Monday, 30 April 2012

Still Life en plein air

©Linda Young 2012
Iris at Roebling Roads
7-1/2" x 11"
A week ago in a watercolor class with Jeanne Hartman, some of the class painted a light purple iris as part of the still life.  At the end of the class, I took it home with me to take along on our trip to Georgia; it was too pretty to just toss away.  Remembering Sharon Benner's suggestion for the SVPAP to paint a still life in plein air, I thought I'd give it a try.

I sat up the iris with strong light coming from the right side. Painted with the race track in the background and sand pit nearest the foreground I had many people stopping by to see my progress.  The race track's name is Roebling Roads and it is located a little south of Savannah, Georgia.

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




This painting was composed, but barely painted en plein air. Most of it was painted in studio from one of my photos. You may wonder how it is I could not finish a 6x8 painting entirely en plein air. Fear of alligator, snake and red ant sightings will divert your attention and cause you to lose your focus. I told more of this story on my Cecelia's Ramblings blog, . I posted this painting on the SVPAP blog because I wanted to share some of my photos from this amazing,if not intimidating ranch.
I had wanted to paint on a ranch ever since I spied cattle grazing along the Florida Turnpike. I took photos as we whizzed by and did a couple of paintings from them. The local Ft. Pierce paint group had arranged to paint out at Adams Ranch,  and luckily it was within the time I was there. This is 67,000 acre ranch with grazing fields and tropical-like forests. It is beautiful and exciting and I was wishing all of our PA group was there, too.
Entering what looked like the ride in"Jurassic Park"
That is what it felt like, driving into the "unknown" all alone.
This was a tiny sign of a human habitat, before I went further into the "jungle".

Beautiful full shaped trees with limbs that swoop down to the ground

Finally, some open space and some sunshine

Sunday, 29 April 2012

SVPAP Member Blog Spot - Larry Lerew

Working en plein air is a wonderful process and quite a unique experience. I never feel relaxed or totally in control when I paint outdoors but edgy and excited about the possibilities of how my painting or sketch is going to talk to me and evolve. Painting outdoors is a chance to break out of my comfortable studio and breathe fresh air into my life and art. I take chances and risks to stretch my skills and hopefully gain new levels of achievement.

You might ask why I enjoy painting with the SVPAP when painting is so personal and needs to come from within. I think it’s the encouragement and understanding I feel from talking to others who share the same struggles, challenges and rewards. We all feel the constant need to paint whether we find success or not and we grow by learning and build confidence by working together.

I’ve been told my painting style is refreshing because it adds a new or different dimension to the SVPAP. I appreciate that compliment and have noticed others experimenting with limited palettes and new tools, etc. to have fun and explore.  Working en plein air is a great way to open your mind and have fun painting like an uninhibited kid again.

Now since this is a members profile let me give you a little background. My first spark of interest in painting en plein air was with watercolor in the spring of 1970 with my small group of fellow high school art students and our instructor James E. Rabine III.  Those lessons and painting in the outdoors stayed with me all my life and I have never come across anything else that captured my spirit and enthusiasm so completely. Later when I attended York Academy of Arts, we occasionally painted on the streets and in the parks as class assignments. We were encouraged in our work by excellent instructors and mentors such as William A. Falkler, Robert Patierno, Othmar Carli, Virgil Sova, Ted Fitzkee, Robert Sopchick, Michael Klinedinst and more, all contributing a valuable influence and positive aspirations to a new generation of professional artists.

Over the years I’ve kept busy with creative work in commercial art as a graphic designer, illustrator, cartoonist, publisher and sign painter. I even stretched my creative talents to include work as a professional clown and a caricaturist for corporate events and parties. Somehow my wife and I even found time to learn and enjoy Ballroom and Polka Dancing and performed in a hand bell choir while raising our two sons. All that was fun, interesting and challenging but those things were not the reason why I pursued an art career in the first place, which was to become an established fine artist. Since I’ve joined SVPAP I’m painting much more, reaching new levels and enjoy every minute of it.  The SVPAP is a great resource and incentive to help me reach my goals and hopefully I can contribute and lead by example by encouraging others to experience the wonderful feeling of en plein air painting.

