Thursday, December 16, 2010

King's Gap Water Lily Mini by Mary Beth Brath

King's Gap Water Lily
Mini Painting 2x2" Acrylic on ATC Canvas Paper
Sold through Gallerie 13
This little mini painting sold the first day of the December Mini Art Exhibit at Gallerie 13 in Mechanicsburg Pa. It is just 2x2". I had so much fun with the colors. The painting is so small that I had a difficult time photographing the image.

Daily Painter of Pennsylvania Mary Beth Brath

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Cumberland Boat Ramp on the Susquehanna River by Mary Beth Brath

New Cumberland Boat Ramp on the Susquehanna
11x14" Acrylic on Canvas
The Susquehanna River provides endless inspiration for artists in Pennsylvania. This is a painting I completed this year. The area is private and I needed permission to paint at this location. Our State Capitol is shown in the distance. This painting is currently available through the Art & Soul Gallery in Lemoyne.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Just a Sliver by Mary Beth Brath

Just a Sliver
8x10" Acrylic on Canvas
#3 of the Confections Series

This could have been titled "A Few Of My Favorite Things" since it includes my favorite magazine, cheesecake and a plate my husband bought for me while traveling in Southern France. Yes, this is another painting in my bedroom series.

Yesterday I bought another cheesecake "wheel" and took my reference photos before my family enjoyed a slice. I have so many paintings in progress already, but can't wait to start my next "sliver".

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Huntley Road Pond by Mary Beth Brath

Huntley Road Pond
8x10" Acrylic on Canvas
My pond found a home. This painting recently sold through the Vancura Gallery in Middlefield Ohio. This is the scene from my back yard while living in Huntsburg Ohio. The pond was full of fish. Red Wing Blackbirds could always be found around the water and fields. I always found it amusing to watch the birds sway back and forth in the wind while perched at the very top of a sturdy weed!
The house and property were the perfect place to paint.
If you are ever near Middlefield Ohio, stop in at the Vancura Gallery to see more of my work. The entire gallery is a feast for the eyes.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Blogging is a Modern Form of Journaling by Mary Beth Brath

I have been told by many people that "journaling" is a great way to sort out ideas and feelings. I usually roll my eyes. Recently I realized blogging is a form of journaling but on a public level. Blogging is a way to communicate our thoughts to others. While staying still and quiet long enough to figure out what to type, I sort out the idea that is running around in my head. This is what I discovered today...
My Paintings Are My Form Of Journaling. I take the scene in front of me and try to communicate my feelings through the piece of art. (Now you are rolling your eyes) I guess I journal in a visual way every time I paint.
This painting was completed "en plein air" this summer at our family cabin in Northwestern PA.
While painting, I was thinking of my past. Mostly my deceased parents and brother. There is a journal in my mind of the day and the memories that only I can read while I look at the painting. My blog post is the public form of my journal.
OK - now back to painting...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Because One Is Not Enough by Mary Beth Brath

Because One is Not Enough by Mary Beth Brath
Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

This is actually the first in my Confections Series. I am so excited about finally getting this series off the ground...or should I say "out of the oven"? The painting has been matted and framed and is currently for sale at Gallerie 13 in Mechanicsburg.

Monday, October 18, 2010

"Five Is Too Many" by Mary Beth Brath

Five Is Too Many
ACEO - ATC - Acrylic on watercolor paper

I have started a series of paintings called Confections. This is an Artist Trading Card that has been matted and framed. It is available for sale at Gallerie 13 in Mechanicsburg.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

King's Gap Garden Corner by Mary Beth Brath

Well...I thought I was finished with this one until I took the photo. I think I will break up the pinks so the bush is not so thick and add some darks to the tree in the distance. This was blocked in on site during a huge Harvest Day Festival at King's Gap State Park. This was painted with a constant stream of onlookers. Not sure at this point if I will consider it plein air since I have made so many changes.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Susquehanna River at Fort Hunter by Mary Beth Brath

5 x 7" Acrylic on Canvas

Mini Plein Air Painting of the Susquehanna River at Fort Hunter. This was painted on a perfect early fall day in September 2009. It is currently available at my studio in Gallerie 13.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fall in Boiling Springs - Mary Beth Brath

Fall In Boiling Springs
8x10" Acrylic on Canvas
Can you tell I love color? This was painted earlier this year from my own photo. I created it while working at Gallerie 13 in Mechanicsburg PA. My easel was set up in the front showroom and I enjoyed talking to people as they came in to scope out the gallery. I am comfortable painting around a crowd since my entire career so far has been creating art while raising children. It is part of my journey.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dad's Bench

Dad's Bench

Acrylic on 9x12" Watercolor Paper

I am finished. I added more to the rock and changed some things in the background. My camera is not picking up the details well so it is hard to see the small branchs I added to the tree. The coloring between the 2 blog posts is so different. Really odd. It is time to move on.

