Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Season's Greetings from Julie Riker

"Red Barn In Winter"
8x10 oil

Reposting this winter scene that was painted last February along McCormick Road in Mechanicsburg.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas 
Happy New Year!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Neighbor's Garage, 9x12, oil by Sharon Benner

I really should paint out my back door more often, I have some wonderful scenery of pastures with horses and goats, stables and barns and some interesting trees.  The distant forests with open fields in the foreground need to be painted.  I think artists get so familiar with their immediate surroundings that they don't look at these places as possible subjects.  I'm going to try and paint these scenes this Winter.  See more of my work at www.sharonbenner.com

Sunday, 6 December 2015

"Redhead", Pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Redhead", 8 x 10",
Pastel on sanded paper.

This piece was painted on location in CT this October.
I was in love with the turning tree by the marsh land
and had great time painting it.
Finished in studio by memory. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015



Good news yesterday from CALC[Carlisle Arts Learning Center] that 2 of my 3 submissions to their Holiday event sold. The first 2, above, were purchased. The last painting is still for sale. All 3 were painted, on site, in the vicinity of Carlisle and other close locations.

Monday, 30 November 2015


I've been too busy to paint outdoors. And cold weather is about to keep me indoors for a while. So, in order to help keep our blog going through the winter, I've decided to repost a couple of old plein air paintings. Both were painted in Boiling Springs-the same corner, but different seasons.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

COLOR ABOUNDS By Cecelia Lyden

The SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY PLEIN AIR PAINTERS, had a wonderfully successful reception for our fifth annual art exhibit last night. Happily, I was part of the success with the sale of my lily garden painting. We had 22 participants with 70-80 beautiful paintings, yummy food and drink and a big crowd-a good time.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

"Dune Dancers", Pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Dune Dancers", 9 x 12", Pastel.

Latest finished piece, painted 80% Plein Air and finalized in my studio from memory.
Beautiful Dunes of Cape, full of Sunlight and movement.
This was outside of Dennis Port, MA. I loved it there, one day I'll be back.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Glowing Forest by Julie Riker

10x8 oil

The light was so beautiful yesterday - bright sun low in the sky, streaming through the fall foliage - the woods were glowing with a canopy of color.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Historic Haldeman Mansion by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

Beth and I went out today looking for some fall color to paint but no particular location in mind. We ended up at the Haldeman Mansion in Bainbridge.  
This would be a good painting location for the group - lots of possibilities for paintings.  I was interested in the layered surface of the old building.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Painting a wedding by Julie Riker

16x20 oil on canvas

Yesterday I painted live during a wedding ceremony along the Yellow Breeches at Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, PA.  It was a commission request from the bride and groom who wanted a plein air painter to capture the setting of their special day.

This is the second time I have painted as part of a wedding.  I feel I am a bit more comfortable with it but there are certainly challenges with each situation.  The biggest challenge is time.  I arrived 2 hours early to set up and paint the entire background.  I only had about 30 minutes to quickly paint in the figures and a suggestion of a guest audience.   Here is the painting just before the figures arrived...

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Fall at Moody Farm


We had a lovely (but chilly) day at the Moody Farm yesterday. It was fun for me to reflect on my first painting experience at the farm, which had been over a year ago. The first time was one of my beginning plein air experiences and I remember feeling very "official" since I had painted a barn (guess I consider that a rite of passage for a plein air artist :-).  It was nice to realize yesterday how much more comfortable I am with the whole process. It's so much easier to figure out details to eliminate than it was when I began. Here's to progress!

Friday, 16 October 2015

FALL TREES by Cecelia Lyden

First day painting out this fall-lovely setting at the Moody farm, but very chilly and windy. I may be getting too old for painting in the cool weather-hoping for a couple of warm days before only studio painting in the winter.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

New England in Pastel.

Untitled 6 x 9" location sketch.
Pastels on Wallis paper.

