Saturday, 31 March 2012

an Original Plein Air Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'The View from Vivian's Farm'
Oil on canvas panel
8 x 8

Thank you to our new SVPAP member, Vivian Brandler, for
inviting us to her beautiful farm to paint.  There were 
so many potential paintings available because every
where you looked there was a new and different view
just waiting to be painted.  This is a view looking
across the road from Vivian's farm.

Thank you, Vivian for the wonderful day of painting,
and your very gracious hospitality!

Here's the second piece I did while I was there - a one hour
study of a chair that was outside by the chicken coop.

'Chair by the Chicken Coop'
One hour plein air study
Oil on panel
8 x 6

Here's a picture of some of the artist's who came to paint:

From left to right - Ralph Hocker, Sharon Benner (directly above
Ralph), Deb Kreiger, Larry Lerew, and
Mary Beth Brath showing her painting.

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here on this blog, please contact me.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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Friday, 30 March 2012

"Out Like A Lion" by Larry Lerew

Title: "Out Like A Lion"
Artist: Larry Lerew
Acrylic on Canvas 10" x 10" en Plein Air, Painted March 29, 2012
Location: Vivian's Farm, Dillsburg, PA

What a great turn out, great hostess and beautiful location. Took a look around and found countless painting spots so I just started with the obvious and captured the stone home on the hillside. I love this time of year with all the new tree buds pushing through and giving the forest a pink and orange tint. This was the end of March and the wind was pushing us round a little so a water jug anchor on the easel and thin cotton gloves to wear were useful. Thank you Vivian again for planning this day it was a lot of fun. You and your farm are quite inspiring. 


The weather kept changing at Vivian's farm. Sun, clouds, and lots of wind. I had a wonderful time even though my hands were frozen. I'm not sure this one is a keeper, but I posted anyway.

VIVIAN'S RED BARN By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas


A cold, windy, partially sunny morning was warmed by Vivan Brandler's hospitality, her green tea and home baked saffron bread. She opened her charming home and her beautiful property to us plein air painters.this past Thursday. There were views galore to paint and, even though I had to secure my canvas and easel from the cold wind, I managed to endure [ with the help of that warm tea] and produced a painting that I feel depicts a portion of her property and the weather conditions.

My thanks to Vivian and I am looking forward to returning to the area to paint again.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012


The six of us took a 2 hour trip to Doylestown today to the James Michener Museum to view the "Painterly Voice "exhibit. The trip was well worth it. The 200 paintings by Bucks County artists ranged fron the mid 1800's to the 2000's and included large magnificent landscapes, cityscapes, waterscapes, portraits and many night scenes. There were paintings in all the seasons and in different styles.
There are only a couple of days left for the show, but all the paintings can be viewd on the website's Painterly Voice Online Exhibit. It is worth the time to view it.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'An Early Spring'
Oil on linen panel
 11 x 14

Today was one of those days that was just an incredible gift.  
I was able to go right out into the orchard with a good friend
and fellow artist to paint the early peach blossoms plein air.  
There was a threat of fog, but it had burned off by
9:00 AM leaving sun and blue sky and warm temperatures.
My face hurts from smiling so much...and the memory
 of this fantastic day will stay with me a very long time!

My thanks to the very special people who let us come
paint on their property.

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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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Friday, 23 March 2012

An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Foggy Morning'
 16 x 8

Yesterday morning we painted at Samuel Lewis State Park,
and the area was completely fogged in - you could
not even see the view of the river.  However, the
fog created such beautiful, muted color and it wasn't
hard to just jump in and start painting!  I liked the way
these rocks provided a bit of color to the scene.

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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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FOGGY MORN BY Cecelia Lyden

oil/canvas board


What a challenging subject for our plein air session this morning. The fog was pretty thick and stayed dense for the remainder of our morning. The trees were very thin and very tall. They had the inspiring and uplifting feel of columns in a Gothic cathedral. I was wishing I had a long narrow canvas to create the full effect of the branches reaching high into the sky. Creating the distance was relatively easy. The fog kept everything muted and there were no great color contrasts to distract or confuse the eye . We had a nice lunch on the river in Wrightsville. The restaurant was situated next to a very, very old iron works factory. It was another fun day.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Socked In by Julie Riker


Today's paint out was at Samuel Lewis State Park.  I was so excited for the rest of the group to see the expansive river view from the top of the hill.  I was looking forward to painting that vista, but we arrived to find the area dense with fog.  Visibility was only about 100 yards ahead and the "view" was under a white cloud.  Most of us decided to make the best of the unique lighting of the day and focused on the rock formations and veiled trees.  Though it was not the painting I had planned on doing, I am happy with the results.  You can never really plan on nature to give you the perfect conditions, but it usually presents something different, and often better.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

MILL AND WILLOW By Cecelia Lyden



Boiling Springs is one of our group's favorite locations. I took a ride throughout the town and countryside before settling down by the lake to paint this view of a converted mill. I plan to set up on one of the town's charming streets next time I go there to paint.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Study of Amity Hall Area By Debra Tritt Kreiger

Study is 10x8 Acrylic on canvas

I took a landscape workshop with Jason Tako and this is the painting I did from a photograph from the Amity Hall boat launch were we painted last year. Very much enjoyed the workshop and learned a great deal about composing landscapes etc.

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Friday, 16 March 2012

Seeing The Color By Larry Lerew March 15, 2012

"Confetti Lake"
by Larry Lerew
10" x 8" Acrylic On Canvas Panel
en Plein Air at Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
My expression of two hours of fun in the sun. This was a good color day.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Clock tower and reflections on Boiling Springs Lake

Clock Tower and Inn
at Boiling Springs Lake
6-1/2 x 10"
by Linda Young
I only had a short time to paint this morning; the others who were painting had wonderful paintings well on the way by the time I had to leave to go to work.  When I was finished with the last client, I worked on this to complete it.  It was a warm and lovely day at the Boiling Springs Lake and a joy to be outside painting again. 

