Where has Summer gone?

I heard the honking first then two flocks of geese flew over head…heading south.  This week I spotted 3 different trees turning red.  Where has summer gone? This is a hint of what is coming next…

Is it really mid August already? Where has the summer gone? Its always like this in Maine. I remember these long lazy summer days when I was a kid. Summer seemed to stretch out like a big grassy meadow just waiting to be rolled in. Here on the coast after summer arrives on July 4th it feels like one big long party until Labor Day and then just as suddenly as the crowds  appeared they all leave… for about 2 weeks it is quiet.  Then a new group streams through until chilly November days drive them all south to warmer climates.

This is when I am happy I am one of those who stay behind. Late summer and autumn is my favorite time of the year. It is perfect for painting and I can find places park again. These last days of summer I have a tendency to get buried in my studio or office catching up on a back log of things that got lost in the summer party and not get out to paint as much as I’d like to. So I decided I’m staying local and I’m staying focused on appreciating this lovely season. The nights are cool, the days are warm and I am going out to paint. I just promised myself I will get out to paint every day for the next 30 days so I won’t miss the great moments that everyone else travels here to experience. I live here. This beautiful place is my back yard and I am appreciating it. This week I am painting all over the seacoast and I’m even taking a jaunt up into the mountains and lakes of New Hampshire. I’ll be painting in Wolfeboro, NH on Wednesday. What a blast!

If you are walking along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine some sunny afternoon keep a look out, you might find me painting on the rocks or down on Little Beach at low tide.  Hope to see you soon!

COMING UP IN AUGUST …WELCOME !

PAINT WOLFEBORO ~ AUGUST 16th 9am – 4:30pm
Hosted by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council
Wet Paint Sale in Cate Park
Wolfeboro, NH
Governor Wentworth Arts Council

DEMO SATURDAY ~ AUGUST 19th 3pm – 6pm
Tea in the Garden ~ Mary Byrom Demo
Hosted by the Hartwell House Inn
HARTWELL HOUSE INN
312 Shore Road
Ogunquit, Maine 03907

Everyone is welcome!  Bring your friends!

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

IN THE NEWS : PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE September 2017 with Mary Byrom Artist Profile article will arrive in Barnes & Noble within the next 2 weeks.
The Artist Profile article will be available on line in September.

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

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

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

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

PHOTO Credits:
“Mares Tails” oil 6×6″ M Byrom
Painting at dusk at Wells Harbor-  Marcus Gale
“Dusk” 4×6″ oil. M Byrom
“Evening Sky” 6×6″ oil M Byrom

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

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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Thunderstorms & Plein Air painting

Well, that was an adventure!

The painting demo this past Saturday at the Hartwell House Inn was challenged by a line of thunderstorms that hit the coast about an hour before I was to paint in the garden. For those of you who live in the area you know what a fury that was!
I got there early to set up hoping the storms that were just beginning to rumble in North Berwick would move north, not east. But, that did not happen. I waited inside the inn watching the rain pound down.
Guests, fans and collectors arrived on time. But it was sopping wet outdoors and still sprinkling so I set up and painted a cup of tea in the front garden room. When I finished the still life the sun was shining brightly and fluffy white clouds drifted overhead.
I decided it was a good idea to move outdoors and do a plein air demo in the garden. And wow was it beautiful!  Everything was sparkling clean and fresh. We had a great time!
Marcus went live with the demo on Facebook. The internet connection would ebb and flow so there are a few moments that are a bit out of focus, but in the end we had a nice “show and tell” of the demo on my Mary Byrom Fine Art page on Facebook. Here is the link to watch it.

COMING UP NEXT FOR EVERYONE IN MAINE…

OCEAN PARK PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
SUNDAY JULY 16TH – JULY 19TH
Ocean Park Art in the Park
WET PAINT SALE  ~ Wednesday July 19th
OCEAN PARK
14 Temple Ave
Ocean Park, ME 04063

CASTINE 2017 PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL ~ THURSDAY JULY 20TH – JULY 22ND
Castine Plein Air Festival
WET PAINT SALE ~ Saturday July 22nd 4-6pm
CASTINE PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
Castine, ME 04421

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

IN THE NEWS : PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE is publishing a feature article about me and my paintings!
It will be in the print edition and online. I will let you know when it hits the news stands!

