Monday, 27 June 2011

VIEW FROM LITTLE ROUND TOP
Original Plein Air Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'View from Little Round Top'
Oil on Linen Panel
8 x 10

Although today was rather overcast, it turned out
to be a wonderful day to paint.  I met up with several artists
to paint from the crest of Little Round Top on the
Gettysburg Battlefield.  From that vantage point,
there is a painting waiting to happen no matter where you
stand.  I've always liked this view through some of the
enormous boulders up there, and was rewarded to hear
quite a few tourists repeat my sentiments as they
stood on the boulders and looked out across the valley.

Of course, there were also several people who
apologized for standing in my way...then cheekily asked
if I would put them into the painting!  I said that I would do
so gladly, if they wouldn't mind standing there for a
couple of hours.... 

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Claire Beadon Carnell
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Friday, 24 June 2011

FIELDS OF TRANQUILITY
Original Plein Air Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Fields of Tranquility'
Oil on Archival Panel
12 x 16

This is a painting I would call mostly plein air and part
'plein air-conditioned'.  I went back to Gettysburg the other
day to paint again in the area around Plum Run and the Trostle
Farm and got much of this painting blocked in when some
not so 'tranquil' clouds started to move in.  I decided to
pack up my gear while the weather was still friendly, and
headed home to my studio and finished the painting while
 the visuals of the area were still very prominent in my
mind and the paint was still wet. 

As with all areas of the Gettysburg Battlefield, the reality of
today is so dramatically different from those early
days in July 1863.  It is such a peaceful, almost reverent
place now, and my hope is that this painting honors
 those who perished here.


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Claire Beadon Carnell
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Gettysburg Festival Artist's Colony

There have been a lot of great posts here about the Gettysburg Fringe Festival and I enjoy seeing them all.
I was also in Gettysburg this past week, but I was involved in the Artist's Colony which was separate from the Fringe paint out.  The colony was a juried group of just 10 painters who lived together and painted in the Gettysburg area for 5 days.  It was a wonderful, intense sharing which reminded me of my art school days.  The focus of the experience was not so much on producing paintings to sell, but rather to learn and grow as artists.  One of the highlights for me were the two days of workshop with Bill Schmidt.  Bill was an excellent instructor.  He had us paint on 16x20 canvases, which is much larger than I am used to for plein air work, and I also tried a lot of things that I was not necessarily comfortable with because I really wanted to get the most from the learning experience.  From the 5 days of painting I have 7 good pieces started that I can hopefully finish in my studio and post at a later time.  This painting I am posting is the only one which I felt was completed.  It was painted in a short hour long session and depicts the famous Lincoln Square in Gettysburg.  I have donated this painting to the Gettysburg Festival.  It will be auctioned in an event this fall to raise money to help continue this wonderful colony experience.

 Lincoln Square
11x14 plein air oil

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Monday, 20 June 2011

RECEPTION GETTYSBURG FRINGE FESTIVAL
Plein Air Event
by Claire Beadon Carnell

RECEPTION - JUNE 19, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

Yesterday we had the reception that concluded the
2011 Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event.  Paintings
that the artists had done over the past ten days were
displayed at the Historic Train Station in Gettysburg, PA.
It was a great time - and very nice to meet with the public (and not
be covered in sunscreen, bug spray and paint when we
met some of them out on the battlefield while we were painting!)
It was also a terrific time to get together with all of the
participating artists and talk about our adventures out in
the field.

Thanks to everyone who made all of this possible!

Some pictures...
Guests starting to arrive...

Some of the paintings

A (rather large) imperial moth that flew
into the pavillion of the train station to view the exhibit

My painting, 'Nestled' which SOLD!

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Friday, 17 June 2011

DAY EIGHT GETTYSBURG FRINGE FESTIVAL
Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

DAY EIGHT - JUNE 17, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

When I left my house this morning, the sky was gloomy and there
was an occasional sprinkle on my windshield.  I was
tempted to turn around and head back home, but knowing
this was my last day to paint in this plein air event I decided
to keep on heading toward Gettysburg.  I am so glad I did -
as I got closer to the battlefield the skies cleared.  I
 drove around and found these white barns at the intersection
of the Wheatfield Road and Crawford Road, and within
sight of Little Round Top, Big Round Top and Devil's Den.

This has been so much fun!  I am a bit sad that it is ending.


'White Barns on the Battlefield'
Oil  6 x 8


My gear and a view of the area I was painting.  The wind
got a bit brisk several times, and I was hanging on to my
umbrella and brushes for dear life!


