Thursday, January 30, 2014

Indian Pipes - Fungus Series - Original Painting by Mary Beth Brath

Indian Pipes by Mary Beth Brath
7x5" Acrylic on Board
I admit it...I like fungus. This was painted from a photo I took at Cook Forest State Park in Western Pennsylvania in the summer of 2013. This plant is also known as the "ghost plant".

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

All For Me??...Cherry Pie Original Painting by Mary Beth Brath

All For Me by Mary Beth Brath
10x20" on Linen Canvas Panel

This tantalizing piece of cherry pie took me almost 2 months to finish.  Between running the gallery and curating shows in Harrisburg PA and 2 upcoming shows in New York City...( in Chelsea), I have not had time to sit and focus.  It feels great to call this painting done and start the next paintings running around in my mind.

Oh - this was not the only painting being worked on over the last few months...many others were given finishing touches. I needed to organize and clear the studio for the NYC paintings. Canvases are ready!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Little Wren House That Peter Built by Mary Beth Brath

Notice the wren on the branch in the top left of the picture below.

My son Peter built a little wren house many years ago in Cub Scouts. It was never painted and it sat in the darkness of our garage.  This past Sunday was Mother's Day.  I decided to paint the bird house myself and finally put it to use.  On Monday (yesterday) I finished the project and hung it just off of my porch so I could watch for action. Today (Tuesday) I watched a little wren hop around the tree and chirp like mad. Wow.  So soon??
After the school bus came in the afternoon, my youngest son Andy and I went out to measure the hole and make sure the dimensions were up to "spec". (I am married to a Civil Engineer...when the wren was so noisy it worried me that the hole may be too small.)
We measured.  The hole was perfect although it should have been higher from the floor.  We walked about 10 feet away and I heard the wren.  We turned and watched the little bird hop onto the bird house and go inside for a look around. He...or she...stuck it's head out of the hole for a few seconds before flying off.  My son and I hugged.
While typing this post, the builder of the bird house "Peter Built" (ha ha) came in from school and said "Hey Mom, I saw the bird house and I think a bird was on it."
This was such a fun day!
Carpe Diem!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Strawberries and Bacon Original Food Confection Painting by Mary Beth Brath

Strawberries and Bacon by Mary Beth Brath
30x30" Acrylic on Hard Board
Just too gorgeous to eat without capturing it in a painting. I brought home various treats for my boys on Valentine's Day but the kids had to wait until Mom did a photo shoot. Don't worry, they are used to this process and enjoyed the treats.
 This photo was taken while work was in progress.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Windmill Creek Wilds - SOLD by Mary Beth Brath

Windmill Creek Wilds by Mary Beth Brath
10x8" Acrylic on Canvas Panel
Another of my sunflower paintings found a home this week.
Thank you Cynthia.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Work in Progress for Winelight by Mary Beth Brath

This is still a work in progress, but just about complete. I see some tweeking here and there. The painting is acrylic on 30x40" canvas. The wall was done with a palette knife and heavy paint. The vineyard was inspired by a photo I took of a local winery while painting plein air last summer.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Shy...Yet Seductive Found a Home Today by Mary Beth Brath

Shy...Yet Seductive sold this morning at the gallery. I loved this painting and am so happy that someone will now enjoy it in their home.

As 2012 comes to a close, it seems this was a year of sunflowers for me.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Quilt Art by Mary Beth Brath

"Quilt Art" by Mary Beth Brath
14x11" Acrylic on Board

My son Andy "helped" me hang an exhibit in the Majestic Theater for the Gettysburg Festival Plein Air Paint Out and Colony in June 2012. He decided to lie down on this awesome cushioned bench and patiently wait for me to finish. I had to take his picture of course.

This painting was completed in my studio using the photo as inspiration for the Daily Painters of PA October Challenge to paint something with a Quilt theme. In the photo, the wall hanging is just an advertisement. I decided to make it a quilt.  The carpet and the bench are very similar to the actual decorating in the theater.

The actual painting is very vivid and full of texture. It is a must see in person for sure.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Busy Bees by Daily Painter of Pennsylvania Mary Beth Brath

Busy Bees by Mary Beth Brath
8x10" Acrylic on Canvas

Bees are amusing in the fall.  They seem lethargic, yet still goal oriented. Interesting.

I am too tired to think any deeper.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fungus Among Us by Mary Beth Brath

So many fascinating forms of fungus, so little time to paint.  I created this from one of my own photos taken while hiking in Northwestern PA. The Daily Painters of Pennsylvania Challenge Blog has given me a reason to paint different subject matter.
"Fungus Among Us" by Mary Beth Brath
6x12" Acrylic on Panel

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sunflower Commission by Mary Beth Brath

In May 2012, I was commissioned to create a large Sunflower painting. The entire process was so much fun. The canvas was 5x4 feet and was delivered to my gallery on a semi truck.
The request was for sunflowers in a blue vase. I drew out a few ideas on paper and blocked in the painting one evening after the gallery closed.

Next came a very busy June with the Gettysburg Plein Air Colony,Paint Out and Quick Draw and the Daily Painters of PA Annual Capitol Exhibit. I did manage to continue work on the sunflowers.
July brought more wonderful events including an exhibit in New York City. The work on the sunflowers continued to completion and the painting was picked up by the happy client on July 7th.
Steve's Sunflowers
5x4' Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Why Do I Paint? by Mary Beth Brath

Pinchot State Park (plein air)
5x7" Acrylic on Canvas

Hmm...Why do I paint?  Let me count the reasons...millions.

When I painted this scene at a local State Park in 2009, I was not alone.  My son John, then age 11,  sat with me on a blanket and we painted together. It was a wonderful day that I will never forget.

In 2011, a tragedy happened on the lake when a man drowned.  Someone I know tried to save him but it was too late. It deeply effected many people.

Last week, the wife and daughter of the man that passed away were at my gallery.  His wife bought the painting to remember how much her husband loved the lake.

Life moves so fast.  As an artist, I paint and paint and paint. Then I paint some more. It is very time consuming and leaves me mentally exhausted.  I could be getting a regular paycheck and paid vacations if I would just conform to the corporate world.

The thing is, I am an artist. Why do I paint? I must paint. It has been in my soul since childhood when my Mother sat and colored with me. I have many personal reasons that I paint, but when I realize that total strangers share in my paintings...that seems to be the ultimate purpose.  I have found the true reasons are much larger than myself.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

G-Man by Mary Beth Brath

G-Man by Mary Beth Brath
8x10" Acrylic on Canvas

I started this painting in the spring of this year during a Wine Tasting Walk in the town where I live. It was finally finished in August in preparation for the Fall Architectural Stroll in our town. The painting is currently on exhibit in my gallery until the end of September.  It sold on opening night.

It has been a very busy year and I have worked from deadline to deadline. Sales have been wonderful.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Union Church in Mechanicsburg PA by Mary Beth Brath

The Union Church in Mechanicsburg PA by Mary Beth Brath
11x14" Acrylic on Canvas

I have been working on a series of paintings for the upcoming Architectural Stroll taking place in Mechanicsburg PA in September.  I started this painting en plein air (on location) during last year's Stroll.  I finally finished the painting this month in my studio. The painting will be available for sale at Brath and Hughes Fine Art as part of the featured "Local Scenes" exhibit.

Painting during the 2011 Architectural Stroll while Barb Marbain gives a short talk about one of the buildings on the tour.
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