Wednesday, 19 December 2012

SUMMER FRIENDS, 12x16, pastel by Sharon Benner

Painted this several years ago.  It was started en plein air at Codorus State Park.  I probably painted 80% there and tweaked the rest in the studio.  I always liked this painting, but never had any luck selling it.  Today I unframed it and will put it in my "misfit painting" storage closet and reuse the frame and matting for another pastel I'm giving as a gift.  I sure have a lot of paintings in that closet!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Vineyard Vista III - original acrylic plein air landscape painting by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

"Vineyard Vista III"
acrylic on canvas

Vineyard Vista III is a 6"x6" plein air painting done at Hunter's Vallery Winery in
Liverpool, PA overlooking the Susquehanna River. It is acrylic done on canvas.  It will be on exhibit. along with 4 of my other plein air paintings,  at Mechanicburg Art Center, 18 Artcraft Drive, Mechanicsburg, Pa until January 4, 2013.  Approximately 19 artists are exhibiting 94 plein air paintings.   If in the area please drop by to see the SVPAP art exhibit.   If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing contact Pat.  To see more of my paintings, please visit my blogspot and website at:

Saturday, 8 December 2012

SVPAP Exhibit

SVPAP's exhibit at the Art Center delivers a whopping 95 paintings from 19 of our artist members.  It is quite an impressive display of the collective painting talent and the various styles and subject matters that each individual brings to the group.

   The December 8 reception drew a nice crowd.  It was great to see fellow artists and friends as well as other community members who came out to support the arts.


 There was a wonderful spread of food provided by our artist members, proving that many of us are talented in the art of cooking as well as painting.
A special thank you goes out to Silvia Hocker who created this lovely arrangement for the refreshment table.

 If you missed the opening reception, or would like to see the work again the show will remain hanging through January 4, 2013.  The Art Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 am - 4 pm, and Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

LOVER'S LANE and AMY's NEIGHBOR, oil by Sharon Benner

Yesterday, 3 Dec. was a beautiful day to paint en plein air.  My friend, Amy, allowed me to paint on her property.  The first painting, Lover's Lane, is a road on her property that is now closed to traffic and it really was named Lover's Rd. when it was open.  It was really beautiful with orange leaves covering its surface  The second painting is a  house across  from the front road that caught my eye with its clay tile roof. 

Thursday, 29 November 2012

SVPAP Opening Reception by Larry Lerew

One of 5 paintings I am exhibiting in the SVPAP 2nd Annual Exhibit. Reception to be help Saturday, Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. at The Art Center School and Galleries, 18 Artcraft Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA. This painting is called "Sparkling Waters At McKees Half Falls". I painted right on the river bank and looked into the multiple levels of water falling forward into my view. It was quite an experience and I would be glad to tell how this and other paintings came about with using paint and canvas through this past year. All paintings are available for sale and part of all sales go to support The Art School and Galleries. Come out and have a bite to each and discuss how you feel about en plein art.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Fairfield Inn by Larry Lerew

"Fairfield Inn"
Fairfield, PA
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel
en Plein Air, Oct. 24, 2012
8" x 10" #12-11-35
Great day to paint! A little brisk with snow flurries in the air. Had something interesting happen while I was painting. A gentleman came out of the Fairfield Inn and over to view my painting dressed in a confederate uniform. He asked to see my painting over my shoulder and I asked if he was on his way to work. His reply was that he and his wife were heading out to ride horses since he was in the infantry and wanted a day off his feet and ride with the cavalry. He complimented me on my painting and proceeded back to the Inn to pick up his wife. You can only have a converstation like that in Adams County.

LION PARK By Cecelia Lyden

oil/strteched canvas
Black Friday found 5 of us painting at Lion Park in Marysville, rather than looking for a parking space in some mall. It was billed as the last warmish day for a long while and, listening to the wind howling outside this morning, made me grateful that I went. Yesterday's morning was warm with blue skies, but by the time we met at 12:30ish, the clouds had rolled in and a breeze started to make it cooler. Wimp that I am, I began painting faster and faster, and lasted for only an hour and a half. This is my last paintout in the Susquehanna Valley till spring. Come January, I will don my snowbird outfit and will be paintng outdoors in [hopefully] balmy Florida.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Black Friday Paint Out by Julie Riker

9x12 oil

I avoided the mall on this Black Friday and painted with some of our group along the creek instead. I did this study in 2 hours...not sure if I will do anything more to it or just leave it as it is.

