Art Adventure ~ The Traveling Sketchbook

Art Adventure ~ The Traveling Sketchbook

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THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK

Opening Reception | Thursday, May 31st from 5 to 7 PM  |  Sentry Hill  |  York Harbor, Maine

This show presents a sample of the sketchbook pages from a six week art adventure exploring the world around us in our sketchbooks.

A group of curious, interested, intrepid individuals ventured out into the landscape in late winter to sketch the moods, the land, the architecture and the people they saw.  With sketchbooks, pencils, ink pens, watercolor, colored pencils and gouache they created individual, personal, interesting and charming renditions of the towns, villages and communities we call home.

Coach and Guide  |  Mary Byrom

“The Adventurous Sketchers”

Ruth Ann Fatscher  |  Marcus Gale  |  Judy Guadet  |  Christine Haddad  | Celeste Kelly  |  Zenaida Maicas  |  Sandra Nelson  |  Maryse Newton  |  Annie Noonan  |  Gail Santos  |  Virginia Scudiere  |  Amelia Small  |  Krista Sullivan  |  Susan Wierzba

I WANT TO KNOW MORE!

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

Spring Road Trip

I went  on a road trip last week to the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts.  It was a quick trip that took me into a slightly warmer zone where spring was having a head start compared to my Maine neighborhood. It was lovely to see the red tree buds on the hill sides and Magnolias in bloom in the valley gardens. I love the hills and fields of western Mass. where I grew up in a college town. I brought my water-based paints and sketchbook with me on this trip as I knew my primary objective was to visit family and I would only have little bits of time to paint. In the past I’ve found that road trips can be a mix of irregular weather (yes, this definitely happened), a packed schedule (ditto), and not enough or just enough time to get everywhere and do everything planned. So when I knew I was making this quick trip I packed my sketchbooks, markers and water-based paints.

“Roof Tops” Haiku series. Ink & watercolor. 4×7″.
Photo: Mary Byrom.

We started our trip in the morning.  The sky was blue on the coast and grew increasing cloudy as we headed west. While in the passenger seat, I began sketching and painting as we entered the central part of Massachusetts. There I noticed the gray trees had changed to vibrant reds, greens, and oranges. As we drove through the city of Lawrence I first saw the masses of budding trees changing the color of the landscape. It was amazing! All the tree covered hills seemed to be subtly glowing. I drew what I saw and quickly applied water colors. I had to paint fast. I really like doing this. Its a great memory exercise and its very quick. No time to linger or second guess anything. No correcting or fixing. Its painted and then its on to the next sketch.


Spring in the Mountains”, Haiku series, 5×7 ink & watercolor.
Photo: Mary Byrom.

As  Route 2 climbed into the hills near Orange, the long views of the Berkshires came into view. The colors here are so different from what I see on the coast. The skies were filled with clouds and the distant mountains turned a muted violet blue. The nearby rolling hills turned a deep wine color.  The stands of hardwoods glowed in warm tree bud colors punctuated with spikes of tall green northern pines. I used my tiniest Windsor Newton watercolor set, a water brush and my multimedia Canson sketchbook to draw and sketch. All these sketches were drawn and painted with my sketchbook on my lap while riding in the car.


“Spring Buds”, Haiku series, 5×7, ink & watercolor. Photo: Mary Byrom.

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 this summer and see for yourself.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE  A DEMO OR  A PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP AT YOUR LOCATION:  I am visiting art groups and associations giving demos and mini-sampler classes. I’m traveling and giving plein air workshops as well. If you or your group would like a workshop please don’t hesitate to ask for details and dates. I have available dates for summer and fall.

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

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 guide you through a plein air 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 will answer questions and share insights.
PLEIN AIR CLASSES
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 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.

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How to Paint Water, Waves & Big Surf

During the last legs of a recent nor’easter I filled a few pages of my sketchbooks with small sketches of wild waves. I drew them with ink in ten to fifteen seconds. I would finish one sketch. Then make another sketch as the next wave came in. It was wild. Ink & water color on paper, plein air sketch.Photo: Mary Byrom.

I love painting waves and big surf. I love painting moving water. Living in the coastal plain of southern Maine, I realize I live in a world influenced by water. There is such a variety of woodlands, hills, villages, towns, farms here in New England that I didn’t realize how much water we have. When I went to paint out west in Arizona, Idaho and Wyoming it was a shock.  I realized how much water was missing from the landscape and how all that moisture makes a difference and creates a wonderful atmosphere. Plus there is a feeling of history in the New England landscape. It’s an old landscape. The mountains and coast line are old. The glaciers left their mark. An old landscape has a certain feeling.

