New Design Class & Live Demos!


Samples of some of the design stems we will be discussing and applying in the new design class. Pencil & ink, ink & watercolor, acrylic, oil demos and plein air sketchbook samples. Photo: Mary Byrom

CATCHING UP

You might have noticed, I haven’t been posting my regular weekly news. It’s because of all of the snow! When we get hit with a big nor’easter I easily lose a half day or more just to shovel us out. We’ve had two big storms in the past 5 days. It takes two of us to move all this white stuff out of the way.  Marcus runs around with the snow blower, moving the bulk of it . I use the old fashioned shovel. It doesn’t bother me, I get a nice dose of fresh air!  Today it was gorgeous outdoors after the heavy snow we got last night.  Never mind a transformer blowing up in the middle of the night and knocking out all our power to add to the excitement !   Hey, it’s February in Maine, this is the norm!

NEW DESIGN CLASS NEXT WEEK

CABIN FEVER!!!!  If you have cabin fever this is perfect for you !  I have one spot in my new class that starts next week on Tuesday February 21st.  It’s a 6 week class. We meet at my studio in North Berwick. Time: 10 -1. Fee $220
If you have experience with oil, acrylic, watercolor or gouache you are welcome to join us. If you want to join us please contact me here.

LIVE DEMOS ON INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK

I am shooting some spontaneous live demos on Instagram and Faceook.  And I will continue with more live demos on Facebook and Instagram! Stay tuned ! Follow me on my  Facebook and Instagram accounts so you can watch the demo. When I go live FB and Instagram will send you a notice.

I will be hosting a series of live demos and artist talks on Instagram  and Facebook. If you would like to see these please follow me on Instagram or Facebook to view them.
When I start to schedule them I will post times on Instagram and on my Facebook business page. (Mary Byrom Fine Art).
I will be posting dates and times on Instagram and on my page on Face Book. Please see them by following (liking!) my Face Book page for the schedule. 

I love doing these demos and the feedback we get live from the viewers is great!  Marcus is great a filmmaker and host . He has found a niche that is a perfect fit for him !

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

PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN AUTUMN


“Marginal Way Surf ” 4×8 oil.$250 Available. I love painting the late light on the surf as it rolls in and hit the rocks.

PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN AUTUMN

FALL CLASSES IN SESSION NOW!

Now is the perfect time to get out and paint !
Students are welcome to join the Tuesday plein air class.
You can come to one class or the full 6 week session.
All levels are welcome. Email me or Info in the link below.

NEW SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS  ~ TUESDAY AFTERNOONS ON THE SEACOAST
This class starts Tuesday, September 6th, 2-5pm, and runs for 6 weeks.  If you want to attend this plein air class  Please email if you want to join us.   Space is limited. Six week session~ $220
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Beautiful locations in the southern Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.


Golden Marsh Light, Study. 4×8 oil $250 Available. I painted really fast to capture the feeling and the glow on the marsh as the lingering light departed. This was painted in a favorite spot in Ogunquit, Maine on the edge of Rachel Carson marsh land.

I’ve been out painting in the marshes this past week as stormy weather was passing through. It was gorgeous. The birds are flocking and traveling south. The white egrets are gathering in big groups in the marsh. They are quite striking. They are large and easy to see compared to the blue herons that blend into the grass. The egrets in this marsh have a funny habit. They like to hang out in what looks like a chorus line on the edge of the water.  I also see a few egrets scouting off on their own fishing. But its more common that I often see groups of eight or nine of them all lined up in a row. From a distance they look like thick white fence posts until they move.


Heading Home, Study 8×8 oil Available. Painted from my sketch on location in Boothbay, Maine.

I like the quiet mood in the marsh when its foggy or rainy. After the busy bustle of summer it is so peaceful. On Thursday I set up my easel near my car so I could easily move it or put an umbrella up over it if it started to rain. That morning I originally planned to paint out on the beach but it was steadily raining when I arrived. I didn’t feel like setting up my equipment in the rain and in the wet sand! Ugh. The last thing I need is sand in tripod or an excessive amount of water in my paints !  After I waited around a few minutes wondering when it would stop I decided to just drive out of the shower. It was a simple easy solution. All I had to do was drive north up the coast a quarter of a mile and I was out of the micro shower. There I had the choice of landscape, painting big surf or the foggy, tonalist, moody marsh. I decided on the foggy, muted colors in the marsh. It was awesome. I am looking forward to all the wonderful, moody weather autumn promises.