Just loved the sky.... Dianne Lorden

I'm very impressed with all of your determination to get out there this fall and work in the open air - great job to everyone! I've wanted to, and we've had great weather, but the timing has just not been there for me. So, I thought I'd share this en plein air pastel I created over the summer, done from the deck of our beach house, in Southern Shores, on the Outer Banks, N.C. You'd never know there was a storm on the way - it was just beautiful out! This painting is currently on exhibit at Brath & Hughes Fine Art, Mechanicsburg, Pa. My artwork, and blog notes, can be viewed at: South Mountain Sketchbook

Thursday, 15 November 2012



When Julie Riker and I started out to paint Tuesday afternoon, the weather was warm and balmy. We changed our original location from the Marysville side of the river to the Fort Hunter side.By the time we travelled to the other side of the River and found a nice view of the Rockville Bridge, the weather had changed from warm and balmy to overcast, with rain threatening. Luckily it remained balmy and was such a pleasure to sit there, watching and painting the rapidly changing sky.However, our paintout was shortened, only painting for about an hour and a half. I finshed the painting at home.

Monday, 12 November 2012

December Show at Mechanicsburg Art Show

The postcards are here!  
You can pick up cards at the Mechanicsburg Art Center or at Brath Hughes Gallery in Mechanicsburg.

Our December show is quickly approaching.
For more information on the exhibit click here

Sunday, 11 November 2012

TWO TREES DOWN, 11x14, oil by Sharon Benner

Veterans Day and its 70 degrees in Hanover.  These two trees were laying in Lake Marburg and I thought the scene was interesting with the back lighting and the reflections.  This is what I call a truism, as I painted it quickly to capture the light, shadows and reflections in a loose, impressionistic style. 

Sunday, 4 November 2012

STORMY SKY By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas
I could not remember if I had posted this painting, done on site at Vivian Brandler's charming home. I searched through the OLD POSTS twice and could not find it.So forgive me, if I am repeating myself. I punched up the sky a bit, using the stormy, cloudy day view outside my window.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

A few weekends ago, I found a scene I wanted to capture, but liked the view best from my kitchen window (which is second story on this side of the house).  Being on the ground didn't give me the same view, so I set a ladder against my shed in the driveway, and boosted everything up!  It was a bit blustery and the light faded fast.  I am not posting the painting as I'm not that pleased with it, but enjoyed "the journey" none the less!  Just wanted you to know I am still working at it!

Painting Williamsburg, VA, en Plein Air by Larry Lerew

"Under The Story Tree" Courthouse, Williamsburg, VA
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel
en Plein Air, Oct. 23, 2012
12" x 16" #12-10-09

We drove down starting at 8:30 a.m. had lunch, got a nice room for two nights, bought some tickets and still had time to paint for a couple of hours on Market Square. The light was fantastic and made the trees glow with color. Met one other pastel painter working down the street. Lots of friendly people, just like painting at home.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

A PRACTICE PAINTING, 8x10, oil, by Sharon Benner

This small practice painting was my first plein air painting in several months.  I tried to capture the light, warm areas and the dark, cool areas.  It was difficult to simplify the colors when there were so many brightly colored leaves and reflected light splashing everywhere.  Painted Wed., 24 Oct.  and it was a beautiful day.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Vineyard Vista I - Original oil plein air landscape painting of Hunter's Valley Winery by Pennsylvania Painter Pat Koscienski

Vineyard Vista I
11" x 14"
Oil on canvas

This oil painting was done plein air at Hunter's Valley Winery in Liverpool, PA several years ago.  It is one of 4 painted at that site.  The winery overlooks the Susquehanna River.  I was told that most wineries are on the top of high hills, not only for the sun, but also for the good drainage.  It won an honorary mention award at York Art Association, also several years ago.  If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings please visit my website and blogspot at:

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Paint & Brushes On The Battlefield by Larry Lerew

"G. Weikert House & Dow's 6th Maine Battery"
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel
en Plein Air
16" x 20" #12-10-06

Thursday was another great day so I headed out to paint. This painting from the Gettysburg Battlefield was interesting. I wanted to capture a battlefield farm, monuments and the color of the fall grasses in the fields and autumn trees. I even kept in the cannon, which I honestly thought I might drop out, but that would have ruined the paintings story. Glad I put them in. Lots of tourists passed by and made it a pleasant day.

