Friday, March 31, 2017

Texas Trip

Here are some paintings from a recent trip to Texas.  I went with 5 other artists and we stayed on a ranch an hour and a half West of Austin, near Llano.  It was beautiful landscape, much different from what I see and paint around Pennsylvania.  

Blue Bonnets and Prickly Pear
9x12 oil

Blue Bonnet Road
9x12

Backlit Prickly Pear
8x10

Down At The Creek
9x12

Misty Morning Mesquite
8x10

Home On The Range
6x12





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Winter In Willow Park


9x12 oil

I was happy that we had a brief little snow storm last week.  It was just enough snowfall to make everything pretty - and it wouldn't be winter until I got to paint a snow scene :)
This was painted in Willow Park, Camp Hill.  



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gallery Grand


16x16 oil

On Saturday I did a 3 hour demonstration painting at Smith Custom Framing, where I have a featured exhibit through the month of February.  I chose to paint the piano in the gallery.  It was fun to observe all the reflections in the shiny black surface and translate them to paint.  That is the reflection of my drop cloth and legs in the front of the piano.


The exhibit will remain hanging in the gallery through the month of February.
http://www.smithcustomframing.com

Featured Show at Smith Custom Framing


I have a featured show for the month of February at Smith Custom Framing , New Cumberland, PA





Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bethany Beach Plein Air


Dune Path
12x16 oil
2nd Place Award

I recently participated in Bethany Beach Plein Air, Delaware.  It was a challenging few days with hurricane like conditions, so finding sheltered painting locations was a priority.
I was honored to receive Second Place for my painting "Dune Path", and an Honorable Mention for my 2 hour Quick Draw, "Sand and Sea", as well as sell 3 paintings from the event.


"Sand and Sea"
9x12
Quick Draw, Honorable Mention





Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Plein Air Chincoteague

Last week I participated in Plein Air Chincoteague.  It was my 6th year painting for the event and I am always amazed to find new and more beautiful scenes to paint.
Two of these paintings sold at the Saturday evening exhibition and the other two I consigned to Flying Fish Gallery on Main Street, Chincoteague.

 "Evening, Looking West"
12x24
sold

"Morning, Looking East"
12x24

 "Edge of the Marsh"
12x16

"Beach Day"
11x14
sold

Monday, June 27, 2016

Canal Reflections

10x20

Painted last week for  Plein Air Richmond, I was happy to receive an Honorable Mention for this piece.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Market Day

9x12 oil

Painted at Finger Lakes Plein Air for the 2 hour Quick Draw Event, this painting won the People's Choice Award and sold at the event.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Boathouses

10x20 oil

Here is another painting from Wayne Plein Air, painted on an overcast morning at Philadelphia's famous Boathouse Row.  This piece sold at the preview party but is still on exhibit - along with my other paintings from the week - at Wayne Art Center, through June 23.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Staircase To The 2nd Floor


12x9 oil
Plein Air Magazine Award
Wayne Plein Air 2016
I was honored to be included among 32 talented artists selected to participate in Wayne Plein Air last week.  
We had 5 days to create paintings within 20 miles of Wayne, PA.  It was fun exploring the area, rich with historical buildings, farms, and urban areas...I even ventured into Philadelphia.
All week the weather was gray and a bit drizzly.  I was frustrated with the flat light.  On the last day the sun finally came out and I painted this piece. 

I was thrilled that judge T. Allen Lawson chose this painting for the Plein Air Magazine Award.

This and ALL of the paintings from the week are on exhibit at the Wayne Art Center through June 25.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Paint Snow Hill

 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.

Reminiscing
12x16 oil

"Paint Me"
9x12 oil

The Old Boathouse
10x20 oil

Porter's Crossing, Dusk
10x8 oil






Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Log Cabin

12x9 oil

This was painted last week at Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, a historic village.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Brandywine Bridge

8x10 oil

I had a nice visit to the Brandywine Museum yesterday, followed by a painting session along the muddy creek.  I think I was inspired after seeing the Andrew Wyeth paintings - his strong light/dark contrasts and muted colors.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Uncorked

16x12 oil on linen

My most recent painting, "Uncorked", is now available at 2nd Floor Gallery in Mechanicsburg along with 7 other new paintings.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Snowy Sycamore

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, February 13, 2016

First Place!

"Fragrant Lilies"
11x14 oil

It was a bitter cold night last night, but I am happy I braved the weather to attend Carlisle Arts Center's opening of the "Yellow" show.  I am honored that juror and Messiah College Art Department Chair Brenton Good chose my painting for First Place!  

I painted this en plein air in a friend's garden on a much warmer day.

The "Yellow" show will be on display through March 12.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Capturing the snow

Two of my most recent pieces, painted in the week following snowstorm "Jonas" which dumped a record breaking 29" of snow on our area.  Now, one week later, most of this 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, Lemoyne.  Art & Soul is located above the West Shore Farmer's Market and is open on Friday and Saturday or by appointment.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Blue Shed in the Alley

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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Teapot And Artichoke

8x8 oil

I've been trying to push through the winter doldrums and find some motivation.  Painting with friends always seems to get me going, so today I went to my friend Cecelia's studio and we painted still lives together.  What fun!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Tina

20x16 oil

This is from today's 5 hour pose figure session.
I am really enjoying figurative work lately.

Saturday, January 2, 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.

If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website www.julieriker.com

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Season's Greetings!

"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 
and 
Happy New Year!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Glowing Forest

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, October 20, 2015

Historic Haldeman Mansion

8x10 oil

I went out today looking for some fall color to paint and ended up being more interested in the layered surface of this old building, the historic Haldeman Mansion in Bainbridge, PA

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Painting a Wedding...

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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Monday, October 12, 2015

Autumn Orchard

11x14 oil

Beautiful fall morning for painting at Strite's Orchard.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Vintage Jag

8x10

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!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Chincoteague Channel

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, September 8, 2015

Harrisburg Gallery Walk

If you are heading out this Sunday, the 13th for Gallery Walk in Harrisburg you will see my work in 4 different locations.  I have 2 paintings at the Art Association of Harrisburg as part of their "Structures" show, 5 new paintings at Gallery @ Second in their upstairs gallery, 2 paintings at City House Bed & Breakfast as part of an exhibit of the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters, and 10 paintings uptown at the Manor on Front along with pieces from other local artists.  It is a great opportunity to see some of the new things I have been working on!

http://www.artassocofhbg.com/index2.htm

Field of Flowers

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!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tree Mural


Last week I did this mural for a customer in Florida - a tree mural in soft neutrals and metallics - as a backdrop for their 3 sculptures.  I am very happy with how this turned out and how the tree creates an environment for the figures, suggesting a conversation.  They compliment each other.

The Red Settee

14x18 oil

On Friday I joined a group of artists to paint from a live model.
I haven't painted the figure in a long time and it felt great, but I am looking forward to more practice.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Star Barn

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.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Soiree

I will be one of the featured artists in the August 8 "soiree", a garden party benefitting the Art Association of Harrisburg and held at the Huck residence, 86 Foxfire Lane, Lewisberry.  I'll be showing my newest paintings - many of which I've posted here.  Tickets are available in advance through the Art Association, or at the door.   www.artassocofhbg.com

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Between The Buildings

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.