This is still a work in progress, but just about complete. I see some tweeking here and there. The painting is acrylic on 30x40" canvas. The wall was done with a palette knife and heavy paint. The vineyard was inspired by a photo I took of a local winery while painting plein air last summer. www.marybethbrath.com
My son Andy "helped" me hang an exhibit in the Majestic Theater for the Gettysburg Festival Plein Air Paint Out and Colony in June 2012. He decided to lie down on this awesome cushioned bench and patiently wait for me to finish. I had to take his picture of course.
This painting was completed in my studio using the photo as inspiration for the Daily Painters of PA October Challenge to paint something with a Quilt theme. In the photo, the wall hanging is just an advertisement. I decided to make it a quilt. The carpet and the bench are very similar to the actual decorating in the theater.
The actual painting is very vivid and full of texture. It is a must see in person for sure.
So many fascinating forms of fungus, so little time to paint. I created this from one of my own photos taken while hiking in Northwestern PA. The Daily Painters of Pennsylvania Challenge Blog has given me a reason to paint different subject matter.
Hmm...Why do I paint? Let me count the reasons...millions.
When I painted this scene at a local State Park in 2009, I was not alone. My son John, then age 11, sat with me on a blanket and we painted together. It was a wonderful day that I will never forget.
In 2011, a tragedy happened on the lake when a man drowned. Someone I know tried to save him but it was too late. It deeply effected many people.
Last week, the wife and daughter of the man that passed away were at my gallery. His wife bought the painting to remember how much her husband loved the lake.
Life moves so fast. As an artist, I paint and paint and paint. Then I paint some more. It is very time consuming and leaves me mentally exhausted. I could be getting a regular paycheck and paid vacations if I would just conform to the corporate world.
The thing is, I am an artist. Why do I paint? I must paint. It has been in my soul since childhood when my Mother sat and colored with me. I have many personal reasons that I paint, but when I realize that total strangers share in my paintings...that seems to be the ultimate purpose. I have found the true reasons are much larger than myself.
I started this painting in the spring of this year during a Wine Tasting Walk in the town where I live. It was finally finished in August in preparation for the Fall Architectural Stroll in our town. The painting is currently on exhibit in my gallery until the end of September. It sold on opening night. It has been a very busy year and I have worked from deadline to deadline. Sales have been wonderful.
The Union Church in Mechanicsburg PA by Mary Beth Brath
11x14" Acrylic on Canvas
I have been working on a series of paintings for the upcoming Architectural Stroll taking place in Mechanicsburg PA in September. I started this painting en plein air (on location) during last year's Stroll. I finally finished the painting this month in my studio. The painting will be available for sale at Brath and Hughes Fine Art as part of the featured "Local Scenes" exhibit.
Painting during the 2011 Architectural Stroll while Barb Marbain gives a short talk about one of the buildings on the tour.
I am working on some local street scenes for a special exhibit at the gallery in September to co-inside with a town wide "architectural stroll". I thought I was done with this painting until I took photos and put it up on my computer screen. Now I see some walls that need "shored up". Back to the easel I go.
Pennsylvania Artist Fern Coppedge is one of my favorites. Her courage and use of color inspires me. I found this image on google and decided to share it. I felt a connection to this artist as soon as I saw her work about 6 years ago.
Funny, in high school art classes in the 1980s, I learned about the French Impressionists. I never knew about the Pennsylvania Impressionists until many years later.
I received a call today that my Wildwood Sanctuary Plein Air painting sold through the Art and Soul Gallery in Lemoyne PA. May the buyer enjoy the painting as much as I enjoyed painting it this past August.
June 10th - July 5th Bound By F - New Century Artists - Manhattan - In The Heart of Chelsea - Curate and Exhibit the work of approximately 15 artists including several of my own paintings. I will be working with New Century board member Steven "Fritz" Weiss as we bring together one awesome event! July 1st - August 31st - Daily Painters of Pennyslvania 5th Annual Capitol Exhibit - PA Capitol Building East Wing Rotunda and Gettysburg Timber Frame Resource Center
September 7 - 14 Plein Air In Martha's Vineyard A week of painting with 6 amazing artists.
October 1 - November 8 Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters Group Exhibit at Carlisle Arts Learning Center - Carlisle PA. Exhibit 3 new plein air paintings of South Central PA. Reception October 11th- 6-8pm
NYC - Manhattan Installation
A Big Thank You to Garvey, Schubert and Barer located on Wall Street in Manhattan and the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition for exhibiting "Three Koi" for an entire year.
Owner of Brath and Hughes Fine Art, LLC in Mechanicsburg PA. Also gallery represented at Art and Soul Gallery in Lemoyne PA. I participate in numerous solo and group shows, am accepted in juried exhibitions, won 3 local awards and have sold work across the USA. I paint landscapes and streetcapes on location (en plein air) and in my studio. I have recently added still lifes. My medium of choice is acrylic.
Grew up in Greenville Pennsylvania, married and moved to Pittsburgh for 9 years, Ohio for 8 years, and now reside in Mechanicsburg Pa. with my husband Phillip and our 4 boys. Full time professional artist and hold a B.S. in Business Administration and an A.A. in Legal Studies.
I have always enjoyed exploring the outdoors. The colors, textures and sounds seemed to beg me to capture the moment and share it with everyone. Painting is my way of bringing a smile to others and showing appreciation for all of God's creation. Most scenes are local places that I love. The paintings are always unique.