We with my friend Claire Barnwell just returned from our trip to CT,
 where we were painting and enjoying beauty of New England's Fall.
I ended up with only 4 paintings this time, but brought
much reference materials to play with.
We were blessed with wonderful weather,
met some of my old friends, and I was happy to introduce m
my friend to my favorite Pastel-Guru, Richard McKinley.
We had wonderful time, many adventures and
some repeated misfortunes with our car...
What didn't prevent us from painting.
I will be posting more photos with the time, as I get to it.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Meet SVPAP Member, Pam Wenger

I’m a fairly recent convert to plein air painting. I decided to try it at the urging of my friend, Donna, who happens to be the current president of the group. She’d talked me into trying watercolor 3 years ago when I retired from education ( I taught gifted students and instructional technology). I was loving my portrait work, my first love when it comes to art, so I thought I get outside and try something different. I’d been awed by the plein air work I’d seen at the Camp Hill Plein Air Festival for the past few years and wanted to be a part of that excitement. ('Still haven’t competed there - but that’s next year’s goal.) 

I’ve been painting with the plein air group for about a year and a half now and I can’t imagine not having that piece as part of my retirement art experience. There’s nothing like grabbing your supplies and heading outside (usually with a friend or two) to experience the out of doors along with the challenge of completing a painting in a few hours. 

I remember how daunting those first few sessions were. How were you supposed to narrow down your subject matter, decide on a composition, draw it, and then paint it in a short amount of time? That’s still a challenge, but it’s become a much less intimidating one! I prefer to paint scenes with some sort of architectural element (like a building or a vehicle) but I imagine my preferences will change as I develop as a plein air painter. 

I’m so glad to be part of this group. It’s been a wonderful way to connect with other local artists. One of the best surprises I've had regarding painting is that it doesn't need to be a solitary endeavor. 

If you want to see more of my work, visit www.pamwenger.com or my blog at http://exploringwatercolor.blogspot.com/







Saturday, 26 September 2015

Vintage Jag by Julie Riker


Perfect early fall weather for the Harvest of the Arts/Antique Auto Show in Carlisle today, I had so much fun painting the gorgeous curves and creamy color of this vintage Jaguar.  It was purchased wet off the easel.  Great day!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

"Back Lighting," 9x12, oil by Sharon Benner

Codorus State Park, Hanover, Pa. is my favorite place to paint.  The lake was low today but still quite beautiful.  www.sharonbenner.com for more paintings

Sunday, 20 September 2015

"CONESTOGA HOUSE GARDENS" An Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum SOLD

My Pastel Painting "CONESTOGA HOUSE GARDENS" that was chosen for the brochure cover for Gallery Walk is in our exhibit at City House B & B.  I just found out it was SOLD.  I was so excited!  The tag says sold so it will be there until the end of the exhibit. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Beth Bathe and Sharon Benner who also sold a painting!! With 9 days to go on our exhibit we are doing really AWESOME, having sold 3 paintings!!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Save The Date - SVPAP exhibit at MAC!

Chincoteague Channel by Julie Riker

7x21 oil

Last week I participated in the plein air event on Chincoteague Island for the 5th year.  I love this place and always find new things to paint.  This scene across the channel is one that I've thought about painting for years.  It is my favorite part of the drive to the island - the road that crosses the marshy channel from the main land to Chincoteague. There are not many places to pull off on the road but I had someone drop me off there for a few hours so I could paint this.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Gallery Walk

Gallery Walk is this Sunday the 13th.  Don't forget to look for the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters at City House Bed and Breakfast.

Field of Flowers by Julie Riker

8x16 oil

I took a drive to the South side of Chambersburg today to seek out this sunflower field which a friend alerted me to.  I was delighted to find a massive field with thousands of yellow heads.  Most were just past their prime but it still was well worth the trip!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Easton's Sunflowers An Original Watercolor by Donna Berk Barlup

Easton's Sunflowers 

 An Original Watercolor by Donna Berk Barlup
Painted En Plein Air

I finally had a little time to get outside to paint so I set up my equipment in the backyard and painted the sunflowers my Grandson planted this Spring.  

