Saturday, 26 September 2015

Vintage Jag by Julie Riker


Perfect early fall weather for the Harvest of the Arts/Antique Auto Show in Carlisle today, I had so much fun painting the gorgeous curves and creamy color of this vintage Jaguar.  It was purchased wet off the easel.  Great day!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Zinnias and Marigolds standing tall into the fall by Larry Lerew

Zinnias and Marigolds standing tall into the fall.
Ace, my puppy friend, modeled for me today. He always loves to catch some sun rays when he can. Our flowers are still abundantly blooming and putting on a spectacular color show for early fall. Here is my impression of today as an artist quick sketch.
"Asleep In The Garden" by Larry Lerew
11" x 14" 70 lb. laid finish white drawing paper
Ink and pastel
en plein air, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

"Back Lighting," 9x12, oil by Sharon Benner

Codorus State Park, Hanover, Pa. is my favorite place to paint.  The lake was low today but still quite beautiful. for more paintings

Sunday, 20 September 2015

"CONESTOGA HOUSE GARDENS" An Original Pastel Painting by Clare Klaum SOLD

My Pastel Painting "CONESTOGA HOUSE GARDENS" that was chosen for the brochure cover for Gallery Walk is in our exhibit at City House B & B.  I just found out it was SOLD.  I was so excited!  The tag says sold so it will be there until the end of the exhibit. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Beth Bathe and Sharon Benner who also sold a painting!! With 9 days to go on our exhibit we are doing really AWESOME, having sold 3 paintings!!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Save The Date - SVPAP exhibit at MAC!

Chincoteague Channel by Julie Riker

7x21 oil

Last week I participated in the plein air event on Chincoteague Island for the 5th year.  I love this place and always find new things to paint.  This scene across the channel is one that I've thought about painting for years.  It is my favorite part of the drive to the island - the road that crosses the marshy channel from the main land to Chincoteague. There are not many places to pull off on the road but I had someone drop me off there for a few hours so I could paint this.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Gallery Walk

Gallery Walk is this Sunday the 13th.  Don't forget to look for the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters at City House Bed and Breakfast.

Field of Flowers by Julie Riker

8x16 oil

I took a drive to the South side of Chambersburg today to seek out this sunflower field which a friend alerted me to.  I was delighted to find a massive field with thousands of yellow heads.  Most were just past their prime but it still was well worth the trip!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Easton's Sunflowers An Original Watercolor by Donna Berk Barlup

Easton's Sunflowers 

 An Original Watercolor by Donna Berk Barlup
Painted En Plein Air

I finally had a little time to get outside to paint so I set up my equipment in the backyard and painted the sunflowers my Grandson planted this Spring.  

If you are interested in purchasing this or any other painting, please contact me.

Donna Berk Barlup

Wednesday, 19 August 2015


oil/stretched canvas

It was a hot and humid day, but not at the Falls. Abundant shade and a steady breeze kept me comfortable for the 3 hours I was there.The sky was blue, and so was the water. The clouds in my painting appeared just as I was leaving-I photographed them and added them at home.

Saturday, 15 August 2015


I opened an email from The Harrisburg Art Association and saw that my painting of the view of the Susquehanna from Tish Sheldon's porch, was used to advertise the Gallery Walk in September. A nice little surprise. 

Thursday, 13 August 2015

"Mount Gretna Playhouse" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

8"x10" Acrylic on canvas board

This is a plein air painting I did of the playhouse, while painting with friends from the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters.
 Mount Gretna Art Show is this weekend. Please come and see me Saturday from 9am-6pm or Sunday 9am-5pm. My booth #134.

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Star Barn by Julie Riker

16x12 oil

I did this painting on location at the Star Barn a few weeks ago.  Many artists have painted this local icon, but I wanted to try my own rendition.  The barn will soon be moved to a private location and I wanted to paint it in it's original home.  Perhaps I will attempt another painting here before the barn is dismantled. 

I am happy that this painting sold at the Saturday night Art Association Soiree.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Reflections in the Cove, 11x14 oil by Sharon Benner

I painted this morning in Codorus State Park and found this quiet cove that was lit up with bright yellow reflections.  The pink algae has begun to grow on the surface of the still waters in the coves.  I painted this with a pallet knife.  See more of my work at

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

This is from Adam's Ranch in Ft. Pierce, Fl. Oil 16 x 20. Bright sunny day but a bit hot. Painting in Florida is very nice. The air is usually wonderfully clear and breezy. You are only allowed on this ranch by invitation and I was so happy to go with an art group. it is a 40,000 acre working ranch.I really hope to go again.  

Monday, 3 August 2015

"Willow" by Debra Tritt Kreiger

Willow" Acrylic 8"x10" on canvas

This is a plein air painting I did on the grounds of Lindenwood Farm in Mechanicburg. Such a peaceful place.
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

"CHILDHOOD MEMORIES" An Original Acrylic Painting by Mindy Cashman (Daughter of Clare Klaum)


My daughter Mindy who lives in Virginia Beach was visiting with our 3 1/2 year old grandson this past week.  Mindy is an artist who primarily paints in acrylics.  She has never done Plein Air painting and our plan was to go together.  But with time and schedules we could not accomplish this so I stayed with our grandson and gave her some alone time to paint.  I gave her all of my plein air equipment and with her paints she set out for her adventure.  She went to one of her favorite spots that we took our kids when they were younger to go tubing down the Yellow Breeches at Messiah College.  Little did she know that some of our group was just there recently to paint.  She did a beautiful job and we hope some day to experience Plein Air painting together.  Now she has the "Plein Air bug" and hopes to do more in Virginia Beach. 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Gallery Walk

SVPAP will be exhibiting work at City House Bed and Breakfast for Harrisburg's Gallery Walk this year.  You can download the brochure - which features artwork by our member Clare Klaum and Jill Pekelun - at this link

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

"Wading by Red Bridge" by Susan Benigni Landis

"Wading by Red Bridge"
9x12", oil
This scene just seemed like a Susquehanna Valley staple. I had never before painted in this area near Messiah College; so many people seemed to be enjoying the spot, painters and families alike.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

ROAD TO THE RIVER By Cecelia Lyden


Julie and I traveled north to Liverpool to paint on one of those perfect days last week. We thought we would paint the Susquehanna, but decided the quaint Americana town was much more interesting. After cruising the streets, Julie chose a picturesque pink house and I was attracted to reddish-brown boxlike structure and the bright yellow flowers growing on the side of the road.

I blocked in the composition, basic values, colors  and shapes on site, but all the details were added in studio. In spite of my studio work, I've posted the painting on this blog, because the inspiration for it --the atmosphere, the tranquility on this beautiful summer day, the sunlight and rich shadows were all  acquired on site.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

'Across the River'
View of the Harrisburg, PA Skyline
from West Fairview
An Original Plein Air Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Across the River'
Harrisburg, PA skyline from West Fairview
Plein Air
Oil on Canvas Panel
6 x 8

Painting along the Susquehanna River in West Fairview, PA
on a beautiful, and very hot July morning...  I loved the way
the humidity softened edges and colors, especially on the
capitol building. 

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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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Peeking Through by Julie Riker

10x8 oil

Enjoying this great weather!
On Thursday I painted in the little town of Boiling Springs.  I thought perhaps I'd do a street scene, or one of the charming houses - but sometimes I find the space in between the buildings more interesting than the buildings themselves.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Painting Boiling Springs on a Big Canvas by Larry Lerew

Finally found the right moment to go paint Boiling Springs, PA again with a fresh eye on a big canvas. We had a forecast of a stretch of pleasant dry air this week so I planned a two day painting. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day on the street, start to finish was most rewarding. I had hoped to paint a street scene but this "Red Beauty" presented its self and stopped me in my tracks. I worked off the tailgate of my pick-up truck under a cool shade tree. Lots of people stopped to see me work and enjoyed having a painter in town. I always want to go back for more.
"Red Beauty"
Acrylic on 36" x 36" Stretched Gallery Wrapped Canvas
en Plein Air July 22 & 23, 2015

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Little Pink Charmer by Julie Riker

9x12 oil

Cecelia and I drove up to Liverpool today where I found this little pink house.  I was attracted to the strong sunlight on the house and the variations in pinks - including the reflected glow under the porch roof.
The entire time I was painting I had that John Mellencamp song going through my head "Ain't that America...little pink houses for you and me".  With the sunflowers, the flag, this seemed like the quintessential small town charmer.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

COLORS ABOUND By Cecelia Lyden


This is my last painting in the Boyer's garden for this year. I caught these colorful lilies, looking beautiful in the bright sunshine,  before they faded. The season for lilies is just about over, and my neighbors informed me that they have no other large, multiple groups of flowers planned for the remainder of the summer. However, there is always next year, and I'll return with my easel and paints in the spring to witness and paint their beautiful array of azaleas, irises and other spring flowers.

Thursday, 16 July 2015



A group of us took advantage of this beautiful, sunny, pleasant day and painted or sketched at Messiah College. Years ago, covered bridges, as subject matter for paintings, were thought of as "corny" and overdone. Maybe they still are, but their presence, situated in serene settings are so peaceful and comforting--the reason they still appeal to me and so many people.

Growing By The Bridge by Larry Lerew

"Growing By The Bridge"
Messiah College Covered Bridge, Grantham, Pennsylvania
10.5"  x 13.5" Charcoal on 70 lb. Drawing Paper
en Plein Air Thursday, July 16, 2015 with the SVPAP

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Painting in the Poconos

Thanks to Liz Gallucci for hosting us for 2 days at the Graystone Preserve in the Poconos - a beautiful place with a fast running stream, waterfalls, wild rhododendrons in bloom...lots to paint.
The cozy cabin had a huge porch with rocking chairs overlooking the stream, full kitchen, and a large living room with fireplace.  
Liz is planning another outing in the fall.  I can imagine it will be wonderful with the changing fall colors. 
 For those who did not make it this time this video will give you a taste of the experience.  
(that's Liz swimming)


Crossroads by Julie Riker


Painted from a familiar intersection in the Bowmansdale area of Mechanicsburg.
The old stone tavern is charming but I was particularly interested in the way the road dives under the bridge, and the deep shadow under it.

Friday, 10 July 2015



I hadn't planned on painting today, but the weather was sunny and less humid-perfect for plein air. I walked through my neighbors beautiful yard, and decided to paint the lavender again. It and the yellow daylilies had filled out and blossomed more than when I first painted this scene and the direct sunshine enhanced the color more than before. Again, I love strong contrasts-complementary colors, purple and yellow and the shadowed areas and green tree against the sunlit areas.