Friday, 28 June 2013

"Step On A Crack" by Larry Lerew

It was kind of summer stormy today with periods of showers so I stayed in the studio and finished one of my plein air paintings I did on the street in front of the coffee shop in Camp Hill. I needed to make a few final touches like pushing the background back and adding some white calligraphy throughout the painting. This was one of a dozen paintings I painted at the Camp Hill Plein Air Event. All finished and I hear thunder again.

"Step On A Crack" by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on 16" x 20" Archival Canvas Panel
#13-06-24, en Plein Air, Market Street, Camp Hill, PA

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

"DEEP PURPLE" Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum

This painting was from the Quick Draw competition at the Camp Hill Plein Air Festival.  It was in need of some refining that I have been putting off for some time.  Two hours was just not enough time for me and I felt it was a bit lacking.  I added some shadows being that there were none that day.  I will be putting this painting in the exhibit at the Mechanicsburg Art Center on July 12.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

"Lewisburg Welcome" by Larry Lerew

"Lewisburg Welcome" by Larry Lerew
10.5 x 13.5", wax crayon, watercolor & ink on watercolor paper
#13-06-19, en Plein Air, Market Street, Lewisburg, PA
Painted in downtown Lewisburg, PA last Friday with some friends. Had a great time as Paul Romano, Jane Albin and Robert Hughes showed us the town and surrounding area. Plan to return and spend more time painting this charming town and river front.

Lewisburg Paint out by Julie Riker

     SVPAP member Paul Romano invited us to paint historic Lewisburg last Friday.  It is a lovely town full of restored Victorian houses and storefronts.  Donna Barlup, Larry Lerew, and I made the trip from Harrisburg to meet Paul.  We were joined by painters Jane Albin and Robert Hughes (hopefully future members!)  Jane gave us a tour of some highlights in the town and on the way home we stopped to visit Robert's farm and studio.

My painting in progress at our Lewisburg paint out.  The purple house caught my eye.

Saturday, 22 June 2013


 oil/stretched canvas
The promise of perfect weather in the forecast led to an impromptu paint out at the New Cumberland town park. Six of us showed up, all happy to be able to paint outdoors in mild weather, with no wind and  no bugs. There was bright sunshine, deep shadows, water falling over the dam and a variety of greens in the trees and grass.. A couple of men were fishing and a flock of geese were busying themselves with breakfast. I chose to paint the geese and the lush greenery.  I took some pictures of the geese and sat down to paint the area. I was going to paint the geese, who were deeply engrossed in feeding themselves, later. After an hour or so,  I looked back up to start the geese and ALL of them  were gone-"Where'd the geese go?" I yelled. A mother came over and apologized; her children had shooed them away-never heard or saw the exodus. Luckily, I had taken some photos and was able to include the goose party in the painting.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Known and Unknown by Dianne Lorden

Known and Unknown, Cemetery Hill was the last pastel I made during the Gettysburg Festival. The morning was lovely and the Soldier's National Cemetery was shining and peaceful. I don't really like painting monuments; I feel like they are someone else's artwork and I can't really do them justice. But this worked up quickly and didn't turn out too badly. A park ranger stopped to chat ... we learned his passion is poetry, and he even gives Civil War poetry ranger talks at the amphitheater. You just never know what you're going to find out when you go out to work en plein air!
My website is South Mountain Sketchbook

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

"Welcome" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

8x10 acrylic on canvas

This is my quick draw painting from Camp Hill. I had to do some work on this one when I got home. Just didn't have enough time to finish. I think it turned out pretty nice. This is the front entrance to a house on Walnut Street.  I always have to remind myself to simplify! This painting and others will be part of the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters show at the Mechanicsburg Art Center July 12th thru August 2nd.

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Monday, 17 June 2013

Historic Round Barn by Dianne Lorden

Here is one of the pastels I made during the Gettysburg Festival's plein air paint out. This pastel illustration was from the first day of the event. My artwork can be viewed at South Mountain Sketchbook.

7 Springs Tree Farm, Orrtanna, PA by Larry Lerew

"7 Springs Tree Farm" by Larry Lerew
Orrtanna, PA
Acrylic, 10" x 10" Canvas Panel, en Plein Air June 15, 2013
This was painted during The Gettysburg Festival Paint Out and was my last painting of 12 paintings completed during the 9 day event. I liked the farm buildings clinging to the mountain side and the view of the distant Christmas trees growing on the hillside. This painting will be exhibited along with two more of mine and many more from SVPAP artists. 

