Sunday, 31 May 2015

"ELAINE'S PEACEFUL PLACE" An Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum SOLD

This was my first painting for the Plein Air Camp Hill Festival.  Tuesday was a lovely  sunny day.  This beautiful garden was on the outskirts of Dillsburg at the home of Elaine and Al.  They built their home and all the gardens and trees on their property 40 some years ago. They were such an amazing couple and I was so thankful to have such a beautiful place to paint.   Elaine planted this garden several years ago  to be a walkway for the Groom and groomsman to walk on the other side of the Rhododendrons where her daughters wedding was to take place.  They loved the painting and purchased it to be a lasting memory of this garden.

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oil/stretched canvas
My neighbors, the Boyers, like the Moodys are delighted to have our group come into their beautiful yard to paint. Their array of azaleas, situated in shaded, picturesque nooks, are an inspiration to those who love color, as well as contrast.

MOODYS' GROVE By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas
It was a cloudy, windy day and unusally cold, but the aroma of Susan Moody's oatmeal cookies wafted through the air as Tish and I shivered and painted, spurring us on. Unfortunately, Tish, a new member, was the only one, besides myself, who was able to take advantage of the beautiful Moody farm and hospitality. The delicious cookies, baked for "all" of us, were a generous and gracious gesture, as was Susan's invitation to come again.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

"River Dance", pastel by Tatiana Myers.

"River Dance"
Pastel on museum Pastelbord, 11 x 14"

My second entry for Camp Hill Plein Air 2015 competition was painted
from the boat lounge near Liverpool, PA.
It was a hot day, but we found a nice shady space, got comfortable
and I started this painting.
This time it was all about those groups of trees by the river.
They reminded me young girls gathered for group dance, and this is how 
title of this painting was born. Something lyrical, mystical, something about river, fog,
something about dance of light, dancing elementals between water and sky...
And so I painted it as I called it.

Above: both of my painting framed and ready
for 3 days Plein Air exhibition at Camp Hill.
It was many beautiful painting there, but not that many pastels.
Event is just about over now,
I'm getting ready to start another painting soon.

St. John's Alley by Julie Riker

9x12 oil

It was a beautiful sunny morning for the Quick Draw event at Plein Air Camp Hill.
This view of St. John's Alley was painted in under 2 hours and sold in 2 minutes.

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oil/stretched canvas
I chose the same area as Julie at the Lindenwood Estate. My emphasis, however, was the alley between the hostas, Hostas Alley[Julie's name] and its view of the tall bamboo trees. I also loved the contrast of the bright green, sunlit ferns against the dark, in shadow, base of the bamboo trees. I'm a "sucker" for strong light contrasts.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

''Liquid Mirror'', pastel.

Regardless of busy schedule I managed somehow to find "Me time"
and work on my Plein Air entry to Camp Hill Plein Air 2015 competition.
Here I am - fist painting day, painting by the creek at Fort Hunter.
Needless to say - this is my favorite painting spot, what I visited more then once.
I never get tired of it, place is just beautiful, yet - quiet enough.
If You lucky enough to get there on a sunny day - light effects on a water are 
totally mesmerizing... This is what I was after - 
capturing play of light and color on a water surface.
Easy to say, not that easy to accomplish, considering the fact -
not only light is changing by the minute,
but also water surface going through constant changes... 
Now it calm and then it has ripples from the wind or current or small animal seeming across,
and as water surface changes, so do reflections...
I have to say it was real fun to work like this...
chasing constant change in hope to capture it - beautifully.
The other challenging factor was a fact that I decided to get out of my "Plein Air comfort zone" 
and for once paint bigger. Normally I would work in 8 x 10 or 9 x 12" format.
This time I went with 11 x 14", what is almost twice bigger
compare to my "normal" Plein Air paintings.
It took me two sessions to finish this work, but it is done
and I'm happy with what I have here.

"Liquid Mirror", 14 x 11" Pastel.

...and tomorrow I have a free day and weather should be nice and I'll be back 
to more painting!...

Monday, 25 May 2015

A Cool Corner by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

This was painted on Saturday at Lindenwood, site of the Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse, in the relaxing and colorful garden behind the outbuildings.  I was interested in the greenish/yellow glow on the white building, reflected off of the grass and plants.

This painting is available in the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters gallery which is located in the upper level of the barn.  There is no charge to visit the barn and explore the showhouse grounds.
Entrance to the house is $20.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

"The Old Willow" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

I painted at the Harrisburg Symphony Show House on Saturday with my fellow Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters. What a wonderful day. I chose an old willow tree with lots of character! This will be on display and for sale in the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the barn on the show house grounds.

Plein Air at Moody's Farm

I painted this watercolor at Moody's Farm. It was painted in about 2 hours. It needs some detail work which I will probably never get around to. Our hostess was amazingly gracious and made oatmeal raisin cookies and Rice Krispie Treats for us. The day was cold and windy but it was fun being out in the open painting!
Tisha Sheldon

Saturday, 23 May 2015

"Hillside", Pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Hillside", 8 x 10", Pastel on U-art 400.

Today some of our SVPAP gathered together to paint at Lindenwood.
Place is gorgeous, people are very friendly, weather is great,
just add some pastels to it and You have a perfect day!
This is my today's painting effort.
I was captured by play of light and a shadows on a hillside
and painted my story of it.
Had truly great time in it! Looking forward to go back
one of upcoming weekends.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Lindenwood opens!

Yesterday we hung the exhibit in the barn at Lindenwood - the site of the Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse.  It looks wonderful!  Thanks to all of the participating artists who provided lovely work. Special thanks to Cathy Stone who supplied and set up the hanging panels on loan from CALC and Deb Kreiger, Donna Barlup, and Cecelia Lyden who helped with hanging and collecting paintings and information.

The showhouse opens Thursday evening with a special preview gala and tour and officially opens to the public on Friday the 22nd.  SVPAP artists will be painting on the grounds during weekend hours and occasionally during the week.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

"Dune-Dancers", pastel, Tatiana Myers.

 Last week I spent painting at Cape Cod with group of pastel painters
mentored  by Richard McKinley.
It was a time before the tourist season is starting, so we had very little interruption
by whoever was showing at our painting sites... What were beautiful.

This is one of the painting what I did on location.
Most of us were staying right on the parking lot of one of local beaches.
We were surrounded by water, dunes, blooming Beach Plum bushes
 and some not-invited personalities what were trying to 
hand out some of brochures of religious nature...
(We all know well those polite guys who usually working in small groups of 2 or 3,
always neatly dressed and just a bit too sweet)
Soon their brave troopers gave up on us and move away to some place other....
We were continuing working on our paintings and enjoyed the scenery.

Richard did his demo later in a day and ironically we ended up
painting the same subject, what was a group of pine trees on a top of the dunes.
After I finished working on my painting I decided not to do another,
but went  around with my camera hunting for more beautiful  views.
Now as I'm back home it will be more paintings coming.

"GAZEBO GARDEN IN SPRING" An Original Pastel painting by Clare Klaum

Thank you Cecelia for inviting us to paint in your neighbor's garden last week!  So many beautiful spots to pick from.  It's a shame it will be just about  over by next week for the Plein Air Camp Hill festival.  Last week  I spent Thursday & Friday afternoons on location for a few hours each on this painting and finished it at home yesterday.  It must be like a little bit of heaven to just sit in this beautiful garden and enjoy it's splendor!

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

SVPAP at Lindenwood - Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse

We are gearing up to be part of the Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse which opens to the public on Friday, May 22nd and runs through June 14.  In addition to an exhibit of artwork in the barn, SVPAP members will be painting on the grounds during weekend hours.  More information on the showhouse is available at

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Field, Late Afternoon by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

Just getting around to posting this painting that I did last weekend as a demo during the Art Center benefit at Hershey Vineyards... a beautiful view from their deck looking out over the Pennsylvania fields.  I enjoyed chatting with patrons and sampling wine as I time!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Pink Explosion by Julie Riker

I've noticed the last few days that all the cherry trees are beginning to shed their petals.  This particular grouping of trees caught my eye in a neighborhood where I was doing some painting for a client.  The trees were growing on a mulched hill and the effect of the petals laying on the ground was amazing - like a carpet of pink.  Surreal.

I experimented a bit with this painting, using a palette knife to lay in some thicker patches of paint.  
Here is my painting.

Pink Explosion
8x8 oil

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Friday, 1 May 2015

"Burg" article

Check out this article in The Burg about plein air painting in the region - focusing on the Camp Hill Plein Air Festival.  It mentions Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters and our involvement in the upcoming Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse.