Saturday, 23 April 2016


oil/stretched canvas

A beautiful spring day at Italian Lake was the serene setting for this past Wednesday paintout. The new swans were quite the attraction for children and adults out for a lazy stroll. My original rendering included 2 additional geese, but I was not happy with the composition. I cropped them out of the photo and will cut the canvas to this smaller size. 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Italian Lake Stairs by Larry Lerew

This painting was made from a charcoal sketch I made on a Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painter Painout at Italian Lake, Division Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania yesterday. I love to draw and paint staircases and when I saw this one with the back lighting I was hooked. I'm including the sketch with the painting to show how I take a sketch and create a new piece of art.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Spring Swans On Italian Lake by Larry Lerew

The the SVPAP had a group paintout today at Italian Lake, Division Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I strolled around with my sketchbook and charcoal pencil and made some marks en plein air. Below is a painting I completed in the studio from my morning sketches. The swans and geese were beautiful along with the bright pink blossoms on the trees.

Spring Swans On Italian Lake by Larry Lerew
8" x 10" Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Paint Snow Hill by Julie Riker

 Last week I participated in Paint Snow Hill, held in the charming town of Snow Hill, MD on the Eastern Shore.  It was a great event and fantastic area to paint with endless subject matter.  I found myself drawn to the many forgotten and decaying structures which conjured up feelings of sadness - but also mystery, and spoke to the power of time and nature over things of man.  I was honored to receive Artist's Choice for Best Body of Work as voted by my peers.

12x16 oil

"Paint Me"
9x12 oil

The Old Boathouse
10x20 oil

Porter's Crossing, Dusk
10x8 oil

Friday, 15 April 2016

"Bluebird in the Woods" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

8"x10" Acrylic/oil on canvas
So happy to find out this painting has found a home. Thank you PCCA  Gallery for the recent sale. I painted this plein air at the boat launch in Middletown. The river at the time was very high so I focused on this beautiful setting and light pattern on the bank of the river which was home to the bluebirds.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

SPRING IS HERE By Cecelia Lyden

oil on canvas

Today was the  first sunny mild day that I could paint outdoors. I spent 3 hours at the West Fairview boatlaunch on the Susquehanna. It was very peaceful and pleasant. This pic is a tad darker than the painting.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Forsythia Aglow, oil, 9x12 by Sharon Benner

I painted at the Myers Mansion, home of the Hanover Historical Society, Hanover, Pa. on Wed. 30 March.  It was a beautiful day with plenty of sun and no wind. See more of my work at

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Log Cabin by Julie Riker

12x9 oil

Beth and I painted last week at Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster.  It is a wonderful place to
paint - a little historic village with all sorts of buildings, gardens, animals, a pond...
I think it would be a great place for an SVPAP outing!

Friday, 11 March 2016

The Boiling Springs Iron Furnace as a watercolor. Larry Lerew

I painted in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania on Thursday and met Cecelia Lyden as she was leaving and had a pleasant introduction and chat with Cheryl Kugler when she arrived. I sketched and painted the Iron Furnace close to the mill and enjoyed an afternoon of outdoor painting. The weather was perfect. I pencil sketched the furnace in my sketchbook first and then moved a short distance away to paint off the tailgate of my pick up. The parking lot was full of fly fishermen and I should have taken the time to sketch them coming and going with all their gear. That might be a future painting this spring.
"Boiling Springs Iron Furnace" by Larry Lerew
11" x 14" watercolor on 140 lb. stretch watercolor paper

Thursday, 10 March 2016

"Fort Hunter Sunshine" by Larry Lerew

Yesterday I sketched and painted at Fort Hunter, just north of Harrisburg, PA. Being a warm day in March was wonderful since the winter trees were still devoid of foliage and I could see around them and the structure of the trees themselves. The light was fantastic so I sketched from the bridge and the front of the large barn to capture the view of buildings and later the mansion across the street. I enjoyed this painting with its pencil contour lines and muted colors. I like pencil lines to show in a watercolor. The sunshine was wonderful and much appreciated after experiencing recent eye surgeries.
"Fort Hunter Sunshine" by Larry Lerew
11" x 14" Watercolor on 140 lb.watercolor paper stretched

Friday, 4 March 2016

"Birds After Blizzard" by Susan Benigni-Landis

"Birds After Blizzard"
9x12", oil on canvas

Thanks to the SVPAP inspiration, I got out and painted with the birds of winter. Just wanted to capture a simple scene of this wild winter. 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Snowy Sycamore by Julie Riker

9x12 oil

This was painted on McCormick Road along the Yellow Breeches after our most recent snow fall.  This may be the last of my plein air snow scenes for this year...spring is coming and the snow is melting.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Capturing the snow by Julie Riker

Two of my most recent pieces which were painted in the week following the historic storm "Jonas" which dumped 29" of snow on our area.  Now one week later most of the snow has melted so I am happy that I was able to capture it.

 "Winter Colors"
8x10 oil

"Wildwood, January"
11x14 oil

These paintings are now available at Art & Soul Gallery in Lemoyne. Art & Soul is located above the West Shore Farmer's Market and is open Friday and Saturday, or by appointment.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

"Sunny City House View" by Susan Benigni Landis

"Sunny City House View"
8x10", oil on canvas

A bit late in posting this painting which was done on location with members of SVPAP during this past Harrisburg Gallery Walk. Thought it would be fitting for "The Burg 2" show at 
Gallery at Second.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Blue Shed In The Alley by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

Saturday's snow storm covered my area with over 28" of the white stuff.  We spent all day yesterday digging out.  Today I painted in the alley behind my house.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Sunday Morning, Shipoke

8x16 oil

Finally added some finishing touches to this painting which was started a few months ago in Shipoke along the river.  I've just delivered it and 2 other works to Gallery @ 2nd where it will be part of the multi-artist  'Burg Exhibit which opens with a public reception on January 14 and runs until March 2.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Season's Greetings from Julie Riker

"Red Barn In Winter"
8x10 oil

Reposting this winter scene that was painted last February along McCormick Road in Mechanicsburg.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas 
Happy New Year!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Neighbor's Garage, 9x12, oil by Sharon Benner

I really should paint out my back door more often, I have some wonderful scenery of pastures with horses and goats, stables and barns and some interesting trees.  The distant forests with open fields in the foreground need to be painted.  I think artists get so familiar with their immediate surroundings that they don't look at these places as possible subjects.  I'm going to try and paint these scenes this Winter.  See more of my work at

Monday, 7 December 2015

December Loose Sketching by Larry Lerew

Went out Loose Sketching today and first stopped in Dillsburg along Balitimore Street. Busy day, lots of traffic, mailed a painting and bought some Christmas stamps. This sketch of Dill Tavern was drawn with a tooth pick in a holder and dipped in ink. I liked the dry texture and free flow. The second stop was past Brandtsville along Creek Road at the corner of Kuhn and Creek Roads in Cumberland County. I liked this Loose Sketch made with a ink brush pen and the dry brush effect I got on the rough finish paper. This sycamore tree has always been a favorite of mine since I first sketched it in the early 1970's. It must be the biggest tree in my area.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

"Redhead", Pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Redhead", 8 x 10",
Pastel on sanded paper.

This piece was painted on location in CT this October.
I was in love with the turning tree by the marsh land
and had great time painting it.
Finished in studio by memory. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015



Good news yesterday from CALC[Carlisle Arts Learning Center] that 2 of my 3 submissions to their Holiday event sold. The first 2, above, were purchased. The last painting is still for sale. All 3 were painted, on site, in the vicinity of Carlisle and other close locations.

Monday, 30 November 2015


I've been too busy to paint outdoors. And cold weather is about to keep me indoors for a while. So, in order to help keep our blog going through the winter, I've decided to repost a couple of old plein air paintings. Both were painted in Boiling Springs-the same corner, but different seasons.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

COLOR ABOUNDS By Cecelia Lyden

The SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY PLEIN AIR PAINTERS, had a wonderfully successful reception for our fifth annual art exhibit last night. Happily, I was part of the success with the sale of my lily garden painting. We had 22 participants with 70-80 beautiful paintings, yummy food and drink and a big crowd-a good time.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

"Dune Dancers", Pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Dune Dancers", 9 x 12", Pastel.

Latest finished piece, painted 80% Plein Air and finalized in my studio from memory.
Beautiful Dunes of Cape, full of Sunlight and movement.
This was outside of Dennis Port, MA. I loved it there, one day I'll be back.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Pretty colors everywhere this October - Larry Lerew

We had a beautiful colorful October Sunday today which was perfect for making some art so I went into Dillsburg, Pennsylvania to sketch. I loved the orange mountain behind this church on E. Church Street. Just as I was finishing with my pastel sky color I hit a wet ink spot and suddenly the drawing told me I needed to add a flock of flying migrating birds to address a smudge. You never know how things will turn out when working loose and free style.
"October Day On East Church Street" by Larry Lerew
11" x 14" white 70 lb. laid finish drawing paper
Ink, Wax Crayon, Pastel
en Plein Air, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Glowing Forest by Julie Riker

10x8 oil

The light was so beautiful yesterday - bright sun low in the sky, streaming through the fall foliage - the woods were glowing with a canopy of color.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Historic Haldeman Mansion by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

Beth and I went out today looking for some fall color to paint but no particular location in mind. We ended up at the Haldeman Mansion in Bainbridge.  
This would be a good painting location for the group - lots of possibilities for paintings.  I was interested in the layered surface of the old building.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Painting a wedding by Julie Riker

16x20 oil on canvas

Yesterday I painted live during a wedding ceremony along the Yellow Breeches at Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, PA.  It was a commission request from the bride and groom who wanted a plein air painter to capture the setting of their special day.

This is the second time I have painted as part of a wedding.  I feel I am a bit more comfortable with it but there are certainly challenges with each situation.  The biggest challenge is time.  I arrived 2 hours early to set up and paint the entire background.  I only had about 30 minutes to quickly paint in the figures and a suggestion of a guest audience.   Here is the painting just before the figures arrived...

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Fall at Moody Farm


We had a lovely (but chilly) day at the Moody Farm yesterday. It was fun for me to reflect on my first painting experience at the farm, which had been over a year ago. The first time was one of my beginning plein air experiences and I remember feeling very "official" since I had painted a barn (guess I consider that a rite of passage for a plein air artist :-).  It was nice to realize yesterday how much more comfortable I am with the whole process. It's so much easier to figure out details to eliminate than it was when I began. Here's to progress!

Friday, 16 October 2015

FALL TREES by Cecelia Lyden

First day painting out this fall-lovely setting at the Moody farm, but very chilly and windy. I may be getting too old for painting in the cool weather-hoping for a couple of warm days before only studio painting in the winter.