MASTERY & PAINTING IN THE DARK

Island sketch 6×8″ oil on board. I set up to paint in the dark as the sun set. I laid out my colors, took out my headlamp and painted a house in the trees on a small island as I waited for darkness to fall and the moon to rise. My plan for the evening was to paint a lot of quick sketches as the light and the scene changed. The tide had turned, high tide was coming in.

This past week I discovered that what I did everyday had a name…the process I go through day after day and week after week is called mastery.  Wow, was that a surprise. I knew what I set out to do wasn’t easy but I didn’t know that I had so many kindred spirits out there on the same path doing the same process. Its great to encounter this.  The four things I do in my painting process are 1. Practice  2. Persistence  3.Patience  4. Perseverance.  5. Repeat #  s 1- 4 over and over.

Full moon sketch #1 5×9″ oil on board. The moon rose so fast I missed it coming over the horizon. It was still so light from the setting sun that it didn’t even grab my attention. It seemed to move as I painted it. Thin wispy clouds passed in front of it in a variety of patterns. I could still see lots of landscape colors.

On You tube I bumped into a series of book reviews about a book by George Leonard titled “Mastery” presented by an artist/educator named Jeffery Watts.  You all know how the internet wander goes…I googled videos on painting with gouache and Jeff’s gouache video came up at the top of the list.  I’d been thinking about bringing my gouache out to paint en plein air so I wanted to see how some one else did it. He had a great video on hassle free traveling with gouache instead of oils (and all the solvent issues).

Full moon sketch #2 6×8 oil on board. The boats were moving all over the place, they were appearing to make big clusters and shapes that were linking together in value as it got darker. The moon was moving, the tide was moving and it was getting dark. It was now harder to see different colors in the landscape.

I also noticed that he had a number of other videos on You Tube.  Watts runs an art school in California and generously provides informational videos of all kinds for students who are looking for an art school/atelier education and are interested in learning real skills, like how of how to paint and draw. This school is filling in a niche for teaching solid skills that most of the mainstream colleges have dropped or trimmed since the 60’s.

Full moon sketch #3 5×9 oil on board. The boats were still moving , the moon was beginning to move in an arc and climb over head. It was so dark the shades of green in the landscape were turning blue. The path of moon light was moving across the harbor. I finished one more sketch and called it a night.

When I was in college there were a few drawing classes that were good but as soon as I started painting courses it was “express yourself”.  My professors were very nice but didn’t offer much guidance.  I was on my own figuring out how to paint. After college I took classes with individual artists in order to learn figurative, portrait and landscape painting.  Now there are a number of schools/ateliers that offer a substantial art education, are vetted and can be found on the Art Renewal Center list. I was really on my own for a long time trying to put together what I was missing. I was painting in the dark often “inventing the wheel” on my own.  It sure would have been easier to have someone share what they knew. Things have certainly changed in the the past few years. And we are all benefiting from it.

AUTUMN PLEIN AIR  &

NEW ! STUDIO CLASS STARTING

AUTUMN PLEIN AIR CLASS
Now is the perfect time to get out and paint !
Students are welcome to join the Tuesday plein air class.
You can come to a single class or the full 6 week session.
All levels are welcome. Email me or see Info in the link below.

NEW SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS  ~ TUESDAY AFTERNOONS ON THE SEACOAST
This class started Tuesday, September 6th, 2-5pm, and runs for 6 weeks.  If you want to attend this plein air class  Please email if you want to join us.   Space is limited. Six week session~ $220
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Beautiful locations in southern Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.

 

NEW STUDIO CLASS STARTING OCTOBER 18TH !
Class meets on Tuesdays 10am  – 1pm. Focus this session will be design and painting large landscapes in the studio.  Register for 6 week session here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jay Goldsmith Exhibition at Discover Portsmouth Museum
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY ART ‘ROUND TOWN
NOVEMBER 4, 2016 : 5-8 PM

I am included in this show of portraits of artists by Jay Goldsmith.
My portrait by Jay Goldsmith and several of my paintings will be on display.
I hope you can come!

