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...

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


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.

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