Summer Sketching in Maine ~THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK

SUMMER CLASSES ARE READY !  ARE YOU?

Now is your chance to get outside and have a really great time sketching and painting! Here is what is coming up.

FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE STUDENT …

ART ADVENTURE – THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK SUMMER CLASS !

This traveling sketchbook class is for everyone. With just a pen, pencil and a sketchbook you can begin this creative adventure. We start this class with an introduction to different types of sketchbooks and paper, pencils, pens and paints and how you can use them for different effects in your sketchbook.

We will start with an introduction to sketching and look at the foundations of good sketches, various techniques and applications you can use in your sketchbook. Beginner to experienced artists will love this process. Sketching develops your observing and drawing skills, increases your visual vocabulary, expands your creativity and is very relaxing. Individual expression, growth and creativity is encouraged. Every week we will meet at a different location. This class is perfect for absolute beginners to skilled artists who would like to try a new experience with a minimum of expense for supplies. Beginners are very welcome. Bring all of your supplies to the first class. We will be sketching outdoors after an introduction to materials.

Sketching Supplies – Materials list : The Bare Minimum Sketchbook Kit: A sketchbook, pencil & ink pen. The Expanded Sketchbook Kit: Colored pencils, markers, ink pens, water color pencils, crayons, watercolors, gouache, paint brush, water brush, paper towels, sponge, water, bull dog clips.
Expanded Sketchbook Kit can be viewed on my website at http://marybyrom.blogspot.com/2010/05/gear-for-sketching-watercolors-on-run.html

Tuesday ~  1:00pm – 4pm
June – 5, 12,  26 ~ 3 sessions $79 – REGISTER HERE
July – 3, 10, 24, 31 ~ 4 sessions $105 – REGISTER HERE
August – 7, 14 ,21, 28 ~ 4 sessions $105 – REGISTER HERE.

Single class $35.

Warmly,

Mary

Plein Air Painting in Maine ~ Summer Is coming!

SUMMER PLEIN AIR PAINTING !  YES, SUMMER IS COMING AND ITS TIME TO GRAB YOUR TIME IN THE SUN !

IF YOU HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT GETTING OUT UNDER THE OPEN SKY TO PAINT THE LANDSCAPE…. NOW IS THE TIME !

THIS CLASS IS PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS TO INTERMEDIATE PAINTERS.

The 2018 Summer Plein Air Painting Class is an outdoor painting class. A new location every week.  Student may work in oils, acrylics or gouache. Students will need to have a plein air easel and painting kit that they can carry or transport easily on location.

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~Monthly 4 week session. For beginners to intermediate painters. Capture the essence of the landscape. Understand the fundamentals of landscape painting, specific skills & techniques for plein air painting. Streamline your plein air painting. New weekly location- Diverse subject matter. Individual expression, growth & creativity are encouraged.
CLASS FEES : 4 week class session is $160. Single class $55 per class. There are no make up classes.

TIME:   MONDAYS  –   1-4 PM

DATES:   JUNE ~ 4, 11, 18, 25     JULY ~ 2, 9, 23, 30    AUGUST ~ 6, 13, 20, 27

REGISTER:  4 week class session – Mail me a check or Purchase here ~ https://squareup.com/store/mary-byrom/   

Single class purchase  here individually for $55 per class.
There are no make up classes.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email.

Warmly,

Mary

Maple Moon Farm

One winter afternoon on a farm in southwestern Maine, after painting in snow showers all afternoon two plein air painters get a taste of fresh sugar on snow!

For the best shortcuts and tips to make beautiful paintings Click here!

Painting While its Snowing !

It snowed off and on the whole time we painted. What a great afternoon! I was happy I had my umbrella in the car. As soon as it started snowing I put it up. I had a sneaky feeling that it was going to snow off and on all afternoon. And it did ! Every few minutes a new snow squall would blow through.

Here is a peek at how I start my painting of a sugar house on a snowy late winter day.

Would you like to see more tips and short cuts to improve your paintings? Click here!

