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.

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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.