Storm 3×6″ acrylic. Haiku Series. This is one of my memory paintings. I don’t look at images or or references. I painted this series from memory. All these years of looking at storms on the ocean pays off. I just finished another series of rough sea paintings this week. I really like painting these. Photo: Mary Byrom

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

Summer Plein Air Days & Nights

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

Getting ready for evening and nocturne painting…

Summer is in full swing. My flower gardens are in full bloom. The long lazy days of summer are here. But I don’t feel lazy and I do feel like summer is moving by at a steady clip. The days are shortening a bit. But only by a few minutes. I am looking forward to the full moon evenings of summer.  I am aware that I have just 3 full moons left in warm weather. And I’m hoping the next  full moons are on relatively clear evenings. So far every summer I’ve been lucky. Its been gorgeous!  During the evening of the August full moon on Thursday, Aug 18th I will be teaching an evening/night time plein air class on the coast of Maine to a small group of painters. Registration is open now. Details are below.

JULY & AUGUST EVENTS

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

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

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

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

ONE DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP on  AUGUST 11TH
LAKES REGION, NEW HAMPSHIRE

This day long workshop will help the student focus in depth completing one or more paintings on location. This workshop is at a beautiful, private, lake front location. The day will start with a demo and a short talk on the specific aspects/advantages/challenges of the subject/location.  Guidance will be given based on each students individual painting experience. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings.Fee for a one day plein air workshop is $125. Registration will open up on July 11th. If you are interested in joining this workshop please contact me.

I loved painting this lake scene. It was a peaceful,quiet evening with clear skies and a beautiful full moon. I painted four paintings back to back, until the moon was high in the sky and I was thinking about dinner. Dinner was very late that night. I didn’t get home till after 10pm. It was worth it. I couldn’t believe how happy I was with all the paintings I did that night. Sometimes it all just flows smoothly.
 Mary

An Early Spring

Spring is coming early this year. I am so happy! I can’t believe I’m saying this as winter has always been my favorite time to paint. (It’s quiet, there’s plenty of parking and the nor’easters are great.)  But this year I’m happy the maple trees are dripping sap all over my car a couple of months earlier than last year. A winter of very little shoveling and snow moving has made my life simpler. And the early spring is making me get a little more organized for the summer and fall season. These are good things.


During the last legs of a recent nor’easter I filled a few pages of my sketchbooks with small sketches of wild waves.  I returned to my studio and painted a series of small wild seascapes. This is one of them from my new haiku wave series. Photo: Mary Byrom.

I’m teaching plein air again this summer. I really love teaching. I used to teach often then I traded that to head off to paint in plein air events for a few years. The lure of the national plein air painting events and paint-outs in lovely places captured my attention. In the past few years I’ve narrowed down my selection of the plein air events I participate in. As of last summer I’m staying home to paint nearby as I have my artist residency at the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, Maine, and several regional juried and invitational events that I enjoy.


Another wild wave painting from my haiku series.  Photo: Mary Byrom.

Plus I’m in the studio now in the thick of painting big paintings and a new series I’ve been wanting to work on for a while. Looks like changes for me and growth in a new direction. I’m excited! Don’t worry, you will be the first to see the new work when its ready to be viewed.


Another wild wave. Haiku wave series. Photo: Mary Byrom.

If you would like me to teach a plein workshop – Note: I’m 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 me to give a workshop please don’t hesitate to ask for details and dates. I still have openings for this 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 : 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 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 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 


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

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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I’m Thinking About Summer in Maine

February hit with a bang and delivered a real snowstorm. What a surprise!  Guess I can’t relax and think spring is coming next week. I was feeling that way and really thought I might have flowers blooming in the garden by March 1st ! If this keeps up I don’t think so. But it will be short lived. I notice the sunshine is very warm and toasty when I’m out painting. And the sap is running early this year.  Its tax time and I’m already in the thick of planning for summer.  I try to postpone it a bit so I can really enjoy the quiet time of winter. As soon as the summer season ends (in November now, it keeps getting later every year) and things get quiet, I usually try to catch up on what I let slide during the hubbub of summer.