Fabulous New Year !

Happy New Year Everyone!

As we bid farewell to the old year and arrive on the threshold of the New Year, I wish you and your loved ones a New Year of hope, happiness and good health !

And with a New Year there are some new exciting changes!

A special NEWSLETTER ~ I will be writing a brand-new newsletter & blog just for artists.  It will be called  ~ The Inspired Painter.

My regular newsletter will continue to be sent to all my collectors, fans and friends!

THE INSPIRED PAINTER ~ newsletter & blog will cover the nuts and bolts of the painting experience.  If you are a student/artist/painter and wish to receive all the tips, tricks and links I will be offering to help you in your creative process you will want to sign up here for the newsletter and the first free guide offered to The Inspired Painter newsletter readers!

NEW CLASS SCHEDULE ~ I will be teaching 2 classes each week this winter, spring & summer ~ painting and sketching!
The evening winter studio class and daytime spring class are listed below with links to the description and online registration.
They will continue in 5/6  week sessions until the end of the school semester in May.
I will announce the beginning of each 5/6 week session in the newsletter.

NEW STUDIO CLASS COMING UP THIS WEEK !

THERE ARE A FEW SPACES FOR STUDENTS IN MY NEW TUESDAY EVENING STUDIO CLASS -STARTING THIS TUESDAY JAN 2nd
You can register here!

JANUARY 2, 2018
PAINTING CLASS ~ Oils, Acrylics & Gouache
STUDIO CLASS  ~ 5 WEEKS
STARTS ~ TUESDAY, JANUARY 2ND
5:30- 8:30 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine
REGISTER HERE !

SPRING PLEIN AIR CLASS ~ MARCH  2018
ART ADVENTURE ~ THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~ 6 WEEKS
STARTS ~ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH
10:00AM- 1:00 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine
REGISTER HERE!

SUMMER  2018
JUNE – 5 DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~ PLEIN AIR PAINTING -Oil & Acrylic
TUESDAYS  2-5
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~ PLEIN AIR SKETCHBOOK CLASS – WEDNESDAYS 2-5
SEPTEMBER – 5 DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse. Please subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Subscribe to my YouTube page for immediate notification.

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON !
Yes, we are now busy working in the geeky part of the pre-launch!
I will be sending out special emails about the eCourse to folks who sign up for The Inspired Painter Newsletter !

COMING SOON
* Video: 5 STEPS TO A PERFECT START ~ How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: 4 SOLID DECISIONS TO CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE PAINTING ~ How to create a solid design
* Cheat Sheet : How to Start a Successful Painting
* Cheat Sheet : How to Choose the subject for a Successful Painting

PHOTOS: Beach Haiku series, Night Time Haiku Series, Mountains Haiku Series
Photo Credits: Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Mast Cove Galleries. Kennebunkport, Maine
Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way! You are welcome to visit and see them in the bistro. Available for purchase at the Inn.

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

New! Winter Painting, Classes & New 2018 Workshops & Events! !

 

Winter Skies, Clouds, haiku series

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I hope you are all well and thriving …and not getting too buried in the hustle bustle of the holiday season.  It is good to pause and appreciate the quiet time of the year. We have truly entered into winter. Its a peaceful day today with snow falling gently making everything fresh and white. The muted blue and violet colors of this overcast winter day are beautiful.

It feels like it was just a few weeks ago when summer insisted on lingering until Thanksgiving. I’m not complaining  I was happy with that extra long summer !  Its rare that we have empty beaches, parking lots  and warm weather.  I took advantage of it !

I was buried in work till the end of my season, delivering paintings to galleries and hanging a holiday show. The summer season which is my busiest time of year stretched with out a pause into December this year. So when all deliveries were made it was time to celebrate and shift gears. I took a week off, then eased back into work with a bit of attention to planning my schedule for 2018.

Christmas is rounding the corner and almost upon us with the New Year right behind it!  Here are some highlights 2018 !

FRESH NEWS !

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 7th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME
My holiday and winter show will be up until Jan 7th. Pieces from my haiku series, food series and harbor series are on display.

COMING UP IN 2018  … !

JANUARY  2018
OILS, ACRYLIC & GOUACHE PAINTING
STUDIO CLASS  ~ 5 WEEKS
STARTS ~ TUESDAY, JANUARY 2ND
5:30- 8:30 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine
Register here!

MARCH  2018
ART ADVENTURE ~ THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~ 6 WEEKS
STARTS ~ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH
10:00AM- 1:00 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine
Registration coming soon!

SUMMER  2018
JUNE – 5 DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~ PLEIN AIR PAINTING CLASS – TUESDAYS  3-6
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~ PLEIN AIR SKETCHBOOK CLASS – WEDNESDAYS 2-5
SEPTEMBER – 5 DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP

After Dark, Night time Haiku series

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Subscribe to my YouTube page for immediate notification.

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are readying the pre-launch!
I will be sending out special emails only to folks who sign up to the ECOURSE list for the new online landscape & plein air painting course.  Sign up here for ECOURSE UPDATES!

COMING SOON
* Video: 5 STEPS TO A PERFECT START ~ How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: 4 SOLID DECISIONS TO CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE PAINTING ~ How to create a solid design

PHOTOS: Cloud Haiku series, Night Time Haiku Series, Cloud Haiku Series
Photo Credits: Mary Byrom

Clouds, haiku series

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Mast Cove Galleries. Kennebunkport, Maine
Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way! You are welcome to visit and see them in the bistro. Available for purchase at the Inn.

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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New Ecourse Coming Soon!

Hope you all are having a great week and experiencing some of this great Indian Summer weather we are having in Maine!

As some of you know I’ve been working on a new ecourse for painters showing you the best and fastest ways to get the most out of your painting time. I  keep posting that it will be coming soon…. Why?

Because the kickoff  is being delayed due to having to restock my galleries.  I’m painting like crazy! A good problem to have…being popular and loved  by my fans and collectors.

But, I am truly trying to get this new course out to all those busy folks who wish they had more time for their art. I heard your plea. A little more painting time please !

We are all so busy , way too busy and we need time for ourselves. Time to replenish our souls. Time to just stop and breathe in the fresh air. Time to just be.

“Nature feeds the soul. Spend time in nature and you will be filled with joy.” Mary Byrom

NEW ECOURSE COMING SOON ! JOIN HERE TO SEE THE INSIDE SCOOP, RECEIVE THE SNEAK PEEK VIDEOS AND HEAR ABOUT THE  BEST WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR MIND, HEART AND BEING

Its no accident what landscape painting does for me.

I truly feel wonderful every time I go out to paint and I hope it will make you feel wonderful  too.

Come Inside. Welcome to my studio.

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This week: A Trip to a Historic Painting Spot

I hope you had a great week !

Last week was another gorgeous fall week. There were no hurricanes in sight and we had perfect, warm days with chilly nights. And still no frost in our neighborhood so the flowers are all in bloom!

This past week we were on a road trip for a few days of work and painting in western Massachusetts. I grew up in Northampton, a college town on the Connecticut River. This area is rich in history and a variety of subject matter, from early New England towns, farms, woodlands and river valleys to old mountain ranges. Many years ago a view of this valley was painted by the founder of the Hudson River Painters. Thomas Cole painted a famous painting of the Oxbow at Northampton.

I’ve always liked the expansive area of fields down by the Connecticut river so when Marcus’ concert was over, we drove down into the meadows along the Oxbow. It was peaceful and quiet with just the sounds of birds and the distant cars on the highway that winds its way south across the mountain range. It was the view of this pastoral farm land in Northampton from Mount Holyoke, that inspired Cole to paint his picture.