Linda working diligently on her painting of a view of
Little Round Top.  Can't wait to see the finished piece!

My paintings, and the paintings of all of the other plein
air artists participating in this event will be on exhibit at the
 Historic Train Station
Gettysburg, PA 
1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M
Sunday, June 19th, 2011

This Saturday I will be participating in the
2011 Barnstormers Tour in Frederick, MD. Looks like
 we're going to have some good weather to paint!



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Trostle Farm acrylic, 8 x 10

Distant view of the Trostle Farm on the battlefield. Very beautiful day and the clouds were fabulous

This is also near the Trostle Farm. I added the fence in front of the tree after I got home. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

DAY SIX GETTYSBURG FRINGE FESTIVAL
Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

DAY SIX - JUNE 15, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

Today I painted at Plum Run, which runs right through the
center of the Gettysburg Battlefield.  This tiny stream, also
known as 'Bloody Run', once ran red with the blood of 
Union and Confederate soldiers. The mountain in the background
is Big Round Top, and Little Round Top (not seen here)
is directly to the left. 

It was another beautiful day to paint, and we had lots of
passersby  - all either walking, running, bicycling, riding horseback
and even a group riding segweys.   Here's my painting from today:

Peaceful Day at Plum Run
Oil  6 x 12
As we were walking around trying to settle on where we would
paint, we came across this great vista.  I was really attracted to the
diagonals of the rolling fields, that great old oak tree, and the
wildflowers in the foreground - quite a different place
from what it was those three days in July almost 150 years ago.


Linda Young and I had quite an enjoyable day painting
side by side - it is always so much fun to see the different
interpretations when artists paint the same subject! 
That's my gear behind Linda's.


These paintings, and the paintings of all of the other plein
air artists participating in this event will be on exhibit at the

 Historic Train Station
Gettysburg, PA 
1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M
Sunday, June 19th, 2011

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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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

DAY FIVE GETTYSBURG FRINGE FESTIVAL
Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

DAY FIVE - JUNE 14, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

Another day of gorgeous weather to paint on the Gettysburg
Battlefield.  Most of us chose to paint at the famous
'Devil's Den', an area of massive rocks that was the sight
of intense fighting and loss during the battle.  I was walking
around looking at the different configurations of rock - there are
so many possiblities there for interesting paintings.  Then I
turned around, and with my back to the Devil's Den I saw
this valley of stone and flowers and lush late
 Spring greens.  Here's my painting from today:

The Rocks Remember
Oil  10 x 8

I only had a minute when I got home to photograph this, so I 
apologize for the glare.  I may take a look at this tomorrow
and clean up some edges and add some brighter brights,
but overall I was very happy with today's work..

While I was painting this, Amy Lindenberger
came over to me and asked if I knew what I was painting.  I 
thought, well of course - this is a really nice area of rock, delicate
Queen Anne's lace, honeysuckle and a great variety of greens.
Then she proceeded to tell me that the area I chose for my
painting is called the Slaughter Pen, in reference to the great 
number of Confederate soldiers killed there.  The rocks that are
in place today are almost exactly as they were during those
three days of fighting in 1863.  The memories they must hold...


Paul Gallo painting the view out to the left of Devil's Den

Sue Gray and Amy Lindenberger

Linda Young taking a picture...of me taking a picture...of her!


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SVPAP Member Cathy Mabius to Teach Workshop at the Gettysburg Artist Colony

Click on the link and scroll down to see the lovely photo of Cathy Mabius.  Cathy is one of the artists that will be teaching a workshop at the Gettysburg Festival Artist Colony.

http://www.gettysburgfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1244&Itemid=834

Lovely photo Cathy!  See you this weekend!

Monday, 13 June 2011

DAY FOUR GETTYSBURG FRINGE FESTIVAL
Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

DAY FOUR - JUNE 13, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

Today I had planned to paint at the Peach Orchard. On
my way I passed a field that overlooks the back side
of the Slyder Farm and since it looked so gorgeous bathed
in the morning light, I decided to stop right there.  This is a
field on the Gettysburg Battlefield that I have painted before
(my painting "Hallowed Fields"), and have plans to paint again.
The whole battlefield is a very sacred place, but this location
is one that draws me every time for its solemn beauty. It is difficult
to reconcile the horrible loss of life that took place here with
the peaceful scenery that exists today.

I was alone (except for a few tourists), and the morning was
one of such clear, cool light - let's just say that I was in my
space of complete happiness...

