Sunday, 19 April 2015


oil/stretched canvas
Five of us enjoyed a perfect spring day on Saturday. The yellow forsythia was hard to resist. It screamed spring.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Spring Along The Susquehanna by Julie Riker

9x12 oil

Another lovely spring day and nice to be with my fellow painters!

"From the Bank of the Susquehanna" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

8"x10" Acrylic on Canvas

 Spent the morning with my buddies painting at Fort Hunter looking at the river and the Rockville Bridge. What a fantastic day! Had to dust off the acrylics, but didn't do too bad for the first time out this year. I got most of the painting finished and only had to add some bling when I got home.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Meet Beth Bathe 
Short Dog Studio

Beth Bathe is an artist currently residing in Lancaster, PA. She has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and has had her own graphic design business, Bathe Design, for 27 years. Her fine art oil paintings include figurative, still life and landscapes. She has become very involved in the plein air movement of painting outdoors and also teaches classes and leads workshops at her studio Short Dog Studios in Ephrata, PA. Beth is a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters (MAPAPA), Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters(SVPAP), Daily Painters of Pennsylvania and Daily Paintworks

Recent shows, juried competitions and Awards include: 
• Juried artist Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2015 
• Juried artist, Paint Annapolis 2015 
• Juried artist, Plein Air Camp Hill PA, 2015, 2014 and 2013 
• Juried artist, 2014 Plein Air X Easton! 
• Invited artist, Plein Air Mt. Lebanon PA, Oct. 2014
• Invited artist, Plein Air Chincoteague, VA, Sept. 2014
• First Place in 2014 Small Works Show, The Art Center, Mechanicsburg PA
• First Place and People’s Choice Award Gettysburg Fest Plein Air Competition 2014
• Second Place, Quick Draw. Plein Air Camp Hill 2014
• Honorable Mention, Plein Air Camp Hill 2013
• Art League of Alexandria, VA annual show "'Scapes", 2010 and 2011

Current Shows and Galleries 

“Either Fish or Fowl” 2015 Annapolis Maritime Museum
“Best of 2014” – Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD
“Plein Air 2014” – Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD
“6” Squared” – Randy Higbee Gallery, CA
Short Dog Studios, Ephrata PA
Daily Paintworks,

"Growing up with a father who was a commercial artist, interior designer and all around 'Renaissance man', art was always a part of my life. Most of my working career has been as a graphic designer,  Fast forward after raising two kids, taking care my of my elderly parents and losing my husband to cancer, my partner Bill presented me with an easel and oil paints for Christmas in 2008. The paints remained unopened for a year before I finally signed up for my first oil painting class. Since that first day I have never looked back, oil painting had become my new 'art'. I studied oil painting at the Art League of Alexandria, and apprenticed under Edward “Ted” Reed for several years. I have also studied with landscape painter Marc Hanson and Quiang Huang. I am influenced by John Singer Sargent, the Russian impressionists, Andrew Wyeth and contemporaries Richard Schmid, Marc Hanson and Charlie Hunter.

When I first started painting I just thought it was something I’d like to do. I loved studying, practicing, watching my paintings evolve. I also started to evolve. Artist David Leffel states that 'Painting is like an interlocking set of relationships — color, edges, values, thick and thin, etc. Life is the same. Everything is interrelated.' I love the way that painting has become such a large part of my life. I now see the world through the eyes of a painter, and it is a beautiful, bright world indeed.

Monday, 6 April 2015

McKee's Botanical Gardens and Adam's Ranch

 Oil Plein air 8 x 10 Adam' Artist s Ranch

Oil 9 x 12 McKee's Botanical Gardens Plein Air

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Trees Outback by Larry Lerew

Trees Outback by Larry Lerew 
12" x 15" Charcoal on Drawing Paper
Had a great afternoon warming up to Spring! I got as far as my back porch and set up my easel for my first charcoal sketch of the new 2015 season. This is looking over at the run and seeing all the dried grass and brush left behind from winter. I did see a couple of stray kids wander in from the township park and it reminded me of all the hours our own boys played in this spot.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015


Congratulations to the 18 SVPAP members who will be participating in the 2015 Camp Hill Plein Air Festival!! Jane Albin, Beth Bathe, Donna Barlup, John Capowski, Claire Beadon Carnell, Paul Gallo, Sharon Jenne, Patricia Walach Keough, Claire Klaum, Deb Kreiger, Susan Benigni Landis, Cecelia Lyden, Tatiana Myers, Jill Peckelun, Karen Pindzola, Madeline Reilly, Julie Riker, and Linda Young will all be part of the the competition on Friday evening, May 29. The Quick Draw on Saturday the 30th is open to anyone.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


This site of my last paintout in Florida was at a local botanical garden. I arrived early. The sun was still low in the sky and there was lots of deep shade, especially under that unusual tree with the huge trunk. I love shade and sunlight contrasts, but you can barely see the different sections of the trunk, I'm going to lighten some of the tree up a bit. Otherwise, the lush greens, rich shade and bright sunlight on the tree and some of the plants really were a pleasure to paint. 

Thursday, 5 March 2015


This is a stream in the Savannas Park Preserve in Ft Pierce, Fla, where a  couple of my fellow painters spied two alligators in the water. I stayed put-didn't even venture a peek. They, my fellow painters and the alligators, can run a lot faster than I.
I have painted in this park many times. This section of the stream is surrounded by many different palms and other vegetation. Their shade, the deep green growth in the water contrast with the sunshine, clouds and blue skies and have made for beautiful scenes. I got a really good start on this painting--I was very satisfied with the composition and the placement of colors and values-but I needed to refine and define more. I did the finishing touches in my makeshift studio.

This is another painting I did in Savannas Park, from the bridge, a couple of years ago. Again, deep, rich  shadows in the water inspired me as much as the palms.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


The winds have been really strong this winter off the Atlantic. Most of the days , a red flag has been displayed. Today the sun was strong and the winds were a mere calm breeze, but a yellow flag meant caution, warning you to be careful in the water.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

BREEZY DAY By Cecelia Lyden

So convenient to spy and paint a scene from your balcony. This feathery tree was blowing so gracefully in the breeze--the clouds were moving and looked so pretty in the sunny blue sky--just had to paint it. I set up on the balcony and easily spent two days doing so. 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Red Barn In Winter by Julie Riker


Beth and I painted along McCormick Road on Sunday morning before our lunch meeting.
It was great to be out but I realized I had not done this kind of painting from observation in a long time and was feeling like I couldn't concentrate due to the cold.  The forecast was 40 degrees...they were wrong...I was unprepared and my feet were frozen.
Perhaps the gloves, cold conditions, and stiff paint consistency led to the looseness of this painting.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015


It was a perfect day for plein air painting yesterday-70's, warm sunshine, light breezes. The sun is always warm here, but the temps have been cooler than normal and the winds, strong enough to blow my easel away.
This palm bush was one of many trees and shrubs growing in Carolyn McNeil's yard. She invited our group to paint there. The palm bush was situated in front of a golden field, and the sun shining on its fronds and the rich shadows were hard to resist.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Ice Carving Sketch by Jane Albin

Ice Carving Sketch
Watercolor on Pentalic watermedia sketch pad. 5"x8"

Tried my hand at plein air painting in 20 degree F temperature. 
The sketching was a little sketchy because I kept my gloves on to start.
I thought the paint would work better because I had a water-filled brush.  The paint was freezing as I tried to apply it to the paper making flat flakes of slush that could be brushed off.
I quit when the paper got too cold to accept any paint at all.  It was a fun attempt.
Hot chocolate was an excellent follow up. 

"Light Within", Pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Light Within", 8 x 10", Pastel.
Plein Air @ San Miguel, 2015

Another piece from beautiful San Miguel De Allende...
Not the last painting I have to post out of Mexican Plein Air series,
 but this was actually painted on a last day of our painting journey...
So it is last Plein Air from San Miguel, but not the last one what I'll be posting.
More is coming...

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Two more works from Sam Miguel.

"Arches", 10 x 8", Pastel on Wallis.

This one was a painting I did during my first painting day in a city.
We started nice and easy, but whole event turned into total chaos,
when cars and vans starting pulling to "El Jardin" - central square
of San Miguel where our group was working this day.
Turned out - crowd was gathering for movie shoot.
One of popular Mexican soap operas, what they call "Telenovela".
So we got to participate in sort of "Painting with the stars" event
without any fair warning.
Many bystanders were kicked out of the square by TV crew,
but they let us paint and worked things around...
What was indeed very nice, as bunch of foreigners with easels
definitely weren't part of the script.
I was working on my first painting in the most far corner in weak hope
it is safe place to be and I was dead wrong.
Long story short - I got to paint  right on camera
and my dear spouse had too much fun with that fact....
Regardless... I finished the painting.

Next one I did at the end of day 2, it was basically quick street-sketch
on 9 x 6" piece of Pastel Premier paper.
I finished it later in studio without addition many details...
It was all about forms and shapes, not a small things.

"Shapes of City", 9 x 6", Pastel.

Hard to believe, it was just week ago now,
when we are back in PA and buried in a snow...
It was too much fun!


It was a gray day, but I decided to paint outdoors anyway. We only have one car in FLA and today was my day to take it. I drove all around Savannas Park, but every site was so grim. I was about to leave when I spied this pretty little scene-palms framing a reflection of palms, beautifully contrasted against a luminous sky. My day was saved. 

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?