When we headed out into the network of dirt roads that traverse the meadows I was looking for a spot I had painted previously ten years ago. There aren’t many changes in the meadows but it was hard to find the same road I traveled before as they wind around and in and out of thickets and swamps. After looking a bit I decided to use the precious hours of sunlight wisely and choose a location where I could see most of the Mount Tom range as a backdrop to the open fields.

A single lane dirt road cut through the fields toward the mountains with a hedgerow full of birds on one side and open fields on the other. It was beautiful. I painted till sunset. It was so peaceful out there. Deer came out into the field at sunset to graze. The mountain range lit up with a golden reddish light as the sun went down. Geese heading south flew over head in a big V formation as I painted the last rays of light on the trees. It was a perfect evening.

I hope you get outside to paint this week so you too can spend some time surrounded by the beauty and peace of nature.

You are invited !

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

AUTUMN PLEIN AIR CLASS !
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~  Meets Tuesdays 2-5pm
Let me know if you’d like to join us !

NEW:
~ 6 WEEK STUDIO CLASS FOR OIL, ACRYLIC & GOUACHE
~ BEGINNERS TO INTERMEDIATE PAINTERS
~ STARTING OCTOBER 17TH IN YORK, MAINE  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are organizing for the pre-launch!

I am launching a new online landscape & plein air painting course.

Preview videos will be posted on Facebook & Instagram & Youtube pages.

COMING SOON
* Video: How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: How to make solid design decisions

PHOTO Credits:
Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Mast Cove Galleries. Kennebunkport, Maine
Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way! You are welcome to visit and see them in the bistro. Available for purchase at the Inn.

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

Hurricane Along the Maine Coast

It’s hurricane season on the coast…

Last week I changed my work schedule twice to go set up my easel on the coast to paint the great surf  that hurricane Jose sent our way. We were lucky. No storm.  Only the big waves arrived here on the Maine coast. The surfers and plein air painters were very happy.
So were all the visitors here on vacation after the summertime crowds are gone. It was beautiful.  I met the nicest people while out painting this week. Some of these visitors had never been to Maine before. They were amazed at the variety of landscapes they were seeing. Maine has such a variety of landscapes with eastern and western water views.  People couldn’t believe they could watch sunrise and sunsets over the water. There’s nothing quite like this amazing amount of peninsulas and islands we have in our back yard.

They marveled that I actually lived here. I could go  anytime I liked and look at the amazing views.  I remember when I made the decision to move to the seacoast. It had to do with a memory. Of course it was from vacations when I was a child. My grandmother loved Maine. My mother loved Maine. My mother brought us to Maine on a summer vacation. Even though I had plenty of ocean time on Cape Cod when I was a small child, it was South Harpswell, Maine that made me feel like I had arrived home.
The big old house on the water with its little tiny sandy beach looking out to the little island in the bay stole my heart away. The fingers of land reaching out into the water with nooks and crannies, the big dark pines, the little harbors packed with fishing boats and docks and the clusters of little old houses scattered among the thick woods and across the the rocky fields made me want to stay there forever.  Whenever I go back to South Harpswell I get the same feeling that I did when I first went there. I feel like I am home.
I have favorite places to I paint whenever I go there. It’s closer to my house than Boston is. Sadly the sweet, classic, white farm house has been completely over hauled into a plastic summer vacation home. But the bones of the real house are still there and the tiny beach still looks out at the same island. Mackerel Cove still looks beautiful at any time of the day and in any season. And when I get to a nice open spot on Basin Road in West Harpswell and look west on a crisp fall day I can see Mount Washington in New Hampshire with a bright cap of snow on it.
It’s no accident I love painting landscapes.

Yes we are making many videos for my online landscape painting course!  As we set up the tech stuff you will be receiving an invite to view special content that we are preparing. Some of it is for learning and some of it is just for fun. And some is for both fun and learning!  The bonus pre-launch videos are being created daily.
I will let you know when they are up on YouTube and Vimeo where you can watch them.  If you subscribe to my YouTube page you will receive a notice when each one is published.  Here is the link to my page.

COMING UP IN OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER & JANUARY … !

