Saturday, 31 August 2013

"Evening Glow" by Tatiana Myers

"Evening Glow", 7 x 5" on Wallis

This was another one of my Plein Air works painted one beautiful evening 
somewhere outside of La Conner, Washington.
It was a little place, nursery and produce stand, surrounded by beautiful farm fields.
Anywhere You would look - it was something what will make a beautiful painting
without any doubts. However many of us picked up the same open field
with group of trees and mountains behind... it was something very special about that view,
something charming and inspiring.
This is a small study on Wallis paper I did at this evening.
I hope to do studio version of this scene sometime later... or maybe not.
Sometimes studio works are loosing that "naive charm"
what I learned to like about painting Plein Air.
Only time will tell, if I'll be back to this subject again.

"ITALIAN LAKE IN SUMMER" Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum

On Friday August 30, several of us gathered at Italian Lake for a paint out.
I was so happy to go there again as I had started a painting there last Summer and was never able to go back to finish it.  It was a warm hazy day in the beginning but then the sun came fully out and the temp hit 90. It gave me some nice shadows but it got quite hot as I was not in the shade.  Finally, after one year this painting is complete with some refining at home in my air conditioned sun porch. 

Friday, 30 August 2013


After driving around Boiling Springs for about 15 to 20 minutes, Julie and I finally decided to settle on one of the many "painting worthy"spots we happened upon. It was yet another partially cloudy, humid day. Luckily the sun was out enough for me to capture a shadow of the maple tree, which made the negative road space more interesting. The honeysuckle cascading over the grey stockade fence, however, became the focus of this painting. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

House Along the Lake, Boiling Springs by Julie Riker

Yesterday Cecelia and I painted in Boiling Springs.  We drove around the town for awhile trying to decide where to paint...there are so many great compositions there.  We settled on this corner.  She worked around the front side of this house and I chose this angle.  I liked how the sidewalk appeared to dive right into the lake (I actually could not see the lake from where I was standing because of all the shrubs, but I "imagined" it)

 Today I did some fine tuning on the perspective and punched up a few colors, but I still am considering this a plein air painting.  As you can see from the photo above, I worked out my entire composition, covered the canvas with paint, and established the mood of the painting all on location.  It was just some minor tweaks that were done in the studio.

House Along The Lake

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

'Late Summer Garden' (Kings Gap)
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Late Summer Garden'
(Kings Gap, PA)
© Claire Beadon Carnell
Plein Air
6 x 12

Yesterday I painted up at Kings Gap State Park with
my good friend and fellow artist, Mary Beth Brath.
She had suggested we go there to paint in the
garden, and the moment I started driving up that
long curvy drive to the top of the mountain, I
knew this is just what I needed!   The garden is
gorgeous, and complete with a small pond with
water lilies and frogs.

The zinnias called to me, and when I walked
away from them to look at some of the other
parts of the garden, they just called louder - so
that's what I painted!

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Thursday, 22 August 2013

"Blooming Cardoons"

My willing model for tonight's session as I work on a piece for the SVPAP show the City House B&B! 

More of Plein Air and Washington.

"Colors of Rainier", 7 x 5"
Pastel on Wallis.

This summer I was lucky to be able to visit Mt. Rainier National Park.
Place was in pick of bloom. Sub-alpine meadows burster with color.
It was... amazing. Jim and I had almost 3 full days to explore around.
We saw flowers, waterfalls, beautiful vistas and more...
On a last day we decided to take it easy and do not wander around that much.
We spend our last day around Paradise area and at the end of day
I even got to paint a bit A-la Plein Air.
We picked up rather remote and secluded picnic area
and I did quick study on Wallis with my pastel pencils.
Main object of study was a group of interesting looking pine trees.
While I was working on those, I totally missed the fact
that my dear husband got attacked by the gang of vicious mosquitoes.
Apparently mosquitoes won and Jim had to escape to the car
and locked himself there... naturally it was the end of my painting session.
And this is what I ended up with:

Fortunately for me (and for my painting), I got pretty good idea about my subject
and I had no problem to finish what I started on location in Washington
when we were back home in PA.
How You can see, if I would work from location picture and not
from my memory, I wouldn't be able to do it.
Great illustration of fact that "vision of artist and vision of camera
clearly is not  the same thing".

Wednesday, 21 August 2013


oil/stretched canvas
I made two trips to the Village of Lisburn to capture this street scene. I really liked the structures sitting on the  road, as well as the curving road. Unfortunately, the height of the canvas is too tall for my composition. I tried to "lower" the height by darkening the top of the sky and adding more clouds. I didn't like it. I finally decided to add telephone lines for some interest. There were many lines crossing the road and I thought they were legitimately part of the scene. I was timid about applying the paint . I may darken them a bit. 


