Opening ! Come to the Party !

You are invited to an
Opening Party & Open Studio this week!

MAY 4TH  4-6 PM  Opening Party hosted by York Art Assoc – at Sentry Hill at York Harbor, Rte 1A, York Harbor, Maine ~ All welcome ~ Meet the participating open studio artists !

MAY 6TH  10-4 Open Studio –  102 Wells St, North Berwick, ME
Live Landscape DEMO, new paintings, haiku series and prints available at special open studio pricing!
Donations may be made to the York Art Assoc Youth Programs.

NEW PAINTINGS ~ My new Ogunquit paintings are now up in the Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way! You are welcome to visit and see them in the bistro. Available for purchase at the Inn.

NEW PLEIN AIR CLASS !

PLEIN AIR CLASS ~ Starts MAY 23rd. Meet Tuesdays 2-5.    5 weeks $200.  This is your chance to get out and enjoy outdoor painting and learn some good solid skills to bring your paintings up to the next level !

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
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:
“Clouds 1” Haiku series II, 3×5 oil & comp leaf $175 Available.
“Lake Light” 8×10, oil, $675 Available.
“Night Walk”  Haiku series. 4×6 acrylic $275 Available.
“Froth & Foam” Many sizes.  Available as a print here.

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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Spring Party, Open Studio & New Paintings!

 

 

Happy Spring !

Yes, its really here. I’m running around painting as much as I can before all the buds pop open and everything is a different shade of green.

Opening Party, Open Studio & New Paintings!

MAY 4TH  4-6 PM  Opening Party hosted by York Art Assoc – at Sentry Hill at York Harbor, Rte 1A, York Harbor, Maine ~ All welcome ~ Meet the participating open studio artists !

MAY 6TH  10-4 Open Studio –  102 Wells St, North Berwick, ME
Live Landscape DEMO, new paintings, haiku series and prints available at special open studio pricing!
Donations may be made to the York Art Assoc Youth Programs.

NEW PAINTINGS ~ My new Ogunquit paintings are now up in the Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way! You are welcome to visit and see them in the bistro. Available for purchase at the Inn.

NEW PLEIN AIR CLASS !

PLEIN AIR CLASS ~ Starts MAY 23rd. Meet Tuesdays 2-5.    5 weeks $200.  This is your chance to get out and enjoy outdoor painting and learn some good solid skills to bring your paintings up to the next level !

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
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:
“Rough Seas” Haiku series II, acrylics 3×8 $225 Available.
Hanging the new exhibit at the Beachmere Inn.
“Clouds”  New haiku series. Various sizes $125- $275 Available.

NEW PRINTS OF THESE NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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Spring in Maine

Hello Spring !
Well, we got a big snow storm to welcome spring here in southern Maine. But the good news is its melting fast!
We are shifting gears for the warm weather season that is rapidly moving toward us.

New Paintings  !
An exhibit of my new Ogunquit paintings will be hung in the Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way April 15th! You are welcome to stop in to see them in the cafe.

NEW STUDIO CLASS !
Studio Class ~ Starts April 11th. This is your last chance to get some good solid skills under your belt before Plein Air season starts!

NEW ONLINE COURSE COMING SOON!
I am launching a new online landscape 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

Painting Credits:
“Spring Day in Perkins Cove” Oil, 6×12 $475. Available.
“Rough Seas” Haiku series II, acrylics 3×8 $225 Available.
“Froth & Foam on Marginal Way” Oil, 6×12″ $475 Available.

NEW PRINTS OF THESE NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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PAINTING GIVEAWAY !

BIG NEWS !

I am giving away 4 of my haiku paintings!
If you are a painter (any medium) and you fill out my new survey you will be eligible to win a painting from my haiku series.
See below for details.

 

This survey is specifically for artists (of all mediums). It is for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate  and advanced painters.

The Details

The survey is short. It has only 10 questions. Most are multiple choice.

  • Answer every question as best you can.
  •  After you complete the survey you will be entered in the drawing.
  • I will contact you via email if you won one of the paintings !

