Saturday, November 21, 2009

Create as a Family

Gifford Pinchot State Park 2009
Acrylic, 5" x 7", plein air
Currently Available through Jeffery van Boskirk

John putting finishing touches on his piece.

We all have a life outside of the gallery scene. My husband and I have 4 boys. I share my home studio with my children so we can be together. While I paint or frame, they can do homework, play with legos, brio sets and army men and even paint/draw at their easel. We go hiking, canoeing, fishing and exploring together as a family. All the while, Mom has her camera and art supplies close at hand.

This day, the group of plein air artists that I paint with went to Gifford Pinchot State Park in South Central Pennsylvania. It was summer and the children were out of of the boys came with me. We set up our area away from the other artists so we would not disturb their "right brain mode". It was an amazing day. We all had such a wonderful time. I sat on the blanket with one of my sons and completed a small work on masonite. He completed his scene on heavy paper for acrylics. The other boys fished and played near the water.

If you have never heard of Betty Anglin Smith and you think you can't start to pursue your artistic dreams until the children are grown, I encourage you to look her up on google. She has been such an inspiration for me the last 4 years.




  1. Mary Beth, I do marvel at how you are so artistically prolific with 4 boys and a husband. The drive to create is very powerful. I'm sure you inspire them.

  2. This posting didn't show up on my side panel under my blog list. Nice paintings, both you and your son.