 When I started to paint all the landscapes in my neighborhood I noticed I would often have a river, lake or harbor in the paintings. The summers are not overwhelmingly green (like some painters complain “too much green”). The summers here were very vibrant and blue!  I was spending time in the cool comfortable places and they were often were near or along a body of water.
Another wave. Another 10-15 second sketch. It was wild. Ink & water color on paper, plein air sketch. Photo: Mary Byrom.

When I started painting waves I noticed they were a memory exercise. I realized that because I lived so close to them for so long that I would look at them often. For  several years my husband and I would go for a walk along the beach after work every day. When I started painting waves, I already had the waves in my mind. I know how they are formed and what they look like. When I set up to paint I spend a lot of time just looking at them. When I sketched them and noticed that the rock formations affected the way the waves broke and created the shape of the wave . I watched and sketched lots of waves and foam patterns. I saw wave shapes that looked like the ones Winslow Homer painted in some of his paintings.  It was amazing too see these during a nor’easter !

Another wave. Another 10-15 second sketch. Ink & water color on paper, plein air sketch. An artist friend made a complementary remark the other day about my scribbles. The action of watching the wave and simultaneously drawing it at the same time makes my hand move like that. The wave keeps changing shape. My hand keeps changing the shape with the ink pen. Photo: Mary Byrom.

I love the challenge of capturing the feeling and motion of waves in action.  I love being out on the coast in all kinds of weather experiencing the power of nature.

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

PLEIN AIR DEMO & INSTRUCTION
JUNE 16TH    4-7 pm
Location : LIL’S, 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 guide you through a plein air 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 will answer questions and share insights.
PLEIN AIR CLASSES
SUMMER PLEIN AIR CLASSES
THE 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 5 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 5 WEEK SESSION.SIGN UP HERE FOR ONE SINGLE CLASS 

 

MAINE SUMMER WORKSHOPS

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

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

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.

THE NEXT STUDIO CLASS SESSION BEGINS
MARCH 22ND

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 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.

If you would like to join this studio class please contact me.

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.

Why Painting Outdoors is so Great

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Dusk on the marsh. Low tide. A perfect evening in the marshes..

I love painting out doors in all conditions and in all seasons. Why? Because beauty is every where and I am always surprised by the changing conditions of nature and the perspective it  gives me. If you have never painted out doors in fall, winter or spring try it. You will never regret it and you may just get hooked on another season than the good ole summer time.

Now that we are deep into November the colors and the light are incredible.  There is nothing like being out in nature at that perfect moment when everything seems to click into place. I am  an afternoon painter. I love that lingering light on the landscape and the sky. I love when I am out painting in the wide open spaces in the marshes and along the the ocean where the light seems to linger for hours.

A quartet of paintings from my Haiku series. These paintings are the newest ones in my Evening Collection.
A quartet of paintings from my Haiku series. These paintings are the newest ones in my Evening Collection. Available.

New Exhibition !
The Centennial Celebration of Acadia National Park.

I am showing a selection of my Acadia paintings in the Acadia National Park show hosted by the Maine Arts Commission at the Maine State House/Capitol  Building in Augusta.  What a delight!  I paint in Acadia often. It is one of my favorite painting locations in Maine. We are so lucky to have this beautiful place in Maine accessible to all. Details and hours here.

NEW!    

 ALL LEVELS WELCOME : Beginner to Experienced
COLOR, STYLE & BRUSHWORK ~
TUESDAYS 10 AM – 1 PM  NOV 24TH

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

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS ROOM FOR ONE MORE STUDENT IN THIS NEXT SESSION.
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ENROLLING.

YOU MAY REQUEST TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST FOR THE FOLLOWING CLASS SESSION HERE.

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I look forward to seeing you!
Lots of love,

Mary

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Summer in Maine

Kittery Point Plein air
A bit of the rocky coast. A small plein air demo of wild sweet peas, rocks and pines painted on Kittery Point, Maine. 6×8 oil on panel.

Summer in Maine is at a full tilt boogie. We are in the midst of the dog days of summer where the muggy, hot, humid temps are hitting the high 80’s and low 90’s. In August? That’s shocking when normal highs this week are usually in the low 80’s.  It does cool down at night and it might feel like early autumn in couple of weeks. This week its perfect for plein air painting, swimming, drinking iced tea and eating ice cream. (And not necessarily in that order) If you want to come out and paint with me  check the schedule here.

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Deep Summer

Jane Ramsey on the Beachmere Inn lawn drawing as she starts her watercolor painting.
Jane Ramsey and I setting up to paint on the lawn above the Marginal Way. Ogunquit, ME

My annual summer artist residency is in an awesome place . The Beachmere Inn has the most incredible views of the Marginal Way and Ogunquit Beach. I love the view of the coast from their front lawn. The skies are amazing. The sound of the surf against the rocks makes you want summer to last forever.

