.  It was a steamy July afternoon but I resisted the urge to quit.  Even through 2 passing thunderstorms I just sat under my umbrella and kept painting.  I am glad I did.

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

Thursday, 13 January 2011

BIRCH TREES, MAINE by Sharon Benner

In August 09 I traveled to Maine to visit and paint with my friend Rebecca Shorb. I painted this painting in her front yard on the banks of Damascotta Lake. The morning sunlight and air were really clear and fresh. This piece was painted in 2 hours with a pallet knife and I never touched it again except to sign it. View more paintings at

Negley Overlook

Negley Park overlooks Wormleysburg on the Susquehanna River. Painted en plein air in early Autumn. Watercolor - 8x10, 11x14 framed.

Autumn Garden

Fall color painted plein air from the grounds of the Governor's Mansion, Harrisburg PA.
Watercolor - 8x10 or 13x15 framed.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011



Tuesdays are the day the plein air group in Fort Pierce meet. The first time I was to meet with them was at South Jetty Park not far from me. Unfortunately it was very overcast and a little drizzly, but warm, in the 70's. I went anyway, thinking it would be different to paint a cloudy day on the ocean. I was the only one who showed up--lots of fishermen there and people walking, but no painters. So I painted my little painting, packed up my little paint box and went home.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Winter in Etters

Winter Landscape 1                                   Jan. 2011

On Sunday I had the chance to go out and paint the lovely winter landscape of Etters. I went to my favorite spot and stayed in the car. It got so warm that I had to take off my jacket. The sun just warmed me up and dried my paintings really fast on the dashboard.
I will show some of my new work at the Artist Market in Carlisle next month. The opening is from 4-6 pm on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Everybody is welcome. Hope to see you!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Rockville Morning by Julie Riker

8x16 oil on canvas

Several years ago, I met Ralph Hocker at the Mechanicsburg Art Center and he invited me to join his plein air painting group.  It was a small informal group of a handful of talented artists who met weekly to share their love of painting and the outdoors.  We painted at a boat launch in Marysville and I remember it was a gray cloudy morning, but the sun started peeking around the mountain as we were working.  That day I met several other artists...Mary Beth Brath, Jim Henry, Pat Koscienski...little did I know that was the beginnings of Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters.
This little painting will be showing at the Landis House in Newport as part of the Perry County Council of the Art's "Waterways of Central PA" show of plein air work.  The show opens on January 14 and runs through March 4.

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

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Dancing in the Rain - Original Acrylic Plein Air Landscape Painting of Italian Lake Fountain by Pennsylvania Daily Painter Pat Koscienski

Dancing in the Rain
12" x 6"

This 12" x 6" painting was done plein aire (painting on site) at Italian Lake in Harrisburg, PA. It was a statue commissioned by Milton Hershey, which in that day became very controversial because of the nude figures. It ended up at Italian Lake, fortunately for many who enjoy it's beauty. There was a drizzling rain that morning, but I was under my easel umbrella under a tree. The fine rain did not bother me until the wind started to blow it in under the umbrella. Even this did not concern me, until I realized I was using the new interactive acrylic paint which becomes resoluable when wet. I soon packed up and left, but not before I realized some of the raindrops caused markings on my painting. And, to my delight gave it a more believable rainy, wet, splashing water look which I'm sure could not have been achieved without the weather conditions. If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact Pat. To see more of my paintings, please visit my blogspot and website at:

Tuesday, 4 January 2011


Competition and Arts Festival
June 3-5, 2011

Information about this plein air event can be found at:

Monday, 3 January 2011

Camp Hill Corner by Cathy Mabius

Camp Hill Corner, 11 x 14, oil by Cathy Mabius

Painting with the SVPAP group, I chose this scene because the clock in front of the old borough building is an old Camp Hill landmark.  In June 2011, Camp Hill will be holding a plein air event.