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. 

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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.

Friday, 10 July 2015



I hadn't planned on painting today, but the weather was sunny and less humid-perfect for plein air. I walked through my neighbors beautiful yard, and decided to paint the lavender again. It and the yellow daylilies had filled out and blossomed more than when I first painted this scene and the direct sunshine enhanced the color more than before. Again, I love strong contrasts-complementary colors, purple and yellow and the shadowed areas and green tree against the sunlit areas. 

"Garden Variety" by Susan Benigni Landis

"Garden Variety"
8x10", oil
It was a treat to paint at Cecelia's neighbor's garden (The Boyers) in the cool of a late afternoon. There is much to see and as always, a tough choice of what to paint. I could not resist the variety of color from this section of the garden.

Thursday, 9 July 2015


Julie and I stopped to paint at the Colonial Crossroads Bed and Breakfast the other day. The owners, the Gordens, retired teachers, were there and gave us permission to park in their driveway and paint. Ed Gorden was friendly and talked about his purchase and restoration of the structure, built in 1790. I googled it and saw that the interior was just as charming as the exterior.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

"Overcast Day on the Susquehanna" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

 8"x10" oil on canvas

This is a plein air painting painted from West Fairview park in Enola along the Susquehanna river. It was a overcast comfortable day.  My niece was visiting and we went out for her first plein air painting adventure. She brought along her water mixable oils for me to try. I enjoyed using the oils and am planning on working with them a little more in the future. I believe she is hooked now and plans to do some plein air painting from her home in Philadelphia. Looking forward to seeing her work!
She's a ham!!!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Caboose by Julie Riker


Found a train yard in Middletown with some newly restored vintage cars.
Fun color in this caboose!

Friday, 3 July 2015

LAVENDER BLUE By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas

A bit overcast, but still another lovely day for painting outside. The deep purple, almost velver-like lilies contrasted nicely with the lavender and coral colored lilies.

Wrightsville Bridge by Julie Riker

11x14 oil

This has been a fantastic week for painting!  The weather's been great and I am in between jobs so I've had the luxury of painting every day - sometimes twice a day.
Here is another one from this week,  painted in Wrightsville after the heavy rain.
Clear sky - muddy river.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


Another beautiful day for painting outdoors. I chose this shaded area with dappled sunlight to paint today. This gave me the opportuity to include a couple of the many trees situated in the Boyers' yard. I'll be there tomorrow, Thursday, if the weather holds.