Warmly,

Mary

PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN AUTUMN


“Marginal Way Surf ” 4×8 oil.$250 Available. I love painting the late light on the surf as it rolls in and hit the rocks.

PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN AUTUMN

FALL CLASSES IN SESSION NOW!

Now is the perfect time to get out and paint !
Students are welcome to join the Tuesday plein air class.
You can come to one class or the full 6 week session.
All levels are welcome. Email me or Info in the link below.

NEW SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS  ~ TUESDAY AFTERNOONS ON THE SEACOAST
This class starts Tuesday, September 6th, 2-5pm, and runs for 6 weeks.  If you want to attend this plein air class  Please email if you want to join us.   Space is limited. Six week session~ $220
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Beautiful locations in the southern Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.


Golden Marsh Light, Study. 4×8 oil $250 Available. I painted really fast to capture the feeling and the glow on the marsh as the lingering light departed. This was painted in a favorite spot in Ogunquit, Maine on the edge of Rachel Carson marsh land.

I’ve been out painting in the marshes this past week as stormy weather was passing through. It was gorgeous. The birds are flocking and traveling south. The white egrets are gathering in big groups in the marsh. They are quite striking. They are large and easy to see compared to the blue herons that blend into the grass. The egrets in this marsh have a funny habit. They like to hang out in what looks like a chorus line on the edge of the water.  I also see a few egrets scouting off on their own fishing. But its more common that I often see groups of eight or nine of them all lined up in a row. From a distance they look like thick white fence posts until they move.


Heading Home, Study 8×8 oil Available. Painted from my sketch on location in Boothbay, Maine.

I like the quiet mood in the marsh when its foggy or rainy. After the busy bustle of summer it is so peaceful. On Thursday I set up my easel near my car so I could easily move it or put an umbrella up over it if it started to rain. That morning I originally planned to paint out on the beach but it was steadily raining when I arrived. I didn’t feel like setting up my equipment in the rain and in the wet sand! Ugh. The last thing I need is sand in tripod or an excessive amount of water in my paints !  After I waited around a few minutes wondering when it would stop I decided to just drive out of the shower. It was a simple easy solution. All I had to do was drive north up the coast a quarter of a mile and I was out of the micro shower. There I had the choice of landscape, painting big surf or the foggy, tonalist, moody marsh. I decided on the foggy, muted colors in the marsh. It was awesome. I am looking forward to all the wonderful, moody weather autumn promises.

Storm 3×6″ acrylic. Haiku Series. This is one of my memory paintings. I don’t look at images or or references. I painted this series from memory. All these years of looking at storms on the ocean pays off. I just finished another series of rough sea paintings this week. I really like painting these. Photo: Mary Byrom

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jay Goldsmith Exhibition at Discover Portsmouth Museum
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY ART ‘ROUND TOWN
NOVEMBER 4, 2016 : 5-8 PM

I am included in this show of portraits of artists by Jay Goldsmith.
My portrait by Jay Goldsmith and several of my paintings will be on display.
I hope you can come!

Warmly,

Mary

PAINTING ADVENTURES ON THE MARGINAL WAY


“Afternoon Light on the Marginal Way” 9×12 oil. This is the second painting I finished on Saturday afternoon in the Marginal Way Plein Air Event Ogunquit, Maine last week.

PAINTING ADVENTURES ON THE MARGINAL WAY

Painting outdoors is always an adventure. Painting in the middle of the high summer season is often exciting. Last weekend I participated in a one day plein air event in the seaside town of Ogunquit, Maine. This wet paint event was hosted by the Marginal Way Preservation Foundation. A small group of five artists painted along the Marginal Way on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning to help raise money for preservation of the Marginal Way.
Late August is peak vacation season for Maine, so I knew that I would have throngs of visitors walk by me as I painted on the Marginal Way. It was a hot day, there were no clouds in the sky and very little shade to be found. I decided to paint in the only spot of shade I could find on the Marginal Way, in the shadow of a little light house on the side of the trail on a point of land called Israel’s Head.