'Witnesses'
Oil  12 x 16

I started and finished this painting entirely in the field today.
I will put it aside for few days and look at it with fresh eyes to
see if anything needs to be tweaked, but for now I am really
happy with the day's work.  The little buildings in the background
are the house and barn of the Slyder Farm.


My Set-Up  and the limited palette I was working with.

This is a portion of one of the two permanent placards that
are located at the site.

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

WATCHFUL
Original Plein Air Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Watchful'
Oil  9 x 12

I painted this plein air painting in support of the CALC and PASA
fundraiser that was held last night at the Dickinson College
Farm.  I had been out earlier in the week to start my
painting, and then last night went to the farm early to finish
it for the event.  Much to my surprise, the red wagon that
the sheep congregated around to get some shade was
gone (it was being used to transport guests around the farm - just
like an old fashioned hay ride)!  The sheep and their lambs
are really beautiful...I have so many photographs, and will 
probably go out there to get some more!

My congratulations to everyone at CALC and Dickinson
College Farm for making it such a wonderful event,
for an incredible cause!!!


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DAY THREE GETTYSBURG FRINGE FESTIVAL
Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

DAY THREE - JUNE 12, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

We met today at Beech Springs Farm to paint in the gardens
while the Gettysburg Festival was holding its Farm to Table
culinary event.  The guests were up in the barn eating, and we
were so thankful that one of them came down to let us know
that the National Weather Service had issued a severe
thunderstorm warning (accompanied with strong wind and hail)
for the area where we were painting.  Thank you to that
very kind and thoughtful gentleman - we were able to pull
our gear beneath the overhang of the barn and ride out the storm.
We only got thunder, rain and a little wind - no hail, thank goodness!


I asked the owner of the farm if SVPAP could come
to paint on her property (there are many gardens), and
she said 'absolutely!'



Raining in the garden...


Amy and Linda taking shelter while we wait out the storm.


My painting, in progress.  Going to grab some supper, then
hope to work on this while all the images of that beautiful garden
are still in my head!


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Saturday, 11 June 2011

DAY TWO GETTYSBURG FRINGE FESTIVAL
Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

DAY TWO - JUNE 11, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

I have been so excited about painting on location at
the Bushman Farm.  It's one of my favorite farms on the
Gettysburg Battlefield, and we were actually able to drive
right down onto the property to paint.  So do I paint the
farmhouse?  No...when I saw the hazy blues and greens
and golds of the view behind the house, I knew where
my easel was going to be set up.  This view actually
shows the Slyder Farm barn and some outbuildings -
another farm I have really wanted to paint. 
Here is my painting in progress, and was painted while standing
in front and to the left of the Bushman farmhouse
(and under a nice big, shady tree).



Once again, the hot sun and haze in the morning hours created some
beautiful colors in the sky and fields.  I also liked the way the
rail fence leads the eye right into the painting.

Mary Beth Brath with her painting of newly planted
trees on the Bushman Farm.  Hope you can see the beautiful,
fresh colors in this one!

Sue Gray and Craig Lorden (Dianne Lorden's husband)

Dianne Lorden


Paul Gallo painting up by the road looking down onto the
Bushman Farm.



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Friday, 10 June 2011

DAY ONE GETTYSBURG FRINGE FESTIVAL
Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

DAY ONE - JUNE 10, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

The painting begins!  Today was the first day of
the Gettysburg Fringe Festival 10 day Plein Air Event.
We all met on the campus of the Lutheran Seminary in
Gettysburg to get our agenda for the week, and then to
pick a spot to paint.  I originally had planned to go over
and paint General Lee's Headquarters, but the sun and
heat were fierce, and the Seminary had some lovely
vistas, with some equally lovely big shade trees to paint beneath.

Here is my painting, which was painted while standing
right next to the Chapel, and looking toward the town
of Gettysburg.


'Nestled'
(View from the Lutheran Seminary toward town)
Oil  9 x 12

The hot sun and haze in the morning hours created some
beautiful colors in the sky and buildings.  I loved the way
the buildings were sitting in a veritable nest of trees.

My set-up for the day - see the nice shade I had
found to paint under?

Mary Beth Brath, who was painting directly behind me.

Some of the other artists painting today - all of whom found
a nice spot of shade to set up and work.



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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Red Roses in Glass vase

Roses are not my favorite subject to paint but my students insisted on a demo. So here it is.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

ZAG'S , CAMP HILL By Cecelia Lyden

oil on linen


11x14







It took 2 outdoor sessions plus some detail work at home to finish this view of a new pizza parlor in Camp Hill. I worked on it during the Camp Hill Plein Air Event. I enjoyed the the weather and painting outdoors, and it was especially nice to talk about plein air painting with the many onlookers.