TAKE SURVEY HERE!

 

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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

Wet Paint in North Berwick, Maine


It turned out to be a perfect day to paint in the village of North Berwick, Maine. The afternoon sun lit the houses along Market Street  beautifully. I set up my easel on the sidewalk next to my car and painted the view down the street. Photo: Mary Byrom.

When you are going out to paint “en plein air” there is often something trying to foil your plans. It’s part of the adventure of painting outdoors. Stuff is always happening; the tide is going in or out, lobster boats are moving around harbors or bobbing up and down on moorings, cars are parked in front of your view and the light is always changing. If you paint outdoors a lot you get used to things changing.  Last week on Tuesday the weather man predicted scattered thunder storms for the afternoon. I have lived too long on the coast to really think it was going to happen.  If it did happen it might be a thunderstorm we watched hit a few towns away. It’s been this way for the years I’ve lived here on the coastal plain. I often set out to paint in perfectly sunny weather to see clouds build in the late afternoon.  Then as I am painting I see a few dark clouds float over head.  But often the biggest, darkest clouds will be in other places and the rain will fall far away. It’s always a risk. But there is a 85% chance it won’t fall on me. This is what happened last Tuesday.

By the time my 20 min. demo was over, thunder clouds were forming. They drifted through throwing big shadows on the street. It was a challenge for everyone to stick to the sun lit scene they saw when they first started to paint. They referred to their sketches to stay on target until the sun came out again.
Photo: Mary Byrom

My students were worried about late afternoon thunderstorms disturbing our painting session, so we set up our easels in town close to my studio. When we arrived to paint on the street in the downtown area of the village it was hot and sunny. We parked along the street in the shade of some big maple trees with a nice view of a row of houses and buildings.
I painted a 20 minute demo of the scene so they could see what I choose to paint, how I designed the painting and how I handled the values and colors. I love teaching these plein air classes. I keep the demo-time short so they have a sample of how to to paint the scene and they still have enough time to paint it themselves.  A three hour class always feels like it races by. Where does the time go?

This demo was painted on two panels  I placed next to each other when I saw that the street scene I envisioned in my mind wasn’t going to look so great on one 6×8″ panel. The panels were toned a warm orange/pink color Photo: Mary Byrom

This is a common challenges for students. Often they watch an instructor paint a demo for an hour or more and they are left with very little time to actually paint. This is a problem. Students can learn so much more painting outdoors with an instructor giving them guidance as they develop the painting. They learn to make decisions as they paint the scene in front of them.  It wasn’t easy to capture the scene. The light changed every few minutes as these huge clouds moved overhead. They were gorgeous!  I wanted to just paint clouds ! Did we have a thunder storm? Did it rain? No, we didn’t even hear any thunder.  One big dark cloud spit a few tiny specks of rain as it passed overhead but otherwise it was fine. And an added benefit? We noticed that the hot, stuffy air moved out and a nice cool refreshing breeze replaced it, making us happy and comfortable. Plus everyone painted some really nice paintings!

It was interesting to see the variety in designs and the different views as they set up to paint along the street. The painters farther away from the subject saw a big curve in the street and nice shadow patterns cast in the foreground from the row of maples that kept us cool. Photo: Mary Byrom

 SUMMER IS HERE AND ITS GOING TO BE SHORTER THAN YOU THINK !

SUMMER PLEIN AIR CLASSES

THE SUMMER PLEIN AIR CLASSES HAVE STARTED.
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
2016 summer classes “en plein air” are in a groove. Jump in and join us for a session. We are painting at beautiful locations, a different one each week.   I am teaching a new easy plein air method in a 6 week block of classes. This easy method really helps beginners get comfortable with plein air painting and it helps experienced painters improve skills dramatically. It’s a tried and true method and its great to see how fast students are improving. Class meets 2-5 pm.