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

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

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

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

PHOTO Credits:
“Late Afternoon Surf” 4×8″ oil.
Mary Byrom painting in plein air

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

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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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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

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

Winter Solstice, Winter Light


This is a new piece in my “rough seas” series.  I changed the palette for this series and this one is larger than my haiku series. I wanted to create a few bigger ones to see if I liked them as much as the small ones. This series is all about the energy and power of the ocean with a front row view of the crashing waves. Sweeping In,  4×9, Acrylic Available. Photo: Mary Byrom

HAPPY HOLIDAYS , MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR !

Happy holidays everyone! Whew, the end of the year holiday season is upon us – where did last year go? It feels like every year just keeps picking up speed and zipping right by! I did manage to slow it down in a few spots last year and take advantage of some uninterrupted plein air painting time, so that was good thing. I’m going to be scheduling in quiet painting time as a part of my winter practice. I will paint outside for 100 days with no time limit.  Some days it might be for 20 min and others it will be a few hours. From my experience I know that by just aiming at a target, I will hit more often than not.

With that in mind, this week after a busy day finishing paintings from this summer, I placed some small panels on my easel and quickly painted two views from my studio as evening was moving in.  I really like that it is getting dark so early. I like painting dusk and all the stages of evening. It is one of my favorite times to paint. I prefer it over a sunny day. It is the mood that I like. If I could paint exactly what I wanted to all the time it would be the afternoon and evening hours. There is a certain feeling to that time of day that is perfect for me. It feels like history. Mornings feel like the future to me.  Anything is possible. Afternoons and later feel like remembrance. And there is a mood to memory that is less distinct, more misty than clear morning light. Ultimately, mood is what is important to me when I paint.


The sun was below the horizon and the sky was a pale green color. The snow was reflecting the color of the sky from directly overhead – a deep evening blue. The houses and out buildings across the field were still visible and the lights were appearing in the houses. Across the Field. 5×7. Acrylic. Available. Photo: Mary Byrom

By the time I finished the first painting the sky was getting really dark and I couldn’t see the shapes of the houses across the way through the thicket of trees. I could see the distant tree line and the snow filled field behind my house and a few lights here and there. I really liked the mysterious feeling of the lights and the pathways of snow through the grass and bushes to the edge of the trees.


The Neighbors Lights , 5×7 Acrylic. Available.  Photo: Mary Byrom

PRINTS AVAILABLE … I will soon be releasing some of my paintings as prints ….

I am often contacted by fans and collectors who can not afford the original work so I am releasing a new collection to be reproduced into prints at an affordable price point.

I will post newly released paintings weekly in my blog and here in my newsletter.

If you wish to purchase prints of my paintings they are being posted on my page at Fine Art America. You can follow my page for notification of the release of new paintings into print.

A select collection is available now and more will be posted soon on a regular basis. I will be releasing small studies and reproductions of some of my larger paintings.

NEW STUDIO CLASS STARTS JAN 3RD.
YOU CAN REGISTER NOW FOR THE NEXT STUDIO SESSION OF THE WINTER CLASS – JANUARY 3RD

Class meets WEEKLY on Tuesdays 10am  – 1pm.
The 2017 session will be focused on drawing perspectives, developing design, finding your color “voice” and painting large landscapes from plein air studies.
Register for 6 week STUDIO CLASS here.

  1. If you are interested in joining the class at the beginning of the next new session in January 2017 and have questions, please contact me here. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LIVE DEMO AND Pop Up – NEW YEAR SALE & CELEBRATION – HAIKU EXHIBIT ~

MY HOLIDAY POP UP IS BEING MOVED TO JANUARY.  Due to the inhospitable weather we just had my chosen date last weekend was obliterated by ice & snow. I wasn’t about to make any of you venture out in that weather.
So I will be hosting a demo, artists talk and pop up sale in the quiet, beautiful time of the year – January !
I will have small paintings from my haiku series and selected plein air landscapes available for purchase at unbelievable price points! If you are looking for paintings of the seacoast region – you will find them here.
This will be a fun & wild pop up happening!
If you love tiny paintings, adventure, unusual locations and hot chocolate this event is for you.
If you would like to receive the date, location and time of this festive event please click here! 
This event is by invitation only. Get your invite here ! 

Warmly,

Mary

Winter Arrives with Snow !


Now that the snow is covering the ground I look at this picture and think – this is practically summer – even though it was October! Here I am painting in my last plein air competition of the summer/fall season in Essex, MA.  This is a note and reminder to myself for all plein air events I’m in next year. Relax and have fun! The secret to good paintings is to not to get too invested in the outcome, just immerse yourself in the scene and enjoy the process ! Photo : Marcus Gale

PRINTS AVAILABLE … I will soon be releasing some of my paintings as prints ….

