Wednesday, 31 August 2011


oil on panel 8x10
Julie, Ralph and I arrived at Italian Lake in Harrisburg around noon. The sun was very high and the shadows were short, but I found some shade and painted this tree across the lake from where I was sitting under another tree. A gentle breeze made this painting experience very enjoyable.


I was introduced to plein air painting in 1980 with my first oil painting class at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Md. There I was introduced to plein air still life painting in an outdoor classroom. In these first classes the still life consisted of painting colored bricks on colorful table coverings in direct sun light. Sounds easy but it wasn't. We learned to see color notes not values and painted with a pallet knife in a very impressionistic, loose style. Our instructors were students of the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Mass. and the artist Henry Hensche. My love of light and color was instant. I continued to take classes there into the 1990s and then in 1997 I was diagnosed with MS and lost vision in my right eye. I put down my brushes and became a quilter. It was something I could see and do as my vision slowly returned. My husband retired in 2001 and we moved to Hanover, Pa. I joined the Hanover Area Art Guild to sell my quilts in their gallery but in a few months I started taking oil painting classes and put my quilts in a closet. I fell in love with the Pa. landscape and paint regularly in Cordorus State Park and the Gettysburg Battlefield. I am very active as a Board Member of the Hanover Area Art Guild and I have been a member of the SVPAP since its creation and have made many friends who are dedicated to plein air painting. On another note, I grow and cultivate 30 orchids in my home and have done so for 30 years, but for the life of me I can't paint them. (I think I know them too well). I invite you to my website, or


If you are interested in painting at this event, please call
the Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill, PA at
717-761-3900  Ext. 225,  or talk to Julie Riker.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Fields of Sunshine
Jane Ramsey

"Fields of Sunshine," plein air watercolor, 12 x 9

What a memorable day painting in this field of sunflowers with members of the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters. The blaze of sunflowers with their faces all turned towards the sun was magical. I loved the backdrop of the stately old barn with the roof line softened by the climbing vines. Many thanks to our lovely hosts, Eric and Nancy Olson.
Visit my website or blog to see more of my work.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Windmill Creek Whimsy
Jane Ramsey

What an incredible day painting at this beautiful farm. The fields of sunflowers were incredible... the blaze of color and the expanse of blooms -- their round faces all pointing towards us. It was such a whimsical feeling... you couldn't stop smiling gazing out at them! Bees buzzed about, birds soared overhead and the weather was perfect.
Nancy and Eric Olson were so kind to open up their farm to our group to paint. I am so happy to be part of this great group...and glad to be able to join members this day! A memorable day (oh, and an earthquake to top it off!)
There were so many painting venues and I brought my sketchbook along to make some quick plein air sketches in addition to a painting. I love making these sketchbook entries and it allows me to explore some options before settling on a painting set-up.
 To see more of my work visit my website or my blog.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Sunflowers at Windmill Creek

Thank you SVAP for welcoming me into the membership of your wonderful plein air painting artists.  I'm looking forward to the journey.

copyright 2011 Linda Young Watercolors
Titled: Sunflower Dreams
9 x 12
There are many pleasures in this life if you just look around and really see what we have been given by our Creator. August twenty-third was a day at Windmill Creek Studio Farms I'd call my personal "Field of Dreams" day for many reasons.

I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to be a part of nature here. The sunflower fields were filled with sights, sounds and scents; butterflies of different varieties sipped nectar from the phlox and red-tailed hawk flew high above me. I heard the buzz and saw an assortment of bees--tiny and large ones and the hard-working honey bees flying from flower to flower pollinating as they went on their way.

All of it was a sensory feast for me. Even the feeling of vertigo I had when the earthquake rolled through added to the memories I will keep in my heart of that day. It was simply a plein air pleasure to paint here with my friends in this beautiful place.

Linda Young Watercolors
P O Box 941
Carlisle, Pa 17013

SVPAP in the Patriot

I just found out that there was another newspaper article about our paint out with the Chesapeake Bay group, which was in the paper last Friday.  It was in a supplemental section and I totally missed it.

 Did anyone see it?  Here is a link to the Penn Live article.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Fields of Gold'
Oil Plein Air
12 x 9 on Raymar linen panel

On Tuesday of this week, artists met at Nancy and Eric Olson's
 beautiful Windmill Creek Studio farm that included four acres
of golden sunflowers.  The day was gorgeous, and the vistas
incredible every way you turned.  It was an artists' dream...
The most difficult part of the day was to decide what to paint,
because there were so many choices.   The most unique
part of the day was that we experienced the ground tremors
of the earthquake that travelled up and down the east coast. 

I decided to paint the field of sunflowers with a view of
the tree-line and mountains behind.  I loved the different
shades of blue in the background, and how they provided a
nice cool backdrop to all of that lovely yellow.  This is entirely
plein air, except for my signature which I added when I took it
out of my pochade box this evening to take a picture.

