New! Winter Painting, Classes & New 2018 Workshops & Events! !

 

Winter Skies, Clouds, haiku series

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I hope you are all well and thriving …and not getting too buried in the hustle bustle of the holiday season.  It is good to pause and appreciate the quiet time of the year. We have truly entered into winter. Its a peaceful day today with snow falling gently making everything fresh and white. The muted blue and violet colors of this overcast winter day are beautiful.

It feels like it was just a few weeks ago when summer insisted on lingering until Thanksgiving. I’m not complaining  I was happy with that extra long summer !  Its rare that we have empty beaches, parking lots  and warm weather.  I took advantage of it !

I was buried in work till the end of my season, delivering paintings to galleries and hanging a holiday show. The summer season which is my busiest time of year stretched with out a pause into December this year. So when all deliveries were made it was time to celebrate and shift gears. I took a week off, then eased back into work with a bit of attention to planning my schedule for 2018.

Christmas is rounding the corner and almost upon us with the New Year right behind it!  Here are some highlights 2018 !

FRESH NEWS !

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 7th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME
My holiday and winter show will be up until Jan 7th. Pieces from my haiku series, food series and harbor series are on display.

COMING UP IN 2018  … !

JANUARY  2018
OILS, ACRYLIC & GOUACHE PAINTING
STUDIO CLASS  ~ 5 WEEKS
STARTS ~ TUESDAY, JANUARY 2ND
5:30- 8:30 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine
Register here!

MARCH  2018
ART ADVENTURE ~ THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~ 6 WEEKS
STARTS ~ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH
10:00AM- 1:00 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine
Registration coming soon!

SUMMER  2018
JUNE – 5 DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~ PLEIN AIR PAINTING CLASS – TUESDAYS  3-6
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~ PLEIN AIR SKETCHBOOK CLASS – WEDNESDAYS 2-5
SEPTEMBER – 5 DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP

After Dark, Night time Haiku series

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Subscribe to my YouTube page for immediate notification.

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are readying the pre-launch!
I will be sending out special emails only to folks who sign up to the ECOURSE list for the new online landscape & plein air painting course.  Sign up here for ECOURSE UPDATES!

COMING SOON
* Video: 5 STEPS TO A PERFECT START ~ How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: 4 SOLID DECISIONS TO CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE PAINTING ~ How to create a solid design

PHOTOS: Cloud Haiku series, Night Time Haiku Series, Cloud Haiku Series
Photo Credits: Mary Byrom

Clouds, haiku series

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
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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Haiku Series ~ The Sea #8

The Sea #8
The Sea #8

This is the last painting in my series ‘ The Sea”.  I noticed that when I paint a series I reach a point when the images start to move in another direction. Its an interesting process that is heavily influenced by my plein air painting. I paint my haiku paintings on location as well as in the studio. I have a tendency to paint in oil en plein air and in acrylic in the studio.  I like the fast drying time of acrylic in the studio and the slow drying time of oils on location.  My ocean paintings in 2018 will be going in a new direction. Stay posted!

The Sea #8   Acrylic  8.5×12″  Available.

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Haiku Series ~ The Sea #6

The Sea #6
The Sea #6

I often go out to paint in storms on the coast. I love painting during a Nor’easter. I’ve found a perfect location on the Nubble in York, Maine  where I can park my car to block the wind from hitting my easel. I have a wonderful easel called the Gloucester that is sturdy and strong. I use that easel in severe wind conditions. If the wind is so strong I have trouble opening my car door then I will paint from inside the car with the back hatch open.  When the wind is that extreme the crashing waves are huge.

The Sea #6  Acrylic 3.25×8.75  Available.

 

Haiku Series ~ The Sea #5

The Sea #5
The Sea #5

I’ve had this connection to the sea since I was a small child. I also really like wild weather.  When a stormy wind blows in off the ocean you will find me walking along the edge. There is nothing like a crisp, clean wind to blow the cobwebs out of your brain.  I always return home refreshed and invigorated. There nothing quite like a big bowl of soup or a hot cup of tea after a walk along the ocean during a winter storm. Heavenly.

The Sea #5  Acrylic  4×9.75   Available.

 

 

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Haiku Series ~ The Sea #2

The Sea #2
The Sea #2

I’m watching a storm pulling out to sea. I watch many storms race out to sea. I’ve watched years of storms blow out to sea.  The weather often moves in from the west and travels out over the ocean.  This is one of my memories of a big storm.

The Sea #2   Acrylic  4×3″ Available.

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New Ecourse Coming Soon!

Hope you all are having a great week and experiencing some of this great Indian Summer weather we are having in Maine!

As some of you know I’ve been working on a new ecourse for painters showing you the best and fastest ways to get the most out of your painting time. I  keep posting that it will be coming soon…. Why?

Because the kickoff  is being delayed due to having to restock my galleries.  I’m painting like crazy! A good problem to have…being popular and loved  by my fans and collectors.

