Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Morning on the Farm by Julie Riker

8x16 oil

     This is one of two paintings that I did last August on our day long painting outing to the Olson farm.  This one was the first of the two, painted in the morning as the mist was beginning to lift.  It was such a great day, and I hope we are invited back again this year.

     This is one of 5 paintings that sold during my reception last Friday night kicking off the sale of a greeting card to benefit the YWCA which featured my Red Tulip painting.  Thanks to everyone who came out to support me and the YWCA.  The Y raised over $1,200 in card sales and the Red Tulip painting went for $1,000 to an anonymous bidder.
     The cards are also available for purchase online at

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Painting Along the Creek by Julie Riker

11x14 oil

     This painting is only partially painted in plein air, but I am posting it here because it was started during one of the group's outings.  Quite a few members of our group met on a sunny day last summer at the home of Claire Carnell's friend and painted in her beautiful gardens along the creek.  I had the majority of this blocked in and left it alone for awhile, always liking the fresh feel and not wanting to mess with it too much.  Just last week I added the figure, Deb Kreiger, using my photo reference from the day.

    I will be showing this painting along with 19 other pieces during a one night only exhibit this Friday the 15th, 6-8 pm at City House Bed and Breakfast on Front St. Harrisburg.  It is a special reception to kick off the sale of a greeting card benefiting the YWCA which features my Red Tulip painting.  The cards will be available for purchase that evening.  Each card costs $10 and will provide a night's shelter to a woman and her child.  It will be a lovely night and all are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013


An email from The Gallery@Second informed me that the above painting was purchased by an artist from Arizona, visiting the area. He wanted a memento of his Susquehanna Valley visit. It's always a treat when a painting is purchased, especially by another artist-the "eye" of an artist sees and appreciates the beauty in a stormy sky and setting.