I had a long narrow panel in my car that was perfect for a slice of rocks with surf hitting hard. The ledges in Cape Neddick are perfect for big surf. There is nothing like painting outdoors. Photo: Marcus Gale.

In the past I always scheduled certain annual events on my calendar but now I see changes in the wind. I used to travel and participate in a certain amount of regional  & national plein air events and festivals. I loved seeing fellow painters, meeting new collectors, visiting and painting in new locations and catching up on news in the art world.  A few years ago I started to get so busy here on the coast in the summer that I began trimming the number of events that I attended. Now it looks like I am trimming once again. I need to really be here in the middle of my high season, not traveling somewhere else. My husband was the first to mention that I really needed to stay home as there was an awful lot to attend to in my own back yard. I resisted for a bit until it was obvious that I should stay in Maine.

A new thing that I added to my calendar last year was plein air classes. I started teaching “en plein air” again last summer and realized there was a need for classes locally and regionally. I also happen to love teaching!  I started with a fluid approach to the class structure and watched to see the results.  In the fall I began teaching a studio class with a new method and structure I designed to help improve painting skills fast.  It worked. As a result of the new method I will be teaching it outdoors this summer in a  5 week block of classes. I see that it 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 used for myself and its great to see how fast it works for others.

Here is a small field sketch box of gouache colors that I just purchased to try out for plein air this summer. I want to see if this economical collection would work for my students. I’m teaching a series of plein air classes once a week, all summer long in Maine. Some students like to sit in a folding chair and sketch and paint in a sketchbook. Water colors and gouache are perfect for the weekend painter who wants to get out into nature, enjoy the fresh air and paint. Photo: Mary Byrom

I also teach in a variety of mediums, so I get to paint again in all these mediums that I love!  I focus mostly on oils but when I have time you will find me painting in acrylics, watercolors and gouache. I like that John Singer Sargent  and Andrew Wyeth painted in several mediums. I handle each one differently and I notice they influence how I paint.  I’m very loose with watercolors as they are so fluid. The way each medium behaves makes me handle it differently.

THE FIRST PLEIN AIR CLASS STARTS MAY 3RD.
SIGN UP HERE FOR 5 WEEK SESSION.
SIGN UP HERE FOR ONE SINGLE CLASS 
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
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
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, 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 (sick/ice/snow days) if needed.
Class size is limited.

Painting Subtle Grays

Evening Mist, 16x20 oil on panel, The Acadia Centennial Show, The Capital Building, Augusta, ME.
Evening Mist, 16×20 oil on panel. I love the grays that are created by the thick clouds of mist and spray from the waves crashing on the rocky shoreline of Maine. This painting is in the The Acadia Centennial Show, The Capitol Building, Augusta, ME.

I really love painting the subtle grays of late fall. There is a certain mood when most of the green leaves are gone and lovely blues, mauve and browns move into their place. The color of the bark of the branches and trunks of the trees takes on importance when all the foliage is gone.  I begin to notice so much when all the leaves are gone. What appeared to be a heavily wooded area in summer now reveals itself to be a large open field behind a thick row of trees that hid it when they were in full leaf.  I can see the curve and slope of the land easily through the bare branches.

Subtle sensitive grays are mixed intuitively.
Subtle, sensitive grays are mixed rapidly and intuitively by students in my studio class.

The best time to see rich grays in the landscape is during fall and winter.  I’m taking full advantage of the natural colors of the landscape and the specific type of light that comes with fall and winter to teach understanding and painting intuitive color. The students are mixing some beautiful colors and painting some rich combinations in this process.

Mixing grays from a variety of primaries.
This is the start of mixing intuitive, sensitive grays from selected primaries.