But, I am truly trying to get this new course out to all those busy folks who wish they had more time for their art. I heard your plea. A little more painting time please !

We are all so busy , way too busy and we need time for ourselves. Time to replenish our souls. Time to just stop and breathe in the fresh air. Time to just be.

“Nature feeds the soul. Spend time in nature and you will be filled with joy.” Mary Byrom

NEW ECOURSE COMING SOON ! JOIN HERE TO SEE THE INSIDE SCOOP, RECEIVE THE SNEAK PEEK VIDEOS AND HEAR ABOUT THE  BEST WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR MIND, HEART AND BEING

Its no accident what landscape painting does for me.

I truly feel wonderful every time I go out to paint and I hope it will make you feel wonderful  too.

Come Inside. Welcome to my studio.

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Hurricane Along the Maine Coast

It’s hurricane season on the coast…

Last week I changed my work schedule twice to go set up my easel on the coast to paint the great surf  that hurricane Jose sent our way. We were lucky. No storm.  Only the big waves arrived here on the Maine coast. The surfers and plein air painters were very happy.
So were all the visitors here on vacation after the summertime crowds are gone. It was beautiful.  I met the nicest people while out painting this week. Some of these visitors had never been to Maine before. They were amazed at the variety of landscapes they were seeing. Maine has such a variety of landscapes with eastern and western water views.  People couldn’t believe they could watch sunrise and sunsets over the water. There’s nothing quite like this amazing amount of peninsulas and islands we have in our back yard.

They marveled that I actually lived here. I could go  anytime I liked and look at the amazing views.  I remember when I made the decision to move to the seacoast. It had to do with a memory. Of course it was from vacations when I was a child. My grandmother loved Maine. My mother loved Maine. My mother brought us to Maine on a summer vacation. Even though I had plenty of ocean time on Cape Cod when I was a small child, it was South Harpswell, Maine that made me feel like I had arrived home.
The big old house on the water with its little tiny sandy beach looking out to the little island in the bay stole my heart away. The fingers of land reaching out into the water with nooks and crannies, the big dark pines, the little harbors packed with fishing boats and docks and the clusters of little old houses scattered among the thick woods and across the the rocky fields made me want to stay there forever.  Whenever I go back to South Harpswell I get the same feeling that I did when I first went there. I feel like I am home.
I have favorite places to I paint whenever I go there. It’s closer to my house than Boston is. Sadly the sweet, classic, white farm house has been completely over hauled into a plastic summer vacation home. But the bones of the real house are still there and the tiny beach still looks out at the same island. Mackerel Cove still looks beautiful at any time of the day and in any season. And when I get to a nice open spot on Basin Road in West Harpswell and look west on a crisp fall day I can see Mount Washington in New Hampshire with a bright cap of snow on it.
It’s no accident I love painting landscapes.

Yes we are making many videos for my online landscape painting course!  As we set up the tech stuff you will be receiving an invite to view special content that we are preparing. Some of it is for learning and some of it is just for fun. And some is for both fun and learning!  The bonus pre-launch videos are being created daily.
I will let you know when they are up on YouTube and Vimeo where you can watch them.  If you subscribe to my YouTube page you will receive a notice when each one is published.  Here is the link to my page.

COMING UP IN OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER & JANUARY … !

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Dates will be posted soon. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

OCTOBER 15TH
CAPE ANN QUICK DRAW
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Essex, MA
Wet Paint Sale 12-3 pm

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

AUTUMN  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 is now available at Barnes & Noble.
The Artist Profile article will be available online soon.

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:
Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST 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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What is the Color of Joy ?

I’ve been thinking about color and mood lately as I go out to paint at sunset and dusk. Colors have an effect on how we feel…

There is a certain mood that wraps around you when you go out late in the day. It’s very different from a morning feeling. There is a freshness to the day in the morning. Its like the early hours are picking up speed to get into the activity of the day. In the late afternoon and early evening it feels like things are slowing down. If there was a wind at midday it often begins to slow down a bit. The light lingers and glows in a way that feels like it is slowing down, especially here on the coast where the big wide open sky fills the landscape with a soft light in a way that doesn’t happen inland in the mountains and valleys. There is so much water here that reflects the sky. I don’t realize how much of a water world I live in until I travel inland.
This natural world is a joy to experience. There is always something of beauty to discover no matter what the weather or season. It has an effect on me and my paintings. I realized I paint hopeful, peaceful paintings because I am in these positive, peaceful places when I paint.
Painting is 90% mental and 10% physical.  I am so aware of this when I go out to paint. Everything works best when I am prepared and mentally clear and grounded when I set up. If I have enough time and some quiet to focus before I paint it makes a difference in the start of the painting. How you start a painting determines the outcome of the painting.
With a good start and mindful progress the whole thing is a complete joy. The painting feels like it just flows out of your hand. When I am painting a series of small 5-10 minute paintings back to back I don’t have time to think and ponder about what to do next. I just keep my colors and brushes clean and move as fast as I can. It becomes a dance. It becomes a very joyful experience. And this all happens in a very peaceful state. It’s called flow. The paintings painted in this flow state have a very special quality. They make the viewer feel great. Why ? Because the painter felt great making them. Everything in the mind of the painter is present on that canvas. If you are painting in a state of joy, that is what the viewer experiences, they feel good while looking at the painting. Its that simple.