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

New Cumberland Spillway - acrylic plein air landscape painting of the Yellow Breeches by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

New Cumberland Spillway
14" x 11"
Acrylic on stretched canvas

This painting was started on 6-19-13 when some of the members of the SVPAP (Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters) met at this park.  I usually never paint longer than 2-3 hrs because of the light change.  However, I was not satisfied with the painting and went back by myself July 26, over a month later,  and did another 2-3 hrs worth of work. The painting doesn't have the 2 hr fast draw look, but I'm liking the more finished look a little better.   I walk this park several times a week, weather permitting.  It is 3/4 miles around, with the Yellow Breeches surrounding over half of the walk.  It is beautiful and during my 3 mile walk, I spend a lot of time studying this section of the stream.  New Cumberland, Pa., is where this stream empties into the Susquehanna River.  It is a fisherman's dream, and never a day goes by when there isn't at least 1 fisherman throwing out his line, but more often there are several.  The spillway is their favorite spot.  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 my website and blogspot at:

Gallery Walk brochure

Here is the brochure for the September 8 Gallery Walk which you can print out or download to your smartphone for use on the tour.  Actual brochures will be available at all participating locations.
SVPAP will be exhibiting at #17 City House Bed and Breakfast!  Please stop by to see us!!

Also note that Cecelia Lyden's painting was chosen for the cover image!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Painting Lisburn, PA by Larry Lerew

"Painting Lisburn, PA" by Larry Lerew
Acrylic on 8 x 14" Watercolor Paper
En Plein Air Monday, August 19, 2013, Lisburn, PA
Some of The Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters and 7 Lively Artists
gathered this morning at Lisburn, PA for a fun paint out.

Big Barn/Little Barn by Julie Riker


Members of SVPAP met with members of the 7 Livelys this morning to paint in the village of Lisburn.  At least 16 painters were in attendance despite the unpredictable forecast.  It was great to see so much talent in one place.
I chose to paint this barn complex of two matching buildings.  I liked the geometry of shapes and the strong red color on the roof.
I am thinking there must be some name for the matching outbuildings that you often see on historic PA farms...such as the Star Barn and it's matching smaller buildings...but I cannot seem to find any information on it.  If anyone knows please share.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

More from Wahington trip.

 Some more photo and paintings from our recent trip to Washington.
Those are photos from our first painting day. Another beautiful,
somewhat private location. We painted there whole afternoon and
I ended up with two finished field sketches. In meaning of what we did
"field sketch" applies to not-too complicated painting done at short period of time
without using of extensive underpainting techniques. Basically just dry pastel application.
My #1 work is shown above and below. 5x7", Wallis PRO Belgium mist.

On a photo below You simply can see panoramic view what I used
for both my sketches that day. One was a painting if little waterway on a left
and another one - farm fields on a right.

I'm working on second small painting. You can see my field easel
and all set up, including initial value sketch on the very top of my easel.

Lastly - finished small painting #2. Another 5x7" work on Wallis.
It was beautiful day to paint.

to be continued.....

Harrisburg Gallery Walk

11 Members of SVPAP will be exhibiting work at City House Bed and Breakfast during this year's Gallery Walk.  Be sure to stop may even see some of us painting outside the building.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

"Wind Mill Creek Farm Footbridge" Original Watercolor Painting by Donna Berk Barlup

" Wind Mill Creek Farm Footbridge"
An Original Watercolor Painting by Donna Berk Barlup

SVPAP was invited to spend an afternoon in Port Royal at a beautiful farm with a 1790's stone farmhouse by Nancy and Eric Olsen.  The day was perfect!  We sat outside, painted and enjoyed delicious food and wine and good company.  We even got to take home a bouquet of zinnias from their flower garden.
This little footbridge covered a culvert beside the old farmhouse.  It was charming.  
Many thanks to the Olsens for sharing their home with the artists.  

Friday, 16 August 2013

'Golden Summer at Messiah'
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Golden Summer at Messiah'
(Messiah College, PA)
© Claire Beadon Carnell
Plein Air
12 x 16

Thanks to a friend up on Facebook, I was
made aware that there were rolling hills
of sunflowers being grown by Messiah College
in Grantham, PA. My friend and fellow artist
Pat Koscienski and I went there to paint 
yesterday.  The heavy rains we had the previous
week had beaten up the blossoms a bit, but
it still was an amazing sight to behold.

