Friday, 30 December 2011

YELLOW BARN by Sharon Benner

Yellow Barn was painted on the first day of winter when the weather was warm. This farm is surrounded by my neighborhood of new homes but the owner keeps it country! I met the owner while painting and she said I could paint on the property anytime. There is a stream and another farm back off the road and I can't wait to explore it.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

December Rapids by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

Today is the winter solstice - the first day of winter - but it felt more like April today with temperatures in the high 50's.  I knew I really should have stayed home and finished my holiday preparations, but the sunshine and warm weather beckoned me outside to paint.  I went to a spot on the Yellow Breeches Creek near Boiling Springs and did this small study of the rapids there.  I am not certain that this painting is done and  I might make a few adjustments to it another time, but it was great to be out.  I saw lots of people out walking, fishing, enjoying the nice day - even saw a guy fishing in shorts and flip flops!  I hope this is a sign that we will have a mild winter with many more plein air painting days ahead.
Happy Holidays to everyone!

Friday, 16 December 2011


Painted at Cordorus State Park. This little island in the middle of Lake Marburg is a popular place for eagles to nest. I've painted the island at different times and this Fall rendering is my favorite.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The Art Center Exhibit is Ready for Viewing

The SVPAP Annual Members Show is now hung and ready for viewing on the Mechanicsburg Art Center School and Galleries. The exhibit is grouped by artist and fills the outside walls of the main showroom.

The Free Public Reception is this Saturday December, 10th from 1 - 3pm. Refreshments Served.  Meet the Artists and see approximately 75 original paintings created outside on location (plein air).

A portion of the sales benefits the Mechanicsburg Arts Center.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Markers by Julie Riker

6x8 oil on mahogany board

Cecelia found an interesting place for us to paint.  The Lincoln Colored Cemetery is full of old Civil War graves, most of them were older than the surrounding trees.  I decided to focus in on the shapes of some of the stones.  I was also experimenting with a new surface, a clear primed mahogany board.  I enjoyed using this smooth surface as an alternative to the canvas texture which I am sometimes fighting with.  The warm wood color also made a nice base which peeks through the paint in areas.

Saturday, 3 December 2011


Larry, Pat Keough and I were not taking chances. We were out to paint at the Historical Lincoln Colored Cemetery", not "dodge bullets". Orange hats helped to keep our heads warm and "bulletfree".


The story in the Patriot News told of local Vietnam veterans, who in 1998 became the official caretakers of The Lincoln Colored Cemetery, south of Mechanicsburg, mowing the grass, clearing debris and straightening the tombstones. The cemetery holds the remains of about 80 Afro-Americans. About 15 of them are Civil War veterans. Paul Kreiner, commander of the Vietnam Veterans in Mechanicsburg says'" It's a great honor. They are veterans and we are veterans. And we respect our veterans".
My husband and I sought out the cemetery and after a little detective work, we discovered whose property held the cemetery and I got permission from the owner to paint there with other plein air artists.
The cemetery site was very small, surrounded by beautiful farmland and clusters of trees. It reminded me of Gettysburg, but much more humble.
It was a sunny, clear, beautful day, but so cold. I hope to return in the spring, when I stop shivering.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Lincoln Colored Cemetery Plein Air Sketches by Larry Lerew

Had a great morning with Ralph Hocker, Julie Riker, Cecelia Lyden and Pat Keough. We enjoyed the crisp air and December sunshine at the Historic Lincoln Colored Cemetery off W. Winding Hill Road, Mechanicsburg, PA. I didn't "paint" but chose to make three quick plein air sketches in my sketchbook. The variety of shapes and colors were interesting and I had fun composing on paper.

Most of the grave markers were dated from the civil war era and had great shapes and wear. We were also surrounded by bare locust and cherry trees and open farm fields on three sides. Several of us had on "orange" hunting hats so we could be seen by any deer hunters in the area.

On my final sketch I threw in some watercolor pencil. There was green lawn in the cemetery, orange plowed fields all around, and a fruit orchard in the distance that appeared red. The sky was completely clear and you could see the atmosphere change at the horizon from almost white to deep blue over head. After a few hours our noses and fingers were cold. Ralph pointed out how the deer visited the cemetery pretty regular since alot of the small trees had there bark rubbed away. We all had a great time an agreed this site deserves a return visit.
Happy Holidays,
Larry Lerew