SUMMER PLEIN AIR SESSION DATES
SESSION 2     JUNE 14- JULY 19   ~ HAS STARTED
SESSION 3     JULY 26 – AUGUST 30
SESSION 4     SEPT 4  – OCTOBER 11

AUTUMN PLEIN AIR
SESSION 5  OCT 18 – NOV 22

SIGN UP HERE FOR ONE 6 WEEK SESSION.

SIGN UP HERE FOR ONE SINGLE CLASS 

DEMOS  &  A PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP AT YOUR LOCATION:  I am giving demos and talks for art groups and art associations. If you or your group would like a demo or workshop please don’t hesitate to ask for details and available dates for summer, fall and winter.

THE PLEIN AIR EXPERIENCE ~ If you like to spend time in nature and are interested in painting outdoors but are not sure you will like it a good way to check it out is to attend a plein air demo. Some people like to paint or draw but feel shy about doing it in a public place. Others don’t have the equipment and want to see what it is like before investing in a lot of stuff they might not end up using. The best way to find out is to watch someone and see how it is done. Come to one of my plein air demos and see for yourself.

JUNE EVENTS

PLEIN AIR DEMO & INSTRUCTION
JUNE 16TH    4-7 pm
Location : GOVERNMENT STREET,  DOWNTOWN KITTERY, MAINE
$15 NON-MEMBERS
$10 MEMBERS
Hosted by : THE KITTERY ART ASSOCIATION

This is a great chance to see how to paint a variety of subjects and how to design a plein air painting. If you paint out doors or think you’d like to paint outdoors come to this event. It’s a great sampler of plein air painting. After the demo I will answer questions and share tips on equipment.
MAINE SUMMER WORKSHOPS

JUNE 18  10-5
JULY 9  10-5
AUGUST 6  10-5
SEPTEMBER 10  10-5
OCTOBER 8  10-5

All workshops are in southern Maine in the coastal towns of Kittery, York, Cape Neddick, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport and Cape Porpoise. Painting locations include quintessential Maine places including beaches, rocky coastlines, harbors, marshes, farms, historical homes and classic small villages.
These are one day plein air workshops. All workshops begin at 10am with a one hour break for lunch. The day will start with a demo and a short talk on the specific aspects/advantages/challenges of the location.  Guidance will be given on choices of subject matter tailored to each student’s individual painting experience. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings.
Register for a workshop here.

Join my email list for the latest scoop.
See reports from the field here.
Share good news with friends!

I look forward to seeing you!

Plein Air Adventures in New Hampshire

 


A double demo. I painted the same scene with a slightly different focus to show my students the difference between painting on a toned panel and a white panel with the exact same color key. Photo: Mary Byrom.

Though it is perfect for plein air painting I have been really busy the past two weeks finishing and delivering paintings, traveling and lecturing.  It’s been a blast and I am catching my breath right now. This is the first day this week that I am at home. Everything speeds up when warm weather comes to New England. It’s natural for everyone to get out and about, wanting to do all sorts of things.  A few days ago I headed up into northern New Hampshire to give a talk about plein air painting to a group of artists who have studio experience but not much outdoor experience. The small group of plein air painters in this area are hoping that more of their friends will join them outdoors. I was invited to introduce a large group of them to plein air painting and tell my story of how I went from being a studio painter to becoming a plein air painter and how it affected my life and my work. I can really sympathize with studio painters who like the solitude and the calm, controlled painting experience the studio offers. But nothing has changed my painting so much as painting outdoors for the past 12 years. I loved it so much I couldn’t paint indoors until last year when I made a concerted effort to return to the studio. And wow, what a surprise it was to paint indoors. I painted totally differently in the studio than I did before and I brought indoors a whole bunch of skills I gained by painting en plein air.


Plein Air  Gear Show & Tell: I set up a display of some of my watercolor sets, brushes, water color pencils, pochade boxes, value markers, palette knives, sketchbooks and plein air sketches (oil, watercolor, acrylic) so people could look closely at everything and touch it. It is a very different experience to see it in 3D than just a picture of it flashing by on a power point. It was like a mini museum experience. Experience is where it is at, it sticks in the brain. 
Photo: B. J.

