Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Finger Lakes Plein Air by Julie Riker

I had a great time last week as a participant in the Finger Lakes Plein Air event in Canandaigua, NY. 
I really stretched myself by working a bit larger than I usually do in plein air, choosing unusual subject matter, and did some hiking into a gorge to find a secluded waterfall. 
I was delighted to receive an Honorable Mention Award for my painting of the campfire which I did for fun one night with no intention of entering into the competition.

Also, I was delighted to see fellow SVPAP members Gail Fox and Gay Dunn who stopped by to see the Saturday Quick Draw on their way to paint in the Adirondacks.

 "Vintage Crop"


 "Outdoor Seating"
Quick Draw

 "Unforgettable Fire"
Honorable Mention Award

 "Grimes Glen"

 "Bent Tree"

"Across The Lake"

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Negley Park Paint Out

"Susquehanna Rooftops"
9x12", oil

by Susan Benigni-Landis

The first Saturday in June finally gave us wonderful weather and views!

Monday, 5 June 2017


oil/stretched canvas

The day had a dreary, overcast start, but by late morning the sun was shining brightly. It was a perfect day for plein air painting. This view from Negley Park is from one of the openings, through the vegetation, of rooftops in Wormleysburg,  along a road leading to the Susquehanna River. The vista includes part of the Harrisburg skyline, plus a little bit of mountains in the distance. My image is blurry-having much trouble with my computer displaying pics from my camera.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Negley Park paint out

Marilyn Ladieu works on her painting at yesterday's paint out at Negley Park.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

A Stormy Eve to Paint

 "Clouds Over Courthouse"
9x12", oil on canvas
by Susan Benigni-Landis

There were a few evening painters at First Friday Carlisle in May, as the weather had been questionable for painting all day. A very short window of time (about an hour) presented an opportunity to catch stormy skies beyond the courthouse in Carlisle. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Art for Healing

Works from a group of SVPAP members have been selected for a 3 month exhibit at Hershey Medical Center.  The project, sponsored by Center Stage, places artwork in various locations of the hospital where the images may calm and comfort ailing patients.  Jill Peckelun, Paul Gallo, Cecelia Lyden, Patricia Walach Keough, Julie Riker, Debra Kreiger, Sue Van Tonningen, Johanna Monighan Schaefer, Jane Albin, Susan Benigni Landis, and Gail Fox have all contributed paintings to this effort.

Cecelia Lyden

Julie Riker

Monday, 8 May 2017


oil/stretched canvas

It was cold and windy last Wednesday, but with rain predicted for an"eternity," I wanted to paint the beautiful blossoms, before inclement weather destroyed them. I lasted about 3 hours outdoors and quit when I started to shiver. I finished the painting indoors, out of the rain and cold.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Early April At West Fairview

 "Spring Cityscape"
9x12" oil

"First Fish"
9x12" oil

Paintings from first SVPAP group Spring 2017 paint out 
by Susan Benigni-Landis

Monday, 10 April 2017


Susan, Johanna, and Felicity are making good use of the warm spring weather,  producing beautiful art this past Sunday. The West Fairview boat launch was crowded with others, fishermen, boaters in addition to our group members.

COPSE OF TREES By Cecelia Lyden


Sunday was a sunny, warm day and several of us  from our group, took advantage of the weather to "officially"start our plein aire painting at the West Fairview boat launch. I had only a small 8x10 canvas and, rather than painting a landscape, I opted to paint this thicket of trees, which only covered a small area. I really liked the "pinkish" sunlight hitting the trees and branches.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Texas Trip by Julie Riker

Here are some paintings from a recent trip to Texas.  I went with 5 other artists and we stayed on a ranch an hour and a half West of Austin, near Llano.  It was beautiful landscape, much different from what I see and paint around Pennsylvania.  

Blue Bonnets and Prickly Pear
9x12 oil

Blue Bonnet Road

Backlit Prickly Pear

Down At The Creek

Misty Morning Mesquite

Home On The Range

Monday, 27 March 2017

"Out and About" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

10x8 watercolor on crescent board
Last week I was out plein air painting with my brother Jon on the Gettysburg battlefield. I'm generally a fair weather painter, but it was a cold morning and it felt pretty good to get some of the cob webs from winter cleaned out! I painted most of the painting on site and decided to add an American crow on the fence post.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Winter In Willow Park by Julie Riker

9x12 oil

I was happy that we had a brief little snow storm last week.  It was just enough snowfall to make everything pretty - and it wouldn't be winter until I got to paint a snow scene :)
This was painted in Willow Park, Camp Hill.  

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

New website

I have decided to simplify my life and reduce the need to blog in many different places so I am posting my website address where I will do all future blogging.  I will also post on Facebook but direct viewers to the website.  My new website is   Please visit me at my new website,  read the blog,  and sign up for future newsletters.   Thanks.