Saturday, 31 May 2014

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Silvery Susquehanna by Julie Riker

12x18 oil
Another painting from the week of Camp Hill Plein Air, this was painted from Negley Park on an overcast afternoon.
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014


oil/stretched canvas
I spied my neighbors' poppies while off to run errands. I couldn't wait to get back to set up my easel. There was a threat of rain, and I wanted to capture this glorious burst of color before the rain knocked off the petals and beat the flowers into the ground. I painted for three hours in the hot sun, finished the painting, cleaned up and then the rains came. 

Taking It To The Next Level - Larry Lerew

"The Old Milk House"
 by Larry Lerew
11" x 14" Mix Media on Brown Paper 
Here is a plein air painting completed after some thought. I did this sketch on location, which is just outside my door, in September of last year and stopped with black line work and white crayon on brown paper. This week I took it back out and added color to finish it as a painting rather than just an ink drawing. I used dry pastel for the finishing touches but than I wanted to see if I could seal the heavy pastel in place with varnish and was successful. I now have a nice painting, mounted, sealed, uv protected and framed without glass. Lots of lessons learned, one being that water resistant ink is not the same as waterproof ink. So much to remember, but I'm happy. Can't wait to try some new things at Plein Air Gettsyburg, June 11 thru 15.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Moore's Farm by Julie Riker

Just thought I would share the painting I did at the farm Cecelia and I visited.  I chose to walk down to the pond, looking back at the barn.  I edited out the fence and made a little more of the wildflowers in the field.  I don't know if  I will do anything with this painting, but it gives you a sense of the landscape there - in case our group decides to paint there in the future.


The small stone bridge connected two pastures on the Lowenthal farm in Fairfield, Pa.  Color was just coming on the trees, bushes and grass.  See more of my work at

Friday, 23 May 2014


Julie and I went to check out a 17 acre farm in the Lisburn area today. It's beautiful, with a 19th century farmhouse, horsebarn, horses, a huge pond and picturesque landscapes all around. I will be arranging a paintout at the end of June. Today, I just brought a small canvas, so I chose to do a small portion of the barn, but I took many photos and may work from one of those as well. 

Red and Yellow Iris by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

Beth and I met in Gettysburg yesterday to paint with Jim Bricker and some of his friends.  We went to Beech Spring farm.  It is a beautiful preserved farm that is used for weddings and special events.  It is really quite lovely - but too manicured for my taste.  Feeling uninspired by the landscape, I decided to focus in on these pretty flowers.
I am starting to feel like my paintings are getting looser and the colors are getting brighter...must be the nice spring weather!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Old Truck In The Alley by Julie Riker

9x12 oil
Here's another painting from Plein Air Camp Hill. 
I did this for the 2 hour Quick Draw.
It's called "Old Truck In An Alley".
It sold at the event.

"WISTERIA'S VIOLET FRAGRANCE" An Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum

This was my first painting for the Plein Air Camp Hill Festival 2014.   It was only about 2 miles from my house.  The owner of this house and beautiful garden was a lovely women named Yong.  She was so delightful and gracious! The first day I was there she made me egg rolls with fresh chives from her garden and they were delicious! I hope to go back and paint there again as she has flowers blooming in every season.  Thank you Yong.! Her neighbors across the alley have a covered carport and they gave me permission to sit under it to paint as the prediction for Tuesday was a chance of rain.  Thank you Andrea and Josh!  I think one of the best things about Plein Air painting is the wonderful people God brings into your life for just a brief time and create a special moment while you create a painting!

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

"Underneath It All" by Julie Riker


I was delighted that my painting won 2nd Place and also the People's Choice Award at Camp Hill Plein Air this weekend.
I have always wanted to do a nocturnal painting but this is actually the first I have ever done.
It was great fun.
I used a camping headlamp to illuminate my palette.  It may not have been color accurate but it worked.

The painting sold the next day to a woman who was visiting from Florida...a former shop owner.  I snapped these few pictures and that's all I have.

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On this beautiful Sunday morning, Elissa Gore and I drove to the Fort Hunter boat launch to paint. Neither of us painted the Susquehanna River. She chose a structure across the street from the parking lot and I, this curious little building on the side of the lot.

HOUSE ON YALE By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas

Happily the second of my entries in the Camp Hill Plein Air Event sold.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

BUNGALOW ON N.17TH By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas
This one of the two house paintings I did during the Camp Hill Plein Air Event was sold. It's always nice when someone likes your work enough to buy it.

Camp Hill Plein Air Quick Draw.

 Had wonderful day at Quick Draw in Camp Hill.
Found a beautiful stone house surrounding by all sorts of blooming bushes
and went for it. Had two hours to start and finish my project, including framing.

 Everybody was extremely nice. people even moved their cars so 
those wouldn't be blocking my view. Light was not easy today,
but my sketch was very helpful to keep concept about
"where do I want my highlights".

Another 30-40 minutes would make it picture perfect... But...
this is what Quick Draw is about - time limits.

 Finished look - beautiful Plein Air frame and Museum acrylic.

Got a lot of compliments to this work and better yet - it got sold
to the nice lady - owner of that beautiful house I painted that day.
Tomorrow - last day of event.,,, Even more things could happen, but we will see.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Camp Hill Plein Air... Day 3.

 Day #3. Not that nice on the morning. But by noon - window of opportunity -
rain stopped and we even got some sun shine!
Getting on a road with all my pastel boxes, easel and things...
This time - heading to Camp Hill itself and finding myself nice looking house to paint.
Above - value sketch wiath alcohol wash on sanded paper.

 After I set my values, it is tie for color. Trying to keep it simple and loose...
have no idea if rain is about to return here any given moment,
therefore getting my idea down, so I can finish it any other place... if I have to.

 Surprisingly - no rain till later in the evening.
Basically finished all on location in about 2 hours. Happy!

"Camp Hill welcome!",
8 x 8" Pastel on sanded board.

Camp Hill Plein Air. Day 2.

Day 2 of our Plein Air painting adventure. Weather is nothing like yesterday.
In-fact it is both - cold and windy and look like next two days it is not
getting any better, but perhaps we will be getting lots of rain...
All this mean - I do not have luxury of "taking it easy"
and need to finish at list one more painting.
I'm working today closer to our home and trying to stay
close to my car at case if we get all that rain.
Above - my sketch for #2 painting. Can not help it - love old bridges.
painted many of those and not going to stop.

Spraying graphite sketch with alcohol what will embed it into the paper.
Lisa is not happy with temperature and hiding in the pile of blankets.

 Watercolor underpainting for my pastel.

 Beginning of pastel application.

... and finally - finished painting!
No title yet. Still have to frame it as well. Great part - I have two works done.
Therefore, if weather will be totally miserable... I can just stay indoors for day or two.
But hopefully it is not a case and I will have a chance to do some more...
Tomorrow we will see...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Camp Hill Plein Air... Day 1.

First day of Camp Hill Plen Air event. Regardless of weather predictions,
day is hot and sunny. Hiding in a shadows by the creek.
About the only place to survive at mid-day heat.

I had not one, but TWO painting companions today..
One has a camera, but You can meet #2...
her name is Alisa ("Lisa") and she is Xolo - Mexican hairless dog.

We with Lisa had about 2-hours long painting session.
I worked with my pastels... Alisa was guarding me from strangers.

 I managed to finish my first work and have it framed and ready to go to the gallery.

"Enchanted Trails"
8x10" Pastel on Wallis Belgium Mist.
Omega Plein Air frame, museum grade acrylic.

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Italian Lake Plein Air Festival

"Italian Lake 2014"
Johanna Monighan-Schaefer
I painted this morning at Italian Lake in Harrisburg as part of the Camp Hill Plein Air Festival. Despite the miserable weather forecast, it was hot and sunny. I even got a sunburn. Good luck to all who are participating!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

"TULIPS AT LONGWOOD GARDEN" An Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum

I spent two Glorious days, May 5th and 6th, painting at Longwood Gardens with 20 incredible artists. It was so beautiful and breathtaking I didn't know where to begin.  I knew I wanted to paint tulips, but there were thousands of them in endless varieties and colors.  These tulips were in their Idea Garden. There were rows and rows of squares of tulips. Some with trees planted in them.  At a distance, it looked like a patchwork quilt.  I would go back in a heartbeat to paint again in another season! This painting will be available for sale in Gallery 2318 for the Plein Air Camp Hill Festival and Competition May 16 through May 18.
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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Longwood Gardens

I had the pleasure of spending 2 days with some talented artists from SVPAP and a Dillsburg watercolor class at Longwood Gardens this week.  The tulips were in full bloom and GORGEOUS! There was color everywhere and the weather was perfect.  I am ready to go back very soon.
Great location, great artists, great friends, great location!

Donna Berk Barlup

Friday, 9 May 2014

"Spring in The Garden", Pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Spring in the garden" is the result of my Plein Air painting session
in Longwood Gardens this Monday.
When I'm out at some places what have so much offer to the eye,
I always having silent fight between my inner artist and photographer.
I want to find my subject and just paint, but yet... second evil voice is always here:
"Don't You just curious to take a walk and see what You are missing now?..
You can paint it all later, but if You will not see it, what would You paint?..."
Blah-blah-blah!.. I know that voice too well
and have to compromise to keep him happy.
This time in Longwood I spend about 2 hours painting Plein Air
and the rest of the day - lurking around with my Canon.
At both cases I was not disappointed. I got only one Plein Air piece
(first one for this season!), but I like that piece.
And as bonus - all those terrific pictures I took there when I switched to my
"now I'm photographer" mode.
There are some of it... enjoy!
 I'm absolutely going to paint those... (Perhaps not the last one,
that one was taking by my husband!)

Thursday, 8 May 2014


oil/stretched canvas
There are several views of the LeTort Falls that are picturesque, but I chose to sit close, so I could see  the different directions the water took, as it splashed over the rocks. The river is quite swollen.  Its water rushed to the edge, bounced over the rocks and then settled down as it began to flow to the Conodoguinet. Once I established my composition, and "sectioned off" the falls I moved my brush rapidily to try to convey the gushing movement of the falls.