July 12 - August 2

SVPAP 2013 Exhibit at Mechanicsburg Art Center

reception Friday July 12, 6-8 pm

All paintings will be available for sale. Please stop in and meet our group of active plein air painters.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Spring's Fresh Stream - impressionistic acrylic plein aire landscape painting by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

"Spring's Fresh Stream"
11" x 10"
Acrylic on 300 lb/wc paper

This is the first painting that I did this spring 2013.  A few hours of painting at Pinchot Park, Lewisberry, Pa;  about 6 miles from my house.  The weather was cold and very few blooms starting on the bushes and trees.  Several fisherman were out that day to fish in this little stream that feeds the small portion of the lake that is located across the road from the main lake.  I remember it being quiet, and a lot of solitude. This was painted on 300 lb rough watercolor paper.  If you have any questions or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings, both representational and abstract, please visit by blogspot and website at:

Thursday, 13 June 2013

G.Weikert Farmhouse by Dianne Lorden

What a week! I haven't posted a thing yet, but have been busy during the Gettysburg Festival's plein air paint out, as I know some others have been, too. This pastel is from Tuesday morning. I broke from the schedule - since Monday morning was so rainy, I went, on Tuesday, to the spot I'd planned for Monday. This is the George Weikert farmhouse. I'd done it before, but not from this view. This is a much better look at this lovely house and its setting. I had about 1-1/2 hours before rain chased us off, so not too shabby! Did finish fencing and rocks at home.
My fine art website is South Mountain Sketchbook

After The Trumpet Sounded We Began by Larry Lerew

The Gettysburg Quick Draw event was exciting and held on the town square around their traffic circle. I painted a sketch of the traffic circle within our two hour time limit, framed it up and placed it on the "Quick Draw" panel in the Train Station. Our artist reception is Friday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. and the show will end Sunday after noon. Please stop in if you can to see the weeks work of 11 artists participating.

"Gettysburg Quick Draw"
10.5 x 13.5" Mix Media on W/C Paper

Sherfy House by Julie Riker

This is another painting from Gettysburg of the Sherfy House.  The Sherfys were the owners of the Peach Orchard which was the site of a bloody battle.  
The house has been restored and is maintained in pristine pristine that it looks a bit surreal, like a dollhouse plopped in the middle of the battlefield.

Sherfy House
9x12 oil

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Gettysburg Festival Plein Air Paint Out by Julie Riker

Lincoln Station
12x9 oil
I am participating in the Gettysburg Festival Plein Air event this week along with fellow SVPAP members Larry Lerew, Jim Bricker, and Diane Lorden.
This is a painting I did yesterday of the historic train station in town.  The station is the location for the art exhibit where all the artists will be hanging their paintings fresh off the easel.  The exhibit grows daily and there is a reception to meet the artists on Friday the 14th from 4-6 pm.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

An Original Plein Air Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Flowers from My Garden'
© Claire Beadon Carnell
12 x 9

 I picked these flowers from my garden early
yesterday morning so that I could take them
to the annual student show that I hold for
all of my students to display the beautiful
work they have done over the past year.

They were so pretty that I decided to do
a plein air painting of them this afternoon right on the
deck of my studio.   This is the result of a little
over two hours of work.  I need to do a bit more
in the studio, but was happy with what
I was able to accomplish in that period of time.

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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Monday, 3 June 2013

Weekend paintings by Beth Bathe

"Friday Morning Hay Bales", 8 x 10, oil on canvas SOLD

"Farm Across Old Mill Stream", 6 x 6, oil on canvas
This past weekend I had the pleasure to spend the weekend camping in my brand new RV! We were at the Old Mill Stream Campground in Lancaster and this was our view across the stream, of an Amish farm. I got to paint outdoors both mornings. GLORIOUS!! The top painting was sold to a fellow camper, right off my easel. If you are interested in any of my paintings feel email me at

"Behind the Fence" by Beth Bathe

"Behind the Fence". 8 x 10 oil on canvas
Here is my Camp Hilll Plein Air Quick Draw entry which won an Honorable Mention.
It was a wonderful day of painting, and I got to meet several other SVPAP members.
I am new to the area, having recently moved from Northern Virginia. I can be reached at

Sunday, 2 June 2013

"Garden on High Street" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

8x10 acrylic on canvas
This is the first plein air painting I did from Cecelia's neighbors back yard garden. What a nice way to kick off Camp Hill plein air. I was really happy with this one and only had to add a few more lights when I got it home.