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?

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)