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.



Monday, November 16, 2009

Gettysburg College by Mary Beth Brath

Gettysburg College
11" x 14" Acrylic on Canvas

During the annual Gettysburg Festival held in June of 2009, my friends and I were part of a plein air event. We painted on the grounds of the Gettysburg College. This painting was blocked in on site and finished in my studio. Available for purchase by contacting me at

We have been invited back to the festival for 2010. Big plans are in the making!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Visions Exhibit at Lebanon Campus of HACC

This month in Lebanon PA. there is a very unique exhibit at the Lebanon Campus of HACC. The title of the exhibit is "Visions". Anyone that is spiritually inspired while creating artwork was welcome to enter. This is the first year for the theme.

I entered 2 paintings.
The field of flowers is titled Gettysburg Wildflowers and shows how the Lord covers our earth with beauty and gives us so much more than just the basics. This field is actually on the civil war battlefield auto tour!!
The waterlilies painting is titled God and Family. The lotus flower represents the Lord and the cluster of lily pads with the flower is my husband, four children and myself.