Enrollment is now open for students for the Winter Studio Class. It begins on Tuesday, January 5th, 2pm-5pm.  If you spoke to me or emailed me regarding a spot in my filled morning studio class please contact me ASAP if you would like to be in this afternoon class (2-5pm). If you work with oils, watercolors, gouache or acrylics and are interested in joining us please send me an email.

 WINTER STUDIO CLASS

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
PLEASE CONTACT ME TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.

PLEASE NOTE:  Class size is limited. The response was immediate when I announced a class opening. This notice is going out to my email list and blog. I will start advertising to the public a few days after this announcement.  Please contact me if you want to be in this class as registration is now open. Please note: if you are already on my wait list you will have first option to register for this class.

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How to Create Successful Plein Air Paintings II

The western skies at sunset are dramatic and beautiful at this time of year.
The western skies at sunset are dramatic and beautiful at this time of year.

Before I was swept into my busy summer schedule this past June I began to share my story on how I started my journey into plein air painting.  I was a studio painter for many years before I ever stepped outdoors with a paint brush and paints. Painting out doors changed me in many ways. As a studio painter I painted abstracts. I worked with oil, acrylic, watercolors, collage and assemblage.  Outdoors I work with markers, pens, pencils, oils, watercolors and acrylics. Studio painting was about materials, expression and  experimentation, with no model or subject matter to look at. The process was all about paint and form. Plein air painting is about materials, expression, interpretation and experimentation, and I have a constantly changing subject to paint. And that subject surrounds me!

Marsh Clouds. 8x10" Available.
Marsh Clouds. 8×10″ Available.

When I first started to paint on location I kept the paintings to remember where I painted  and how I handled the conditions, not because I liked anything that I painted. My paintings weren’t even close to what I hoped to capture of the scene in front of me.  I used to bring my paintings home and line them up on the floor in front of the couch.  I’d ask my husband what he thought of them. He’d look them over and encourage me to keep at it. One of his early observations was that from across the room they looked good. Only when you got up close could you see what a mess they were. I realized then that at least I was getting the form and value right.

I began to keep track of my progress, took notes and started to make a sketchbook of all my plein air locations. I showed my plein air work to other painters and received some good feedback, then continued on. I wanted to paint outdoors as skillfully as I painted in the studio.

I painted as often as I could. I went out in all kinds of weather and in every season. I painted lots of small paintings and I read as much as I could about landscape painting and the plein air process. This took some time and I painted a huge pile of paintings. I took a few workshops locally. I read lots of books recommended by other painters and I started taking a few plein air workshops.  It was here that I noticed a big difference in the way each painter approached the process and handled the paint. I also noticed that all these instructors were primarily studio painters. I was improving en plein air but felt I really needed to study with someone who was a very experienced outdoor painter. I researched and read everything I could about plein air painting. This was how I found a small group of instructors who were experienced in painting outdoors.  These instructors only taught in the western US  and usually taught just one workshop a year. So after trying for 2 years to get into a workshop  I managed to secure a spot in a 10 day intensive with Scott L Christenson in Idaho and Wyoming. This proved to be a key step in my progress and practice of painting outdoors.  To be continued…

Painting on a warm November day in a quiet, sunny location.

I love teaching my new studio class. We are going deeper into explorations of color and techniques. I love watching my students really gain insights and develop their skills. Their speedy growth is amazing me. They are on their way to becoming good, solid painters.

I am opening up enrollment for my new Tuesday Studio Class. Since there is enough interest, I am adding on a class.  If you spoke to me or emailed me regarding a spot in my FILLED morning studio class please contact  me ASAP if you would like to be in this afternoon class (2-5pm). If you work with oils, watercolors, gouache or acrylics and are interested in joining us send me an email.

NEW SESSION !

 ALL LEVELS WELCOME : Beginner to Experienced
COLOR, STYLE & BRUSHWORK ~
TUESDAYS 2PM – 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 SESSION
REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US PLEASE
PLEASE CONTACT ME TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.

PLEASE NOTE:  Class size is limited. The response has been immediate when I have listed a class opening. As of now I am not advertising this class publicly, I’m only sending notifications to my email list and blog.  Please contact me if you want to be in this class as registration is now open. Everyone who is on my wait list will have first option to register for this class.

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

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