Sunday, 29 May 2011

WILD FERNS By Cecelia Lyden

oil on linen canvas


I have been spying this section of wild ferns and rhododendron, growing in a shady corner of our yard for a while. I began the painting on a cloudy morning and after dodging raindrops for a couple of days, the sun finally emerged and stayed out long enough for me to finish it.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Check out this billboard!  It is in Camp Hill on the S 17th Street bridge that crosses the train tracks to Hummel Ave.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Garden on South Seventeenth by Julie Riker

11x14 oil

I have been wanting to do this painting ever since these irises started blooming.  Last week it rained constantly and I was afraid the flowers would be washed away before I had a chance to paint them, but fortunately Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and I was able to capture these irises before they were gone.

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Saturday, 21 May 2011


acrylic on panel


Last Sunday, I noticed that my neighbor's poppies were finally starting to bloom. The long range forcast for the following week was showers every day. I called Julie and we decided to paint the flowers the first day the sun was shining. That Monday there was some sunshine. Julie came over after work that afternoon and we painted for about 3 hours. We even needed to apply sun lotion. The rest of the week it poured buckets. "Carpe diem,"everyone.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Queen Anne's Lace - Acrylic Plein Air Landscape Flower Stream Painting by Pennsylvania Daily Painter Pat Koscienski

Queen Anne's Lace
12" x 6"
Acrylic on Canvas

This painting was done in plein air off McCormick Road, Lisburn, PA. The Yellow Breeches was very muddy that particular day, not much sun out, but the Queen Anne's Lace was a nice contrast again the sienna colored stream. This painting will be on exhibit at the New Cumberland Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, PA, along with 13 other artists of the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters until the end of May. If you have any questions or wish to purchase, contact PAT If you would like to see more of my paintings, both representational and abstract, please visit my blogspot and websites at:

Sunday, 15 May 2011

PINK PETUNIAS By Cecelia Lyden

oil on panel


I was all packed and ready for Thursday's paintout at Codorus, but was feeling ill and wanted to stay close to home. I hated to completely waste the rare sunny day, so I dragged my paint "stuff" out to the patio and painted for a while. I finished it today--the nice thing about painting close to home is you do not have to close up shop before you are finished.

Friday, 13 May 2011

WOODLAND PATH by Sharon Benner

This little 6 x 8 was painted just before we broke for lunch at Cordorus State Park. It was done quickly with a pallet knife.

LAKESIDE COLORS by Sharon Benner

Painted in the morning at the Sail Boat Launch, Cordorus State Park.
I got a nice mention on Plein Air Magazine's site.  Click on this link to see it.
The image shown was painted during an SVPAP outing in February at Fort Hunter.

A Day at Codorus State Park by Julie Riker

Tree by the Lake
8x10 oil

Yesterday was one of those gorgeous spring days that are best spent hanging out in a park by a lake.  We could not have asked for better weather for our paint out at Codorus.  I have kayaked on the lake many times and always wanted to paint there, so I was happy that Sharon suggested it to the group.  I arrived late, so I only spent about an hour on this first painting before stopping for lunch.  I was going to work into it a little, but I am thinking I may leave it alone as a quick sketch.
In the afternoon we moved to another location to get a better view of the lake.  As I was walking around deciding what to paint I spotted this couple relaxing and reading.  They seemed to be enjoying the day as much as I was.  I knew they would not move for quite awhile and that it was the perfect opportunity to paint people en plein air.  I know it seems funny to drive and hour to visit a lake and then not paint the lake...but inspiration hit me and that is even better.

Reading in the Park
8x10 oil

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Lake Marburg at Cordorus State Park was full of warm light. Ralph and I painted the same scene and we commented on how each artist views, interprets and paints so differently. This was painted in the afternoon and I finished it after everyone else left. View other works by Sharon at

Original Photos
and Plein Air Paintings
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Spring at Codorus State Park'
Oil Plein Air
9 x 12 on Raymar Linen Panel

Oil Plein Air
10 x 8 on Linen Panel

What a gorgeous day at Codorus State Park yesterday - and
thanks to Sharon Benner for making the arrangements
for the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters to meet there
and paint. We met in the morning, stopped to have a picnic
lunch beside the beautiful lake, and then continued painting
at another site.  The whole day was a little slice of heaven...
We all want to go back to paint there again in the fall.

Besides seeing Canadian Geese swimming with their
fuzzy little goslings, bluebirds, purple martins, and a
magnificent Great Blue heron - we were visited by fellow
Daily Painters of Pennsylvania member Charlotte Yealey!