Color On The Battlefied by Larry Lerew

"Pennsylvania Monument From The Peach Orchard"
by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
en Plein Air
16" x 20" #12-10-05

Went out painting Wednesday on the Gettysburg Battlefield and took Ace, my sons dog along. We had a fun trip and came home with four paintings by late afternoon. This painting has several qualities I like. First of all it looks "wet" and has some great edges and mixing of color. The location was interesting since it had a couple of elevations in view. The farm building dropped into the rolling landscape and the PA Monument was at eye level. Lots of fun to paint and kept the colors fresh and clean.

Friday, 19 October 2012

This was started in Plein air but finished  int he studio. 8 x 10 acrylic. A beautiful fall day Cecelia, Julie Vivian and myself with Buddy along for fun. It is beautiful country out there and I hope we can go again. Wide open spaces and good company!Later on in the afternoon Larry and Donna came to paint.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Two views of one farm, Dianne Lorden

Have been under the weather and not done any on-site work this week, so decided to share these paintings from this summer: they are two different views, done en plein air (during the Gettysburg Festival), of Meade's Head Quarters, also know as the Lydia Leister Farm. The larger is a pastel done early in the day from one vantage point and the smaller is a watercolor done late in the day of a different view, from down the road. Very different treatments, I think! My fine art website is South Mountain Sketchbook.

An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Newville Farm Quilt'
Oil Plein Air
(View from the Clearing 10/14/2012)
10 x 20

Perhaps one of my favorite places up by our cabin
is this clearing that displays an amazingl vista of the farmland
and Blue Mountain Ridge below(this is only a small portion of
 what is visible).  We have put a picnic
table there where we can sit and absorb the view.  While
I was painting, there were Redtail hawks circling in the sky
and screeching out their distinctive call.  They floated on the
air currents, and like myself, just enjoyed the quiet beauty of the day.

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:

Sunday, 14 October 2012

"The Tree" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

"The Tree" 10"x8", 140lb paper stretched on stretcher strips.
This painting was painted plein air at Fuller Lake when we had the Susquehanna Valley plein Air Painters picnic. This was a new way to paint using the watercolor paper stretched on the stretcher strips. I sealed it and it will pop into a nice frame without any glass or mat.
 The tree was what caught my eye. Sort of like painting wrinkles on an old person, this tree had a lot of personality and character as it sits looking over the lake.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

FALL BEGINS By Cecelia Lyden

A lovely day for plein air painting--sunny, crisp, beautiful colors and landscape--but not wihtout its hazards. I've had a number of unusual, if not uncomfortable, plein air experiences-acorns dropping on my head like mini bombs, canvases blowing off my easel, a group of cattle walking toward me, as I was painting the rest of the herd from, what I thought was a safe distance away.
But Thursday's paintout at a nursery across from Vivian's charming house provided another first. To make room for the other artists' cars, I pulled up close to a fence on my left [ driver's side], off the narrow dirt road. Anxious to start painting, I flung open the door and pulled out my stuff. Vivian pulled up moments later and yelled to me to be careful of the fence--it's electrified-it won't kill you, just give you a shock-Yikes--tazed on a plein air paintout. I was very careful getting back in the car.

PS Thank you Vivian for inviting us and for your hospitality--ginger peach hot tea and pecan pie--YUM!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

A Beautiful Fall Day To Paint by Larry Lerew

Title: "Chicken House & Wagon Shed"
Artist: Larry Lerew
Medium: Acrylic and Wax Resist
Surface: #140 Watercolor Paper
Size: 16" x 20"
En Plein Air, Vivian's Farm, Dillsburg, PA

 Vivian invited the Susquehanna Plein Air Painters to her farm today for a fall paint-out. The light was fantastic! I got started around 4 p.m. Great long shadows and golden light. The color was starting to show in the trees. Had a fun time painting and talking. Thank you to Vivian, Jeb and Buddy for having us out.


