Saturday, 22 July 2017

SUNFLOWERS ON A HOT SUMMER DAY By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas
11x14
www.cecelialyden.com

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.

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.