Monday, 30 December 2013

Meet SVPAP's New President,
Donna Berk Barlup

        It would be nice to be able to paint en plein air in Pennsylvania year round but the weather does not always cooperate.  So I guess I am forced to take my paints and travel as much as possible to places that allow me to paint in the great outdoors without losing any fingers to frostbite.

       Plein Air painting  is relatively new to me and I have learned a great deal from the other artists in Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters, by reading and watching videos of other artists working, taking workshops and by trial and error.  Watercolors is my medium of choice.  I find them challenging.  There is very little chance to make corrections.  You just need to throw caution to the wind and have at it.

      I have a Bachelors degree in Art Education from Kutztown University and have taken many graduate classes at various university and studied one summer in Europe.  I spent 6 years teaching Art in Harrisburg (PA) School District and retired after 30 more years from teaching Northern York County School District (also in PA).  Teaching Art was one of the most gratifying things I have done.  It was a joy to watch my former students move on and sometimes become Art teachers or artists themselves.  My own son has a Fine Arts degree and is a webdesigner and teacher.

      It wasn't until my retirement 5 years ago that I finally had the chance to devote my time to my painting.  I am presently the President of the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters.  I am also a member of the Mechanicsburg Art Association,  Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Baltimore Watercolor Societies, and Daily Painters of Pennsylvania.  I have been juried to signature status in the Baltimore Watercolor Society.  I also travel as often as I can.  I just returned from a trip up the Danube.

Monday, 23 December 2013

CANOES AT REST By Cecelia Lyden

I got a nice Christmas surprise today when I received an email from Lyn O'Neal, saying that my canoe painting SOLD at her Art and Soul Gallery. Merry Christmas to Lyn and to all my creative friends. 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

'Blue Crab'
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Blue Crab'
© Claire Beadon Carnell
Plein Air
8 x 8

This blue crab got washed ashore on the wet sand one 
cloudy morning in Cape Cod.  We had stopped to paint
at a little inlet, and were worried about the 
forecast of rain.  It wasn't rain that chased us away,
it was the rising tide that suddenly appeared two feet
away from where we were painting!

This painting will be on display at the 
Mechanicsburg Art Center in the
Recent Paintings from the Cape exhibit.
The opening reception is December 14,  
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  

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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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Autumn Fields by Larry Lerew

"Across Henry's Fields"
by Larry Lerew
en plein air, September 2013, Henry Spangler Farm, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA
Watercolor and Ink on 8 x 14" watercolor paper
I painted this en plein air and took it back to may studio and felt it was to washed out and needed more defining to give it life. I finished it today in the studio and feel it now has the energy it needed.
These fields located near Henry Spangler's barn are beautiful today and well worth seeing. There's a horse trail running through this farm and I was fortunate enough to greet a dozen or more trail blazers that day. I also enjoyed the peace and quiet and the sound of an owl hooting in the woods.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Remembering the Fall Color - Larry Lerew

Making My Mark by Larry Lerew: Remembering the Fall Color - Larry Lerew:   "Late Summer Field With Split Rails" Henry Spangler Farm, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA En Plein Air September 2013 by Larry Lerew, Watercolor/Ink on Watercolor Paper 9.5 x 7.5" unframed

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Autumn Afternoon Along the Susquehanna - original acrylic plein air landscape painting by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Autumn Afternoon Along the Susquehanna
14" x 11"
Acrylic on board

This painting was started about 6 weeks ago at H. C. Schrauder Park in Summerdale, PA  It is located on the west shore of the Susquehanna River looking north; the Rockville Bridge is behind me.  It seemed like one of the best days of outdoor painting of the year.  The sun was out and there was a glorious amount of light and shadow.  If you have any questions or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings, please visit my BlogSpot and website at:



I got up and out early last Saturday morning, so I could get in a last plein air session with other members of Paul Gallo's class, before SVPAP's luncheon and meeting that afternoon. I'm so glad I made the effort. The morning weather was perfect and although the trees were mostly bare, there was enough interesting color and contrasts in the grasses, water and sky. The tree, that I was unable to work into the composition cast a shadow on the water. So I included it the painting in that way.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

"Behind Old Main" by Beth Bathe

"Behind Old Main at Franklin and Marshall", 6 x 8, Oil on panel
Beautiful Autumn day in Lancaster PA. Franklin and Marshall College is just a couple of blocks from my house. I went to Buchanan Park to paint the last of the fall foliage and just loved how the light was dancing on the spires of "Old Main"

Friday, 15 November 2013

Red Lanterns of Zhouzhaung by Beth Bathe

"Red Lanterns of Zhouzhaung", 6 x 8, oil on linen panel
The narrow streets of Zhouzhaung China are lined with shops and restaurants. One afternoon several of us gathered along the canal to paint. Here we are set up painting the scene. I am in the blue shirt. The second photo is my painting in the early stages.