Thank you for all of the wonderful comments on the blog and facebook.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Work in Progress - Dad's Bench

This is not finished. It is a very personal piece for me. At our family cabin in Northwestern PA, there is this bench under a crab apple tree. The original bench was there for 25 or so years and recently had to be replaced with new wood. It is such a simple bench. The tree has been split right up the trunk for over a decade now and has a huge hole as you can see in the painting.

But you see, this was my father's favorite place to sit at our cabin. The New York Yankee hat symbolizes his lingering presence. Mom and Dad have both passed away, but when I am at our camp, I feel like we are all together as it used to be.

I need to work on the rock some more and vary the design more in my background. Maybe add some twigs reaching out from the crab apple tree through the leaves. It is what it is...Dad's Bench.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Downtown B&B in Mechanicsburg by Mary Beth Brath

Downtown B&B in Mechanicsburg
20x24" Acrylic on Canvas

This spring, my plein air buddies and I painted at a local B&B. I started it on site, took it into the gallery down the street where I work and continued to work on it there when I had a chance. I brought it home last weekend and put on the final touches and varnish.

Lately I have been in a few conversations about scenes that lack people vs. scenes filled with people. Many of my pieces are quiet with a little of the human element. I think this is due to the fact that my life is so packed with people and events that when I go out to paint for my own pleasure, I look for peace.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Artists and Collectors

Artist Deb Richardson and a Happy Collector

Artist Susan Gray and Happy Collectors

Artist Pat Keough and a Happy Collector

Organizing and Curating Events is a very exciting part of my artistic journey. During the Gettysburg Festival I was able to watch these highly disciplined plein air artists work in very humid 90 degree weather. On the last day of the paint out, we had a fantastic exhibit and sale of our work. These photos show 3 artists that sold work at the exhibit.
At the end of the exhibit, I was already busy gathering artwork to show in a gallery Patriotic Group Exhibit in Mechanicsburg. I am currently organizing a large group exhibit for the Daily Painters of Pennsylvania that will hang in the PA State Capitol Building East Wing Rotunda during the month of September.
Curating and Planning Events has become a passion of mine. There is something so special about bringing together the artist and the collector whether it is in a gallery setting or an independent exhibit.
If you are looking for a curator for an upcoming event, contact me at

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

View from Hertzler's Farm by Mary Beth Brath

View from Hertzler's Farm
Painted Plein Air during the Summer of 2009
Near Mechanicsburg PA.
8x16" Acrylic on Canvas Board
This was a lovely day to paint on site. Some days everything comes together as if someone else is doing the painting. Other days are not so easy! This painting was shown in Schmucker Hall of the Gettysburg College Campus last week.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 3 of the Gettysburg Fringe Festival Paint Out

Today in Gettysburg we gathered at Sach's Covered Bridge next to President Eisenhower's farm. It was a peaceful clear day with 14 artists creating artwork in several mediums.

Lyn O'Neal

Glen Souders and Deborah Lovelace Richardson

Marti Yeager

Michele White

Jackie Mickler

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wildwood Sanctuary - Harrisburg PA

Acrylic on Canvas 16x9"
This painting was started on site and finished in my studio earlier this spring. The trees were just starting to look crimson and the new growth was ready to burst. Wildwood Sanctuary is located just outside of the capitol of Pennsylvania.
Daily Painter of Pennsylvania Mary Beth Brath

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Preparing Canvas for Gettysburg Festival

I am preparing canvases for the Gettysburg Festival. This year I will be involved in both the Main and the Fringe Festivals. Since I will be plein air painting for about 10 days, I need to have many supports ready to go. It is an intense week, but a great challange.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Brath Accepted into Gettysburg Art Colony

Photo is from the 2009 Gettysburg Festival and shows the painting "View From Gettysburg Battlefield Amphitheater" nearing completion.

I will be studying under Master Artist Lisa Egeli during the 2010 Gettysburg Festival Art Colony. For 3 days, selected plein air artists and sculptors will gather in an art colony setting to study and exhibit. For more information on the Gettysburg Festival, go to

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hunter's Valley Winery by Mary Beth Brath

Hunter's Valley Winery in Liverpool PA by Mary Beth Brath
16x20" Acrylic on Canvas
This painting was about 80% completed on site at the winery late last summer (2009). The winery hosted a plein air painting and wine tasting event. The Susquehanna River can be seen in the distance. This place is a piece of heaven on earth and I hope to be invited to paint there again this summer!
Daily Painter of Pennsylvania Mary Beth Brath

Monday, March 29, 2010

Mountain Laurel by Mary Beth Brath

Mountain Laurel
by Daily Painter of Pennsylvania Mary Beth Brath
11x14" Acrylic on Canvas
Available at the Vancura Gallery of Fine Art
Pennsylvania is full of mountain laurel. When I vacation near Cook Forest State Park, I am in heaven while walking through the twisted branches of the laurel. This painting is part fantasy, part reality. It has a European feel although it was inspired from hiking in my own state of PA. This painting is currently available for sale at the Vancura Gallery of Fine Art in Middlefield Ohio. For more information go to

