Monday, 26 January 2015

"Flames of Light", Tatiana Myers.

"Flames of Light", 10 x 8"
Pastel on mounted Wallis.

And one more piece from my San Miguel collection.
Started on location, blocked in, finished in studio.
Just one of many colorful doorways, so typical
for city of San Miguel De Allende.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

"Mid-Day, Hot." by Tatiana Myers.

"Mid-Day, Hot."
10 x 8". Pastel on panel.

One of paintings I finished on location in beautiful city of San Miguel.
More - to be posted.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

"Quiet Waters", pastel, Tatiana Myers.

 Last several days I was lucky to be a part of unique event sponsored
by Pastel Society of America.
Our group flew to Mexico to get together in San Miguel de Allende
and paint together with my favorite pastel-guru - Richard McKinley.

In 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and
the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco
as World Heritage of Humanity sites and we had
an opportunity to work on both locations.

Some of those paintings I'll post later, meanwhile I want to share one I did
in local botanical garden what is known there as
"Jardín Botánico"

"Quiet Waters", 8 x 10"
Pastel. Plein Air.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

EGRET AT REST By Cecelia Lyden

I finally got out to paint. I hadn't picked up a brush since my operation in October. I had to push myself to go-I'm still having problems walking, carrying things;  plein air painting is all that and more. I'm so glad I did, though. The weather was mild and pleasant. The setting was peaceful and filled with wild life. It felt good to be painting again.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

"Long Point Wildlife Refuge" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

10"x20" Acrylic on canvas

This is another painting painted while on Martha's Vineyard this year. wonderful open space and a joy to watch all the birds! It was a beautiful day!

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Friday, 21 November 2014

"Great Rock Bight Beach" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

6.5"x4.5" on rough arches watercolor paper

 This is another plein air watercolor painting I did while on the Great Rock Bight Beach, Martha's Vineyard, MA. The day was beautiful, warm and just magical. It is a hike to get there and back. On our way back we met some happy people who were on there way to the beach. This painting was just recently purchased from one of the group and will have a new home in Salem, MA. Thank you friends!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Floridia #2 by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

Here's another plein air painting that I did during my stay in Florida as a break from painting walls.  This is a corner of my client's/host's pool looking out over the canal.  I left this with them as a thank you for giving me the business and making my stay so nice.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

"Great Rock Bight" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

6.5"x 4.25" watercolor on Arches rough paper

This is a little painting I did while visiting Martha's Vineyard. It was a hike to this beach but well worth it!

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Florida by Julie Riker

I have been away for the last month doing a large decorative painting commission in Florida.
Contrary to what many of you may think, it was not a vacation, but a lot of long hard working days.
I had taken my plein air equipment with the idea I would go out several times a week painting, but after most work days I only had the energy to jump in my client's pool. I did find time to do a few plein airs as a break from painting walls.  This was one that I painted from the homeowner's dock looking across the canal at a neighbor's fishing boat.
I am sorry I missed all the fall paint outs here and our exhibit in Carlisle.  I am looking forward to painting with friends again!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

MAPLES AND CONIFERS, 11x14, pastel by Sharon Benner

A pastel plein air painting that plays a triad color combination, orange, green and a little purple. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

"MOSS COVERED SHED, WALSH FARM" Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum

On Thursday October 16, I joined Mary Beth to paint at the Walsh Farm.
The day was a mix of clouds and possible rain in the afternoon. There was a brief time when the sun came out and revealed a blue sky with clouds. The shed near the entry road, just like Cecelia,  caught my attention with the moss covered roof.  I worked on it for about 2 hours or so and then rain forced me to leave.  I finished it in my studio.  There were so many interesting places to paint, I would love to return.  The goats were so friendly.  They pranced to the fence as I approached and were eager for attention. The tabby cat seemed to want to give me a tour of the property.  What a quaint place!  Thank you Mary Beth for arranging this paint out. 

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014


oil/stretched canvas

Thank you, Mary Beth for arranging the paintout at the lovely Walsh Farm in Mechanicsburg. All I could think of, as I looked around was, how lucky it would be to wake up every morning to this beautiful scenery. The farm and the surrounding landscape offered many subjects for painting. This old shed and the drying hydrangea caught my attention right away. 
Now I've known for decades that good composition is a necessity for a successful painting. I hesitated before I began, because I could see the problem with working out the composition. The shed and the hydrangea were too close in size and importance and split the canvas almost in half. However, I let my desire to paint both of them take over and proceeded. I spent the next few hours,  trying to connect both halves of canvas with overlapping branches. I added hydrangeas on both sides of the shed and another blossom reaching toward the shed. I probably should have moved the shrub over-but didn't think to do that: so engrossed I was, in painting the moss on the roof and the blossoms on the shrub. Not the first time I did not see the "forest through the trees". Will I ever learn?

Friday, 10 October 2014

"CODORUS STATE PARK IN EARLY FALL" Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum

On Wednesday a few of us painted at Codorus State Park.  The weather for the most part was beautiful and sunny. I had most of this painting completed.  I just needed to finish the trees on the right. Also I wanted to punch  up some of the colors in the foreground.  The trees were just beginning to turn.  A few times we had a gust of wind come up very suddenly. One of those times a tray from my pastel pencils lifted up and dumped my pencils on the ground and started to fly across the field.  Luckily I was able to retrieve it and put my pencils back in place.  All in all it was a beautiful day painting and laughing with friends.  I would love to go back when the Fall foliage is peak.  It will be spectacular!

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This painting was started earlier and finished on Wed., 8 Oct, when the SVPAP group painted at Codorus State Park.  I was lucky enough to have another clear, sunny day to capture the crisp Fall atmosphere. 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Paint Out For The SVPAP On A Farm Along McCormick Road Scheduled For October 14th (Rain Date the 16th)

 The Walsh Farm
443 McCormick Road
Mechanicsburg PA 17055

McCormick Road and the Yellow Breeches Creek is a favorite location for artists. We have been invited to paint at a farm located along McCormick Road.
9:00am to Mid Afternoon - October 14th
Rain Date is October 16th
Plenty of parking but if you can carpool it is appreciated since this is a private property.
Please rsvp Mary Beth Brath at if you plan to attend.
See You There - Mary Beth
cell 717-614-0700

Wednesday, 8 October 2014



A few of us painted at Codorus State Park on this beautiful, comfortable, early fall day. A big thank you to Sharon Benner for planning this plein air paintout. 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

"Invitation", pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Invitation", 8 x 10", Pastel on paper.

This week I was lucky to participate in workshop with Master-Painter
Albert Handell. Weather was not pleasant, so we had to combine
work on location and in studio. This piece was done 90% Plein Air
and finished after I returned back home. 
We all learned a lot during this 4 days session. I hope to be able
to repeat this wonderful experience.
Thank you, Albert!

Friday, 3 October 2014

"STONEWALL PUMPKIN PATCH STAND" (HARVEST OF THE ARTS 2014) An Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum SOLD

On September 20, SVPAP painted and had a booth at Harvest of the Arts in Carlisle.  This is a painting of a stand on the corner of Pitt and High Streets.  The owners of the stand are from the Stonewall Pumpkin Patch on Houser Lane in Carlisle.  It is a family business and the mother of one of the owners is the proprietor of  the Appalachian Whole Foods store on that same corner.  Today I took the painting there to show her the finished work and she purchased the painting.  This was her daughters pumpkins from her first pumpkin patch. 
The painting is about 50% Plein air and 50% studio. I worked our booth and only had about 2 hours to paint.  I used the building that was further back for the background.  Their were more booths in the background and made it way too busy.  I really wanted to focus on the pumpkins and baskets.  It was a lot of fun doing this painting with all the bright colors.

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THE OLD RESERVOIR, 11X14 OIL by Sharon Benner

This is what is left of the old Sheppard-Meyers reservoir and dam.  The dam was a dirt bank and the EPA deemed it hazardous so it was closed.  The day was sunny, then cloudy and made for a troublesome painting.  I'm still working on it in the studio! 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

THE COVE, 12x16, oil

The trees are just starting to turn in Codorus State Park.  The lake is at a low level and there is new green grass growing where water should be.  The small stream of water flowing into the lake and the colorful lake bottom made interesting color patterns for me to paint.  I'm hosting a plein air paint out in Codorus State Park on 8 Oct.  9am.  The address of the ranger station is 2600 Smith Station Rd., Hanover, Pa. 17331  You can visit there first and get a map of the park.  I'll be painting on the hill above the marina launch, on Marina Rd.  (by the Monument and bird houses)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

'Long Point Wildlife Refuge'
Martha's Vineyard, MA
An Original Plein Air Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Long Point Wildlife Refuge'
Martha's Vineyard, MA
© Claire Beadon Carnell
Plein Air
Oil on Linen Panel 
9 X 12

As I have been posting my paintings from my
trip to Martha's Vineyard, each one takes me back
to the beautiful scenery on the island, the wonderful
colors of the land and the see, and the amazing time
I had painting with good friends.  It was an experience
I will remember and treasure forever.
If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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Monday, 22 September 2014


oil/stretched canvas

Julie Riker and I went to Fort Hunter, on Friday, a beautiful, mild fall evening to paint a sunset. I have painted sunrises and sunsets before , but always from my photographs. This was my first attempt to paint the sun setting en pleine aire. Boy, what pressure! "Now you see it. Now you Don't"
Dramatic sunrises and sunsets depend on cloud formations. This sky had only one cloud. The sky and the water were serenely smooth and placid. I decided to create my own drama and added some livlier brushstrokes and tints.  

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Painting at the Harvest of the Arts by Julie Riker

I had a blast today painting the cool cars at the Harvest of the Arts.  SVPAP's booth looked FANTASTIC and we did our best to spread the word about the upcoming show at Carlisle's Arts Learning Center.  People are especially interested in watching painters paint.  Thanks Donna for coordinating everything and putting so much work into the day.

"Sky Blue MG A"

'Low Tide at Great Rock Bight'
Martha's Vineyard, MA
An Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Low Tide at Great Rock Bight'
Martha's Vineyard, MA
© Claire Beadon Carnell
Plein Air
Oil on Canvas Panel 
6 X 12
I liked this view of Great Rock Bight Beach so much,
that I decided to paint it again in the afternoon
when the tide was low, and more of the rocks
in the water were visible.  I can really
understand why Monet painted his series of paintings.
Painting the same scene
during different times of the day and in varying
light/weather conditions creates a unique picture, as
well as a unique painting experience.
If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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Friday, 19 September 2014

Retired by Julie Riker

 8x10 oil
Another painting from my weekend at the Chincoteague Island Plein Air Event.  I love images of abandonment - of nature taking over what was once new.
There is no shortage of scenes like this on Chincoteague Island.  I could have created 5 compositions from this one property but chose to crop in on mostly the rusty truck with a bit of the old cottage.
This painting sold quickly at the show and was very popular.  I could have sold it again 20 times!  Maybe next year I should just paint rusty trucks!

"Fishing Shack at Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard" An Original Watercolor by Donna Berk Barlup

"Fishing Shack in Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard"

An Original Watercolor by 
Donna Berk Barlup

What a wonderful week! I had the opportunity to spend a plein air painting week in Martha's Vineyard with 6 other artists.  The weather could not have been more perfect and the views are spectacular.  This very small fishing village is what I expected to see in Martha's Vineyard.  Lots of boats and fishing shacks were there.  We saw the most amazing and beautiful sunset with such intense colors. And the seafood was delicious!

Donna Berk Barlup  

"Nocturne Painting" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

8"x10" Acrylic on canvas board

 This was an adventure for sure. I never painted in the dark and it proved very interesting and fun to do. The tree was up lit so it created a nice center of interest. This was in the yard where we stayed at Martha's Vineyard. Made even more fun my painting buddies and hubby were with me!

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

'Low Tide at Menemsha'
Dutcher's Dock
Martha's Vineyard, MA
An Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Low Tide at Menemsha'
Dutcher's Dock
Martha's Vineyard, MA
© Claire Beadon Carnell
Plein Air
Oil on Canvas Panel 
12 X 9
I just came back from a plein air painting jaunt to
Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.  I was really looking
forward to painting the marshy areas, and was very
happy to find this marsh in Menemsha at low tide.
Locals who stopped by to talk to me while I was
painting said that this was the lowest they had
ever seen the tide in this area. Lucky me :)
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interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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"West Chop Lighthouse" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

 8"x10" Acrylic on canvas

 Just got home from a wonderful and inspirational painting trip to Martha's Vineyard, MA. This is the West Chop Lighthouse in Vineyard Haven. It was a beautiful, but windy day. Met some wonderful people from the town! I had all but the doors and windows finished when it started to sprinkle. Just finished that up in the studio. More to come!!!!

Saturday is Harvest of the Arts from 9am-5pm in Carlisle. I will have a booth#46 there. Time to think about those Christmas gifts!!!!

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014



This painting was plein air inspired and started, but studio finished. I arrived a little late on Sunday for the Gallery Walk at Fort Hunter. I walked around for a while, looking for something inspiring to paint. I finally settled for this building, a stable. It had an OK shadow, a semi cheery color, an interesting roofline and a nice little tree in the crux of the two sections of the building. Not that enthused with my choice of subject matter, I "putzed" around, setting up, when suddenly I noticed this huge sycamore behind the building, almost completely hidden by dense foliage. I was suddenly motivated and began to work out the composition. I since have learned that this tree is listed in the book, Penn's Woods, and is estimated to be over 300 years old-so glad I spied it. 
I blocked in the whole composition and began to paint, but before I finished, it was near 5 o'clock, quittin' time. I still had several problems to work out, so I worked on them in studio.