Thursday, 30 August 2012

Early Evening Birches
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Early Evening Birches'
8 x 6

This is a plein air of a small clump of  birches that
grow in the yard across the street from where I live.
I have been noticing the way the early evening light settles on the
ground and reflects on the trunks of the trees, and
thought it would make an interesting painting.

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Minnesota 2012 Plein Air trip with pastels.

 This month was filled with impotent events ,
but this  trip was something I was especially looking forward to..
I had wonderful opportunity to join Richard McKinley
and his mentored group of advanced students in "Next Level Pastels"
Plein Air workshop in Minnesota.
It would be very hard to pick up more impressive location. Majestic lake Superior,
rushing rivers, beautiful rock formations and waterfalls - we were surrounded by all those wanders.
Not to mention the forest... what reminding me forest of my native country -
white birch, aspens, lot of light.
With all this in mind it was very hard to choose what to paint.

 I decided not to attempt come home with some finished paintings,
but rather dedicate my time to in-deep sketching process and learning techniques.

In this post I would like to share some of my works on different rock formations.
None of those is really finished with exception maybe the first one, 
but all those studies had to offer something interesting and I truly enjoyed working on it.

All works are 8 x 10" and smaller, Wallis paper, mixed pastels.

Friday, 24 August 2012

"East On Main" by Larry Lerew

"East On Main"
12" x 24" Acrylic Stretched Canvas
All Rights Reserved Larry Lerew 2012

Out painting the town with the Susquehanna Valley Plein Painters this morning. Found a safe, shady spot with a knock out view of East Main Street from the square of Mechanicsburg, PA. Put lots of energy into this, I think this one might vibrate right off the wall. Cheers!

Mechanicsburg Crossing by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Beechspring Farm Garden pastel by Clare Klaum

We were at Beech Spring farm on June 28. There were so many choices of beautiful locations to paint.  The front garden was so abundant with flowers.  I particularly loved the Russian sage and little green house.  The paint out was well attended and just a perfect day to paint.

PEACEFUL RETREAT pastel by Clare Klaum

I went on a paint out with a new potential member Ginger on August 9 to Liberty Forge. We quietly sat on their patio overlooking the golf course and  were hoping not to get hit by a golf ball.  It was not too busy that day and not to many golfers. It was very peaceful and serene and a lovely day to paint.

THE SPRINKLE TREE pastel by Clare Klaum

This painting was at Children's Lake at Boiling Springs July 25.  Weeping Willows have always been one of my favorite trees.  When my daughter Mindy was little she called them Sprinkle Trees.  What a great visual for how the branches and leaves sprinkle down off the tree.

HOUSE FOR RENT pastel painting by Clare Klaum

I was invited to Cross Creek Farm on August 4-5 for their 10th Anniversary celebration as their plein air painter and also as a vendor.  I had painted at their display at the York Garden Expo in the Spring and they remembered me.  They were voted the peoples choice award for Best Display 6 years in a row.  They have a unique barn/greenhouse and specialise in unusual container gardens and garden ornaments, antiques and many more primitive crafted items.  I painted in their front garden.  The weather was challenging with off and on rain, but a fun weekend.  I chatted with a lot of nice people and it was a good experience.  Thank you Carolyn Rupp for inviting me.

SEA OF SUNSHINE pastel painting by Clare Klaum

What a Glorious day.  It started out very foggy but as it lifted, what a sea of sunshine.  Windmill Creek Farm is one of my favorite places to paint.  Thank you Eric and Nancy Olson for inviting us.  What a wonderful day.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Glorious Sunshine by Julie Riker

What could be more heavenly?  
I did these 2 paintings today at the Olson Farm in Port Royal.  It was quite a drive to get there with fog most of the AM, but then the sun came out and the bees woke  up.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Catskill Blues'
Plein Air
8 x 10

I just got back from taking a fantastic workshop by Ron
Donoughe, and then heading up to Albany, NY so that
we could explore the Hudson River Valley down to West Point.
Here's a warning - NEVER rely solely on your electronics...
we had programmed our GPS with all of the locations we wanted
to see, and as we started our journey, the GPS died.
Thank goodness we both knew how to read maps,
but there were still a large number of U-turns and some cursing!!!

I did this painting on site at North-South Lake in the Catskills,
and it took me about two hours to complete.
It was a place that Thomas Cole (the founder of the
Hudson River Valley  School of Painting) used to like
to paint, and I can certainly understand why.

I kept hoping this tree beside me would keep standing...

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Friday, 17 August 2012


Last Thursday I headed up to Red Barn Arts  in Wellsboro, PA
to attend artist (and fellow Daily Painters of Pennsylvania member)
 Ron Donoughe's plein air workshop.  Ever since I became aware of
Ron's phenomenal paintings, I have been hoping he would offer
 a workshop.  So when I saw that he was conducting one
 in Wellsboro, PA, I immediately signed up.

 With each painting exercise we did, Ron really focused on 
the foundations - the very elements that help to make a painting
(or any work of art) 'work'.  It's no exaggeration to say
that I  learned more from Ron about painting
 fundamentals than I learned in my four years
 of college pursuing my art degree.

