Tuesday, 31 July 2012

SUSQUEHANNA BLUES
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell



'Susquehanna Blues'
Plein Air
Oil
6 x 8

I never thought this painting was going to happen today.  It
was my first time to paint in Marysville along the
Susquehanna River, and I had the directions written down
to help me find my way.  Unfortunately, the directions did
not include the fact that a critical road was blocked due to
construction (and my GPS decided not to work).
 Miraculously, after back-tracking and
making a few u-turns, I was able to find the painting spot!

Because I had an appointment at 11:30, and
 didn't get to start  painting until 10:00, that meant I had
only a little over an hour to paint and clean up and head
back down the road.  I think that worked to my advantage
with this little painting - I didn't have time to 'fuss', and I
am actually happy with the results.

Here are some of the other painters at work - everyone
was working intensely on their paintings.



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Silver Morning by Julie Riker


We had such a nice morning painting along the river in Marysville.  Members of SVPAP joined with some members of the 7 Livelies on this foggy atmospheric morning.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Day One Of Three Evening Paint Outs - Larry Lerew

"Gigantic Pink Wildflowers"
Acrylic
8" x 10" Canvas Panel
En Plein Air July 30, 2012
#12-07-13
 
 
Perfect summers' evening to paint. Great light and clear sky, but no one joined me. Still can join in after 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday this week. I started the first evening with a painting of these gigantic 6 and half foot tall pink wildflowers that grow along our creek.
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings I want to paint the mass of purple and red wildflowers in the meadow. The Queen Ann's Lace is still blooming. These flowers are always beautiful but only bloom for a short time. I have the grass cut all around so I can paint without stepping in the high weeds. The butterflies are everywhere right now and the evening light is fantastic.
 

Reflections on Italian Lake by Julie Riker

6x12 oil

Friday, 27 July 2012

DUCKY DAY
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell



'Ducky Day'
Plein Air
Oil on Panel
painted in Boiling Springs.  Some of the artists painted
the wonderful architecture that can be found in this
lovely little town, and some of us painted around the lake.
I found a shaded spot (that included a bench) that 
looked across the lake to the raceway.  

All types of ducks, Canadian geese and even a swan
drifted by as I worked on my painting...what a day!


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Thursday, 26 July 2012

"Boiling Springs Corner" by Larry Lerew


#12-07-11
"Boiling Springs Corner"
Acrylic 12" x 16" Canvas Panel
En Plein Air July 25, 2012

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

BOILING SPRINGS ALLEY By Cecelia Lyden

oil/panel
8x10

A perfect day for plein air painting--cooler temperatures and lower humidity--bright sunshine and deep shadows. Boiling Springs is a great place to paint with its water sites and its both simple and interesting houses, sitting on sunny and shaded streets.

I worked on a smooth panel. I had never painted in oil on such a smooth surface and found it difficult at first, but the purplish undrpainting on the panel worked well when developing shadows.

Back Yards by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

This is fresh out of my pochade box - a study I did this morning of some buildings in Boiling Springs.  I feel that this is quite different from most of my other paintings.  For one thing, the bright sun forced me to (squint) see the shadows as simplified shapes - I always forget to do that!  I have also started using an oil primer on my boards - even over the pre-primed acrylic ones and over top of those old rejected paintings.  The oil primer is thick and fills in a lot of the canvas texture and then I can sand it to a smoother surface.  I find that rather than having to scumble the paint into the canvas to cover it, this paint sits on top and is easier to build up thicker areas.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

The Group Paint Out That Went Solo - Larry Lerew

"Wild Carrot Behind My Garden"
#12-07-09
Acrylic
en Plein Air
12" x 16"

Planned a paint out today but the weather was not good this morning so I encouraged the SVPAP painters to visit another time. By 11 a.m. it was still overcast and everything was still wet from yesterday but I wanted to paint outside so I did. I tried some new tricks for a very "Green, Cloudy, Wet Day". I threw out the "Local Color" and tried to paint this painting without mixing green. I also had fun working the entire painting with one 3/4" wide brush except for a few calligraphy lines and my signature. The wet day kept the normally fast drying paint wet which was a challenge and made it hard to over paint layers and get drybrush effects. I took a lunch break and when I came back it had dried a little and I added final touches. By the way my uncle calls "Queen Ann's Lace" by an old country name "Wild Carrots" and he can't understand why I would want to paint "Weeds".

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I could feel the snakes watching - Larry Lerew

Thursday Julie Riker, Ralph Hocker, Bill Andrew and I painted early at Wildwood Lake near HACC above Harrisburg. We were looking for water lilies but it was still a little early in July. My first visit here and I found a spot on the "boardwalk" close to the nature center. Bill and I both saw a red weasel and lots of hikers of all ages moving around the park. I felt a little uneasy standing in one spot for two hours next to marshy water, there had to be water snakes. This was an interesting low key painting and I had fun toning all the values down but still holding onto lots of color.

 
"Wildwood Lake Woods Of Color"
#12-07-10
Acrylic
en Plein Air
9" x 12"


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Friday, 20 July 2012

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Roses and Rollercoasters by Julie Riker

11x14 oil

Last week I spent a day painting at the Hershey Gardens which is right up the hill from Hersheypark - beautiful place, but far from tranquil with the background noise of ratcheting roller coasters followed by screams - kind of an interesting contrast.

This may be a good painting location for our group.  There certainly is a lot to paint there and it is beautiful all year round, but you have to pay $11 admission to get in and then will have to walk around a bit with your equipment to explore the gardens.


GARDEN IN THE WOODS
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell



'Garden in the Woods'
Plein Air
Oil on Linen Panel
12 x 9

Yesterday my good friend Pat Putz and I braved
the scorching heat and painted her beautiful
garden in the woods.  As we painted, I
enjoyed the sounds of her chickens and the
occasional breeze that drifted by. It was a
wonderful time shared with a dear friend!

Below is Pat working on her painting (with my
gear to her left).



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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

North Meadow at Frederick Church estate - Olana - J. J. Capowski

Frederick Church said of Olana that he had found the perfect place to paint.  While this plein air sketch may not prove that, the sunset over the Hudson this evening was wonderful, and the light was all a painter could ask for.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

McKees Half Falls by Larry Lerew

Early morning light on the river today was fantastic. I really liked the low view of the river and seeing the sparkling stepped levels of the McKees Half Falls. Thank You Julie Riker and Ralph Hocker for showing me the "beautiful river". I think I'm falling in love with the river! Had a great time painting and lunching with Mary Beth Brath, Cathy Mabius, Julie Riker and Ralph Hocker.



"Sparkling Waters At McKees Half Falls"
#12-07-08
Acrylic
en Plein Air
8" x  16"



"McKees Half Falls On Susquehanna"
#12-07-07
Acrylic
en Plein Air
10" x 8"

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Olana and a painting from the lawn - John Capowski


Having traveled home to the Hudson Valley, I headed north to the town of Hudson, New York and painted this morning in front of Olana, the Persian style home of Frederick Church.

McKees Half Falls by Julie Riker


It was a beautiful morning to paint along the river, and surprisingly not too hot with a nice breeze blowing and the sounds of the rapids.  Ralph, Larry, Mary Beth, Cathy M. and Julie were there.  We all painted for most of the morning and then went out for an air conditioned lunch.  Above is a photo of Cathy and Larry surveying the area.  Below is my 6x12 painting.



Saturday, 14 July 2012

SVPAP Respresented At The Art Center School and Galleries 2012 Member Show - Larry Lerew

The Art Center School and Galleries 2012 Member Show July 13 to August 10 held an open reception last evening. I am honored to be included in the awards presentation announced by Jeannine Swartz and juried by Laura Shambaugh. Laura considered the following when judging the exhibit.

* Overall originality/uniqueness - how the piece/image was made their own.
*Craftsmanship of the media used.
*Composition/movement.
*Did it reward the viewer from a distance and also when viewed up close? Does it keep the viewer's interest?
*How successful did the piece convey the concept or meaning if there was one?

The Awards:
3rd Honorable Mention Went To: Helen Canfield "Two Lovelies" Watercolor.
2nd Honorable Mention Went To: Lori Snyder "Transcendental Trash" Photography.
1st Honorable Mention Went To: John Hassler "Early Spring" Oil.
3rd Place Went To: Larry Lerew "Dillsburg Square Crossing" Acrylic.
2ns Place Went to: Teri Oja "Birches with Lupines" Thread/Fabric.
1st Place Went To: Linda McCloskey "The Other Side Of Me" Acrylic.

Stop in through August 10 and view all of this wonderful member's exhibit represented by 25 artist's showing 48 pieces.

"Dillsburg Square Crossing"
#12-06-54
Acrylic en Plein Air
8" x 16"
Larry Lerew, 3rd Place.

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Friday, 13 July 2012

"Morning Sunshine" By Debra Tritt Kreiger

"Morning Sunshine" 8"x10" Acrylic on canvas board
Another great morning of painting. I just was drawn to the shapes the shadows made on the barn and the color. I liked having the flowers in partial shade in the foreground. This is part of Petra Wirth's barn and was painted plein air. Thank you Petra!
 
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"Sun Struck" By Debra Tritt Kreiger

"Sun Struck" 8x10 Acrylic on a canvas panel
I was happy to be able to paint with my friends from the SVPAP the last two Mondays. Thanks to Petra who was kind enough to share her wonderful property with us. I wanted to capture the wonderful sun light that was highlighting the bright red bee balm that was in full bloom. As the sun kisses little areas of the grasses, tree leaves and shows us the stumps and rock hiding in the shadows. The curve of the tree just framed everything perfectly. There is a stream flowing behind the flowers. Very peaceful!
 
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Petra's Garden by Mary Beth Brath




Petra's Gardens
6x6" Acrylic

It is so nice to paint with a group of artists. We go to places that alone we would never find.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

"Lily Love" By Larry Lerew

 
#12-07-02 Size: 9" x 12" Acrylic, en plein air
"Lily Love"
High Street, Camp Hill, PA
 
Cecelia Lyden called a SVPAP paint out on June 27 to paint in her neighbor's backyard flower garden and this is my painting. I wanted to make a statement on canvas with this outrageous burst of natural color before me and had to paint exactly what I saw and felt. I didn't see flowers or objects, I saw a beautiful jumble of color, shapes, texture, movement, lines and values.   

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

COLOR ALONG THE YELLOW BREECHES
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell



'Color Along the Yellow Breeches'
Oil on Linen Panel
12 x 9

We went back to paint at Petra Wirth's on Monday,
and even though the heat had diminished some of
the flowers, the colors were still breath-taking.
I loved the way the day lilies, bee balm and hostas in
bloom created a border of color along the Yellow Breeches.

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Monday, 9 July 2012

ROWS OF FLOWERS, 8x6, oil by Sharon Benner

I managed to do another painting in the Wirth gardens.  This was painted with a pallet knife.  The scene was looking the other way along the creek. 

A SPARKLE OF LIGHT, 12x9, oil by Sharon Benner

We painted at Petra Wirth's gardens near Carlisle.  My focus was on the light coming through the canapy of tall trees in this lovely garden with a creek from the Yellow Breeches.  This was painted with a pallet knife after the initial value structure was stated. 

"Peach Flavor" by Larry Lerew

#12-07-01 Size: 10" x 8" Acrylic, en plein air
"Peach Flavor"
Petra's Farm on Lerew Road
 
This was a beautiful location with plenty to paint. I took a look around and found myself in a small fruit orchard. I was looking for interesting shapes and patterns and the color of these ripe peaches hanging in the tree caught my eye. In fact I wanted to paint them so bad I took the risk of standing under the tree with fruit on the ground and a few bees. I made it to completion and I'm proud to say no bees were harmed in the making of this art.


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Friday, 6 July 2012

Wildwood At Dusk by Julie Riker


This 8x10 plein air was painted at Wildwood Sanctuary as the sun was setting.  It is one of the pieces in my show at  Gallery @ Second.  There is still one week left to see the show, so stop in if you have a chance.  The gallery is located at 608 N 2nd Street Harrisburg and is open Thursday and Friday 4:30-8, Saturday 10-8, and Sunday 12-4.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Relax! Happy Independance Day!

This painting took two sittings, as I chased the light.  I began at 9 a.m. facing nearly due east and the strong light and shadows moved quickly.  I caught what interested me in the scene...namely the horizontal blue hammock struck by the light and backed by the deep shadow, but feel the composition lacks.  If I was to do it again, what changes would I make?  I might have to move the hammock around and find out!  Acrylic on prepared canvasboard (9.5 x 14) titled "Dad's Perfect Yard"

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters in print!


There's a nice article about the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters in the Summer issue of Susquehanna Life Magazine.  I was interviewed for this in December 2011, so it is nice to finally see it in print.  You can pick up the magazine at most newstands.

SVPAP MEMBER BLOG SPOT - CECELIA LYDEN

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Applied to my life as an artist, this Marcel Proust quote means a great deal to me. It encourages me to review familiar things in new ways, with keener observation and to discover the aesthetic qualities, the beauty in the ordinary.

A section of the Governor's garden

I graduated in 1962 from Marymount College/Fordam University, in Tarrytown, New York, with a BA degree, majoring in art history and a minoring in elementary education. I taught fifth grade before I left teaching to raise a family with my husband, Richard. I returned to teaching after 20 years, but decided to attend Millersville University, Millersville, Pa. to become art certified. After teaching elementary art for fifteen years, I have now retired from  the West Shore School District, where I also held the title of Art Department Head for the last five years of my tenure.

As an art instructor, I introduced young people to a variety of mediums, demonstrating the many ways to express themselves artistically. Teaching was a great joy and a reciprocal learning experience for me. As I strove to open my students' eyes, I opened mine, as well.




Historic Lincoln Colored Cemetery

After I retired, I finally had the time to paint in earnest. I took some lessons, joined local art associations, became acquainted with other local artists, entered some art competitions, was accepted, once, in Art of the State and placed my work in some local galleries.


My neighbor's poppies

I work in acrylics and, recently, in oils. I am a representational artist, happiest painting familiar things in my life. The American scene, its people, buildings and its landscapes are my favorite subjects. My favorite American artists are Winslow Homer, and Edward Hopper. I do, however, admire artists with different paint styles, mediums and subject matter.  


LeTorte Waterfall

About three years ago I became involved with the creation of SVPAP, the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters. Painting en plein air was a new experience for me. It was, and still is, more challenging than painting in studio; but it is very invigorating and enlightening. Invigorating, because, with the threat of changing light and shadows, it encourages me to make quicker decisions. Enlightening because, on-site observations, as opposed to working from my photos, help me to see the truer depth and volumes of spaces, shapes etc.  

My involvement with plein air painting and with SVPAP has enriched my life in many ways. I paint more, am gaining more confidence and I think I have become a better painter. I have travelled to paint at places, though nearby, I had not known before. Most importantly, I have met many talented, friendly artists, all with different styles, but sharing a common interest in expressing, artistically, the world around them.


Larry, and I were not taking chances. We were out to paint at the Historical Lincoln Colored Cemetery, not "dodge bullets". Orange hats helped to keep our heads warm and "bullet-free”.

Marcel Proust’s idea of discovery is becoming ever more relevant to me, as I continue to age and my plein air painting outings become limited to my home area. My paintings of “newly” discovered “landscapes” will have to be of old landscapes seen, by me, with fresher eyes.