If you are thinking of coming out to paint this summer  you are still practicing in your back yard  (to make yourself comfortable) before you head out, come have some fun and do it with some like minded souls. Join the Brush & Sketch Club here.

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Why does it feel like Late Summer?

Sometimes the perfect moment is fast. July 4th. Fireworks on the coast of Maine. You can look north from the Marginal Way in Ogunquit and see the fireworks in all the towns up the coast.
Sometimes to capture the perfect moment  you have to move fast. July 4th. Fireworks on the coast of Maine. If you look north from the Marginal Way in Ogunquit you see the fireworks in all the towns up the coast. This was painted from the Beachmere Inn lawn. It is in a private collection.

It is moving toward late summer. I can feel it in the air. A few leaves are turning and we have had some cool nights. I’m looking forward to the perfect painting weather August gives us! August session of the Brush & Sketch Club starts Wed Aug 12th  3-6.

If you want to join us shoot me an email.

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What I Learned Plein Air Painting

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Mary Byrom painting at Perkins Cove, Ogunquit , Maine

I was reflecting on what I learned while plein air painting and about the challenges of the changing weather and dark clouds moving in on a perfectly sunlit scene.  I live on the coast of  Maine. It was winter when I first started to paint outdoors. We have typical new England winters here, with snow and ice and freezing temperatures. I didn’t think it made any difference what the season was, I would just have different subject matter.  In the early days I went out to paint once a week with a friend. That way we were committed to go out to paint even if the weather looked questionable. We would pick a variety of locations and meet each week to hike to wherever we thought the best view was.  Since we started plein air painting in early winter, we just put on our warmest clothing and headed out. We didn’t think too much about the cold, mostly we thought about locations.

The first time we ran into a  problem was when my painting companion climbed to the top of a tower to get the best view over the marshes and ended up with hypothermia at the end of the day.  I was perfectly fine down on the ground as I was protected from the cold winds by dunes. Little did I know that she was up at the freezing in the wind. Lesson learned; cold wind all day can be a problem that you don’t notice while you are painting.

We went out faithfully once a week to paint. My paintings were horrible ! We would talk to each other about this constantly.  Why was the paint all coming off the painting back on to my brush? It wasn’t sticking to the canvas.  Why did I have all these situations where I could not  get the paint to behave in a normal manner? I couldn’t get a sharp edge. The light reflecting off the snow was blinding me and when I got back home and looked at the painting I had painted it all in the wrong colors. There were other painters who painted outdoors and their paintings looked just fine. Why did mine look so bad ?

A couple of things were happening. We were both experienced artists. We worked with a variety of art materials that we used indoors.  All my previous experience painting with oils was in a studio. I painted from life. I drew from life. I sketched from life.  I painted with watercolors and acrylics alla prima but they dry in a few minutes . Oil paint does not dry in a few minutes.  And oil paint at 20 degrees on a winter day does not dry at all.  I was experiencing a double learning curve. I was painting with oils wet into wet and I was doing it outdoors in the middle of winter.  I had the wrong brushes, wrong solvent and difficult substrate. I didn’t have a clue that they were wrong. And I didn’t have anyone to ask. The studio instructor I talked to was knowledgeable and could help me with suggestions for my subject matter but he had no idea how my tools and materials were behaving.  When he painted outdoors it was on a nice summer day.

To be continued….

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What is the Brush and Sketch Club?

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Students painting at Brave Boat Harbor, York, Maine.

What is the Brush and Sketch Club?

The Brush and Sketch Club is an ongoing plein air class practiced in a wide variety of mediums. Each class session lasts 3 hours. We meet at a different location for each class.  Student may work in any medium wet or dry, painting or sketching, with a plein air easel and paint kit or with just a sketchbook, some pencils or markers, some watercolors and a folding chair.

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Student painting at Hamilton House, South Berwick, ME.

How does the club  work?

It works like your favorite yoga class. You can purchase a block of 5 classes ($180) and use them on any day a class session is scheduled.  Or if you just feel like trying out a class or being spontaneous and dropping in at the last minute you can pay for a single class.($45)

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Me painting and demoing in Kittery Point, ME.

When does the club meet?

Summer and Fall Class sessions are:

Mondays 3-6pm.  June 15th – October 26th.

Wednesdays 3-6pm ~  June 24th, July 1,8, 29th, August 5th – October 28th

PURCHASE 5 SESSIONS HERE : $180        PURCHASE ONE SESSION HERE: $45