It was great to see everyone on Saturday for the annual picnic/paint out/meeting At Pine Grove Furnace State Park.  There were a few sprinkles of rain but not enough to prevent us from painting.  I was not able to complete this on sight so I finished it in my studio at home.  The morning was a little grey but I punched up the colours to make it brighter.  The scuba divers were such an unexpected entertainment.  We would occasionally see bubbles and once saw 2 divers about 4 ft down. I had no idea that the lake was 125ft deep so for the most part we didn't see them once they submerged.  There were about 40 divers and they said they would be under the water for about 1 hr.  Quite an interesting day. The food and fellowship at the picnic was great!

Vivi's Wheels by Julie Riker

Vivian was so nice to invite us out to paint around her lovely farm.  There were many subjects around the nursery and pond, but I've lately been looking for different things to paint that will challenge me..not necessarily to make a sellable painting, but to hone my skills.

I decided to paint her car.  It's so classic, so cute, so very Vivi!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Morning's Secret Nook - acrylic plein aire landscape river painting by Pennsylvania Painter Pat Koscienski

Morning's Secret Nook
8" x 10"
Acrylic on linen canvas

This painting was done early morning along the Susquehanna River in Goldsboro, PA.  The river has  such a large presence, so I decided to paint a small, personal portion of it.  If you have any questions or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings, both representational and abstract, please visit my website and blogspot at:

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Fresh Air And Pizza by Larry Lerew

Title: "JoJo's Pizza"
Artist: Larry Lerew
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: #140 Watercolor Paper
Size" 16" x 20"
Several people stopped to say hi as I painted my interpretation of "JoJo's Pizza" in Mechanicsburg, PA today.

'Turnin' Fallish' - plein air by Dianne Lorden

Fuller Lake, in the Pine Grove Furnace area of Michaux State Forest, was very pretty with autumn colors on the day of the SVPAP picnic — even though it was drizzly from time to time. Raindrops on this blue sanded pastel surface were worrisome, but no harm was done. As the weather was questionable, I brought an abbreviated set-up to the paint out, leaving some of my pastels behind, along with my plein air easel, in the car. I just worked on a picnic table, pretty much ready to run!
The picnic itself was lovely and everyone was so kind and friendly, on this, my first SVPAP event. Thanks!
My work and blog can be seen at my fine art site, South Mountain Sketchbook.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Fuller Lake in the Fall by Linda Young

copyright Linda Young,  Titled:  Fuller Lake in the Fall
9 x 12  Watercolor
This is the painting I did at the Fuller Lake when we had our recent picnic and membership meeting.  The tiny cabin was tucked away into the camoflage of the woods; but I spotted it and brought it into the focal point.  Many who came by to look hadn't even noticed the cabin that was actually built beside the lake.

Fuller Lake is ablaze with color and if you are new to this site and following our plein air group; a trip to the lake would be well worth your effort.

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

An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Into the Deep'
Oil Plein Air
Fuller Lake
Pine Grove Furnace State Park, PA
10 x 8

I love Fuller Lake, and all of the little pockets of beauty
you can find if you just take the time to look.  This spot is
at one end of the lake, and always holds surprises - especially
in Autumn when the colors of the leaves start to change.
The lake itself is very deep (125 feet), and as we discovered while
we were painting, it is also a place enjoyed by scuba divers.
As I was standing on the shore opposite this scene, I heard
some bubbling noises and looked into the water.  About five
feet below the water's surface, two scuba divers were exploring
all the under-water treasures.  The things you see while
painting outdoors - no wonder I like it so much!

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:

Sunday, 7 October 2012

More SVPAP artist pictures from the picnic (photography by Linda Young)

Vivian Brandler

Larry LeRew and Johanna Monighan Shaefer

Claire Klaum, Cecelia Lyden and Deb Krieger, treasurer

Center:  Sue Gray

Ralph Hocker, Domnick Brandt and Joe Maddox

John Capowski and Julie Riker

The dessert table

Foreground Larry LeRew and ?,  with John Hassler background

Seated Painters Claire Beadon Carnell and Clare Klaum, John Capowski standing

Susand Benigni-Landis

Dianne Lorden

Watercolor painting being worked on by Linda Young (cabin is not visible in the photograph, but is there)

Claire Carnell

Deb Krieger

Special Award presented by Claire Carnell.  (surprised and very much appreciated by the recipient). 
Thank you Claire for your creativity and friendship. 
Without you, I'd never have known how much joy plein air painting could ever be.