Thursday, 30 October 2014

MAPLES AND CONIFERS, 11x14, pastel by Sharon Benner

A pastel plein air painting that plays a triad color combination, orange, green and a little purple. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

"MOSS COVERED SHED, WALSH FARM" Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum

On Thursday October 16, I joined Mary Beth to paint at the Walsh Farm.
The day was a mix of clouds and possible rain in the afternoon. There was a brief time when the sun came out and revealed a blue sky with clouds. The shed near the entry road, just like Cecelia,  caught my attention with the moss covered roof.  I worked on it for about 2 hours or so and then rain forced me to leave.  I finished it in my studio.  There were so many interesting places to paint, I would love to return.  The goats were so friendly.  They pranced to the fence as I approached and were eager for attention. The tabby cat seemed to want to give me a tour of the property.  What a quaint place!  Thank you Mary Beth for arranging this paint out. 

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014


oil/stretched canvas

Thank you, Mary Beth for arranging the paintout at the lovely Walsh Farm in Mechanicsburg. All I could think of, as I looked around was, how lucky it would be to wake up every morning to this beautiful scenery. The farm and the surrounding landscape offered many subjects for painting. This old shed and the drying hydrangea caught my attention right away. 
Now I've known for decades that good composition is a necessity for a successful painting. I hesitated before I began, because I could see the problem with working out the composition. The shed and the hydrangea were too close in size and importance and split the canvas almost in half. However, I let my desire to paint both of them take over and proceeded. I spent the next few hours,  trying to connect both halves of canvas with overlapping branches. I added hydrangeas on both sides of the shed and another blossom reaching toward the shed. I probably should have moved the shrub over-but didn't think to do that: so engrossed I was, in painting the moss on the roof and the blossoms on the shrub. Not the first time I did not see the "forest through the trees". Will I ever learn?

Friday, 10 October 2014

"CODORUS STATE PARK IN EARLY FALL" Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum

On Wednesday a few of us painted at Codorus State Park.  The weather for the most part was beautiful and sunny. I had most of this painting completed.  I just needed to finish the trees on the right. Also I wanted to punch  up some of the colors in the foreground.  The trees were just beginning to turn.  A few times we had a gust of wind come up very suddenly. One of those times a tray from my pastel pencils lifted up and dumped my pencils on the ground and started to fly across the field.  Luckily I was able to retrieve it and put my pencils back in place.  All in all it was a beautiful day painting and laughing with friends.  I would love to go back when the Fall foliage is peak.  It will be spectacular!

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This painting was started earlier and finished on Wed., 8 Oct, when the SVPAP group painted at Codorus State Park.  I was lucky enough to have another clear, sunny day to capture the crisp Fall atmosphere. 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Paint Out For The SVPAP On A Farm Along McCormick Road Scheduled For October 14th (Rain Date the 16th)

 The Walsh Farm
443 McCormick Road
Mechanicsburg PA 17055

McCormick Road and the Yellow Breeches Creek is a favorite location for artists. We have been invited to paint at a farm located along McCormick Road.
9:00am to Mid Afternoon - October 14th
Rain Date is October 16th
Plenty of parking but if you can carpool it is appreciated since this is a private property.
Please rsvp Mary Beth Brath at if you plan to attend.
See You There - Mary Beth
cell 717-614-0700

Wednesday, 8 October 2014



A few of us painted at Codorus State Park on this beautiful, comfortable, early fall day. A big thank you to Sharon Benner for planning this plein air paintout. 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

"Invitation", pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Invitation", 8 x 10", Pastel on paper.

This week I was lucky to participate in workshop with Master-Painter
Albert Handell. Weather was not pleasant, so we had to combine
work on location and in studio. This piece was done 90% Plein Air
and finished after I returned back home. 
We all learned a lot during this 4 days session. I hope to be able
to repeat this wonderful experience.
Thank you, Albert!

Friday, 3 October 2014

"STONEWALL PUMPKIN PATCH STAND" (HARVEST OF THE ARTS 2014) An Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum SOLD

On September 20, SVPAP painted and had a booth at Harvest of the Arts in Carlisle.  This is a painting of a stand on the corner of Pitt and High Streets.  The owners of the stand are from the Stonewall Pumpkin Patch on Houser Lane in Carlisle.  It is a family business and the mother of one of the owners is the proprietor of  the Appalachian Whole Foods store on that same corner.  Today I took the painting there to show her the finished work and she purchased the painting.  This was her daughters pumpkins from her first pumpkin patch. 
The painting is about 50% Plein air and 50% studio. I worked our booth and only had about 2 hours to paint.  I used the building that was further back for the background.  Their were more booths in the background and made it way too busy.  I really wanted to focus on the pumpkins and baskets.  It was a lot of fun doing this painting with all the bright colors.

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THE OLD RESERVOIR, 11X14 OIL by Sharon Benner

This is what is left of the old Sheppard-Meyers reservoir and dam.  The dam was a dirt bank and the EPA deemed it hazardous so it was closed.  The day was sunny, then cloudy and made for a troublesome painting.  I'm still working on it in the studio!