I am often contacted by fans and collectors who can not afford the original work so I am releasing a new collection to be reproduced into prints at an affordable price point.

I will post newly released paintings weekly in my blog and here in my newsletter.

If you wish to purchase prints of my paintings they are being posted on my page at Fine Art America. You can follow my page for notification of the release of new paintings into print.

A select collection is available now and more will be posted soon on a regular basis. I will be releasing small studies and reproductions of some of my larger paintings.


Fresh Snow, 5×7 Acrylic  Photo: Mary Byrom

After teaching class yesterday I promised myself I would get out to paint the new fresh snow. I packed up my car to head down to the river across from my house. Then my car wouldn’t start! Big surprise!  It was getting dark and I didn’t have time to futz around so I decided no problem, just paint what I see around my house. The snow and trees in the field out back were perfect. I just moved them a bit to make the design look better !


After Sunset, 5×7 Acrylic Photo: Mary Byrom

This second painting I painted quickly after the sun fell into the clouds near the horizon. The view is across the fields toward the center of the village. I had a tiny slice of the view through my neighbors back yards. I painted fast as it got dark. I finished as it was getting dark. I was a happy camper!

THE AUTUMN STUDIO CLASS IS FULL ~ YOU CAN REGISTER NOW FOR THE NEXT STUDIO SESSION OF THE WINTER CLASS – JANUARY 3RD

Class meets WEEKLY on Tuesdays 10am  – 1pm.
The 2017 session will be focused on drawing perspectives, developing design, finding your color “voice” and painting large landscapes from plein air studies.
Register for 6 week STUDIO CLASS here.

  1. If you are interested in joining the class at the beginning of the next new session in January 2017 and have questions, please contact me here. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pop Up – HOLIDAY SALE & CELEBRATION – HAIKU EXHIBIT ~

I will have small paintings from my haiku series and selected plein air landscapes available for purchase at unbelievable price points! If you are looking for paintings of the seacoast region for  that special someone you will find them here.
This will be a fun & wild pop up studio happening!
If you love tiny paintings, adventure, unusual locations and hot chocolate this event is for you.
If you would like to receive the date, location and time of this festive event please click here!
This event is by invitation only. Get your invite here ! 

Warmly,

Mary

Why do I Paint 15 min Paintings?

img_3401Here I am standing next to the display of my portrait and paintings at the opening of the This is What Artists Look Like” Exhibit in Portsmouth ,New Hampshire .  It was a great big impressive party !  I tried to meet all the other artists but locating them in the crowd was daunting. Photo : Marcus Gale

FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS ….

I finished and showed the big wave painting, painted in the marshes and villages of Cape Ann Massachusetts, won an award for a 15 minute painting and shifted gears into painting the scenery of the autumn plein air season! I don’t know if you noticed but I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog. I haven’t had a speck of time to sit down and collect my thoughts till this week. I feel the crush of summer activity beginning to subside. Its not quiet and tranquil yet, but it is moving in that direction.

It was a gorgeous day painting in Cape Ann Plein Air 2016. Here I am set up painting in the 2 hour Quick Draw competition. I saw a spot on the harbor that was perfect for me. I set up and focused on painting a scene of light and dark patterns across the water from me.  It was a perfect morning. I am a fast painter so I finished my 8×16″ painting before the deadline. I looked at my watch and saw that I had a whole half hour of time left. It was then that I thought well why don’t I just paint another one – just for fun?  That’s exactly what i did. It was so much fun! I painted it in 15 min then headed over to my car and framed my 2 paintings on the hood of my car and delivered them to the museum. Photo: Marcus Gale

I’m transitioning into the palette and mood of the season. Its been a warm October and November (I’m not complaining!) so I haven’t even cleaned up all the gardens yet.  The leaves are almost off all the trees except for the oak trees which are a beautiful russet color right now. I’m really happy with the early sunsets as I can start painting nocturnes at 4:00 pm, as its dark by 5:00 pm and be heading home for dinner by 6pm. So much nicer to be packing up at 6pm rather than 10 pm.