- Pictures from our day -

Artists at work.  Starting on the right - Linda Young,
Robert Hughes, Clare Klaum, and Jane Ramsey.

Clare Klaum gets right in the action to get a good photo.

Is that Linda Young in those sunflowers?  It was fun to
take a silly moment while we were scoping out painting sites!

Mary Beth Brath savoring the beautiful view, and
taking some pics for potential paintings.

Jane Ramsey gets the prize for travelling the farthest
to participate in this amazing day of painting.  Loved
having her there with us!

A day I am sure we will never forget...

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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Wednesday, 24 August 2011


oil on canvas


If ever I had any second thoughts about painting outdoors, this morning's paintout dispelledall negative qualms. Beautiful sunny, cool weather and the dulcet gurgling sounds of creek waters certainly made for a serene, pleasant painting experience.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

SEVEN A.M. by Sharon Benner

I'm still painting at Cordorus State Park. The high temperatures are getting me up earlier to paint but I'm finding the the light wonderful. I'm scheduled to have a one women show at Hanover Art Gallery in May 2012 showcasing my Cordorus paintings.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Wildwood Lake by Julie Riker

I am sorry if anyone drove out to Wildwood yesterday to see the muddy mess that the rains left there.  I painted there 3 different times the last few weeks and it was absolutely gorgeous.  Just in case anyone doesn't believe me, here are my paintings to prove it. 

This was painted on Thursday when a few SVPAP members met for a paint out.  I think it was the week prior to meeting at Fort Hunter.

The one above was painted on a Sunday evening when Ralph, Paul and I painted along with some other members of the Seven Livelies.  I am not accustomed to painting in the evening.  The light changes so quickly.  I found myself abandoning all the "rules" about sticking to your initial plan and not "chasing the light" and just went with it.  Every time I looked up at the scene there was more pink, more orange, and I found myself constantly changing the painting as well.  I could have probably continued like that until my canvas was black.   This was quick and sketchy and I am not sure I love the finished painting or if I even want to do anything more to it, but painting it was a fun challenge.

On Friday I painted with Mary Beth and Patricia Griffin who is a member of the Daily Painters.  She traveled from eastern PA so that we could spend the day painting together.  Since I had already done 2 paintings of the same scene that week, I hiked down the tow path and found this clearing with a lovely  bright green algae/scum pond.  It was a beautiful day - the light was gorgeous.

This was painted the same day a little further down the path.  I was feeling pretty warmed up and focused by then.

     As you can see I have a little Wildwood series going here.  These were all mostly painted on site, but I felt they all needed just a few strong strokes to finish them up, so today I set up my French easel on my porch and finished them all (sort of plein air).  I don't have titles yet and am actually finding it hard to come up with unique titles when so many pieces are from the same location.  

     Seeing the site yesterday all covered with mud was a shock to me.  It is hard to believe that the beauty could leave so quickly.  It makes me even happier that I took the time to capture it when I did.

     I am not sure if lotus flowers will rebloom later this season?  We might have to check it out again.

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

Thursday, 11 August 2011

The Susquehanna From Fairview Township

 This was done on the day we all went to Fort Hunter with Ralph Hocker to show the young campers  how the plein air painter set up to paint. The light was pretty flat but it was nice to paint the river, as always. This is acrylic 8 x 10 on canvas.

Rockville Bridge with Train by Lyn O'Neal

Rockville Bridge with Train
oil on canvas board
9 x 12 inches

I'm happy to have finished this painting last week during the paint-out at Ft. Hunter Mansion. I had started it last year down by the boat launch and just had some work to do on the water and bridge. Thankfully I remembered the day from last year, because the weather was completely different. It was a bright, sunny day with the bridge backlit the day I initially painted, but last week was overcast with even light. The water was moving and shimmery both days so that worked out. It was nice that I had it finished by the time the youth came for their painting demonstration.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

SVPAP Member Blog Spot
Meet New Member Jane Ramsey

I am happy to be a new member of this group. Finding others equally passionate about plein air painting is always thrilling. My early childhood was spent growing up on the Delaware River in Lumberville, Bucks County, PA. During high school, my parents' teaching jobs moved us around South Pacific islands and then I chose Seattle, WA for art school. My sketchbook was my constant companion and I spent many hours drawing outside so plein air painting was a natural transition.

My favorite aspect of plein air is the interaction with the world around me -- people, history, scenery and/or wildlife (ok, I'll admit the bugs can be a challenge!). It is such a sensory experience, isn't it?! I love the smell of the flowers, the sound of the wind... the feeling of standing alone in a vast meadow or high on the slope of a canyon. My goal is to create a painting that invites the viewer to enter and experience it for themselves.