Linda Young
P O Box 941
Carlisle, Pa. 17013

A great day for painting at Boiling Springs Lake March 15

Linda Young

Jeanne Hartman

Larry LeRew

Claire Beadon Carnell

Cecelia Lyden
Today's plein air painters at the Lake.
Photo by Linda Young

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

A day to remember, Boiling Springs Lake on March 8, 2012

6-1/2" x 10" Watercolor

On this day, I heard there was a little girl's guardian angel that came to her rescue. It was a day to remember for a long, long time.

Linda Young
P O Box 941
Carlisle, Pa.  17013

"Evening in the Garden" York Garden and Flower Expo

6-1/2" x 10" Watercolor
At the Expo center on Saturday morning, I selected a little corner that had a small wooden birdhouse, assorted greenery, tulips and flagstone pavers.  Milk's Landscaping was the vendor for this location.  A small path light illuminated the corner space where I stood and sketched the composition I wanted. Painting about a half hour, the bright interior lights of the arena suddenly began to darken and the arena became dimly lit as if it were night time. Night time in the garden where I stood had become a restful and peaceful place and in the twilight, the distant sound of the water falling across the flagstone rocks trickled into the waiting pool below.

I realized I had forgotten to post my painting here on the SVPAP blog after seeing Clare and Larry's paintings from the Expo. 

Linda Young
P O Box 941
Carlisle, Pa. 17013


Monday, 12 March 2012

"Spring Planting" (York Garden Expo) 3/2,3/2012

This was my first time painting at the York Garden Expo.  There were so many beautiful settings to choose from.  However it was difficult to find a spot that was not in the display or in the way of passerbys.  I was able to nestle into a spot that worked out perfectly and loved the colors of the watering cans and flowers.  It was enjoyable talking to people and sharing stories as I painted.

Sunday, 11 March 2012




Such a beautiful day for plein air painting, fishing or strolling. There were plenty of people doing just that at the lake and creek. About a dozen of our group were there and it was so enjoyable seeing and chatting with them. But most of all it was a perfect day for painting. I did not have to flee from wind, bugs or inclement temperatures-painted for several hours. More pleasant days ahead, I hope.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Boiling Springs Afternoon Shift by Larry Lerew Thursday, March 8, 2012

#12-03-02 "Boiling Springs With Engery"
24" x 12" Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas
100% Plein Air

As Julie said today, "Tis the season". Wonderful warm day to paint Boiling Springs, PA and a large group showed up for fun. Not everyone met at one time and I pulled the afternoon shift. As everyone packed up I was still trying to finish but after the last two left for a late lunch I took one last look at what I had and called it finished. When I got home I think is was a good call since I hate to over work a painting and drain the energy out of it. Looks like our group is off to a great new plein air painting season.

Plein air painters at Boiling Springs Lake

I kinda got a little busy helping a baby out of the lake when I was painting today, but I wanted to share photos of Julie Riker and Mary Beth Brath from today at the lake.
More later when I get my painting finished.  I'll go back Saturday or the next nice day to finish it. 

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

PATHWAY by Sharon Benner

PATHWAY was painted today at Codorus State Park, Hanover, Pa. The sun light was strong and the trees are budding up. It was a great work out for me to paint outside again. There was a lot of woods in this scene and I eliminated quite a bit to tell my story. See more of my work at

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Pennsylvania Garden Show Of York -- March 2, 3, and 4, 2012 By Larry Lerew

Had a great enjoyable time over the past three days. Met Claire Klaum and Joe Maddox who were also painting plein air in the Expo Center. Also met several other artists from the York area. Julie Newmar was entertaining with an interesting slide show about her rose garden in California. Spent most of Friday afternoon sketching figures throughout the show and got my paints out to paint members of the jazz band on stage. They wanted to buy the art but I told them I wasn't selling and needed my color sketches for larger work back at my studio. Saturday I brought a 12 x 16" canvas and found an out of the way location to paint next to the stage. Patrons were interested in my blocking in shapes with a "tree stick" dipped in black acrylic paint. I do that to get a slightly uncontrollable thick and thin line. Most of it gets painted over later anyhow, but it helps me stay loose. I painted the audience seating area with the beautiful floral arrangement with small trees as a backdrop. I tried to capture the feeling of the space with the high ceiling and drop lights. There were two camera platforms filming Vince Butera, a well known York florist, on stage. I noticed he and others at the show were very free and flowing with their hand movements when they made their pitch and I made a few sketches to file away in my sketchbook. Sunday I set up to paint the Juried Floral Arrangement area and had the local paper take my picture while painting. Good thing he spotted me working early on because after he left the painting kind of fell apart and got a case of the uglies.  In addition to the 12 x 16" canvas I painted six other small paintings but three turned out to be real stinkers. That's pretty good averages, you win some and lose some. Overall had a great time and past along our club name and the blog site to several interested people.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Savannah Jensen Beach FL

The Savannah acrylic on  canvas 11 x 14 . We have had several beautiful , sunny days lately. the Savannahs are beautiful after rainfall, which is why there was water there theday we painted. 

Florida Sky. 8 x 10 acrylic on canvas. Finally getting my act together and making some new posts. This is Plein air. Lovely day. 

Acrylic on canvas 8 x 10 Indian River, Jensen Beach, Early in the morning on an overcast sort of day.