This is the 15 min painting that I had so much fun painting! I really didn’t think too much while I was painting this. I grabbed a 6×8″ panel figuring I could cover that pretty easily in a short amount of time.  I set my timer for 15 min and the paint flew off my brushes.  (I didn’t clean any brushes while painting this I just used designated brushes and cleaned everything up afterwards.)  I didn’t know this painting had received any award till a day or two later when I saw a picture of the other winners on facebook with mention of someone with a name sort of close to mine who was missing from the awards ceremony.  (Ha very funny.) No I wasn’t there. I headed off to the next thing on my “to do” list after the morning paint out.  Photo: Marcus Gale

THE AUTUMN STUDIO CLASS IS FULL ~ REGISTERING NOW FOR THE WINTER STUDIO CLASS – JANUARY 3RD

If you are interested in joining the class at the beginning of the next new session in January 2017 please contact me here. 

Class meets on Tuesdays 10am  – 1pm.
The 2017 session will be focused on drawing perspectives, developing design, finding your color “voice” and painting large landscapes from plein air studies.
Register for 6 week STUDIO CLASS here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pop Up – HOLIDAY SALE & CELEBRATION – HAIKU EXHIBIT ~

I will have small paintings from my haiku series and selected plein air landscapes available for purchase at unbelievable price points! If you are looking for paintings of the seacoast region for  that special someone you will find them here.
This will be a fun & wild pop up studio happening!
If you love tiny paintings, adventure, unusual locations and hot chocolate this event is for you.
If you would like to receive the date, location and time of this festive event please click here!
This event is by invitation only. Get your invite here ! 

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

MASTERY & PAINTING IN THE DARK

Island sketch 6×8″ oil on board. I set up to paint in the dark as the sun set. I laid out my colors, took out my headlamp and painted a house in the trees on a small island as I waited for darkness to fall and the moon to rise. My plan for the evening was to paint a lot of quick sketches as the light and the scene changed. The tide had turned, high tide was coming in.

This past week I discovered that what I did everyday had a name…the process I go through day after day and week after week is called mastery.  Wow, was that a surprise. I knew what I set out to do wasn’t easy but I didn’t know that I had so many kindred spirits out there on the same path doing the same process. Its great to encounter this.  The four things I do in my painting process are 1. Practice  2. Persistence  3.Patience  4. Perseverance.  5. Repeat #  s 1- 4 over and over.

Full moon sketch #1 5×9″ oil on board. The moon rose so fast I missed it coming over the horizon. It was still so light from the setting sun that it didn’t even grab my attention. It seemed to move as I painted it. Thin wispy clouds passed in front of it in a variety of patterns. I could still see lots of landscape colors.

On You tube I bumped into a series of book reviews about a book by George Leonard titled “Mastery” presented by an artist/educator named Jeffery Watts.  You all know how the internet wander goes…I googled videos on painting with gouache and Jeff’s gouache video came up at the top of the list.  I’d been thinking about bringing my gouache out to paint en plein air so I wanted to see how some one else did it. He had a great video on hassle free traveling with gouache instead of oils (and all the solvent issues).

Full moon sketch #2 6×8 oil on board. The boats were moving all over the place, they were appearing to make big clusters and shapes that were linking together in value as it got darker. The moon was moving, the tide was moving and it was getting dark. It was now harder to see different colors in the landscape.

I also noticed that he had a number of other videos on You Tube.  Watts runs an art school in California and generously provides informational videos of all kinds for students who are looking for an art school/atelier education and are interested in learning real skills, like how of how to paint and draw. This school is filling in a niche for teaching solid skills that most of the mainstream colleges have dropped or trimmed since the 60’s.

Full moon sketch #3 5×9 oil on board. The boats were still moving , the moon was beginning to move in an arc and climb over head. It was so dark the shades of green in the landscape were turning blue. The path of moon light was moving across the harbor. I finished one more sketch and called it a night.

When I was in college there were a few drawing classes that were good but as soon as I started painting courses it was “express yourself”.  My professors were very nice but didn’t offer much guidance.  I was on my own figuring out how to paint. After college I took classes with individual artists in order to learn figurative, portrait and landscape painting.  Now there are a number of schools/ateliers that offer a substantial art education, are vetted and can be found on the Art Renewal Center list. I was really on my own for a long time trying to put together what I was missing. I was painting in the dark often “inventing the wheel” on my own.  It sure would have been easier to have someone share what they knew. Things have certainly changed in the the past few years. And we are all benefiting from it.

AUTUMN PLEIN AIR  &

NEW ! STUDIO CLASS STARTING

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

NEW SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS  ~ TUESDAY AFTERNOONS ON THE SEACOAST
This class started 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 southern Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.

 

NEW STUDIO CLASS STARTING OCTOBER 18TH !
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.

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