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Dates will be posted soon. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

OCTOBER 15TH
CAPE ANN QUICK DRAW
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Essex, MA
Wet Paint Sale 12-3 pm

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

AUTUMN  PLEIN AIR CLASS !
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~  Meets Tuesdays 2-5pm
Let me know if you’d like to join us !

IN THE NEWS : PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE September 2017 with Mary Byrom Artist Profile article is now available at Barnes & Noble.
The Artist Profile article will be available online soon.

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are organizing for the pre-launch!

I am launching a new online landscape & plein air painting course.

Preview videos will be posted on Facebook & Instagram & Youtube pages.

COMING SOON
* Video: How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: How to make solid design decisions

PHOTO Credits:
Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
Shore Road Gallery / Beth Ellis Cove Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine
Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Mast Cove Galleries. Kennebunkport, Maine
Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way! You are welcome to visit and see them in the bistro. Available for purchase at the Inn.

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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What is the Color of Joy ?

I’ve been thinking about color and mood lately as I go out to paint at sunset and dusk. Colors have an effect on how we feel…

There is a certain mood that wraps around you when you go out late in the day. It’s very different from a morning feeling. There is a freshness to the day in the morning. Its like the early hours are picking up speed to get into the activity of the day. In the late afternoon and early evening it feels like things are slowing down. If there was a wind at midday it often begins to slow down a bit. The light lingers and glows in a way that feels like it is slowing down, especially here on the coast where the big wide open sky fills the landscape with a soft light in a way that doesn’t happen inland in the mountains and valleys. There is so much water here that reflects the sky. I don’t realize how much of a water world I live in until I travel inland.
This natural world is a joy to experience. There is always something of beauty to discover no matter what the weather or season. It has an effect on me and my paintings. I realized I paint hopeful, peaceful paintings because I am in these positive, peaceful places when I paint.
Painting is 90% mental and 10% physical.  I am so aware of this when I go out to paint. Everything works best when I am prepared and mentally clear and grounded when I set up. If I have enough time and some quiet to focus before I paint it makes a difference in the start of the painting. How you start a painting determines the outcome of the painting.
With a good start and mindful progress the whole thing is a complete joy. The painting feels like it just flows out of your hand. When I am painting a series of small 5-10 minute paintings back to back I don’t have time to think and ponder about what to do next. I just keep my colors and brushes clean and move as fast as I can. It becomes a dance. It becomes a very joyful experience. And this all happens in a very peaceful state. It’s called flow. The paintings painted in this flow state have a very special quality. They make the viewer feel great. Why ? Because the painter felt great making them. Everything in the mind of the painter is present on that canvas. If you are painting in a state of joy, that is what the viewer experiences, they feel good while looking at the painting. Its that simple.

We are making videos now! My camera man Marcus is the best. He was always good with a camera now its being put to good use!   We will be releasing some bonus pre-launch videos soon. I will let you know when they are up on YouTube and Vimeo where you can watch them.  If you subscribe to my YouTube page you will receive a notice when each one is published.  Here is the link to my page.

COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER & JANUARY … !

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Dates will be posted soon. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

OCTOBER 15TH
CAPE ANN QUICK DRAW
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Essex, MA
Wet Paint Sale 12-3 pm

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

LATE SUMMER & EARLY FALL PLEIN AIR CLASS !
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~  Meets Tuesdays 2-5pm
Let me know if you’d like to join us !

IN THE NEWS : PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE September 2017 with Mary Byrom Artist Profile article is now available at Barnes & Noble.
The Artist Profile article will be available online soon.

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are organizing for the pre-launch!

I am launching a new online landscape & plein air painting course.

Preview videos will be posted on Facebook & Instagram & Youtube pages.

COMING SOON
* Video: How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: How to make solid design decisions

PHOTO Credits:
Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
Shore Road Gallery / Beth Ellis Cove Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine
Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Mast Cove Galleries. Kennebunkport, Maine
Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way! You are welcome to visit and see them in the bistro. Available for purchase at the Inn.

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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