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

"Summer morning in Zhouzhuang" by Beth Bathe

"Summer morning in Zhouzhuang", 6 x 8, oil on linen panel

Finally, here is the first of my paintings done in China. In September I traveled with Qiang Huang and 14 other artists to paint in China. You can visit our group online photo album of our trip here. This painting was painted on the third day after we arrived. After spending two nights in Shanghai we made our way to the ancient water town of Zhouzhuang. The whole town is a museum, and we had the rare opportunity of staying within the ancient town in a guest house that was over 800 years old. This is a place you see very few foreign visitors. We were given a map of the village, but it is all in Chinese so we all had to figure out where we were... On the second morning several of us ventured out along one of the canals to paint. Perhaps, we were the only plein air painting group ever to visit the village because we attracted quite a bit of attention. Many local villagers and Chinese tourists took pictures of and with us like they had never seen westerners before. We were a new attraction! Later in the morning we also ended up right in the middle of shooting a soap opera on one of the was a very busy morning in Zhouzhang! Anyway, here is my first painting of one of the many bridges and canals. I will be posting more of my China paintings in the coming days!

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

"Such A Pretty Face" by Larry Lerew

"Such A Pretty Face" by Larry Lerew 
10.5 x 13.5" Watercolor, Ink & Crayon on Watercolor Paper

Had a fantastic time painting with Jim Bricker and meeting the Frederick Plein Air Painters at the Cool Springs Farm, Keedysville, Maryland. This farm, near the Antietam Battlefield, was used as a field hospital after the battle. The yellow farm house is beautiful to see with lots of character. I love a home with eyebrow windows.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013


oil/sretched canvas
When I think about plein air painting in Pennsylvania, this is what I wish for. A charming old barn, in a bucolic setting on a comfortable fall morning. Ten of our group were at the Baker Farm in Mechanicsburg, enjoying this painting opportunity. Lots of textures, lots of nooks and perspectives to choose from. Life can be good.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Christian Baker Farm by Julie Riker

Saturday was the perfect fall day to paint at the historic Christian Baker Farm and home of Lawrence and Tammi Knorr.  I thought the display of foliage complemented the brick house and red barn so well.  The sun was in and out, but I managed to quickly capture the shadows when they showed up.

Thanks to the Knorrs for inviting us out to paint!
You can read more about them and their life on the farm here

Christian Baker Farm
11x14 oil

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"CHRISTIAN BAKER FARM RED BARN" Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum

Thank you to Larry and Tammi Knorr for inviting us to paint at their Awesome Historic property on Saturday!  The paint out was well attended and the day was cool but still great weather for November.  This barn was the subject for many artists and I took up the challenge! It was cloudy and the sun was in & out.  I chose to paint the view when the sun was fully out.  I got several photos of their sheep in the pasture and hope to use them for a future studio painting.  As the afternoon got cloudier and much cooler I was the last one to leave and finished the painting at home in my studio where it was warmer.  Thank you again Knorrs for a wonderful day!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Knorr's Farm by Vivian Sterste

It may well have been the 1800's.....just as Lawrence and Tammi Knorr could have imagined.   Thank you for having us over to paint Saturday! 

Friday, 1 November 2013


oil/stretched canvas


My Saturday plein air group painted on the Gettysburg Battlefield this past week. I was there from 10:30 to 1:30. I spent the first hour or so wandering, getting stuck on one way streets, finally choosing a scene in front of the Pennsylvania Monument, schmoozing with the other artists, setting up my easel, paints, etc. I spent the next hour and a half shivering in the windy cold, cleaning my canvas after the wind had blown it on to my palette, recovering from the shocks of a cannon being fired off about 50 yards from us[ two or three times] and getting distracted by scores of tourists and a couple of motorcycle "gangs". The noise belied the beautiful "tranquil" setting. All I accomplished was the sketch above painting, which I finished in the warm, peace and quiet of my studio-thus making this a "Non Plein Air" painting.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Sunset Beach pastel by Dianne Lorden

Hello Plein Air painters, here is a pastel I made at a beach on the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month during a wonderful Florida vacation. And boy, it's sure cold here! Brrr!
My fine art website is South Mountain Sketchbook

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


Such a beautiful, sunny morning to be painting along the creek. A few of us took advantage of Liz Gallucci's gracious 2 day offer and enjoyed her yard and view of the Conodoguinet. The fall colors started to show up when the sun hit the trees mid-morning.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Plein Air at Gallery 2318


 Maple tree study in acrylic by Debra Tritt Kreiger
Painted a nice study of the maple tree in the back courtyard. Just needs a few more lights. Thank goodness the sun was out! I was feeling the cold air coming today! Thank you to all my visitors! It was so nice to visit!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

AUTUMN By Cecelia Lyden


An occasionally sunny, but still beautiful fall day in Boiling Springs. People were strolling around the lake and streets, enjoying the autumn weather. I was enjoying their company when they stopped to chat. Love this season.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Gallery Demo on Saturday, October 12.

