Haiku Series ~ The Sea #3

The Sea #3
The Sea #3

I’m watching big surf from another storm.  When there are lots of clouds over head it makes the water show its true color. Here in the northern Atlantic on the southern coast of Maine it turns many shades of green. There is no bright blue ocean on a cloudy day.

The Sea # 3,  Acrylic 2.5×8.25  Available.

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Painting Big Surf & Wild Waves


Fresh off the easel. My newest “Big Surf” 5×7, acrylic $300 unframed. Available for a short time only. Purchase here. Photo: Mary Byrom

MAKING WAVES

It was a great week in the studio! I’m in the thick of finishing paintings for my new artist-in-residence exhibit at the Beachmere Inn in their new freshly painted cafe. And of course, for my lovely collectors and galleries! Lots of new paintings are being released from the studio.
This week I’m working in the in acrylics. I love how fast and fluid they are. Sometimes acrylics suit my mood and currently I want to paint fast. All that great energy goes right into the painting.  Of course it has to do with being out in a nor’easter last week. There is nothing like the power of the sea in a storm!
I’m really loving the big surf and waves. That nor’easter we had last week has embedded  waves and surf into my mind.  I see waves in my mind’s eye all the time!

I will be doing a wave demo live on Facebook and Instagram! Stay tuned ! Follow me on my  Facebook and Instagram accounts so you can watch.

I will also be hosting a series of live demos and artist talks on Instagram. If you would like to see these please follow me on Instagram to view them. I will post times when I will be doing the live demos in my posts on my page on Instagram.
I will be posting dates and times on Instagram and on my page on Face Book. Please follow (by liking!) my Face Book page for the schedule. 

I love doing these demos and I think Marcus (my hubby) has found a niche that is a perfect fit for him ! As soon as we go live he thinks he has his own TV comedy show. Everyone was laughing . It was so much fun!

Big Surf II, 5×7″ acrylic $300, unframed. This painting is available for a short time only. If you would like to have this painting purchase here. Photo: Mary Byrom

MORE NEW PRINTS RELEASED THIS WEEK …(7 new ones) on my site on Fine Art America


If you wish to purchase note cards and prints of my paintings, they are being posted on my page “Mary Byrom Fine Art America”. You can follow my page on Fine Art America for notification as I release new paintings into print editions.
A select collection is available now and more are posted on a daily basis. I will be releasing small studies and reproductions of some of my larger paintings.

Warmly,
Mary

Big Wave ~ Painting of a Nor’easter


Here is the big wave I am working on at the moment. It is taking a bit of time to finish this painting. I work on it in the studio and outdoors just so I can enjoy the beautiful fall weather. This was I do not feel like I am stuck indoors in the studio! Photo : Marcus Gale

THE BIG WAVE

For several  weeks I have been working working on a large painting of a crashing wave. This is the second in my series of large storm paintings. The images are burned into my memory from spending a lot of time painting coastal storms last winter and spring.


The inside of a wave has a lot of colors and depth.  They remind me of clouds the form changes constantly as the water moves and the light hits different areas of the wave emerging into the light.

After I finished the first large storm painting last spring there were a bunch of others just waiting to jump out of my memory. I kept seeing all the other paintings in my minds eye. The immersion of the time spent in the storms had a lasting impact.


Some days I have to just look a lot. The closer I get to the end the more I have to look and the less strokes I need to paint. This was a day when I was moving hard and soft edges and warming and cooling colors to get them to sit in the right depth of the wave. Photo: Marcus Gale

The nor’easters I painted on location were a new painting experience for me. I’d painted in a number of storms before but nothing was quite like this new location. This location had unusual rock formations that created huge plumes of spray and water on impact. It was the first time I actually was worried I might get hit by waves I was painting!

I haven’t blogged as much lately as I’ve been buried in painting!  I just finished the Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 Quick Draw yesterday where I received 3rd prize. Now I’m organizing my “car studio” and packing for Paint Essex, another plein air event in Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 on Sat and Sunday. This fall has been fabulous for painting outdoors!

NEW ! THE STUDIO CLASS IS STARTING SOON
I HAVE ROOM FOR ONE MORE STUDENT IN THIS NEXT SESSION.

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

I HAVE A NEW HAIKU SERIES AVAILABLE!
MY FIRST WAVE SERIES SOLD OUT IN AUGUST.  MY NEW SERIES IS NOW AVAILABLE AT:

A PICTURES WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS, EXETER, NH
KENNEDY GALLERY, PORTSMOUTH, NH

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

Mary

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.

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.

Why I like Painting Big Surf

Long before I painted outdoors I loved big surf. There is something about being on the edge of the continent with the wind in your face, the ocean tearing at the rocks and the air filled with salt spray.  It always make me feel washed clean of all the dingy baggage of civilization. It’s really total immersion in nature. And it’s nature speaking loudly and clearly. So the number one thing I love is being out in nature and and painting as it does its totally natural thing. When nature is speaking loudly and clearly there is no mistaking the message. I never under estimate the power of water. I’ve spent many days on the rocks watching what big surf can do.


After the Storm, 18×24″ charcoal on paper, plein air sketch.

For the past few weeks I’ve been sketching and painting big surf as it crashes against the coastline here in southern Maine.  I am seeing such big surf that a few times I got nervous. I was set up painting one afternoon as the tide was rising and noticed that the last few waves had crashed beyond the usual high tide mark.  And it was still an hour away from peak tide!  I was high on a hill, with a huge rock shelf stretching out in front of me, yet the waves and foam were steadily heading to the spot I was standing in.  I was very busy, painting very fast.  It was hard to keep and eye on the creeping water level while focusing on the painting.  I was way above the rocks and water line but the surf was so big I actually thought, what if there is a rogue wave?  Some of the waves in front of me were crashing at the height of a two story building. It was quite spectacular !