When I was invited to give this talk I thought about the huge difference there is between painting indoors from a photo and painting from nature and how these landscape studio painters would love being outdoors if they tried it. The studio paintings they made from their plein air field sketches would be a world away from anything they painted from a photograph. I decided not to do a power point presentation about my tools and gear as that would be removed from the original content; just like painting from a photograph removes you from contact with the landscape. Instead I unloaded some of the gear from my mobile car-studio and brought it into the lecture hall so everyone could see it and touch it . I did the same thing that happens when you go out to paint in plein air. Everyone was able to  have up close and personal contact with the supplies and sketchbooks. They were able to hold them, turn them over, open things up and look at them as long as they liked. Talk about excitement!


After the talk I invited everyone to come over to the display. It was great to see the response. My sketchbooks really helped people see how the different tools made it  easier to work in different time frames, outdoor conditions and weather situations. There were involved discussions right up until we had to scoot out the door.
Photo: B.J.

Did it make a difference!  After I gave a talk on how I encountered plein air painting (and how my friend Sue got us outside to paint and how we started in winter!), I invited everyone to come over to the table and to see the wide variety of tools I use when I am sketching and painting outdoors.  I have 12 years of trying out different types of easels, mediums and substrates ( To be sure I am a very solid supporter of the art supply business.) People could compare the tiniest starter kits to the more elaborate set ups. Some painters already had easels that they were unhappy with and wanted suggestions for other easels on the market.
I knew what they were referring to and why they didn’t like certain products. I ran into the same problems. Artists wanted to know my opinion and my experiences with different easels, substrates, papers, paints and everything I used. I thought about how I would have appreciated this conversation earlier in my career.  This week wrapped up with teaching my plein air class in a totally gorgeous location. One the students invited us to paint on her property along the Bellamy River in Dover, NH, just upriver from where it enters Great Bay. What a perfect spot for afternoon light. The tide was going out and the clouds were sailing through from the west, it couldn’t be better.


My rock star plein air students setting up to work/play on location on the mud flats along the Bellamy River where it flows into Great Bay in Dover, New Hampshire. Photo: Mary Byrom

DEMOS  &  A PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP AT YOUR LOCATION:  I am visiting art groups and associations giving demos and plein air workshops. If you or your group would like a workshop please don’t hesitate to ask for details and available dates for summer and fall.

THE PLEIN AIR EXPERIENCE ~ If you like to spend time in nature and are interested in painting outdoors but are not sure you will like it a good way to check it out is to attend a plein air demo. Some people like to paint or draw but feel shy about doing it in a public place. Others don’t have the equipment and want to see what it is like before investing in a lot of stuff they might not end up using. The best way to find out is to watch someone and see how it is done. Come to one of my plein air demos and see for yourself.

MAY EVENTS

PLEIN AIR DEMO –
MAY 28TH    4-6 pm
2016 SEASON OPENING FOR BETH ELLIS GALLERY
Location: BETH ELLIS GALLERY
294 SHORE ROAD
OGUNQUIT, ME
860-338-3996

JUNE EVENTS

PLEIN AIR DEMO & INSTRUCTION
JUNE 16TH    4-7 pm
Location : GOVERNMENT STREET,  DOWNTOWN KITTERY, MAINE
$15 NON-MEMBERS
$10 MEMBERS
Hosted by : THE KITTERY ART ASSOCIATION

This is a great chance to see how I paint and how I design a plein air painting. If you think you’d like to paint outdoors come to this event. It’s a great sampler of plein air painting. After the demo I will answer questions and share experiences.
SUMMER PLEIN AIR CLASSESTHE FIRST PLEIN AIR CLASS STARTS MAY 3RD.
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
2016 summer classes “en plein air” begin on May 3rd.  I will be teaching a new easy plein air method in a 6 week block of classes. This easy method really helps beginners get comfortable with plein air painting and it helps experienced painters improve skills dramatically. It’s a tried and true method and its great to see how fast it works.SIGN UP HERE FOR 6 WEEK SESSION.SIGN UP HERE FOR ONE SINGLE CLASS 