If you are interested in purchasing this or any other painting, please contact me.

Donna Berk Barlup

Wednesday, 19 August 2015


oil/stretched canvas

It was a hot and humid day, but not at the Falls. Abundant shade and a steady breeze kept me comfortable for the 3 hours I was there.The sky was blue, and so was the water. The clouds in my painting appeared just as I was leaving-I photographed them and added them at home.

Saturday, 15 August 2015


I opened an email from The Harrisburg Art Association and saw that my painting of the view of the Susquehanna from Tish Sheldon's porch, was used to advertise the Gallery Walk in September. A nice little surprise. 

Thursday, 13 August 2015

"Mount Gretna Playhouse" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

8"x10" Acrylic on canvas board

This is a plein air painting I did of the playhouse, while painting with friends from the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters.
 Mount Gretna Art Show is this weekend. Please come and see me Saturday from 9am-6pm or Sunday 9am-5pm. My booth #134.

To inquiry about purchasing this painting please e-mail me at debra@debkreiger.com.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Star Barn by Julie Riker

16x12 oil

I did this painting on location at the Star Barn a few weeks ago.  Many artists have painted this local icon, but I wanted to try my own rendition.  The barn will soon be moved to a private location and I wanted to paint it in it's original home.  Perhaps I will attempt another painting here before the barn is dismantled. 

I am happy that this painting sold at the Saturday night Art Association Soiree.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Reflections in the Cove, 11x14 oil by Sharon Benner

I painted this morning in Codorus State Park and found this quiet cove that was lit up with bright yellow reflections.  The pink algae has begun to grow on the surface of the still waters in the coves.  I painted this with a pallet knife.  See more of my work at www.sharonbenner.com

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

This is from Adam's Ranch in Ft. Pierce, Fl. Oil 16 x 20. Bright sunny day but a bit hot. Painting in Florida is very nice. The air is usually wonderfully clear and breezy. You are only allowed on this ranch by invitation and I was so happy to go with an art group. it is a 40,000 acre working ranch.I really hope to go again.  

Monday, 3 August 2015

"Willow" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

Willow" Acrylic 8"x10" on canvas

This is a plein air painting I did on the grounds of Lindenwood Farm in Mechanicburg. Such a peaceful place.
If interested in purchasing please contact me at debra@debkreiger.com.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

"CHILDHOOD MEMORIES" An Original Acrylic Painting by Mindy Cashman (Daughter of Clare Klaum)


My daughter Mindy who lives in Virginia Beach was visiting with our 3 1/2 year old grandson this past week.  Mindy is an artist who primarily paints in acrylics.  She has never done Plein Air painting and our plan was to go together.  But with time and schedules we could not accomplish this so I stayed with our grandson and gave her some alone time to paint.  I gave her all of my plein air equipment and with her paints she set out for her adventure.  She went to one of her favorite spots that we took our kids when they were younger to go tubing down the Yellow Breeches at Messiah College.  Little did she know that some of our group was just there recently to paint.  She did a beautiful job and we hope some day to experience Plein Air painting together.  Now she has the "Plein Air bug" and hopes to do more in Virginia Beach. 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Gallery Walk

SVPAP will be exhibiting work at City House Bed and Breakfast for Harrisburg's Gallery Walk this year.  You can download the brochure - which features artwork by our member Clare Klaum and Jill Pekelun - at this link

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

"Wading by Red Bridge" by Susan Benigni Landis

"Wading by Red Bridge"
9x12", oil
This scene just seemed like a Susquehanna Valley staple. I had never before painted in this area near Messiah College; so many people seemed to be enjoying the spot, painters and families alike.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

ROAD TO THE RIVER By Cecelia Lyden


Julie and I traveled north to Liverpool to paint on one of those perfect days last week. We thought we would paint the Susquehanna, but decided the quaint Americana town was much more interesting. After cruising the streets, Julie chose a picturesque pink house and I was attracted to reddish-brown boxlike structure and the bright yellow flowers growing on the side of the road.

I blocked in the composition, basic values, colors  and shapes on site, but all the details were added in studio. In spite of my studio work, I've posted the painting on this blog, because the inspiration for it --the atmosphere, the tranquility on this beautiful summer day, the sunlight and rich shadows were all  acquired on site.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

'Across the River'
View of the Harrisburg, PA Skyline
from West Fairview
An Original Plein Air Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Across the River'
Harrisburg, PA skyline from West Fairview
Plein Air
Oil on Canvas Panel
6 x 8

Painting along the Susquehanna River in West Fairview, PA
on a beautiful, and very hot July morning...  I loved the way
the humidity softened edges and colors, especially on the
capitol building. 

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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Peeking Through by Julie Riker

10x8 oil

Enjoying this great weather!
On Thursday I painted in the little town of Boiling Springs.  I thought perhaps I'd do a street scene, or one of the charming houses - but sometimes I find the space in between the buildings more interesting than the buildings themselves.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Painting Boiling Springs on a Big Canvas by Larry Lerew

Finally found the right moment to go paint Boiling Springs, PA again with a fresh eye on a big canvas. We had a forecast of a stretch of pleasant dry air this week so I planned a two day painting. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day on the street, start to finish was most rewarding. I had hoped to paint a street scene but this "Red Beauty" presented its self and stopped me in my tracks. I worked off the tailgate of my pick-up truck under a cool shade tree. Lots of people stopped to see me work and enjoyed having a painter in town. I always want to go back for more.
"Red Beauty"
Acrylic on 36" x 36" Stretched Gallery Wrapped Canvas
en Plein Air July 22 & 23, 2015

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Little Pink Charmer by Julie Riker

9x12 oil

Cecelia and I drove up to Liverpool today where I found this little pink house.  I was attracted to the strong sunlight on the house and the variations in pinks - including the reflected glow under the porch roof.
The entire time I was painting I had that John Mellencamp song going through my head "Ain't that America...little pink houses for you and me".  With the sunflowers, the flag, this seemed like the quintessential small town charmer.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

COLORS ABOUND By Cecelia Lyden


This is my last painting in the Boyer's garden for this year. I caught these colorful lilies, looking beautiful in the bright sunshine,  before they faded. The season for lilies is just about over, and my neighbors informed me that they have no other large, multiple groups of flowers planned for the remainder of the summer. However, there is always next year, and I'll return with my easel and paints in the spring to witness and paint their beautiful array of azaleas, irises and other spring flowers.

Thursday, 16 July 2015



A group of us took advantage of this beautiful, sunny, pleasant day and painted or sketched at Messiah College. Years ago, covered bridges, as subject matter for paintings, were thought of as "corny" and overdone. Maybe they still are, but their presence, situated in serene settings are so peaceful and comforting--the reason they still appeal to me and so many people.

Growing By The Bridge by Larry Lerew

"Growing By The Bridge"
Messiah College Covered Bridge, Grantham, Pennsylvania
10.5"  x 13.5" Charcoal on 70 lb. Drawing Paper
en Plein Air Thursday, July 16, 2015 with the SVPAP

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Painting in the Poconos

Thanks to Liz Gallucci for hosting us for 2 days at the Graystone Preserve in the Poconos - a beautiful place with a fast running stream, waterfalls, wild rhododendrons in bloom...lots to paint.
The cozy cabin had a huge porch with rocking chairs overlooking the stream, full kitchen, and a large living room with fireplace.  
Liz is planning another outing in the fall.  I can imagine it will be wonderful with the changing fall colors. 
 For those who did not make it this time this video will give you a taste of the experience.  
(that's Liz swimming)

Crossroads by Julie Riker


Painted from a familiar intersection in the Bowmansdale area of Mechanicsburg.
The old stone tavern is charming but I was particularly interested in the way the road dives under the bridge, and the deep shadow under it.