Wednesday, 9 August 2017

SOLD-- SOPHIA'S SUNSHINE-- An Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum


A few weeks ago I painted with our Plein Air group for the second time they went to the Sunflower fields.  This was the first time in a very long time that I Plein Air painted.  I was not happy with my painting so the following week I went by myself to try again.  This time I was successful.  I spent 3 hours on location till the bugs were relentless and finished it at home.  Sophia of Sophia's on Walden and Sophia's on Market had these Sunflowers planted.  The community has enjoyed painting, photographing and picking these beautiful flowers.  The Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters have an exhibit at Carlisle Arts Learning Center.  At our opening reception on August 4 Sophia came to our reception at my invitation.  She loved the exhibit and bought 3 paintings, one of them mine.  That night 6 paintings were sold.  It was a very successful evening!  The exhibit will remain there until September 2 in the upper Gallery.

                              To see more of my work, please visit my website
                                               www.clareklaumfineart.com

Sunday, 30 July 2017

VIV'S GARDEN By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas
11x14
www.cecelialyden.com

Several of us enjoyed a perfect day painting at Vivian Brandler's charming home, which sits on a hill that overlooks a beautiful Dillsburg landscape. Julie Riker was there to assist  anyone who requested aid with their work. Afterward, we had a  helpful critique, with everyone participating. It was a fun outing.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Saturday, 22 July 2017

SUNFLOWERS ON A HOT SUMMER DAY By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas
11x14
www.cecelialyden.com
SOLD TO THE SOWER OF THE SUNFLOWER SEEDS

About a dozen of us went out to this field of sunflowers, Thursday,  in 90 degree weather, no shade, no cloud cover-very hot and humid. The lure of all that yellow made me forsake any common sense. Wearing light colored clothes, a hat and slathered in suntan lotion, I still only lasted about 2 hours-just barely enough time to work on a small patch of the field. Happily, this painting was purchased by the owner of the sunflower field.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

JAMES BUCHANAN'S WHEATLAND by Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas
11x14
www.cecelialyden.com
Last Saturday was a beautiful day for plein air painting. Donna, Julie, and I travelled to James Buchanan's Wheatland home in Lancaster. This was my second time there. My first painting [below]
focused on one of the quaint buildings on the property, a privy. Saturday I was more interested in painting some of the many beautiful and varied trees on the Buchanan estate.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Star Barn Raising Festival by Julie Riker

I was honored to be commissioned as the onsite painter for last weekend's Star Barn Raising Festival.

  The Star Barn is a significantly historic barn, built in 1860, that sat along rt.283 between Harrisburg and Lancaster.  It has long been a favorite site for painters, photographers, and lovers of nostalgia.  The barn was purchased by a private owner last year and has been moved, along with it's outbuildings, piece by piece, to it's new location in Elizabethtown where it will be preserved as a venue for weddings and events.

I was asked to create 2 paintings, both 24x36, depicting certain actions in the reconstruction.  I kept thinking that the original barn raising may have had a few sketch artists, as not everyone had a camera back then.

The festival was well attended and I was able to talk to many people about my painting.  I was surprised that so many people relate to this barn in a personal way.  

At one point, an Amish teen boy (maybe 13) stood and watched me paint for about a half hour.  He asked a lot of questions about what I was doing and seemed very interested that I was painting just from observation - what I was seeing.  I thought that was a neat moment - art bringing together 2 very different people.

 painting #1 showing some of the outbuildings and the raising of the bents


painting #2 captured the lowering of the cupola into the structure by crane

Saturday, 1 July 2017

CRANES IN MY GARDEN By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas
11x14
www.cecelialyden.com

I'm enjoying my cranes sculptures so much. I decided to paint them.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Mountain Maryland by Julie Riker

Last week I painted in Cumberland, MD for the Mountain Maryland plein air event. It was my first time visiting this area.  I loved the steep hilly town and the rural outlying areas.  Much of this rural area is economically depressed which is sad to see, but makes for great painting subjects.  I had the opportunity to paint in an abandoned silk mill in Lanaconing which closed in 1957 and was left intact.

 "Rose Hill"
14x18

"1937 McCormick Deering"
9x12

"Narrows Bridge"
14x18

"Lonaconing Silk Mill"
12x16

"Ottaviani's"
9x12


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"
12x16

 "Gnarly"
9x12

 "Outdoor Seating"
9x12
Quick Draw

 "Unforgettable Fire"
14x18
Honorable Mention Award

 "Grimes Glen"
16x20

 "Bent Tree"
14x18

"Across The Lake"
12x16

To see more of my work visit www.julieriker.com

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

WORMLEYSBURG AND HARRISBURG ON THE SUSQUEHANNA By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas
11x14
www.cecelialyden.com

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

AZALEAS AND HOSTAS By Cecelia Lyden


oil/stretched canvas
11x14
www.cecelialyden.com

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

SVPAP PAINTERS


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

oil
8x10
www.cecelialyden.com

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
9x12

Backlit Prickly Pear
8x10

Down At The Creek
9x12

Misty Morning Mesquite
8x10

Home On The Range
6x12



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.  




If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website www.julieriker.com

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 www.barbaradeugarte.com.   Please visit me at my new website,  read the blog,  and sign up for future newsletters.   Thanks.