Saturday, 12 May 2018

A VIEW DOWN RIVER By Cecelia Lyden

Oil on Canvas
Wednesday of this past week was a pleasant, sunny day. Five of us spent the morning painting along the Susquehanna River. This view is looking down river toward the Harvey Taylor Bridge..The sky was cloudless and pale in color. The trees and their reflections in the water were the "main attraction".

Friday, 23 March 2018

A Sampling of Winter Landscapes

Last thoughts on winter...A call for any interested SVPAP members went out last summer to exhibit winter landscapes at the Historic Harrisburg Association (HHA). Several members participated. This is just a sampling of paintings from the show. All of the work was terrific.The exhibit was well received during the Candlelight Tour and throughout the winter months. Thank you to HHA.

Monday, 6 November 2017


By the Art and Soul Gallery

oil/stretched canvas
Wedged between days of rainy, clammy weather, Saturday was a beautiful autumn day. Memorial Lake State Park was the perfect place to be to enjoy and paint the gorgeous PA. landscape.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Sunset by Governor's Mansion

"October Orange Peeking Through"
9x12", oil on canvas
by Susan Benigni-Landis

"Night Falls on Susquehanna"
9x12", oil on canvas
by Susan Benigni-Landis

October 24th was a lovely evening for a paint-out, with warm temperatures and just a slight breeze near the river. Several painters (John, Kim, Susan) ventured out to quickly capture the colors and atmosphere of the evening. We had the support of many passers-by who appreciated all that the Susquehanna River has to offer. Let's look forward to more evening paint-outs!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

YELLOW BREECHES ALONG McCORMICK ROAD An Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum

Two weeks ago a few of us had a paint out along McCormick road on a beautiful sunny Saturday.  I was finally able to get back to my painting to finish it.  It was a fun day and so much activity there.  It is a very popular spot for kayaking, wading, fishing and just enjoying the view.  This was also my daughters favorite spot when she was in High School to just get away and have a quiet moment. 

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

McCormick Park Paint Out

"Yellow Breeches Sunny Saturday"
8x10" oil on canvas
by Susan Benigni-Landis

Painters along Yellow Breeches

Morning painting

Several SVPAP members painted along the Yellow Breeches Creek at McCormick Park recently, taking advantage of sunshine, shadows, and overall fine weather.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

2017 Summer has been lush and beautiful!  I mowed a path through the meadow the other day so I could get a closer look at the wildflowers.   This is what I painted.     If any of you want to come back to the farm, I am willing to host another paintout. The Mexican Torch Sunflowers, Cosmos and Cleomes are tall now and there are still many butterflies, hummingbirds and insects.  
Xoxoxo - Vivi

Thank you CALC!

Coming up to the end of our current exhibit at CALC, I thank Cathy Stone and all those who work at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center for the opportunity to exhibit our group work there this past session.   I was happy to learn my little "Crescent Moon" will be moving to Vermont.  
 (This is the only photo I have of it......a bit out of focus, but oh well.)    

Monday, 28 August 2017


oil/stretched canvas

A few of us took advantage of the beautiful weather this past Saturday and painted at the Yellow Breeches Creek on McCormick Rd. Scores of people were also enjoying the weather kayaking, canoeing, tubing and fishing.

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.

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

VIV'S GARDEN By Cecelia Lyden

oil/stretched canvas

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


oil/stretched canvas

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


oil/stretched canvas
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


oil/stretched canvas

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"

"1937 McCormick Deering"

"Narrows Bridge"

"Lonaconing Silk Mill"


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