Monday, April 25, 2011

Eat Your Fruit By Mary Beth Brath

Eat Your Fruit

11x14" Acrylic on Canvas

Fruit with cheesecake is the best! The slice in this post came from the "Wheel" in the last post. Starting another one today. I actually have a landscape and a still life on easels this morning. If I only had more arms.

My studio at home is filling with new works. I have 4 exhibits for 2011 planned out on my walls. Andy and Linda Smith reminded me to keep my inventory fresh. Also need to supply fresh work for 4 galleries. The good part? I love all of it...even the business side of it.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wheel of Addiction by Mary Beth Brath

Wheel of Addiction by Mary Beth Brath

18x24" Acrylic on Canvas

NYC Bound

Watched a movie last night...Julia and Julia. Happened by it while filling Easter Baskets and plastic eggs. What a total "chick flick". Really related to parts of it.

Anyway, I had a great time playing with perspective in this painting. Funny thing is if I turn the painting on its side, it is more readable, but to traditional for my purpose. In addiction, nothing is balanced.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Braths Go To New York - BWAC

In March Phillip and I went to NYC with our 4 boys. Great trip! The photos are from a huge fine art gallery in Brooklyn called BWAC - Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition. I will be having my first NYC exhibit this July at BWAC. The above photo shows the boys taking part in an interactive piece of art at BWAC.
This is Phillip and the boys standing outside of the gallery on the Brooklyn Waterfront.

Culture Happens!! Ha Ha. Not sure if the boys will ever be the same.

This is Fritz Weiss and his wife and I. Fritz is on the board of BWAC and he now has a studio within the gallery that I help run in Mechanicsburg PA. Thank you Fritz for the opportunity to show in NYC! I can't wait!

See the website for BWAC at

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

United Water Facility by Mary Beth Brath

8x10" Acrylic on Canvas
Finished. Two hours outside yesterday, about 10 minutes in the studio today. This is my second plein air of 2011. This one really shows my love of the Pennsylvania Impressionists of New Hope.

Plein Air at United Water by Mary Beth Brath

April 4th, 2011 was an overcast but warm spring day. My husband and I decided to spend part of the day outside together. He fished in the Yellow Breeches and I set up my easel. We enjoy the area around the United Water Facility. Phillip is an environmental/civil engineer and I love painting landscapes on location. I have heard artists say "there is no color" on a day like this. I don't agree. This is one of my favorite times of the year to paint. My sketch is done in burnt umber with a very stiff short hair brush. I did not have time to tint my canvas yesterday. Usually I prime the canvas with burnt sienna mixed with gesso.
I only had about 2 hours to work. Before I leave a location, I try to have the painting completed enough to only make small changes back in the studio. Hopefully today I will touch up some tree structure issues and add my husband in with his fishing pole.