Sketchbook Entry, November 2010
10" x 7", pen & ink
Abandoned summer kitchen on an old farm in Boyertown, PA

I still carry my sketchbook with me and often will use it to work up a few quick compositional studies. Sometimes I choose to forgo working on "finished" paintings and instead, fill the pages with quick color plein air studies. It's a great way to hone my drawing skills and collect visual information that I will use later in a painting.

Watercolors are my medium of choice. I love the spontaneity and the "happy accidents" that appear when you let the medium be true to itself. They are easy to transport into the field or pack in a suitcase. I love the challenges of working with them in varied climates or temperatures. Sometimes I work in pen and ink with watercolor washes -- a style that has evolved from my sketchbooks.

"Highways & Byways," 14" x 11" watercolor, pen & ink
along the old Coastal Highway, Santa Ynez Valley, CA

My "day" job is freelance design and illustration which I have done 
for the past thirty-some years. In the last five years I have been able to 
devote more time to my plein air work and it is here, 
where I find the most joy and inspiration.
"Silent Snow," 19" x 12" watercolor
Lehigh County Farm
I look forward to painting with you on future paint-outs! 
I invite you to visit my website and my blog.

Monday, 8 August 2011

"Moody light." Pastel by Tatiana Myers.

"Moody light." by Tatiana Myers
9 x 12 " Pastel on La Carte. 

This is my version of Susquehanna river painted at Ft. Hunter last week with our group. To my shame it was a fist time this season when I had a chance to work with the rest of my friends. It was great. We had wonderful company, nice weather, the only thing that some didn't like - we basically had no sun light. It gave river some kind of very moody appearance, but also let me to use some of those wonderful grays, what I like so much.

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Sunday, 7 August 2011

(Ft. Hunter, Susquehanna River)
Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Chance of Rain'
Ft. Hunter, Susquehanna River
Oil on Panel
8 x 16

Last Thursday I painted at Ft. Hunter, along the
Susquehanna River.  The day was overcast, with a chance
of rain in the weather predictions.  I particularly liked this
view of the river that included the receding mountains and
the cloudy sky.  Even in the more subdued tones, there
were still many different colors.

Below is a picture of my painting in progress.

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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Friday, 5 August 2011


Yesterday, Tom Parke and his youth group paddled
up the Susquehanna River as part of the
'Susquehanna Documentary', a program sponsored by
the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Their destination
was the mansion at Ft. Hunter, in Harrisburg, PA,
where they met with SVPAP members to observe a demo
of plein air painting in acrylics by our SVPAP President,
Ralph Hocker, and to create their own plein air paintings.

It was a truly wonderful day, and very exciting to
see the group paddling toward us along the river. Once they
came ashore and grabbed a quick lunch, the demo began.
The interaction between Ralph and the CBF group of youth
was fantastic - Ralph instantly caught their attention
and got them excited to get to the business of
plein air painting!

Below are pictures from the day - some are mine, and others
were sent to me from Julie and Tatiana (thanks!)
It was fun for me just to go through all of our pictures
from the day and remember what a great time we all had.
There also was a Digital Photography Day Camp at Ft. Hunter,
and these future paparazzi took many photographs of
SVPAP and CBF participants.
The Patriot News was there as well,
so we got some great coverage!

Ralph Begins the demo
Also in this photo, Tatiana, Lyn, Claire C., and
Tom Parke (who is on the far right with lt. grey t-shirt)

Ralph showing how to size objects in the distance

Attentive students

Ralph giving individual instruction

Madeline , Sue , Irinia, and Tatiana 


Tataina and Julie - I love Julie's warrior stance!

Other members who attended this event, but were not
in photographs are Clare K., Jim H., Joe M. and John H.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

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

'Rose of Sharon'
6 x 6

Day 82

I did this painting for the Daily Paintworks 'Nature's Arrangement
Challenge'.  The instruction was to paint some flowers plein air using
a very limited palette of one blue, one red, one yellow and
white.  You were to use only a large, medium and small paintbrush
and you had to stop after painting for one hour and call it
'done'!  This worked out well for me because it also fulfilled
my own '100 Paintings in 100 Days Challenge - Inspirations from a
Back Yard' Challenge, and also provides me with a new
plein air painting to post on the SVPAP blog - and most of
all was just a lot of fun to paint.  Can't ask for better!!!

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
Member of:

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Fall scene Wildwood Not quite completed 10 x 12 acrylic by Madeline C Reilly

Wildwood is beautiful in any season. I think I have some more work to do on this painting. It isn't where I want it to be but is close.

Wildwood done the other day when everything was in bloom. Quite beautiful . 8 x 10 acrylic on canvas

Cape May, Bay side. Lovely quiet beach. 8 x 10 Acrylic on canvas.

This painting was done on the battlefield near Trostle Farm. 8 x 10 on canvas,acrylic. Beautiful day.