Big Surf, 18×24″ charcoal on paper, plein air sketch.

Then of course the nor’easter moved out to sea and a few days later the waves returned to their normal size and I was ho- hum who wants to paint those?  It is very challenging to paint big surf. The waves don’t hit the same way every time and they change shape even if they are coming in from the same direction. And of course the tide rising or falling changes what they are hitting. The variables are endless. So painting waves ends up being a memory exercise. I stand there and sketch wave after wave. I end up with pages of tiny waves sketches, each one different. And each one of them is a perfect reminder of that individual specific wave I just watched. The more waves I sketch the better I get at painting big surf.  And the side benefit ? Besides some great surf paintings, I get to spend the day outdoors breathing all that fresh, clean air and I sleep like a rock at the end of the day.


I set up my large easel to sketch the surf on the rocks. It was great capturing the movement of big surf with charcoal, a quick easy drawing medium and in a large size. I usually sketch in my sketchbook so my sketches are small. I actually love sketching fast and loose in this large size! The ledges in Cape Neddick are perfect for big surf. There is nothing like painting outdoors. Photo: Marcus Gale.

THE FIRST PLEIN AIR CLASS STARTS MAY 3RD.

I start teaching “en plein air” again last summer 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 use 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

THE NEXT STUDIO CLASS SESSION BEGINS
MARCH 1ST
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 1st (to April 5th)
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.

I look forward to seeing you!
Lots of love,

Mary

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Winter Painting on the Coast of Maine

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A tiny big surf Nor’easter painting from my Haiku Series: Riding out the Storm, 4 x 6″ acrylic on board.

It is late January, I’m painting outdoors in winter on the coast of Maine and the weather sort of feels like April. The biggest things that make this winter feel like spring are the warm temperatures and lack of snow. I am happy that we have had so little snow this winter. We have just enough snow for me to paint snow paintings but not so much that I’m shoveling all the time. Last year was the year I nicknamed the the year of mountains of snow as we lived for months with piles of snow everywhere. We were running out of places to put it. We had continuous back to back snow storms for weeks. By the end of February I was maxed out on non stop snow storms. I felt I was constantly being interrupted to go out and shovel snow when all I wanted to do was paint. And I was only moving the small piles! Marcus was snow blowing the large areas. This winter such a nice change. it is so nice to be painting more than I am shoveling snow.

Last week, in between teaching and painting in the studio I was out on the coast painting surf. I am having the best time ever ! I forget how much I love it.  I love being outdoors and I love painting crashing surf.  Its interesting, I never really know what I am going to do when I head over to paint. I have a pile of different sized panels in my car. I pack extras of  everything as I never know what is going to grab me.  I choose a location, set up and look around. I sketch a bunch of things. I take my time deciding on the location for my easel. There is always so much to look at. The variety of choices is unlimited.  When I set up I do know where the sun is heading so it gives me a little room to take time to design what I am going to focus on.  Once I was committed to the view I painted the large rock formations in.  By the time I was putting more paint on the panel of course the tide has changed completely. Everything was more exposed or partly submerged or missing completely. Did I care?  I sketched them in already so I was all set with my original design. I stuck to it and jumped into painting full steam ahead. What would I do if I ever moved inland? The lakes and rivers never change their water levels.  One of the great things about painting tidal water is that it changes the look of everything every 15 minutes . If the arrangement of rocks or the coastline doesn’t look that great, I can sketch for a bit and it will change.  Sometimes it will be just what I’m looking for.
This past week on the coast was much mellower than the week before. There were a few chilly days but the weather was calmer. There were no big storms after the nor’easter blizzard that blew through. I’m actually hoping for a few more big storms soon so I can watch more spectacular surf.  I can tell I really haven’t had the amount of time I want to hang out and observe big surf.  And wouldn’t it be nice if temps were above freezing?

When I wasn’t out painting surf this week I was teaching my classes and experimenting with a variety of techniques with acrylic paint in the studio. I’ve always liked the flow of acrylic paints, it affects the way I handle the paint. I like using different mediums to see how it changes the way I paint. I’m also using some new teaching methods with my classes this year. I’ve noticed over the years that many painters have difficulties in specific areas that make it hard for them to improve their over all painting skills or to “get where they want to go”.  I targeted some of the specific areas and designed “a short cut through the woods” teaching modality so that everyone would improve faster. Each student has different challenges, skills and different learning curves. But they seem to be moving fast.  They are improving and moving through their challenges. Its a brain, hand, eye, learning combo and it seems to be working nicely. I share class pictures from time to time (if I remember to take them) on my Facebook page.

Here I am painting rocks and surf in Cape Neddick. I’m painting often at the same location to get to the “heart of the place. I look north, south & east, there are a couple hundred paintings to paint. I really would have to take a few years to accomplish this or paint here every day. It was really warm today but with the warmth came clouds. Still the colors of the ocean were beautiful. I’m going to try and squeeze in some twilight sessions if the tide and weather cooperate this upcoming week. Its January and the snow melted and the bugs came out today. That’s pretty radical. Photo: Marcus Gale
YOU CAN SIGN UP NOW FOR THE NEXT STUDIO CLASS SESSION
STARTING FEBRUARY 16TH
If you’d like to improve your painting skills before the warm weather arrives  you can sign up now for 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, February 16th.
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 (sick/ice/snow days) if needed.
Class size is limited.

I look forward to seeing you!