Saturday, May 30, 2015

St. John's Alley

9x12 oil

It was a beautiful sunny morning for the Quick Draw event at Plein Air Camp Hill.
This view of St. John's Alley was painted in under 2 hours and sold in 2 minutes.

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Monday, May 25, 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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lindenwood - Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse opens!!

16x20 oil

The Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse will open this Thursday night 5/21 with a special preview party and tour.  It officially opens to the public on Friday the 22nd and runs through June 14.
This has been a big but very rewarding project for me.  In addition to creating the painting above which is being used for promotional materials,  I've also taken a space on the third floor and created an artist's studio.  

If you are able to visit you will enjoy.  There is plenty to see - from the landscaped grounds, designer rooms, boutique, cafe -- Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters will be painting on the weekends and exhibiting work in the barn.  

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Fields, Late Afternoon

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, May 7, 2015

Pink Explosion

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

Friday, May 1, 2015

Showhouse News in "The Burg"

Thanks to Lori Myers for this nice article in the May/June issue of The Burg which describes my room at the upcoming Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse.