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.

Summer Plein Air Days & Nights

Evening Skies, 16×20 oil on panel. $3200 This is a new one in my new series of evening paintings that I am working on this summer.    Available.

Getting ready for evening and nocturne painting…

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. The days are shortening a bit. But only by a few minutes. I am looking forward to the full moon evenings of summer.  I am aware that I have just 3 full moons left in warm weather. And I’m hoping the next  full moons are on relatively clear evenings. So far every summer I’ve been lucky. Its been gorgeous!  During 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.

JULY & AUGUST EVENTS

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

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Painting fast on York Beach, where the rising full moon and the lights of the summer cottages create amazing scenes for painting.

CASTINE PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL  JULY 21-23rd
I will be painting in gorgeous Castine in July!
If you live nearby or feel like taking a road trip… the reception and wet paint sale will be on Saturday, July 23rd 4-6 pm. at the Alfond Student Center, Maine Maritime Academy, Pleasant Street, Castine, Maine.  You are all invited !

JULY 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. I have room for 2 painters.  Six week session~ $227
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Seacoast region. Register for one class here. Register for 6 week session here.

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. Registration will open up on July 11th. If you are interested in joining this workshop please contact me.

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.

 Mary

Clouds, Sky and Paint

WHERE DID JUNE GO ? SUMMER IS REALLY HERE !

Its already July 4th holiday weekend – what? Now we are entering the 8 weeks of Maine summer.  I am focused on painting as much as possible all around my neighborhood.  The bright blue skies and fabulous clouds are delivering the goods.  So its working out pretty well so far…
Keeping everybody’s busy schedule in mind…here are some timely, upcoming events.

JULY & AUGUST EVENTS

CASTINE PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL  JULY 21-23rd
I will be painting in gorgeous Castine in July!
If you live nearby or feel like taking a road trip… the reception and wet paint sale will be on Saturday, July 23rd 4-6 pm. at the Alfond Student Center, Maine Maritime Academy, Pleasant Street, Castine, Maine.  You are all invited !

JULY 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. I have room for 2 painters.  Six week session~ $227
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Seacoast region. Register for one class here. Register for 6 week session here.

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. Registration will open up on July 11th. If you are interested in joining this workshop please contact me.

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MORE SUMMER CLOUDS !
Practice, practice, practice!  The way to get good at painting and improve your paintings is to paint a lot.  Painting often and painting lots of studies results in really understanding what you are painting and getting really good at it. These studies will come in handy when I’m painting larger paintings in the studio.
I notice that I get really relaxed as I paint a bunch of paintings. The longer and more paintings I paint the faster I paint and the more I behave intuitively. Now I just want to paint a pile of paintings from early afternoon till after dark. I just might get to do that today.
The clouds drifted through non-stop and shape shifted as the wind rushed about. It was awesome, beautiful and sublime. I painted 6 cloud studies back to back.  Now I feel like I’ve loosened up and I’m ready to experiment and expand on this group of paintings.  What a day !  Practicing is so liberating.
Happy painting !
Mary

How to Paint Clouds

SUMMER IS HERE !

Keeping everybody’s busy schedule in mind…here are some upcoming events.

JUNE /JULY/ AUGUST EVENTS

PLEIN AIR TUESDAY AFTERNOON CLASS
If you want to try out  plein air or drop into a plein air class for an afternoon shoot me an email. I have room for 2 painters.  Six week session~ $227
Locations : NEW WEEKLY LOCATION –  Seacoast region. Register for one class here. Register for 6 week session here.

ONE DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOPS  ~  JULY 9TH,  AUGUST 6TH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, OCTOBER 8TH 
The day long workshop will help the student focus in depth completing one or more paintings on 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 $105. Reserve your spot. REGISTER HERE

CASTINE PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL  JULY 21-23rd
I will be painting in gorgeous Castine in July!
If you live nearby or feel like taking a road trip… the reception and wet paint sale will be on Saturday, July 23rd 4-6 pm. at the Alfond Student Center, Maine Maritime Academy, Pleasant Street, Castine, Maine.  You are all invited !
SUMMER CLOUDS !

The dreamiest clouds have been floating through bright blue skies for the past couple of weeks. It’s early summer and it’s gorgeous ! Of course I’m out painting clouds as much as possible. I like to paint lots of studies of clouds. It helps me understand them and get better at painting them in all kinds of conditions. I’ve always liked painting clouds and waves, as they are always changing and moving. I find waves easier to paint than clouds as they repeat their movement, while clouds drift on winds and keep changing their shapes continually. When I’m focusing on clouds, I observe and sketch a lot before I paint. This sketching really helps me when I’m painting. After I get my paints out and pick up a brush, I paint fast ! It’s always fun!

Last week my Tuesday plein air class asked me to show them how to paint clouds. It was a perfect cloud day. Scattered thunderstorms were predicted.  A weather report like that makes me happy!  We rarely get the thunderstorms. Remember the word “scattered” is key here. If I’m in a location on the coast with good long views in all directions I have a good chance to get out of the way if a storm is bearing down on me.  I’ve often painted in warm sunshine while watching a thunderstorm hit an area a few towns up the coast. That’s the nice thing about long views. The cold front pushing through on Tuesday delivered a speeding train of beautiful clouds. You had to sketch and move fast before they raced out of sight. Then a big wind tore through and the clouds were gone! It left behind  lots of blue with wisps of horsetails feathered across the sky.

Lots of love,

Mary

Summer Painting Fun

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A great group of painters showed up for my talk & demo in downtown Kittery for the Kittery Art Association’s plein air group.

SUMMER IS HERE !

JUNE /JULY HAPPENINGS

PLEIN AIR AFTERNOONS
If you want to try out  plein air or drop into a plein air class for an afternoon shoot me an email. I have room for 2 painters on TUESDAYS –  on the following dates -JUNE 28th , JULY 5th, JULY12th JULY 19th.
Locations : Seacoast region. Emailed to you once you are registered. Register for one class here.

CASTINE PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL  JULY 21-23rd
I will be painting in gorgeous Castine in July!
If you live nearby or feel like taking a road trip… the reception and wet paint sale will be on Saturday, July 23rd 4-6 pm. at the Alfond Student Center, Maine Maritime Academy, Pleasant Street, Castine, Maine.  You are all invited !
Summer is here in all its glory. I am out and about painting everywhere. My classes are going well and my students are doing fabulously.
My newsletter and blog readers are are giving me feedback that they are missing dates and locations of events.  They are too busy to read everything – so are just scanning. Some of them missed some great happenings in their own back yards!  So I am sending out this tiny, short amount of news this month so you have time to read all of it !

My demo in Kittery, Maine last week was on a perfect, beautiful summer day. I set up on Government St on the grass under a tree next to the Black Birch Restaurant. Everyone who came was delighted that I was thinking about keeping my audience comfortable. Marcus was helping as I looked for a spot. It was his suggestion to paint the tiny street with a tiny view of the shipyard peeking behind the houses. It was awesome ! I stained a panel for my demo and gave a talk about my materials and process before I started painting. We had a lively Q&A after. What a really great group of people with good questions. Thank you all for coming, it was great seeing and talking to you !

Lots of love,

Mary