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Saturday, 28 April 2012


acrylic/oil/stretched canvas

This is a path running in and around a small botanical garden in Fort Pierce, Fla. I made two paintout trips there with other artists this past winter. There was not much in bloom, but I did spy this wonderful twisty tree with its curvy branches and foliage. There was such movement swirling in and about the tree, coupled with a wonderful path, with light peeking and streaking across it--just had to try to paint it.
I painted the whole scene with acrylics and then decided to overpaint the tree's foliage and the path with oils, for more oomph.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Painting On The Streets Again By Larry Lerew

Title: "Painting On The Streets Again"
Size: 10" x 10"
Location: en Plein Air Dillsburg, PA
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Panel
Artist: Larry Lerew

This painting had a cute happening. I was set up in front of my pick up truck painting on the street and a young mother and her kindergarden son stopped to chat. She said her son saw me painting on the way to school and when she picked him up from his half day session he wanted to see the artist and the painting. The little guy was amazed as I showed him how I used a brush to capture the simple shapes and colors laid out before us. They only stayed a second but it was fun to share.

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Monday, 23 April 2012

"Springtime at Italian Lake" repost- new picture

We had a great turnout today at Italian Lake.  Seven artists from SVPAP came. The weather conditions were not ideal but the colors were SPECTACULAR! I can see why this sight is chosen for wedding photos in the spring.

Saturday, 21 April 2012


oil/stretched canvas
 Another cold and this time raw day for our paintout at Italian Lake in Harrisburg. But the azaleas were bright and warm and some of the blossoms on the trees were still hanging on. I was able to get the composition down and the canvas covered with the colors ,before my hands stopped working, but most of this painting was completed indoors. PS Boy, do I hate this new method of posting!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Painting My Spring Fever! by Larry Lerew

Title: "The Pride of Marysville"
Location: Marysville Lions Club Park, Marysville, PA
Acrylic on Canvas Panel (en Plein Air)
Size: 8"h x 10"w

Title: "Italian Lake In View"
Location: Italian Lake, Harrisburg, PA
Acrylic on Canvas Panel (en Plein Air)
Size: 9"h x 12"w
Taking advantage of all the wonderful weather and opportunities to paint with the SVPAP. Seeing old places in a new light and new places left undiscovered for too long. There's a painting around every corner.
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"Signs of Spring" By Debra Tritt Kreiger

"Signs of Spring" 10"x8 Acrylic painting on panel

This is a painting I started plein air and finished in the studio. I am experimenting with my palette and painted this with very limited colors. I was more aware of composition and design while out in the field this time. This is a scene from Vivians farm house in Dillsburg. I loved this barn as soon as I saw it! Any constructive comments welcomed.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Paintings for CALC show, Lyn O'Neal

"Morning Light"
Lyn O'Neal
oil on canvas board
14 x 11 inches
This painting was started en plein air during two paint-out days we had at the Two Mile House in Carlisle, PA last summer. I just finished up the touches last week. I'm glad I have the CALC show as a deadline to finish up these paintings. I loved the breaking morning backlight and the cast shadows of these trees.
"Dickenson College Farm"
Lyn O'Neal
oil on canvas board
11 x 14 inches
On one of the hottest days of last summer, I hiked what felt like miles up the lane to meet up with Claire Carnell and Cecelia Lyden who found a shady spot overlooking the beautiful Dickenson College farm. It was worth the hike to see the beautiful views. I was unable to finish that day, but I remembered what I loved about this view and worked on it over the last week to finish just in time for the CALC show in May.

Spring in Willow Park by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

A few of us met in Lemoyne on Tuesday for a brief meeting to discuss some group business and afterward went to Willow Park to paint.  I actually starting this little painting around the same time last year and then let it sit for a long time.  Today was the perfect time to finish it.

Here is Larry and his painting buddy Ace, who may be our group mascot.

Monday, 16 April 2012

An Original Plein Air Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Dwarf Apple Tree'
Plein Air 4/16/2012
Oil on Canvas
5 x 7

I got up early this morning hoping the weather would
be cooperative and I could do some plein air
painting, and I wasn't disappointed.
All I had to do was walk out into my own
back yard - this dwarf apple tree in full bloom
made a perfect subject for a small plein air!