When I set up my easel it was almost high tide. The surf was lackluster, it looked lazy, a bit sluggish, but the colors of the sea and sky were awesome. It was a challenge to fit my easel in the shady spot. There was only so much space to set up an easel without having some one trip over it or try to push a baby carriage into it. I really wanted to paint in the shade as there wasn’t even a breeze. I knew I would be able to concentrate better if I wasn’t frying in the sun. I set up my tripod carefully making sure that the legs did not stick out too much into the walk way.  I managed to do a few sketches of different compositions of the views. While sketching five or six people stopped to peek over my shoulder to see what I was drawing and to encourage me.

I pulled out a panel and began to put paint on my palette. Another 3 or 4 groups stopped to look at my paint colors and see if I had started painting. At this point some children ran up excitedly. A painter ! A painter !  They were so disappointed to run around behind me and see a blank canvas!  “Come back later”, I told them. “You will be able to see something then,” I promised.


After Carol Douglas finished her paintings down on the rocks in the midsection of the Marginal Way, she walked north on the path to discover me painting next to the lighthouse. The second wedding party had just arrived and was just starting to disembark from their trolley. They began to gather around the lighthouse and around us. Most of them didn’t even notice us even though they were standing 5 inches away from my easel. They were very focused toasting and cheering the bride and groom. Photo: Marcus Gale

I dipped my brush into some thinned burnt sienna to start my drawing when a large stretch limo pulled up and parked next to me. A bride & groom got out, a minister arrived and proceeded to marry the couple in a simple wedding ceremony in front of me over on the rocks…. yes, they were eloping. This is how my painting afternoon started and continued.  A hundred people and two weddings later I’d finished two paintings. I kept it simple. I stood in one spot and just turned 90 degrees and painted that view, turned another 90 degrees painting that view. Timing is everything when painting outdoors. I was lucky that I finished my second painting just before a trolley pulled up and deposited 50 guests for another wedding party that decided to locate themselves right in front of my view.
It was getting late, the sun was now out of sight behind the trees when another artist, Carol Douglas came walking up the path after her afternoon of painting out on the rocks. We pause for a discussion and decided to stay and paint one more painting as the sun set. As it got dark we packed up our gear and headed out to dinner.

Frank Constantino at the Beachmere Inn next to his watercolor paintings from his two days of painting on the Marginal Way. Photo: Mary Byrom

FALL CLASSES

A gentle reminder for all of you painters out there who were buried in summer activities, travel, and house guests.
The Tuesday afternoon PLEIN AIR class is starting on September 6th. Info in the links below.

NEW SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS  ~ TUESDAY AFTERNOONS ON THE SEACOAST
This class starts Tuesday, September 6th, 2-5pm, and runs for 6 weeks.  If you want to attend this plein air class Please let me know ASAP to reserve your spot.   Space is limited. Advanced registration is suggested.  Six week session~ $220
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Beautiful locations in the southern Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.UPCOMING EVENTSJay Goldsmith Exhibition at Discover Portsmouth Museum
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY ART ‘ROUND TOWN
NOVEMBER 4, 2016 : 5-8 PM

I am included in this show of portraits of artists by Jay Goldsmith.
My portrait by Jay Goldsmith and several of my paintings will be on display.
I hope you can come!

Warmly,

Mary

PAINTING IN MAINE – PERFECT DAYS & NIGHTS


I like painting at the waters edge. I stand in the sand or on the rocks, inhale the salty sea air and make decisions based on the weather, the time of day and how much time I have to paint.  If I am free to stay as long as I like I will often stay until dark. As we move toward fall that is happening earlier and the temperatures are cooler. It’s my favorite time of year – warm days and cool nights!  Photo: Marcus Gale

PERFECT DAYS AND NIGHTS

The best time of the year is here! Late summer and fall are a perfect time to be painting on the coast. So before I forget, here is a gentle reminder for all of you painters out there who were buried in summer activities, travel, and house guests.
The Tuesday afternoon class is starting on September 6th. Plein air. Info in the links below.

NEW SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS  ~ TUESDAY AFTERNOONS ON THE SEACOAST
This class starts Tuesday, September 6th, 2-5pm, and runs for 6 weeks.  If you want to attend this plein air class Please let me know ASAP to reserve your spot.   Space is limited. Advanced registration is suggested.  Six week session~ $220
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Beautiful locations in the southern Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.