MAINE SUMMER WORKSHOPS

JUNE 18   10-5
JULY 9  10-5
AUGUST 6  10-5
SEPTEMBER 10  10-5
OCTOBER 8  10-5

All workshops are in southern Maine in the coastal towns of Kittery, York, Cape Neddick, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport and Cape Porpoise. Painting locations include quintessential Maine places including beaches, rocky coastlines, harbors, marshes, farms, historical homes and classic small villages.
These are one day plein air workshops. All workshops begin at 10am with a one hour break for lunch. The day will start with a demo and a short talk on the specific aspects/advantages/challenges of the location.  Guidance will be given on choices of subject matter tailored to each student’s individual painting experience. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings.
Register for a workshop here. Price: $100.

Join my email list for the latest scoop.
See reports from the field here.
Share good news with friends!

What are the Benefits of Painting Outdoors?


Painting on Parsons Way: I live close to everything I could possibly want to paint. I can paint an incredible variety of subject matter within minutes from my house. This afternoon I decided to head over to paint the western light on the harbor at Cape Porpoise. I never reached Cape Porpoise as the view from Parsons Way in Kennebunkport was so awesome I stopped right there to paint the glare on the water.  Photo: Marcus Gale.

After hours of catching up on office work over the weekend, I glanced out of the window at the gorgeous, sunny afternoon. It looked like a perfect painting day to me!  In two seconds I decided to get out of the office and head off to some where beautiful to paint.  My personal way of relaxing, clearing my mind and recharging my battery is to connect with nature.  I connect with nature by painting it.  I know some people find painting outdoors to be a lot of work and energy lugging gear around or they are intimidated by the vastness of the ever changing landscape.  I find painting outdoors to be the perfect way to slow down and pay attention. I think we rush around too much in our daily lives. Deadlines, phone calls, emails, texting, internet and social media all contribute to this feeling of rushing around.


Here is the first sketch I did of the glare on the water with cottages and trees back lit. A 20 min field sketch with oils. 
Photo: Mary Byrom

I enjoy paying attention and getting in tune with the seasons, the changing light, the always fluctuating weather.  I am tired of all the electronic gadgets, screens, tools and machines in my life. I max out on the different electronic hums filling the room. The machines racing up and down the roads. Sometimes I get bored with of all the buildings and boxes we live in and the manufactured landscapes of the cities and towns where we travel.  I’m trying to remember the last time I slept under the stars. It was too long ago.


As the sun was dropping the glare moved and the colors changed. It was gorgeous.
Photo: Marcus Gale

So it makes sense that I run out to paint all the time (or as much as I am able.) I look back at the last ten years I spent painting outdoors. Some weeks it was every single day. I only know that because I was focusing during that time on a regular routine where I painted outdoors every day. I’ve painted for a few 30 day runs and there was one 100 day schedule a few years back. I wrote the location and date on the back of each painting I brought home. It was really fun and rewarding. Everyday I’d drive away with a car full of supplies and when I came home I’d have a painting or two or three in my wet paint carriers. Wow . What magic ! Then I’d just file all the paintings in drawers to use them for future painting notes.

I’ve always had some objective for each painting schedule. It wasn’t just to paint everyday (some people need that objective , I was already painting everyday) it was to learn and excel at a specific thing or to focus and go deeper in to a specific subject . They were always for some kind of growth and to break through some kind of plateau.  I guess its my way of “batch learning” or “bunch growth”.  And its a total blast to see how I do and what turns up with these quick ones!
DEMOS  &  A PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP AT YOUR LOCATION:  I am visiting art groups and associations giving demos and plein air workshops. If you or your group would like a workshop please don’t hesitate to ask for details and available dates for summer and fall.

THE PLEIN AIR EXPERIENCE ~ If you like to spend time in nature and are interested in painting outdoors but are not sure you will like it a good way to check it out is to attend a plein air demo. Some people like to paint or draw but feel shy about doing it in a public place. Others don’t have the equipment and want to see what it is like before investing in a lot of stuff they might not end up using. The best way to find out is to watch someone and see how it is done. Come to one of my plein air demos and see for yourself.

MAY EVENTS

PLEIN AIR DEMO –
MAY 28TH    4-6 pm
2016 SEASON OPENING FOR BETH ELLIS GALLERY
Location: BETH ELLIS GALLERY
294 SHORE ROAD
OGUNQUIT, ME
860-338-3996

JUNE EVENTS

PLEIN AIR DEMO & INSTRUCTION
JUNE 16TH    4-7 pm
Location : GOVERNMENT STREET,  DOWNTOWN KITTERY, MAINE
$15 NON-MEMBERS
$10 MEMBERS
Hosted by : THE KITTERY ART ASSOCIATION

This is a great chance to see how I paint and how I design a plein air painting. If you think you’d like to paint outdoors come to this event. It’s a great sampler of plein air painting. After the demo I will answer questions and share experiences.
SUMMER PLEIN AIR CLASSESTHE FIRST PLEIN AIR CLASS STARTS MAY 3RD.
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
2016 summer classes “en plein air” begin on May 3rd.  I will be teaching a new easy plein air method in a 6 week block of classes. This easy method really helps beginners get comfortable with plein air painting and it helps experienced painters improve skills dramatically. It’s a tried and true method and its great to see how fast it works.SIGN UP HERE FOR 6 WEEK SESSION.

SIGN UP HERE FOR ONE SINGLE CLASS 


This is my second study. I placed two 6×8 panels together to get my wide panoramic view. Another 20 min field sketch with oils.Photo: Marcus Gale

MAINE SUMMER WORKSHOPS

JUNE 18 2016  10-5
JULY 9  10-5
AUGUST 6  10-5
SEPTEMBER 10  10-5
OCTOBER 8  10-5

All workshops are in southern Maine in the coastal towns of Kittery, York, Cape Neddick, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport and Cape Porpoise. Painting locations include quintessential Maine places including beaches, rocky coastlines, harbors, marshes, farms, historical homes and classic small villages.
These are one day plein air workshops. All workshops begin at 10am with a one hour break for lunch. The day will start with a demo and a short talk on the specific aspects/advantages/challenges of the location.  Guidance will be given on choices of subject matter tailored to each student’s individual painting experience. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings.
Register for a workshop here. Price: $100.

Join my email list for the latest scoop.
See reports from the field here.
Share good news with friends!

I look forward to seeing you!

Color, Painting & Design

I love color. I love painting in oils, water colors, acrylics, and gouache.  I spent years working with color when I designed fabrics and patterns. I’ve loved color since I drew and  painted when I was a child. My first oil set was a Christmas present from Santa. It was a paint by number kit. I didn’t like it at all. It was very smelly and I didn’t like painting little patches of color. It was like a mosaic. It was more like assembling a puzzle than any painting I had done. I wanted to paint in big sweeping strokes and mix my own colors. It was too restricting for me! I spent the rest of my childhood happily painting with watercolors, poster colors and acrylics. I didn’t pick up oils again until I was in college.
And now that I paint on location so often who would have thought oils would become the medium I work with the most?

Lobster Boat & Shacks, 6×8″ value marker & water color on paper, a plein air sketch that is being used as the design for a larger reproduction.

Depending on where I am and what my objective is, I work with several other mediums as well. I sketch in ink, pencil, gray value marker and colored pencils. I paint with water colors, gouache, acrylics and oils. This all depends on the weather and how much time I have.  Sometimes I plan to work in oils and then decide when I reach a destination to paint with both oils and watercolors. It depends on the light and colors and how I feel about a certain scene. Sometimes I will see a scene that I am looking at as a completed painting in both watercolors and oils  – which of course are very different.

Big Surf, 12×22″ gray marker on paper, value design sketch for larger painting

For the past few weeks as I’ve been working on a new commission. I’ve been out on location sketching and painting big surf as it crashes against the coastline here in southern Maine. I’ve been out in rough weather as storms are approaching and in nice  weather as a storms pull out to sea. Several times I’ve had to switch to mediums to adapt to weather conditions and the small window of time I was limited to. In the past when I’m working on a commission I will work in water colors, value markers, gouache and oils. With this new commission I am working on scenes of big surf. I am making sketches in gray value markers, charcoal, ink & pencil and oils. The completed painting will be in oil.  I couldn’t be happier!  I am painting one of my favorite scenes and in one of my favorite locations. I can’t get enough of it ! I guess I am just beginning to realize that I am so lucky to live in a perfect place where I can paint the most amazing variety of landscapes.

Here I have completed the original design sketch and enlarged it to the final size. After a series of ink and pencil sketches and oil sketches I completed on location I captured the view that I wanted in a gray value design sketch then enlarged it to the actual size of the finished painting I am working on. Photo: Mary Byrom.

I don’t know if you noticed but we are having some gorgeous spring like weather for February!  I am getting excited about a number of great plein air events that are coming soon. Here is one that you all are invited to!

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

PLEIN AIR DEMO & INSTRUCTION
JUNE 16TH
Location : DOWNTOWN KITTERY, MAINE
Presented by:  THE KITTERY ART ASSOCIATION
$10 MEMBERS
$15 NON-MEMBERS
This is a great chance to see how I paint and how I guide you through a painting. If you are thinking you’d like to paint outdoors come to this event. It’s a great sampler of plein air painting. After the demo I’m happy to answer questions and share insights !

SUMMER PLEIN AIR

THE FIRST PLEIN AIR CLASS STARTS MAY 3RD.

CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.

I start teaching my summer classes “en plein air” on May 3rd.  I will be teaching a new easy plein air method outdoors this summer in a 5 week block of classes. This method really helps beginners get a solid handle on plein air painting and it helps experienced painters improve dramatically. It’s a tried and true method that I designed for myself and its great to see how fast it works for others.

I love painting in Ogunquit. The Marginal Way is a great place to paint at any time of the year. But there is something about late afternoon and evening in summer and fall that is special. The light is incredible. The fresh sea breeze is awesome and the golden glow in late afternoon creates all kinds of beautiful effects on the water. I am lucky I live here. And I am so happy I am the artist in residence at the Beachmere Inn which has the absolute best view of Ogunquit Beach and the coast of Maine. Photo: Marcus Gale
I have room for a couple of new students in the next session. Classes are small with lots of personal attention. Be prepared for a lot of painting and a lot of fun!
The next session begins on Tuesday, March 22nd (to April 26th)
If you would like to join this studio class please contact me.
If you work with oils, watercolors, gouache or acrylics and want to gain some solid skills, comfort in your chosen medium and rapid improvement this is the class for you.
ALL LEVELS WELCOME : Beginner to Experienced

Class is ongoing in 6 week sessions. 6 Week session is $220.
There is one make up class every session for (vacation/sick/ice/snow days) if needed.
Class size is limited.

How to Create Successful Plein Air Paintings ~ 4

12.13.15 HAIKU BEACH SNOWFALL_edited-1
This is a tiny painting of a snow storm clearing out after a fresh coating of snow on the beach. I was picking up an order of frames from my framer in Cape Porpoise when I decided to swing by Kennebunk Beach on my way home. Reminder to self – always take a side trip to beautiful spots in the neighborhood! It was a perfect scene in cool blue tones and the shapes of the empty hotel and the summer houses and rocky ledges in dark blues made it stunning. Grays are our friends! This is another in my Haiku Series: After the Snow 3×6, acrylic on board. Available.

I’m in the midst of a nocturne/dusk /sky series right now, it’s such a perfect time of the year to paint in the dark. Do I love painting in the dark? I can’t get enough of it !  I’m also in the thick of teaching my studio class and loving it!
When I’m reviewing the timeline of my painting/study/experience and teaching many of the important things that I’ve discovered, I noticed that not only is slowing down important but also speeding up is important.  It’s important that you know when and where speeding up or slowing down is beneficial for your growth and development. I also noticed that there are certain stumbling blocks that painters run into along the way. Most often it’s about wanting a shortcut and having a desire to get a painting to hang on the wall without having to do all the practice in the middle. Anyone can learn to paint. Look at what we did as children. We just picked up the crayons or paints and got down to it. No problem.

Painting on the beach off season. This is the best time to be out there if I want to paint big skyscapes. A wind breaker is a must out in the open spaces when the temperatures drop, I kept my back to the wind on this day on Ogunquit Beach. Thank you Marcus Gale for taking this picture!

Painting on the beach off season. This is the best time to be out there if I want to paint big skyscapes. A wind breaker is a must out in the open spaces when the temperatures drop, I kept my back to the wind on this day on Ogunquit Beach. Thank you Marcus Gale for taking this picture!

It was when I started to follow a few strong guidelines and develop good habits that I saw my reward with paintings that “looked right” and “felt right”. Do you know what I mean? As a result, over the years of learning what works and what doesn’t, I simplified my whole outdoor process until it was distilled down to the essentials. Then I painted lots of paintings using this “simplified method” until I came home with something that captured what I set out to do. It worked.
I was always a painter of “a feeling” not “a place” from the very beginning. I would think about this when I first went outdoors to paint. I thought of paintings of the Russians and the Luminists. I thought about paintings with a certain glow and a feeling about  them.  I would often find myself out on a bright sunny day looking around not finding a bit of the feeling I was looking for. Then as the sun dipped low in the sky and the shadows cast long patterns on the land and dusk moved in it was as if I came to life!  I instantly saw the paintings that were in my mind. As it got dark it got even better! This was when I decided to head out to paint in the afternoon and evening. Why wait all day for the late light and the darkness to come?  Bingo. I found my forte. And I connected to why.  It goes back to my childhood listening to the crickets in the field at night and watching lightening bugs by the thousands twinkle in the dark. Magic & mystery.  Peace and quiet. There was a serenity and magic to the end of the day and the night.  I got closer to what made me excited to paint. It was certain time and feeling. Along the way I found it good practice to paint a whole bunch of other things that did not resonate with me in order to learn how to paint. So I parked painting “the message” and worked on skills until I arrived at a place where the skills were so much a part of me that it was easy to paint the message. To be continued…

GIFT CERTIFICATES NOW AVAILABLE :
If you are looking for something special for someone and want to give them a gift of art, the perfect solution is a gift certificate. If you wish to buy a print, a painting or an art class as a gift I have a gift certificate for you to place under the tree or in the mail. Just email me and I’ll help you decide.

The perfect gift for your favorite “artist in residence” is a gift certificate for painting classes !
Gift Certificates are available for painting classes !

The New Studio Class ~ $220 ~ 6 week session
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NEW WINTER STUDIO CLASS STARTING JAN 5TH
I have 2 openings left in the New January 5th Studio Class.
For all of you who are looking for a creative activity for yourself this winter, here is the perfect opportunity to have some fun &  brush up on your painting skills before the summer plein air season rolls around ~  Enrollment is now open for students in my new Winter Studio Class.
The first session begins on Tuesday, January 5th, 2pm-5pm.
If you would like to join this studio class please contact me ASAP.  If you work with oils, watercolors, gouache or acrylics and are interested in joining us please send me an email.

ALL LEVELS WELCOME : Beginner to Experienced
COLOR, STYLE & BRUSHWORK ~
TUESDAYS 2 PM – 5 PM

Class is ongoing in 6 week sessions. There is one make up class every session for (sick/ice/snow days) if needed.
Class size is limited so early registration is suggested.

PLEASE NOTE THIS A NEW STUDIO CLASS
REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US PLEASE
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PLEASE NOTE:  Class size is limited. The response is immediate when I announce a class opening. Please contact me if you want to be in this class as registration is now open.

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