Charlotte Yealey and Sharon Benner walking
down toward the lake to see Julie Riker's painting

SVPAP President Ralph Hocker

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

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Willow Study by Cathy Mabius

Willow Study, acrylic, 14 x 11

I started this painting last June at the upper end of Willow Park in Camp Hill, joining that day a group of painters who would soon be known as the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters.  I remember Claire Carnell stopped by early in the process and I cringed because it looked an unrecognizable mess with large dark abstract shapes.  I worked up to mid-tones until I could stand the heat no longer and packed it in.  The "lights" were added in the studio, so technically is not a full plein air painting.  But if I'm sure I'd never come up with the composition or the painting if it weren't started on location.

The Side Yard by Cathy Mabius

The Side Yard, acrylic, 11 x 14

By kind invitation by a neighbor of one of our members, I painted this little gem of a scene.  In fact, it was the first thing I saw as I pulled up to the curb.  Despite all the wonderful little spaces farther around back, I loved the light on the azaleas and red maple.  I did, however, delete out the house of the kind neighbor which stood just behind the azaleas and to the right of the tree !  

Spring in the Park by Cathy Mabius

Spring in the Park, 8 x 10, acrylic

This was painted on a Very chilly and windy spring morning in Camp Hill's Siebert Park.  Luckily I had a small panel, because I painted it from the front seat of my car!  It was, however, a magical spring light that morning with the flowering and just-budding-out trees.  

PATRIOT PLUG By Cecelia Lyden

This was a nice little bit of publicity for our art exhibit. It appeares in the Patriot News, front page of the your LIFE section on May, 10. Click on it to see a larger version.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Codorus Park on Mother's Day by Mary Beth Brath

Codorus Park on Mother's Day by Mary Beth Brath

8x10" Acrylic on Canvas - Plein Air

I can't make it to the paint out tomorrow at Codorus, but my husband and I took the kids there on Sunday for a Mother's Day outing. Three of our boys played along the shore and Phillip and my eldest son Peter fished in a cove. They always catch fish at Codorus! I happily painted and talked to over a dozen people that stopped to watch. It was a glorious day.

The lake is quite high right now. Notice the bush that is in the water in the front left corner of the painting.

Have a great day tomorrow! I will be in Gettysburg for the day.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Morning's Delight - Acrylic Plein Aire Floral Impressionistic Landscape by Pennsylvania Daily Painter Pat Koscienski

Morning's Delight
12" x 6"
Acrylic on canvas

This painting was painted plein air at Simpson Park, Bowmansdale, PA. It was a lovely morning, but early in the spring season with not much to zero in on. Glad I found this scene to my delight. This painting is currently on exhibit at the New Cumberland Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, PA, for the month of May, along with 14 other artists from SVPAP...Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters. If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact PAT. If you would like to see more of my paintings, both representational and abstract, please visit my website and blogspot at

Monday, 9 May 2011

May 12th Codorus Paint Out Information

May 12th Paint Out at Cordorus State Park is looking great.
Hanover weather is forecast for 76 degrees and
sunny/partly cloudy. I'll be at the Sail Boat Launch
(off Smith Station Rd.) at 9 am.
Bring your lunch and drinks and we will break for
lunch at 12:30 at a picnic table near the Lake in
front of the parking lot.
If you didn't get a map you can stop at the Ranger
Station on Smith Station Rd. and pick one up.

New Cumberland Library Reception

Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters held our reception for the New Cumberland Library show on Saturday May 7th.  Most of the members who were showing work attended and it was also nice to see a few additional members show up to support the rest of the group.  If you did not have a chance to see it the show will be hanging through the month of May.  There are about 30 paintings hanging which show the talent and diverse painting styles of the group.  It is worth impressive collection of work.

Thanks to all who helped to arrange the reception and contributed to the refreshment table.  Ralph's Katie Kakes were a big hit and I was asked to post the recipe:

Toffee-Pecan Bars (aka "Katie Kakes")
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 cup cold butter cut into pieces
1 egg
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 (10 oz) pkg English Toffee Bits
1 cup chopped pecans

In a bowl, combine the flour and sugar: cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly.  Press into a greased 13x9x2 baking pan.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the egg, milk, and vanilla; mix well.  Fold in Toffee bits and pecans.  Soon over crust.  Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Chill until firm. Cut before they have cooled entirely.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Flowering Crabapple at Willow Park'
Oil   9 x 12

This past Friday morning, several members of our plein air group met
 to paint at Willow Park, in the borough of Camp Hill. 
We have had so much rain (along with some pretty vicious storms)
 this Spring - everything is lush and green, and the flowering trees
 are profuse with blooms. We painted fast - the clouds were
 moving in with more rain predicted later in the day, but the
 morning was excellent to be outside and painting!   

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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