 

I love this weather. The sticky heat is over. I can spend a day in the sun now without feeling like I’ve been in the Sahara desert all day.  Plus the crowds will soon be a bit thinner. I don’t know if this is true or not, but this summer the coast has felt really crowded.  There are always throngs of people, but it feels like there are more cars. We noticed this for the past few years, but it never really reached our front door until last year.  Now it’s a regular thing to have traffic jams in the small towns near the coast on the weekends. Everyone is trying to avoid the turnpike!  There is such a hustle and bustle that it has made me feel like slowing down to smell the roses !

I’m simplifying and slowing down and looking around.  And slowing down my painting process.  I’m a fast painter and I like painting fast on location.  For a change I’m trying a whole bunch of new things. I’m doing more studies in gray values and I’m designing more notans, which I love doing.
“Rocks, Sea, Land, Mountains”   Acrylic 8×18   Photo: Mary Byrom.

I am painting in pastels, acrylic, watercolors and oil. It is so much fun! And I’m thinking more about the process. I respond totally differently to each medium. It’s very instinctive and I don’t try to do something to it,  I try to work with the nature of the medium itself. Each medium lends itself to different effects. Pastels and watercolors like to move into soft edges easily. Acrylics are wonderful for hard edges and texture. And oil paint can go in any direction. I am seeing how using one medium can affect how I use another.  I love doing this!


“Lake, Mountains, Clouds”  Pastel sketch 6×6  Photo: Mary Byrom.

AUGUST EVENTS

BY THE SEA  BY THE SEA GARDEN TOUR
SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH
3:30-7:00 PM
MARGINAL WAY PRESERVATION FUND
OGUNQUIT, MAINE
An invitational event – Ogunquit Plein Air, hosted by the Marginal Way Preservation Fund. A small group of plein air artists will be painting in selected locations along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. A wet paint sale will be held on the lawn of the Beachmere Inn, Ogunquit, Maine from 3:30-7:00 pm. Tickets to the event may be purchased here.


“Rough”  Acrylic 3×6  Haiku series  Photo: Mary Byrom

OCTOBER PLEIN AIR CLASS IN NH LAKES REGION

A 6 week plein air class in the NH Lakes region (Laconia area) is beginning October 13th – Nov 17th. Registration is now open. This class is filling.
If you are interested in participating in this class please contact me.
This class is a rare opportunity to study with me in the mountains. It is totally gorgeous in this area in the fall !

Painting Sunset and the Full Moon


I set up behind my car on the edge of the beach where open the view of the sky was the best.  I had to paint really fast as the setting sun and the low light lit the sides of the billowing clouds as they drifted out over the ocean. It was awesome!  The light was incredible, the colors were beautiful . Photo: Marcus Gale

PAINTING LATE LIGHT AND INTO THE DARK

I love painting around sunset and after sun set, during the hours of dusk and early darkness. It is my favorite time to paint. I often try to paint get out on location to paint on the evening of the full moon if I can schedule it. With the August full moon arriving on Thursday night I went down to the beach to wait for it.  I wasn’t alone. All kinds of people arrived to watch the full moon rise over the Atlantic. It was warm and calm, it looked like it was going to be a perfect evening to paint.  Then a huge, dark bank of clouds appeared in the west and started moving overhead. The weather report had threatened a slight chance of showers. I ignored it.  From past experience I’ve learned that when clouds hit the cool ocean air along the coastline they usually break up and disappear. I’ve often painted along the coast under clear blue skies while watching thunder storms dump rain onto the land and water to the north and south of me.

This didn’t happen that night. The clouds did break up and dissolve out over the water but not over my head. I rapidly painted the sun light on the tops of the clouds sailing out to sea. But the dark clouds over my head started dropping rain. Out came the umbrellas! I kept my paints and palette dry. The shower only lasted for five minutes. I waited it out and as soon as the rain moved on I was ready to get back to painting the moon rise that was scheduled to happen in a few minutes. Well, that wasn’t happening either. The big bunch of rain clouds did not break up out over the ocean but stayed a solid mass. What? As the big, pink moon rose over the water we caught a one minute glimpse of it  before it disappeared up into the blue gray mass of clouds. As it moved higher in  the sky you could see bits and pieces of it for a few seconds before it completely disappeared into the ceiling of clouds. Then it was gone. So much for a painting of the moon rising. This is totally the nature of plein air painting ! You can plan and only hope that the opportunity will appear. 
“Sunset Cloud,sketch” 8×14″, Oil. When the cloud shelf started to break up over the ocean I could see the towering tops of the clouds lit by the low sun. I had to paint really fast as this light would only last about 15 minutes. People would stop and try to talk to me but it was impossible for me to even glance in their direction!  Photo: Mary Byrom.

STARTING IN SEPTEMBER !  NEW SEACOAST PLEIN AIR CLASS SESSION STARTS SEPT 6TH !

NEW SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS  ~ TUESDAY AFTERNOONS ON THE SEACOAST
This class starts Tuesday, September 6th, 2-5pm, and runs for 6 weeks.  If you want to attend this plein air class Please let me know ASAP to reserve your spot.   Space is limited. Advanced registration is suggested.  Six week session~ $220
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Awesome locations in the Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.


“Moon Rise,” sketch. 12×14″ pastel. The clouds along the horizon completely blocked all the light from the rising moon. I packed up my paints and started heading home. As we drove north along the beach the clouds broke and the moon light came through. I stopped and pulled out my sketchbook and sketched away as the clouds drifted across the sky. The light was beautiful.  Photo: Mary Byrom

AUGUST EVENTS

BY THE SEA  BY THE SEA GARDEN TOUR
SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH
3:30-7:00 PM
MARGINAL WAY PRESERVATION FUND
OGUNQUIT, MAINE
An invitational event – Ogunquit Plein Air, hosted by the Marginal Way Preservation Fund. A small group of plein air artists will be painting in selected locations along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. A wet paint sale will be held on the lawn of the Beachmere Inn, Ogunquit, Maine from 3:30-7:00 pm. Tickets to the event may be purchased here.

OCTOBER PLEIN AIR CLASS IN NH LAKES REGION

A 6 week plein air class in the NH Lakes region (Laconia area) is beginning October 13th – Nov 17th. Registration is now open. If you are interested in participating in this class please contact me.
This class is a rare opportunity to study with me in the mountains. It is totally gorgeous in this area in the fall !

PAINTING ON LAKE IN THE MOUNTAINS

In the morning light the lake and the mountains gave off subtle, misty colors. It was so perfect. My morning demo was a scene of a nearby peninsula with the lake and and the distant shore behind it, dotted with white boats and cottages. Photo: Marcus Gale

In the morning light the lake and the mountains gave off subtle, misty colors. It was so perfect. My morning demo was a scene of a nearby peninsula with the lake and and the distant shore behind it, dotted with white boats and cottages. Photo: Marcus Gale

PAINTING ON A LAKE IN THE MOUNTAINS

This week I presented a plein air workshop at a beautiful lake in the mountains of New Hampshire. If you have never visited this area, it is a beautiful region of mountains and valleys with lakes sprinkled throughout.  There is a wonderful variety of things to paint. On this summer day we painted at a private lakeside residence on a small cove of a lake with gorgeous, distant views of the mountains and sky. The oil painters, acrylic painters and water colorists attending this workshop were great!  They all did well even though it was one of the hottest days of the summer. We were lucky there were plenty of shady spots on the property and we had great views of the lake and the mountains everywhere we set up.
I painted two demos, one of the lake in the hazy, atmospheric morning light and the second after lunch when fresh, fluffy clouds started floating over. Clouds!  After a night of rain the hot sun was beating down on the mountains and they were making clouds just for us to paint !  The cloud shadows on the pines on the opposite shore and mountain range were awesome.  Could I be any happier?   It’s been a while since I last painted in the mountains and I really missed them! I love painting in this region and I will be going back soon.
The rest of this month I am wandering around painting where ever whim and weather takes me. I’ll be painting on the coast, in the mountains and at the lakes. The last days of summer are here and fall is not far away so I’m enjoying it ! Which reminds me… my September Plein Air Class on the seacoast is starting on Tuesday, September 6th ! For more information see below.

"Cloud Shadows" 9x12 Oil. When the clouds started to appear during lunch they were casting moving shadows on the opposite shore and across the mountains. I knew I wanted to paint them. I paused before I had lunch to clean my palette and to set up the colors that I would need to paint fast. The clouds were moving steadily across the sky. Cloud painting requires preparation and speed; those clouds keep moving, changing shape and drifting out of sight! Photo: Marcus Gale.

“Cloud Shadows” 9×12 Oil. When the clouds started to appear during lunch they were casting moving shadows on the opposite shore and across the mountains. I knew I wanted to paint them. I paused before I had lunch to clean my palette and to set up the colors that I would need to paint fast. The clouds were moving steadily across the sky. Cloud painting requires preparation and speed; those clouds keep moving, changing shape and drifting out of sight! Photo: Marcus Gale.

STARTING IN SEPTEMBER !  NEW PLEIN AIR CLASS SESSION STARTS SEPT 6TH !

NEW SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS  ~ TUESDAY AFTERNOONS ON THE SEACOAST
This class starts Tuesday, September 6th, 2-5pm, and runs for 6 weeks.  If you want to attend this plein air class Please let me know ASAP to reserve your spot.   Space is limited. Advanced registration is suggested. Six week session~ $227
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.
After the demo I paused to answer everyone's questions. While watching closely the students had questions about what I was doing and why I was doing it. They wanted to know what I was thinking, why I was making the choices I made and the timing of those choices. Painting is 90% mental and 10% physical! Photo: Marcus Gale

After the demo I paused to answer everyone’s questions. While watching closely the students had questions about what I was doing and why I was doing it. They wanted to know what I was thinking, why I was making the choices I made and the timing of those choices. Painting is 90% mental and 10% physical! Photo: Marcus Gale

AUGUST EVENTS

BY THE SEA  BY THE SEA GARDEN TOUR
SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH
3:30-7:00 PM
MARGINAL WAY PRESERVATION FUND
OGUNQUIT, MAINE
A small group of plein air artists will be painting in selected locations along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. A wet paint sale will be held on the lawn of the Beachmere Inn, Ogunquit, Maine from 3:30-7:00 pm. Tickets to the event may be purchased here.

OCTOBER PLEIN AIR CLASS IN NH LAKES REGION

A 6 week plein air class in the NH Lakes region (Laconia area) is beginning in early October. Dates and details will be coming soon.  If you are interested please contact me.

The color key of my afternoon painting! Photo: Marcus Gale.

The color key of my afternoon painting! Photo: Marcus Gale.

Plein Air in High Summer

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The Plein Air challenge of the week…painting on the Nubble on a Saturday in August ! Wow. The weather was perfect, cool breezes off the water, strong surf and thunder heads sailing through. The storms mostly missed us with just a few rain drops on my easel. Photo: Marcus Gale

PLEIN AIR IN HIGH SUMMER SEASON

Painting in the thick of tourist season on the coast of Maine is almost like being at an international crossroads. Everyone is here from all over the world. I meet the most interesting people. They marvel over the beauty and wild nature of the coast, it is such an unusual experience for them. To me this is the tamest time of the year to experience the Atlantic ocean. Still the wind was so wild on the Nubble yesterday I had trouble anchoring my easel with my umbrella attached to it. I huge bank of thunderstorms were drifting through from the west. They kicked up a big wind blast that lasted until they were way out over the ocean. I managed to paint a few studies in-between the wind blasts and the summer visitors.


I started two sketches of the Nubble Light house on two toned panels I happened to have with me.  I thought I would try to see how the blues and greens would look on the complementary back ground. I needed thick paint to cover the glowing color of the ground.  Photo: Marcus Gale.

AUGUST EVENTS

BY THE SEA  BY THE SEA GARDEN TOUR
SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH
3:30-7:00 PM
MARGINAL WAY PRESERVATION FUND
OGUNQUIT, MAINE
A small group of plein air artists will be painting in selected locations along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. A wet paint sale will be held on the lawn of the Beachmere Inn, Ogunquit, Maine from 3:30-7:00 pm. Tickets to the event may be purchased here.


After I painted the lighthouse. I turned and gave my attention to the waves which were beautiful in the afternoon light.  Photo: Marcus Gale

SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS

SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS ON TUESDAY AFTERNOONS
If you want to sign up for this plein air class shoot me an email.   Space is limited. Advanced registration is suggested. Six week session~ $227
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Seacoast region. Register for one class here. Register for 6 week session here.Lots of love,

Mary

Summer Dream in Castine, Maine

"Three Islands Study, Castine "6x8" oil. I love my new 6x8 thumb box ! It was so much fun to paint this quick sketch. I was in the middle of painting a boat painting when this cloud scene floated into view.  I turned, grabbed my thumb box and quickly placed in the shapes and colors. So easy and so much fun!  Photo:Mary Byrom

“Three Islands Study, Castine “6×8” oil. I love my new 6×8 thumb box ! It was so much fun to paint this quick sketch. I was in the middle of painting a boat painting when this cloud scene floated into view. I turned, grabbed my thumb box and quickly placed in the shapes and colors. So easy and so much fun! Photo: Mary Byrom

CASTINE IS WONDERFUL!

I just returned from the Castine Plein Air Festival and it was one of the best things I did this summer. Why? Well, first of all Castine is at the end of a peninsula in down east Maine.  It is a quiet, beautiful place where the beach never closes, the parking is free, there are no life guards and a big natural salt water pool fills and empties with the tides.
When you go sleep at night it is so quiet that if a single car drives down the road after 10 pm you notice it.  Maine is packed to the teeth right now with visitors but you wouldn’t know that in Castine. There are advantages to being on the end of a peninsula, its like living on the end of a dead end road that happens to feel like an island surrounded with beautiful views .
Castine was so mellow it made me just want to hang out. Paint? Who me?  I moved into entry mode by going up high to a historic meadow over looking the harbor and painted a couple of my haiku paintings.  People stopped by and loved my tiny paintings. I was doing them just to warm up!
Then I moved down to the docks for another view. Nothing was grabbing my attention so I started painting a windjammer that was docked in front of me. As I was painting a thunder head drifted into view overhead. Clouds!  My favorite ! I grabbed my sketchbook and dove in. I went and fetched my new little 6×8 thumb box out of the car and did a quick oil study.  What a blast!
From that point on the clouds were amazing as thunder storms rolled all around us. The dock master gave us the official weather report that we were not going to have any storms in Castine.  With that good news a small group of us headed over to Wadsworth Cove to paint the dramatic skies.

Here we are all lined up painting on the beach at Wadsworh Cove. (Chrissy Nickerson, Poppy Balser, Paul Trowbridge) We set up behind our vehicles with a perfecHere we are all lined up painting on the beach at Wadsworh Cove. (Chrissy Nickerson, Poppy Balser, Paul Trowbridge) We set up behind our vehicles with a perfect view of the clouds rolling in from the west. Photo: Marcus Gale.

Here we are all lined up painting on the beach at Wadsworth Cove. (Chrissy Nickerson, Poppy Balser, Paul Trowbridge) We set up behind our vehicles with a perfect view of the clouds rolling in from the west.  Photo: Marcus Gale.

AUGUST EVENTS

ONE DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP on  AUGUST 11TH
LAKES REGION, NEW HAMPSHIRE

This day long workshop will help the student focus in depth completing one or more paintings on location. This workshop is at a beautiful, private, lake front location. The day will start with a demo and a short talk on the specific aspects/advantages/challenges of the subject/location.  Guidance will be given based on each students individual painting experience. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings. Fee for a one day plein air workshop is $125.  If you are interested in joining this workshop please contact me.