Here are three of the five studies I did during the workshop.  They
are not 'complete' paintings, but exercises to  practice what
we learned from Ron.  This first 10 x 8 study was done from 
inside the Red Barn Arts looking out an 
open window (we were having some light rain).  

The second 9 x 12 study was done up at the Little Grand Canyon

This third study was done in downtown Wellsboro, and was the most 
challenging - especially the shadow areas in the yellow houses.
But that's why I chose to paint this - I knew it would
be a great learning experience!

My thanks to Ron for such a fantastic workshop, and also
to Jeff and Tania at Red Barn Arts for making this all happen!

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Ron Donahue workshop

I took a painting workshop this past weekend in Wellsboro, PA with Pittsburgh artist Ron Donahue.  Ron is a friend from the Daily Painters of Pennsylvania and he paints amazing plein air works from  the Pittsburgh area.  I have always loved his strong compositions and use of light as well as his ability to make a successful painting out of simple and often overlooked subjects.  Check out his website

I did 5 paintings during the workshop.  I don't feel any of them are necessarily finished pieces, but rather learning exercises.  I was trying some new things and just taking in the knowledge which  Ron so generously shared. We only had about 90 minutes to work on each exercise.   So the 2 pieces below are just studies and will remain just that - hanging in my studio to remind me of the lessons learned.

 This study of the tractor was done on the first day when it was raining and the class was pretty much confined to the Art Barn.  I chose this spot because I felt the strong values applied to the lesson Ron had just given and would be a good challenge, plus I could stay nice and dry inside the tool area of the barn. Ron helped me to keep the oranges of the tractor in shadow and to contrast the warm light inside the barn with the cool outside light.

This second study was painted in the town of Wellsboro.  The lesson that morning was on separating light and dark values, warm and cool colors, and simplifying shapes.  There was good strong sunlight that day which define the light and shadow families.  With a limited amount of time to work on this, I edited out a tree and several windows.  Ron also helped me to see and paint shapes rather than drawing details.
Overall it was a fantastic workshop.  We had great fun, explored a beautiful area of PA, and learned so so much.  It has inspired me even more to paint and to keep learning.  Thank you Ron !

Thursday, 9 August 2012



Tuesday was a perfect day for a perfect plein air painting experience. The weather was comfortably warm with low humidity. The Millersburg setting was beautiful and the light was amazing, coloring the River pastel blues, pinks and purples. I wish all of you could have been there.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Painting Green Without A Tube Of Green by Larry Lerew

"Oak Hill Road Greenery"
8" x 10" Canvas Panel
En Plein Air August 6, 2012

Faced with a lot "Greenery", I had fun "mixing colors" from primary colors. I like a limited palette of four tubes of paint: Quinacridone Crimson, Yellow Medium Azo, Phthalocyanine Blue (green shade) and Titanium White.

Saturday, 4 August 2012


Saturday, 8/4/12
Six of our group, plus 2 "significant others," took a quick trip into Harrisburg to see the Art of the State exhibit, more specifically, John Hassler's [furthest left] impressive 3 accepted entries-one watercolor and two photographs. They were, of course, exceptional as were most of the other accepted entries. Lunch afterwards at Dockside Willies completed the short excursion. It is always educational to see what other artists around the state are accomplishng in the art field.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Rivers and Meadows This Week by Larry Lerew

"Summer River"
9" x 12" Canvas Panel
En Plein Air July 31, 2012

"Rockville Bridge Haze"
10" x 10" Canvas Panel
En Plein Air July 31, 2012

"Wildflower Explosion"
8" x 10" Canvas Panel
En Plein Air July 31, 2012

"Deep Purple Meadow"
8" x 10" Canvas Panel
En Plein Air August 1, 2012

Field of Lace by Julie Riker

5x7 oil

It was so nice of Larry to invite us out to paint at his place this week, and great to see a few other SVPAP members there as well.  Sharon Benner and Jeanne Hartman also came out. 

 I like the idea of an evening paint out - cooler temperatures and warmer sunlight.  I knew the light at 6 PM would change quickly, so I just worked on this very small panel and tried to not get too detailed with Larry's field of Queen Ann's Lace.  We were hoping for some orange tones in the sky as the sun started to set, but instead the sky turned almost black with a threatening storm.  Fortunately I was able to finish my painting, pack up, and start home before the rain hit and I saw the dark cloud  following me home in my rear view mirror.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Magic Lilies'
Plein Air
8 x 10

I have always loved these flowers that seem to magically pop
up from the ground in August each year.  They are
called 'Magic Lilies', or 'Surprise Lilies', and are
such a joy to find in the late summer garden.  I really
enjoyed painting these today in my friend Pat's garden
(and also the delicious lunch she made for us)!

My gear on site this morning...

Pat working on her painting.  Our umbrellas really came in handy
when that hot sun popped out.  If you look closely you can
see two batches of 'magic lilies' among the black-eyed susans.

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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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