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 www.julieriker.com

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.

If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website www.julieriker.com

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.

If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website www.julieriker.com

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.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Two Mile House Grape Arbor - Linda Young

Title:  Under the Arbor, 9 x 12 watercolor
copyright 2011 Linda Young
The day was overcast and cloudy with rain threatening to dampen our plein air painting at Two Mile House and for the McClain Celtic Festival.  The rains never came, artists continued to arrive and music from the bagpipes and singers entertained us all.

I painted underneath the grape arbor near the back door of the historic Two-Mile House.  This location was chosen because of the darkness underneath the arbor and hints of yellow greens that glowed through it.  The purple-blue grapes were ripening and mixed among them were dots of green and red from the grapes that were still to mature.  

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P O Box 941
Carlisle, Pa 17013

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Call For Artists - New Oxford Plein Air Paint Out

PLEIN AIR ARTISTS Wanted... for New Oxford’s ART AROUND TOWN During Harvest Day

PLEIN AIR ARTISTS WANTED for Saturday, October 29, Noon -3pm for Art Around Town during the 4th annual Harvest Day in New Oxford, PA.  Please mark your calendar to save the date, tell your artist friends too and plan to come paint awhile!

New Oxford’s Harvest Day is an immensely popular community day full of festivities, with thousands of people attending.  The morning starts off with a 5K Run, along with a Craft Show, lots of free kid’s activities, favorite foods, a late afternoon Costume Parade and the day ends with toes a-tappin’ to music at a Block Party. 

This year, Plein Air Artists will be the focus of a fun-filled Scavenger Hunt for all ages.  We ask that you set up your easels in the circle, on the square, or within the 1st block in the four directions off the square so that you are within view from the circle.

Art Around Town organizers will provide each artist with a “scavenger item” to be placed where you set up and a large nametag for you to display or wear.  Scavenger Hunters will be given a list of all registered Plein Air Artists.  “Hunters” will have to seek out every artist on the list. They will fill in the blank next to your name with the identity of the scavenger item at your spot.  Complete and correct entries will be put in a hat and one lucky winner will be drawn for a prize.  It will be exciting fun for everyone and give all of the Plein Air Artists great exposure!

There’s no entry fee.  The deadline for registration is October 15th to be included on the Artists List for the PLEIN AIR ART AROUND TOWN SCAVENGER HUNT.  You are welcome to bring two pieces of finished art to display and sell, if you wish, where you set up.  And do plan to bring plenty of business cards to hand out!

Register by sending an e-mail to Sharon Moul  SGMNewOxford@comcast.net

Monday, 5 September 2011

Painting at Two Mile House McClain Celtic Festival

Ralph Hocker and Johanna Monighan-Schaeffer

Linda Young
A cloudy and rain-threatening day at Two Mile House; but the day remained balmy with no rain at all.  Here's just two photos of SVPAP painters.

W.I.P.  Under the Arbor,  Linda Young

I arrived at 8:30 in the morning to begin painting and stayed until two in the afternoon when I had to leave for West Virginia.  I found the questions and conversations by both young and older people interesting; but it did make it difficult to keep focused.  I didn't get this painting finished during the time I was there.  I really did enjoy talking art to the children as they came up to me to ask questions.

I directed the inquisitive people to the hallway inside the Two Mile House to look at our groups paintings currently displayed there. 

Linda Young Watercolors
P O Box 941
Carlisle, Pa.  17013

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Painting at the McClain Celtic Festival

Our group had a small exhibit of paintings hanging in the Two Mile House this weekend as part of the annual McClain Celtic Festival.  Johanna, Linda, Ralph, and I painted during the festivities, while some other members came to support us and see the event.  I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to do a small study of this reenactor's tent.

I have mixed feelings about painting at these events.  I never feel like I can focus on my painting and am usually unhappy with my results. On the other hand, I enjoy the comments of people stopping to watch the process - the children are especially interested in quietly watching me paint. With live fiddle music and folk singing in the air, there is a joyful spirit that is just fun to be a part of.

And who doesn't love a guy in a kilt?

Thursday, 1 September 2011

PA Governor's Residence Art Exhibit
Across the Alleghenies

A tour of the Governor's Residence and the art exhibit, Across the Alleghenies, has been arranged for Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00.
The paintings of the Western PA region are by artists, Ron Donoughe and Patrict Ruane.
If you are interested please email your names to Cecelia lyden1819@comcast.net  by 9/14--the names are needed to get in. Thank you.