BY THE SEA  BY THE SEA GARDEN TOUR
SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH
3:30-7:00 PM
MARGINAL WAY PRESERVATION FUND
OGUNQUIT, MAINE
A small group of artists will be painting in selected locations along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. A wet paint sale will be held on the lawn of the Beachmere Inn, Ogunquit, Maine from 3:30-7:00 pm. Tickets to the event may be purchased here.

"Three Islands, "10x12" oil. My larger painting of the thunder heads racing in over the Henry Islands and West Brookfield beyond. Photo: Mary Byrom

“Three Islands, “10×12” oil. My larger painting of the thunder heads racing in over the Henry Islands and West Brookfield beyond. Photo: Mary Byrom

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR TUESDAYS  an AFTERNOON CLASS
If you want to try out  plein air or drop into a plein air class for an afternoon shoot me an email.   Six week session~ $227
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Seacoast region. Register for one class here. Register for 6 week session here.


Why are we smiling? We are having a blast painting racing clouds!  In-between painting 4 paintings I went over to see what Paul Trowbridge was doing.  He was painting large watercolors of clouds over the bay.  Paul received an honorable mention for the cloud painting he did that afternoon!  What a great day ! Photo: Marcus Gale

SPECIAL EVENT : FULL MOON NOCTURNE WORKSHOP


I painted this brightly lit house on a quiet summer night in Castine, Maine. It was so much fun! I didn’t have to worry about  the light changing, I just had to paint it before I got too tired to pay attention to what I was seeing.  I started painting at dusk and didn’t stop till after 11…. or was it midnight ? The clear evening sky was still bright at 10 pm.

SPECIAL EVENT: FULL MOON NOCTURNE CLASS 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18TH
4:00 – 9:30 PM    Fee $75
LOCATION: Coastal Maine, Southern York County
REGISTRATION OPEN: Register here.

Evening and nocturne painting is wonderful…

Summer is in full swing. My flower gardens are in full bloom. The long lazy days of summer are here. But I don’t feel lazy and I do feel like summer is moving by at a steady clip. I am looking forward to the full moon evenings of summer.  I’m hoping the next  full moons are on relatively clear evenings. So far every summer I’ve been lucky. It’s been gorgeous!  I am offering a special event… on the evening of the August full moon on Thursday, Aug 18th I will be teaching an evening/night time plein air class on the coast of Maine to a small group of painters. Registration is open now. Details are below.


I loved painting this lake scene. It was a peaceful, quiet evening with clear skies and a beautiful full moon. I painted four paintings back to back, until the moon was high in the sky and I was thinking about dinner. Dinner was very late that night.  I didn’t get home till after 10pm.  It was worth it. I couldn’t believe how happy I was with all the paintings I did that night. Sometimes it all just flows smoothly.

 

I hope you can take advantage of this rare full moon class!

 

New! NH LAKES REGION PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP

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PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP IN THE NH LAKES REGION

ONE DAY WORKSHOP
AUGUST 11TH
ALL DAY – 10-5 PM
LOCATION:  PRIVATE LAKE FRONT PROPERTY  BELMONT, NH
HOSTED BY THE LAKES REGION ART ASSOCIATION
FEE: $135
REGISTER HERE

This is the perfect opportunity to paint in a heavenly location in the lakes region of NH…

The Lakes Region of NH is beautiful. Sparkling blue lakes, mountains, islands and big summer skies are waiting to be painted. There is nothing like spending a nice summer day painting under towering pines, breathing in fresh country air and watching the sun change the colors of the mountains. We are painting all day in a private location on a lovely lake. I can hardly wait to paint at this beautiful house in Belmont, NH on the shore of Lake Winnisquam !

This day long workshop will help the student slow down and focus on completing one painting on location. This workshop is at a beautiful, private, lake front location. The day will start with a demo and a short talk on the specific aspects/advantages/challenges of the subject/location. I will be teaching fundamentals, values, design, color and brushwork. Individual guidance will be given based on each students individual painting experience. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings depending on experience. All skill levels are welcome. There will be a group discussion/critique session at the end of the day.  Registration is through the Lakes Region Art Association. Fee for a one day plein air workshop is $135. Please register soon.There are only a few openings left.  REGISTER HERE.