I did use some artistic license with this and had
the sunflowers facing toward me...for some
reason they were all being shy, and their faces 
were pointing away from us, and toward the sun :)

My painting in progress

Pat Koscienski painting further down the hill

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

"Zinnias and Sunflowers on the Farm" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

8"x10" Acrylic on canvas (Plein Air)
Had a really nice day with the Eric and Nancy Olson, friends and family in Port Royal, PA. When I got home all I had to do was add the sunflowers and a few more zinnias. This was a view from the farm looking over to the neighbors farm and these wonderful silos and farm buildings glowing in the sun. There was so many areas to paint I had to make sure I included the zinnias,sunflowers,butterflies and the pond which are a few of many that makes this place magical!
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"Three's A Crowd" by Beth Bathe

"Three's A Crowd", 10 x 10 oil on canvas
I am so lucky to live near the Strasburg Rail Road. 
Old restored trains run the tracks amongst the beautiful Lancaster County farm land.
I went to the train station a week ago and did some sketching and took some photos. 
This is a studio painting using my plein air sketches as reference. 

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Monday, 12 August 2013

'Cabin in the Woods'
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Cabin in the Woods'
(Kings Gap)
© Claire Beadon Carnell
Plein Air
12 x 9

 After taking this up to the studio and studying
it for a bit while I was painting something else,
I spent about fifteen minutes just adding a little
more color in the foreground black-eyed susans
and a few other tweaks, then stepped back
and said 'FINISHED!'

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"Sunday Sunflowers and Corn" by Beth Bathe

"Sunday Sunflowers and Corn", 8 x 10 oil on ampersand gessopanel
Beautiful Sunday in the PA Countryside. Thank you to Eric and Nancy Olsen and Windmill Creek Farm, for a wonderful afternoon of painting, food, Zinnias and Zin! I got there a little late and the food and company were so wonderful that I had just a little time to actually paint, but I just couldn't resist these wonderful sunflowers!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Putting on a solo art show is always fun and exciting! by Larry Lerew

"Wellfleet Harbor, Cape Cod, MA" by Larry Lerew
13.5" x 10.5" Acrylic & Watercolor on Paper
En Plein Air, Sept. 2012, Painted but not shown until now.
I have been busy framing and cleaning up loose ends in preparation for my solo art show Sept. 7 & 8. This painting was one I laid aside almost a year ago but framed it up and it will be in the show. I now have over 100 original paintings ready and the count is still building. It's going to be awesome!

Friday, 9 August 2013

'Kings Gap Cabin in the Woods'
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Kings Gap Cabin in the Woods'
© Claire Beadon Carnell
Plein Air
12 x 9

 A great day of plein air painting with my friend
Pat Putz at her beautiful cabin in the woods.
We had to dodge the raindrops, but had
fun painting part of her home and her gorgeous
flower gardens.  This is my painting - almost complete.
There are only a few things that I might
tweak once I get it home.

Here's a picture of Pat painting

Pat's little cocker spaniel, Caylee, decided to
stay inside to watch us paint!

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Thursday, 8 August 2013

"Star Barn" by Beth Bathe

"Star Barn", 8 x 10, oil on ampersand gessoboard
While driving home from Mechanicsburg Monday, after picking up my entries from the SVPAP July Show, I decided I must stop and paint somewhere. I had passed the Star Barn complex on Rt 283 numerous times, and had read that they were probably the most photographed and painted barns in the U.S. So I decided it must be a rite of passage for a new Pennsylvania resident and painter to paint the Star Barn (It must be in the manual somewhere!)

So here is my Monday afternoon plein air, "Star Barn". It doesn't have it's once familar pond in front, a Church now owns most of the property around the complex and the pond has been filled in, just this little babbling brook, like a little mirror just barely capturing the image of what at sometime in the past had been grand and beautiful indeed...

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

"Quiet Story", pastel by Tatiana Myers.

"Quiet Story", 8 x 10", pastel on Wallis.

Last two weeks I spent painting and taking pictures in Washington State.
It was third year of me taking workshop with my favorite pastel artist
and master-teacher - Richard McKinley.
Our group had exceptional time at Dakota Pastels art center
located at beautiful Mount Vernon.
This is one of my Plein Air pastel studies I did there.
Mostly finished on location with only slight polishing in our classroom...
I will be posting more later. This is an only of of many studies I finished there.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

"Conodoguinet" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

This was recently sold at our show at the Art Center School and Galleries. I'm so happy it will have a good home!