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring Peepers by Mary Beth Brath

Spring Peepers
Daily Painter of Pennsylvania Mary Beth Brath
9x12" Acrylic on Canvas
Spring Peepers was started on site "plein air" and finished in my studio. If you look to the right of the tree, you will see little tiny green frogs. This was early spring and the peepers were so loud! The willow was just starting to bloom and the bushes all had that gorgeous new red growth (well...alizarin crimson in painter's lingo). The scene is from Lower Allen Community Park.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Solo Exhibit Reception March 9th, 2010 - 5:00 - 7:30pm

Charlie Krone Gallery inside the New Cumberland Library
Reception on Tuesday March 9th, 2010
Time 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Open to the Public.
Refreshments Provided.

During the month of March, I will have over 20 paintings on display in the Charlie Krone Gallery of the New Cumberland Library. The gallery is located on the second floor. There is a lovely room off of the gallery hallway for friends to gather and enjoy refreshments and music on March 9th from 5 to 7:30pm. Exhibit brochures are located on the podium shown above along with a guest book for you to sign. Exhibit will remain on display until the end of March.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Talking With Observers While Painting On Location

Gettysburg Festival Plein Air Event - 2009
Friends Painting Along the Auto Tour

Certain questions seem to pop up over and over. Sometimes, people don't know what to ask, but would like to talk so it is a conversation starter. To others, it is a deep question and they are searching for an answer that will connect them to their own dreams. Whatever the intention of the initial question, this is a chance to share your background...a little.

To me, the joy comes from watching hope appear on the face of the observer.
Perhaps they are thinking "Can I do this?" or "I always wanted to do this" or my favorite "If she is doing it then I know I can". That is just one of the reasons that I love to paint plein air in front of the public. While living my dream, demonstrating in front of others can get them to reach for their dreams.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Willow Tree at Pheasant Field Inn

Pheasant Field Inn B & B Willow Tree
20x24" - Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Soon it will be time to go and explore the grounds of the Pheasant Field Inn B&B located just outside of Carlisle PA. The pond will be taken over by families of turtles. Simply heaven on earth to watch them sun themselves on the fallen tree limbs. Birds singing in the trees. New foliage bursting on the willow branches that gently rustle in the breeze.
The owner of the Inn enjoys having plein air artists come and work on site. The Inn is a destination point on the "Route 15 By Way of the Arts" Pennsylvania Artisan Trail.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cook Forest PA by Mary Beth Brath

11 x 14" Acrylic on Canvas
Every summer my husband and I vacation at our family cabin near Cook Forest State Park PA. Last summer, I painted this scene along the Clarion River.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hunter's Valley Winery by Mary Beth Brath

Hunter's Vallery Winery and Vineyard - Liverpool PA
18x18" Acrylic on Masonite

One of the romantic locations along the Susquehanna River is the Hunter's Valley Winery and Vineyard. Every summer, the vineyard hosts a plein air painting event. Many artists from the region gather to paint and chat with onlookers. Live music was provided at the 2009 event by Jonathan Frazier, also a very accomplished painter! There is a lovely shop to purchase unique items and of course wine! This is all up on top of a...well...small mountain that overlooks the scenic Susquehanna River and the Millersburg Ferry.

The painting shown in this post is from the 2008 event.

For more information about the vineyard, go to

Friday, January 22, 2010

Plein Air in the Wetlands of Pennsylvania

8x10" Acrylic on Canvas with Satin Varnish

These photos were taken while plein air painting in Mechanisburg PA. The weather was very cold and my hands were going numb. I am fortunate to paint with a great group of local professional artists. I used my "artist license" when I added in the flowers on the painting.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Bellefonte PA Mini ATC - ACEO by Mary Beth Brath

Bellefonte PA Mini ATC - ACEO
by Pennsylvania Daily Painter Mary Beth Brath
Acrylic on an ATC - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Located in the middle of Pennsylvania is a very charming Victorian town called Bellefonte. My husband and I have traveled through this town for about 25 years while going from one side of the state to the other. I did a larger version of this scene and recently created this mini ATC - ACEO.
There is something missing from the scene and that is the reason for the painting. A wonderful old hotel so typical of our PA towns was demolished a few years ago in Bellefonte. The hotel would have been in the top right section of the composition.

The Rest Of The Story To This Painting
In January 2011, I finally figured out what I still needed to do to this painting. I reworked some details, colors and added a man walking a dog. Funny thing, I put it in one of my brick and mortar galleries and it sold 2 hours later. I never even took a picture of the final outcome.
...and that is the rest of the story!

Monday, January 4, 2010

"Community Park" ATC ACEO by Mary Beth Brath

Community Park - Cumberland County PA
Artist Trading Card - ACEO 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Acrylic with Satin Varnish
"Community Park" was painted on site (plein air) last summer. My children played while I sat under the trees and completed this mini ACEO.
The rest of the story...
This painting sold at Gallerie 13 in December 2010.