 On October 12 I spent 2 hours painting on a back yard of Gallery
where our Plien Air show was on display. Weather was great,
and I decided to work outside, even this time I painted from photo-reference.

 Painting I was working on happened to be an another version of the same scene
I painted before A-La Plein Air and it was one of my 3 works in this group show.

Even my second version was a studio style painting, but all process keeps a spirit of
Plein Air painting tradition, when artists were going on etudes
and pained outdoors to gain experience and collect valuable reference for future studio work.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

CANOES AT REST By Cecelia Lyden

oil/canvas board

Paul Gallo's plein air group travelled to Mt Gretna last Saturday on a sunny morning. By far the best spot for painting was the lake. Fall colors reflecting on the water, canoes, lined up and resting on their support and wonderful deep, rich lights and darks were excellent subject matter.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

"Mistress of Ceremonies" by Larry Lerew

"Mistress of Ceremonies"

Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel 15" x 40"
en Plein Air, September 2013, Chatham Beach, Cape Cod, MA
This painting is currently on exhibit with Resent Works By Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters in Gallery 2318 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA.
Exhibit is open every weekend in October Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and Sundays 12 noon to 4 p.m.
I will demonstrate my plein air painting techniques with acrylics on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 to 4 p.m.
We had an ocean breeze so before I started painting I supported by 15" x 40" canvas with bull clips and bungee cords attached to a steel guardrail. I finished this painting on site in about 2 1/2 hours. This painting is all brushwork with a lot of overlapping and drybrush application. I was amazed at all the colors I found in the sand and water. This painting is 1 of 7 I completed at the cape and 4 of them are now showing at Gallery 2318.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Fields of Gold - original acrylic plein air landscape painting of hills of sunflowers by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Fields of Gold
8" x 10"
Acrylic on canvas

This painting was done plein air near Messiah College in Pennsylvania.  It had rained hard for several days before, and no matter how long we waited for the sun to draw the heads upward, it was not going to happen.  I went back several weeks later to punch in the dark tree & underbrush on the right;  the sunflowers' heads still were not at their grandest.  However, I still liked the contrast of the dark tree with the yellow, rolling hills.  And, who couldn't love that misty blue mountain in the background. 

This painting is one of four of my paintings on exhibit with the SVPAP (Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters) group at Gallery 2318 in Camp Hill, PA.  Exhibit will be open every weekend in October....Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm;  Sunday, noon - 4 pm. 

If in the area, please stop in.  There are 21 artists displaying their plein air paintings..

If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  To see more of my paintings, both representational and abstract, please visit my website and blogspot at:

Friday, 4 October 2013

SVPAP Reception in Camp Hill

The gallery is open and marked by a lovely sandwich board sign...designed by Paul Gallo and featuring Larry Lerew's artwork.

The beautiful reception spread, with food provided by Cornerstone Coffeehouse and the lovely floral centerpiece by Madeline Reilly.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

McKees half-falls.

 My Plein Air pastel session on McKees half-falls.
I work on mounted Wallis paper starting with pencils sketch

 ...continuing with loose watercolor underpainting...

...and naturally finishing with soft pastels.

It was beautiful day and two hours of perfect painting time in unity with Nature.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013


Our Camp Hill exhibit opens this Friday from 6-9.
The gallery will be open every weekend in October, Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4.
Artists from the group will be demonstrating their painting technique during weekend gallery hours.
Visit during these special times to see your favorite artists in action:

Saturday, October 5
10:00-12:00 Madeline Reilly
12:00-2:00 Clare Klaum
2:00-4:00 Cecelia Lyden

Sunday, October 6
2:00-4:00 Julie Riker

Saturday, October 12
10:00-12:00 Annette Braught
12:00-2:00 Tatiana Myers
2:00-4:00 Donna Barlup

Saturday, October 19
12:00-2:00 Jonathan Frazier

Sunday, October 20
12:00-2:00 Deb Kreiger

Sunday, October 27
2:00-4:00 Larry Lerew

GARDEN SHED, 11x14, oil, by Sharon Benner

The sun light was focused on the stone garden shed and I painted this in a couple of hours with a pallet knife. 

Saturday, 28 September 2013


Larry and Julie are enjoying the weather and creating more of their wonderful artwork.