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.