We are making videos now! My camera man Marcus is the best. He was always good with a camera now its being put to good use!   We will be releasing some bonus pre-launch videos soon. I will let you know when they are up on YouTube and Vimeo where you can watch them.  If you subscribe to my YouTube page you will receive a notice when each one is published.  Here is the link to my page.

COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER & JANUARY … !

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Dates will be posted soon. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

OCTOBER 15TH
CAPE ANN QUICK DRAW
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Essex, MA
Wet Paint Sale 12-3 pm

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

LATE SUMMER & EARLY FALL 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 is now available at Barnes & Noble.
The Artist Profile article will be available online soon.

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:
Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST 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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Sunset, Dusk & Evening

Labor Day came… and I took 3 days off!  How radical is that?

I canceled my usual schedule and got spontaneous. I did exactly what I felt like doing. There were impromptu trips to visit the marsh at sunset and watching big surf crash over the road at high tide in Wells. It was great!  I am once again reminded why I live here. I can go on vacation for a few hours and feel like I’ve really been away for a long time.
And even though the sun is setting earlier its actually helping me out. I don’t have to stay out till 9 pm to paint sunset. I can paint till 7:30 and call it a day. I am having fun with my new late day series! I am creating a whole bunch of sunset, dusk and evening paintings that I want to have all around me. I want my whole house to be bathed in the feeling of warm glowing light. And I’m just getting started…
I love painting outdoors in the late afternoon and evening. The light and the colors are so warm and soft.  Now I am going to keep that light and color and make it last !  I was in York Harbor one evening and the next one I was at Parsons Beach. I easily have over a dozen locations near by that are fabulous. Each location has its particular flavor and distinctive beauty. I usually paint 5-8 small paintings each evening. I am intent on capturing the different stages of sunset, dusk and evening. The colors are amazing. I’m using these small studies for larger paintings I create in the studio. I never know what I’m going to bring home. Some of these small ones are looking so good they will be framed after I am finished using them.

So here’s a toast to small ones and big ones. Every size I can think of.  I want to surround myself with warmth and glowing beauty. Yes, there will be enough so some of these will be available for sale. I do have a few exhibitions coming up in November and December.

And yes my new e course is coming along.  We will be releasing some bonus pre-launch videos soon. I will let you know when they are up on YouTube and Vimeo where you can watch them.  If you subscribe to my YouTube page you will receive a notice when each one is published.  Here is the link to my page.


COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER & JANUARY … !

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Dates will be posted soon. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

OCTOBER 15TH
CAPE ANN QUICK DRAW
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Essex, MA
Wet Paint Sale 12-3 pm

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

 

LATE SUMMER & EARLY FALL 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 has arrived at Barnes & Noble.
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:
“Evening Lights” oil 9×12″ Available. M Byrom
“Peaceful Glow” oil 6×6″ Available. M Byrom
“Late Summer” oil 5×7″ Available. M Byrom
“Late Afternoon Garden” oil  5×7″ Available. M Byrom

MY NEWEST 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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Painting the Late Summer Sunset Challenge

I am working on a new series of sunset and evening paintings. This is the perfect time of the year to do that…

Its still warm during the daytime and cool at night. Summer is lingering like it usually does here on the coast. And the sun is setting early! That makes me a little sad but is a big help when painting these evening paintings. I love being out painting in this late light. I see the most amazingly beautiful scenes. And I meet the nicest people who are also out enjoying their favorite time of day.

This is a weather dependent project. It is a smart move for me to plan to get out and paint everyday for the next 30 days. I’m almost doing it. Some days I’m running too late to get out on time, the sunset is stark and uninteresting or there is lackluster evening light, so I’m skipping a few here and there. Its perfect to be able to pick and choose. Plus, I never know if I’m going to hit it right as I am packing up and leaving the house around 4pm. You can’t always depend on the skies to produce the perfect huge clouds at 7pm that you are watching float overhead at 2pm. Planning is necessary ! I’ll just add on a few more days at the end so I make sure I’ve seen 30 or more sunsets.

The rest of my time is being spent prepping for my new e course.  I had no idea it would be this much fun!  Marcus is my camera man and what a hoot that is!  He asks really good questions and stays right on top of what I’m doing. We will be releasing some bonus pre-launch videos soon. I will let you know when they are up on YouTube and Vimeo where you can watch them.  If you subscribe to my YouTube page you will receive a notice when each one is published.  Here is the link to my page.

COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER … !

Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Dates will be posted soon. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

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 has arrived at Barnes & Noble.
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:
“Glow” oil 6×6″ 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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