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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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Sunday, 15 April 2012

LIONS CLUB PARK By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas


A beautiful morning in Marysville, but chilly and very breezy. The wind and the clouds presented a challenge. The colors and reflections in the water shifted every few seconds and the changes were all beautiful. I found myself trying to capture all of them. It was difficult maintaining a focus. Then at the end of my session, I discovered that I was covered in oil paint-- all over my jacket' my hands, my jeans-everything. I looked like a 5 year old who had been finger painting--What a mess! I went right home and doused rubbed everything with the best laundry aid ever--Lestoil--threw everything in the washing machine with my laundry detergent and voila -no more oil paint--Lestoil cleans everything--my neighbor told me about it 45 years ago and I have rubbed it on all kinds of stains, laundered the clothes with detergent ever since. Just call me Martha.

Thursday, 12 April 2012


This painting was a demonstration painting at the Hanover Area Arts Guild Gallery on Tues. evening. It was a demo of plein air equipment and how I plan and organize a thumbnail sketch into values and paint a scene in a timely fashion. This was completed in 1 and 1/2 hours. I used a photograph because the event was inside, but I tried to paint as if I were outside. There was a question and answer session after the demo and the 22 people who attended asked me some very thoughtful questions. I think I may have some new plein air painters in Hanover. I am currently having a show at the Hanover gallery "Seasons of Codorus State Park" and you can view the show at and click on current show.




This is a New York Infantry Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield.



Painted on a beautiful but chilly day in Marysville, PA

Monday, 9 April 2012


Had two ambitious days of painting en plein air, April 4 and 6, 2012 on Baltimore Street, Dillsburg, PA to complete a large 40" x 30" canvas.
Kind of a big challenge and the largest outdoor painting to date. Had a great time and wonderful Spring weather.

Title: "Spring Bus Stop"
Location: Baltimore Street, Dillsburg, PA looking South from Dill Tavern
Acrylic on Canvas Panel (en Plein Air)
Size: 40" x 30"

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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Redbuds and Rocks by Julie Riker


I had never been to Gettysburg at the height of redbud season and I was impressed at how lovely it was to look into the woods and see all this brilliant color.  Ralph and I drove around the battlefield for a long time to scout locations and I got a good history lesson along the way - Ralph really knows his Civil War history!  By the time we settled on a location there was only and hour and a half to paint so I quickly sketched in some basic information and colors and then did some additional work on this at home.

Here is Claire working on her beautiful painting. She looks happy to have conquered that scene...

It is so neat to view all the renditions here posted on the blog.  It was great to see everyone who came out to paint that day and to enjoy lunch together. 

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Gettysburg National Battlefield
An Original Plein Air Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Redbuds by Devil's Den'
Gettysburg National Battlefield
Oil on Linen Panel
9 x 12

I have had several requests that I post just the painting, so
here it is.  I pulled it out of my pochade box and signed it.
I have to say that seeing it made me smile as I remembered
the beautiful day of painting!

'Redbuds by Devil's Den'
Gettysburg National Battlefield
Oil on Linen Panel
9 x 12

Today was one of those perfect Spring days.  The
temperatures were in the high 50's, the air literally sparkled
with light, and the redbuds were in full bloom on the
Gettysburg Battlefield. Here are my efforts
right before I packed up and headed home for the day. 

I am so blessed to be able to follow my passion.

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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The paint out today was at the Gettysburg Battlefield. I was above Devil's Den at Little Round Top and the views were beautiful and overwhelming at the same time. I had lots of company with all the school bus trips stopping where I was painting. I got lots of compliments and questions, but that was ok. I also got to listen to the tour guides who explained the battles there. See more at or

Seeing Red On The Battlefield by Larry Lerew

Title: "Little Round Top Redbuds"
Artist: Larry Lerew
Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 12" en Plein Air, Painted April 5, 2012
Location: Little Round Top, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA

Quite an inspiring place! Painted near the monuments and heard the stories over and over again by the tour guides as each bus load of school students jumped out of their tour buses and "took the hill". I kind of tuned the chatter out and focused on my painting, but I did hear a few funny comments which were entertaining. The battlefield is full of redbuds in full bloom and quite colorful. I tried to paint the "flavor of redbuds" without painting individual trees and that gave the whole painting a bright feel. Had a fun morning and finished under two hours. We are so fortunate to have such beautiful locations throughout Pennsylvania. Six of us met afterwards at Lincoln Diner for lunch and had a great time talking about our painting adventures and coming events.