Monday, 25 May 2015

A Cool Corner by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

This was painted on Saturday at Lindenwood, site of the Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse, in the relaxing and colorful garden behind the outbuildings.  I was interested in the greenish/yellow glow on the white building, reflected off of the grass and plants.

This painting is available in the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters gallery which is located in the upper level of the barn.  There is no charge to visit the barn and explore the showhouse grounds.
Entrance to the house is $20.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

"The Old Willow" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

I painted at the Harrisburg Symphony Show House on Saturday with my fellow Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters. What a wonderful day. I chose an old willow tree with lots of character! This will be on display and for sale in the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the barn on the show house grounds.

Plein Air at Moody's Farm

I painted this watercolor at Moody's Farm. It was painted in about 2 hours. It needs some detail work which I will probably never get around to. Our hostess was amazingly gracious and made oatmeal raisin cookies and Rice Krispie Treats for us. The day was cold and windy but it was fun being out in the open painting!
Tisha Sheldon

Saturday, 23 May 2015

"Hillside", Pastel, Tatiana Myers.

"Hillside", 8 x 10", Pastel on U-art 400.

Today some of our SVPAP gathered together to paint at Lindenwood.
Place is gorgeous, people are very friendly, weather is great,
just add some pastels to it and You have a perfect day!
This is my today's painting effort.
I was captured by play of light and a shadows on a hillside
and painted my story of it.
Had truly great time in it! Looking forward to go back
one of upcoming weekends.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Lindenwood opens!

Yesterday we hung the exhibit in the barn at Lindenwood - the site of the Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse.  It looks wonderful!  Thanks to all of the participating artists who provided lovely work. Special thanks to Cathy Stone who supplied and set up the hanging panels on loan from CALC and Deb Kreiger, Donna Barlup, and Cecelia Lyden who helped with hanging and collecting paintings and information.

The showhouse opens Thursday evening with a special preview gala and tour and officially opens to the public on Friday the 22nd.  SVPAP artists will be painting on the grounds during weekend hours and occasionally during the week.

For more information on the showhouse visit

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

"Dune-Dancers", pastel, Tatiana Myers.

 Last week I spent painting at Cape Cod with group of pastel painters
mentored  by Richard McKinley.
It was a time before the tourist season is starting, so we had very little interruption
by whoever was showing at our painting sites... What were beautiful.

This is one of the painting what I did on location.
Most of us were staying right on the parking lot of one of local beaches.
We were surrounded by water, dunes, blooming Beach Plum bushes
 and some not-invited personalities what were trying to 
hand out some of brochures of religious nature...
(We all know well those polite guys who usually working in small groups of 2 or 3,
always neatly dressed and just a bit too sweet)
Soon their brave troopers gave up on us and move away to some place other....
We were continuing working on our paintings and enjoyed the scenery.

Richard did his demo later in a day and ironically we ended up
painting the same subject, what was a group of pine trees on a top of the dunes.
After I finished working on my painting I decided not to do another,
but went  around with my camera hunting for more beautiful  views.
Now as I'm back home it will be more paintings coming.

"GAZEBO GARDEN IN SPRING" An Original Pastel painting by Clare Klaum

Thank you Cecelia for inviting us to paint in your neighbor's garden last week!  So many beautiful spots to pick from.  It's a shame it will be just about  over by next week for the Plein Air Camp Hill festival.  Last week  I spent Thursday & Friday afternoons on location for a few hours each on this painting and finished it at home yesterday.  It must be like a little bit of heaven to just sit in this beautiful garden and enjoy it's splendor!

             To see more of my work, please visit my website

Sunday, 17 May 2015

SVPAP at Lindenwood - Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse

We are gearing up to be part of the Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse which opens to the public on Friday, May 22nd and runs through June 14.  In addition to an exhibit of artwork in the barn, SVPAP members will be painting on the grounds during weekend hours.  More information on the showhouse is available at

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Field, Late Afternoon by Julie Riker

8x10 oil

Just getting around to posting this painting that I did last weekend as a demo during the Art Center benefit at Hershey Vineyards... a beautiful view from their deck looking out over the Pennsylvania fields.  I enjoyed chatting with patrons and sampling wine as I time!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Pink Explosion by Julie Riker

I've noticed the last few days that all the cherry trees are beginning to shed their petals.  This particular grouping of trees caught my eye in a neighborhood where I was doing some painting for a client.  The trees were growing on a mulched hill and the effect of the petals laying on the ground was amazing - like a carpet of pink.  Surreal.

I experimented a bit with this painting, using a palette knife to lay in some thicker patches of paint.  
Here is my painting.

Pink Explosion
8x8 oil

To see more of my work please visit my website

Friday, 1 May 2015

"Burg" article

Check out this article in The Burg about plein air painting in the region - focusing on the Camp Hill Plein Air Festival.  It mentions Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters and our involvement in the upcoming Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse.

Friday, 24 April 2015

"A Place for Reflection" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

8"x10" Acrylic on canvas

Sometimes I let a painting sit around..could be a year before I figure out what it might be missing. I decided it was time to finish this one. SVPAP took a trip to Annapolis last year, and we painted on a members' daughters property. I just like the feel of this painting. I used to love to swing and feel the breeze on my face! What a great space.

If you are intersted in pruchasing this painting please e-mail me at or visit my website at

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.

If you'd like to purchase this painting please e-mail me at or visit my website at

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.