HAZY, LAZY EARLY SUMMER MORNING By Cecelia Lyden

oil on linen


11x14







Jeanne Hartman invited the Susqurhanna Valley Plein Air Painters out to her farm to paint. Her home is in a lovely, peaceful setting in Dillsburg. I opened the car door and felt a gentle breeze, heard the sound of songbirds and smelled honeysuckle-all pleasures of plein air painting.

I am partial to open fields, trees and and tall grasses--all three of these things line her back yard. I set up my easel and painted for more than three hours-a very enjoyale morning.


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Camp Hill Colors by Julie Riker

8x10 oil on canvas panel

I painted this on the last day of the Camp Hill Plein Air event.  Most of the festivities were winding down and the mood was much more relaxed,  but there were still some artists taking advantage of the great sunlight that afternoon.  I noticed this house along Willow Park earlier in the weekend and was waiting for an opportunity to paint it later in the day when the light was hitting the front porch.  I don't paint in primary colors too often, so I thought it would be a good self-challenge.

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Monday, 6 June 2011

New Post from Camp Hill Plein Air event

This was the first one I did during the Plein Air weekend. It is at  Willow Park and was a lovely experience. Also 8 x 10 acrylic.


This was painted during the Camp Hill Plein Air weekend during beautiful weather. This is 8 x 10 acrylic

Sunday, 5 June 2011

My first "Quick Draw" painting event....


Saturday was the "Quick Draw" competition of Camp Hill's plein air event.  It was my first experience with a timed painting competition (2 hours from blank canvas to framed painting) and I loved the intensity and excitement of it all. Seeing all the finished works presented side by side was also a thrill.  There were many great paintings and I was very surprised when the judge picked mine.

I am glad I thought to take this picture.  The painting sold a half hour later.

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Saturday, 4 June 2011

CAMP HILL PLEIN AIR EVENT

This weekend, Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters did
very well at the Camp Hill Plein Air Event in
competitions that included artists from five
different states.

In the 2011 COMPETITION AWARDS,
Third Place: Paul Gallo

In the Quick Draw Event, SVPAP members placed as
follows:

First Place: Julie Riker
Third Place: Claire Beadon Carnell
Fourth Place: Cathy Mabius
Honorable Mention: Patricia Walach Keough

Congratulations, everyone. I got to see all of
the beautiful paintings created by the members of
SVPAP members participating in this weekend's
plein air event, and it really made me proud to
be a member of this group.

Friday, 3 June 2011

SECRET GARDEN
Camp Hill Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell



'Secret Garden'
Oil  8 x 6

Day One - Camp Hill Plein Air Event

We had such a gorgeous day for the beginning of the
Plein Air Camp Hill Competition and Arts Festival .
I found this little garden on the corner of Willow
and 24th Street in Camp Hill.  Lots of people stopped  to
chat, and some even came back again to see the
 progression of my painting.  A neighbor of the former owner
of the house also stopped to visit.  She was going
to head home and give the lady a call because she knew
how pleased she would be to know that someone was
painting a picture of her garden!

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Walnut and 24th Street by Julie Riker

8x10 oil on canvas panel

     Ralph and I painted yesterday in the vicinity of Willow Park in Camp Hill.  It was a sunny cool day - such a welcome change from all the extreme rain and heat we have had.  Looks like a perfect weekend for Camp Hill's Plein Air Festival.

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Thursday, 2 June 2011

DANCE OF THE DOGWOODS
Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell



'Dance of the Dogwood'
Oil  12 x 9


Several weeks ago, members from the Susquehanna Valley
Plein Air Painters met on the beautiful grounds of Allenberry to
paint.  The day was sunny and the dogwoods were blooming.
As I was walking around trying to decide what to paint, I found this
dogwood with the twisted 'dancer legs' trunk, and then
noticed how the reflected color of the petals was creating a pink
glow under the curved porch's roof. 


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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Samuel S Lewis' Morning Mist - Acrylic Plein Aire Landscape Impressionistic Painting by Pennsylvania Daily Painter Pat Koscienski

Samuel S. Lewis' Misty Morning
8" x 10"
Acrylic on canvas

This painting was done plein air last week on the high altitude of Samuel S. Lewis State Park in Wrightsville, PA. The weather was hot and humid, with morning mist that lasted a while. If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact PAT. If you wish to see more of my paintings, please visit my website and blogspot at: