Wednesday, 16 April 2014

"Yellow Breeches"

It was a beautiful weekend.  Although I had a ton of outside work to do, I did manage to take a few minutes to walk down to the iron bridge over the Yellow Breeches with my watercolors and get a small painting done.  Let's hope the warm weather comes back soon so I can get out there more often
7"x10" En Plein Air Watercolor by Donna Berk Barlup

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Painting Away the Cobwebs by Larry Lerew

artlog#140201 watercolor on paper 10.5" x 13.5" Bull Frog Road
Had a watercolor day. I was out dusting off my easel and my brain. Here's my loose impression of an Adam's County barn at a farm on Bull Frog Rd, Fairfield, PA. I was greeted by the owner and he wondered why I didn't choose to paint the "pretty front view" of the barn. When I drove into the site I noticed the fuel tanks and work area on the back of the barn which offered a lot of interesting shapes to paint so I stuck with my first impression. First paintings of a new season are always a challenge to get over but soon the energy of regular painting will build and I'll get into the flow.

BANK BARN, 9x12, oil, by Sharon Benner

I haven't posted in a while, today was my first plein air paintout this year.  The sun was bright and the air was crisp and I had a wonderful time with some new friends from Gettysburg.

FARM GAS, 9x12, oil, this was my second painting from today.  The landscape is very dull right now, except for the grass, so I looked for something to paint with a little color and the gray steel and rusty red worked well. 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Plein Air Artists Palettes

This is a great link that I found up on Facebook regarding the different plein air palettes used by some of the most prominent plein air was so interesting to see how different, yet similar the palettes are.  Here is the link:

Friday, 28 March 2014

Plein Air Easton!

Holy Moly!
Opened my email today to find out that I had been juried into Plein Air Easton, one of the biggest and best know Plein Air Events in the Country!

So...time to practice painting sailboats...YIPPEEE!!!!!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Rural Route, 6 x 8" oil en plein air, Jill Peckelun

Sharon Jenne and I got together last week for an impromptu paint out at the corner of Wood Rd and Middletown Rd, just outside of Hershey.  We stood next to the private parking only sign at the church parking lot and spent a nice couple of hours without anyone noticing us.  :)

Sunday, 23 March 2014



Carolyn is in our Florida plein air group. She invited us to paint the blooming azaleas in her front and back yard . Ten of us showed up. I chose the white azalea in the front yard, because of the strong morning sunlight and deep shadows, but also because of the sun hitting the long row of tall pines in the background and the large twisting tree in the foreground.
This is another painting, started en plein air-painted on site for three hours, but finished indoors, using my ipad photos,taken on site, for reference. 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Meanwhile, high atop a hill outside of Hershey

Mid 50's, they said. Warm sunshine, they said. I neglected to hear the part about 30 mile an hour gusts of cold cold air blasting my way, whipping my paint rag against my frail chilled bones. Sigh. I had fun anyway. It was that good to be outside again.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

END OF THE DAY By Cecelia Lyden

 acrylic/stretched canvas
photo/plein air
It was about 5 PM when I spied these two beach chairs and towels from our balcony. The beach was almost empty; people had left for the day. The sun was lowering in the sky, casting a long shadow of the adjacent condo across the sand and over the water. The sunshine was still bright, creating great contrast with the shadows on the sand, beach, grasses, water and waves. I photographed this site and started the painting from the photo. I was able to continue most of the painting in plein air [minus the chairs] by waiting till 5 PM for several evenings. The sunlight, the cast shadows, the beach and grasses never changed and the waves just kept rolling in.

"Ice on the Susquehanna"
Johanna Monighan-Schaefer
Julie and I painted on Tuesday at West Fairview Park. It was incredibly warm and the ice on the Susquehanna was melting rapidly. We had a great time, however, we had to constantly fight stone flies. They were everywhere: on the paper, in the paper, crawling down our necks and into the bags!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

"Snowy Quilt" by Beth Bathe

In search of the last snow of the season (we hope!) Today I painted in Intercourse PA, where some fields were still dappled with patches of snow...kind of a patchwork "quilt of snow". It was very cold and windy today, I look forward to painting the greens of Spring!

Rockville Bridge

Painting the last hurrah of winter, before the ice and snow on the mighty Susquehanna is all melted. Julie Riker and myself painted at Fort Hunter Park north of Harrisburg. Here I am painting the Rockville Bridge.  Rockville Bridge at the time of its completion in 1902, was, and remains, the longest stone masonry arch railroad viaduct in the world.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Breaking Ice Around The Bend by Julie Riker

11x14 oil

Beth Bathe and I painted today at Fort Hunter.  Probably my last time to paint the ice this season since a lot of it melted during the few hours I painted this. Another sign of spring was the swarm of bugs that were clinging to my paint, palette, crawling down my shirt...I think at least 20 of them hitched a ride home in my gear. A bit of Googling and I learned they were Winter Stoneflies. Apparently they come out of the river in the early spring sunshine, feed on vegetation, mate and lay their eggs back into the river.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Camp Hill Plein Air mentioned in National magazine

There's a nice write up about the Camp Hill Plein Air Event in Plein Air Magazine's online newsletter.  Take a look  an don't forget to get your application in by March 15.

BARREN BY Cecelia Lyden


There is a stretch of bare trees along North Highway A1A, near where we stay in Fort Pierce, FLA. For the past five winter seasons I've driven past this "forest" of twisting trees. I don't know what kind of tree they are or how they died. No one has removed them. I'm glad, because I've always wanted to paint  them. I finally drove myself to the site on a beautiful sunny morning, with a bright blue sky and nice shadows and painted one of them.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Our plein air group travelled to the small, local Brown Family Farm west of Fort Pierce, Florida. I was attracted to the hand-lettered signs in the shade of the cabbage palm and decideous trees.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Snowy Creek by Julie Riker

Here's a better photo of the painting I did a week ago during an outing with Beth Bathe.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

FLORIDA PALMS By Cecelia Lyden

All are acrylic on boards
Of course there are multiple varieties of palms here in Florida. The trees in the center are Cabbage Palms and are the state palm. The rust colored-foliage in between them is a sea grape plant. I recently learned that natives, years ago, would strip the bark to find edible cabbage. This process killed the tree and is not allowed anymore.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Rockville Bridge After The Snow by Julie Riker

9x12 oil
Last Tuesday's storm left a heavy snow clinging to everything, creating a winter wonderland of lacy branches.  I set up at Fort Hunter to paint this plein air scene.  I made it a goal to not use any pure white in this painting.
This is one of 3 new pieces that I have just delivered to Art & Soul gallery, above the West Shore Farmer's Market.
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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Painting in the Snow with Julie by Beth Bathe

My painting on the easel

 Our babbling brook

 Julie Riker at her easel

"February Brook", 8" x 10", oil on panel painted en plein air
Julie and I ventured out this cold Saturday for a plein air painting adventure. We went in search of a babbling brook, with snow and ice. Julie picked out a great spot!  It was great to stand side by side and watch eachother work on the same subject matter. We kept pretty warm except for our feet. We stood on an open wooden slat bridge as the creek ran beneath us. The cold coming from the water was really hard on the toes!!!!

Painting in the snow, 2/1/14 by Julie Riker

Two artists interpretations of the same scene.

Beth Bathe and I met to paint in the snow.
We set up on this walking bridge that crosses a stream.
We painted for two hours and then went out for some hot soup.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

We'll Meet Here, oil en plein air, Jill Peckelun

It is January and it is cold but above freezing so I'm outside working up a small painting of these pagoda-like gazebos.  I am so attracted to their dark mystery.  They speak of far off summer weddings and celebrations of course.  But I'm attracted to their atmosphere, both welcoming and secretive.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Paint Out Chadds Ford

 Just found out that I have been juried into the Paint Out Chadds Ford! Better get my long johns and hand warmers ready for painting the first weekend in February!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Day After Christmas by Julie Riker

I am finally getting around to posting about this plein air experience I had on the day after Christmas.
There is so much activity leading up to the holiday - things to make for family, friends, and clients.  I have always enjoyed the release of obligations once the holiday is over.  I woke up that morning to a blanket of fresh snow.  When the sun came out I knew what I had to do.  It was peaceful painting on this wooded path.  The only other person I saw was a woman walking her dog...probably enjoying the same sense of solitude that I was.
I wish everyone peace in the new year!
8x10 oil

Monday, 30 December 2013

Meet SVPAP's New President,
Donna Berk Barlup

        It would be nice to be able to paint en plein air in Pennsylvania year round but the weather does not always cooperate.  So I guess I am forced to take my paints and travel as much as possible to places that allow me to paint in the great outdoors without losing any fingers to frostbite.

       Plein Air painting  is relatively new to me and I have learned a great deal from the other artists in Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters, by reading and watching videos of other artists working, taking workshops and by trial and error.  Watercolors is my medium of choice.  I find them challenging.  There is very little chance to make corrections.  You just need to throw caution to the wind and have at it.

      I have a Bachelors degree in Art Education from Kutztown University and have taken many graduate classes at various university and studied one summer in Europe.  I spent 6 years teaching Art in Harrisburg (PA) School District and retired after 30 more years from teaching Northern York County School District (also in PA).  Teaching Art was one of the most gratifying things I have done.  It was a joy to watch my former students move on and sometimes become Art teachers or artists themselves.  My own son has a Fine Arts degree and is a webdesigner and teacher.

      It wasn't until my retirement 5 years ago that I finally had the chance to devote my time to my painting.  I am presently the President of the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters.  I am also a member of the Mechanicsburg Art Association,  Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Baltimore Watercolor Societies, and Daily Painters of Pennsylvania.  I have been juried to signature status in the Baltimore Watercolor Society.  I also travel as often as I can.  I just returned from a trip up the Danube.

Monday, 23 December 2013

CANOES AT REST By Cecelia Lyden

I got a nice Christmas surprise today when I received an email from Lyn O'Neal, saying that my canoe painting SOLD at her Art and Soul Gallery. Merry Christmas to Lyn and to all my creative friends. 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

'Blue Crab'
An Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Blue Crab'
© Claire Beadon Carnell
Plein Air
8 x 8

This blue crab got washed ashore on the wet sand one 
cloudy morning in Cape Cod.  We had stopped to paint
at a little inlet, and were worried about the 
forecast of rain.  It wasn't rain that chased us away,
it was the rising tide that suddenly appeared two feet
away from where we were painting!

This painting will be on display at the 
Mechanicsburg Art Center in the
Recent Paintings from the Cape exhibit.
The opening reception is December 14,  
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  

If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Autumn Fields by Larry Lerew

"Across Henry's Fields"
by Larry Lerew
en plein air, September 2013, Henry Spangler Farm, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA
Watercolor and Ink on 8 x 14" watercolor paper
I painted this en plein air and took it back to may studio and felt it was to washed out and needed more defining to give it life. I finished it today in the studio and feel it now has the energy it needed.
These fields located near Henry Spangler's barn are beautiful today and well worth seeing. There's a horse trail running through this farm and I was fortunate enough to greet a dozen or more trail blazers that day. I also enjoyed the peace and quiet and the sound of an owl hooting in the woods.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Remembering the Fall Color - Larry Lerew

Making My Mark by Larry Lerew: Remembering the Fall Color - Larry Lerew:   "Late Summer Field With Split Rails" Henry Spangler Farm, Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA En Plein Air September 2013 by Larry Lerew, Watercolor/Ink on Watercolor Paper 9.5 x 7.5" unframed

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Autumn Afternoon Along the Susquehanna - original acrylic plein air landscape painting by Pennsylvania Contemporary Artist Pat Koscienski

Autumn Afternoon Along the Susquehanna
14" x 11"
Acrylic on board

This painting was started about 6 weeks ago at H. C. Schrauder Park in Summerdale, PA  It is located on the west shore of the Susquehanna River looking north; the Rockville Bridge is behind me.  It seemed like one of the best days of outdoor painting of the year.  The sun was out and there was a glorious amount of light and shadow.  If you have any questions or wish to purchase, contact PAT.  If you would like to see more of my paintings, please visit my BlogSpot and website at: