Tag Archives: paintings

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 Plein Air & Live Demos


I painted at Wagon Hill Farm in Durham, NH this week. What a blast! The January thaw had melted all the snow in the fields. The light and colors were muted and gentle. It was 40 degrees until the sun started to set. We were loving it!   “Fields Edge” 3×5  $125.  Available. Photo: Mary Byrom

WINTER PLEIN AIR

MY DEMO & POP UP SALE ON SATURDAY WAS A BLAST !
We had a great time on Saturday. I gave 2 demos. The first one was for guests who visited in person and the second demo was broadcast live on Instagram. What a hoot!

There were some great painters and artists  watching ” live” who asked questions and sent encouraging remarks.
I will 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 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 comedy TV show. Everyone was laughing . It was so much fun!

Almost Home, 4×6″ acrylic $195. This painting is available at the LL&D show at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, NH. If you wish to purchase this painting  please let me know.  Available Photo: Mary Byrom

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


“Ready to Go” is now available in a variety of sizes as a high quality giclee here.

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

POP UP ! Sale & Live Demo


This is the 5th painting in my new gold marsh series. The gold is very subtle it peeks through and glows in bits here and there. Diptych Marsh Clouds #5  2.5x 6 oil on gold. $175.  Available. Photo: Mary Byrom

LIVE DEMO AND Pop Up SALE- THIS WEEK !

WELCOMING THE NEW YEAR SALE & CELEBRATION – HAIKU EXHIBIT ~

MY DEMO & POP UP SALE IS ON SATURDAY JANUARY 21ST !
I will be hosting a painting demo, artists talk and pop up sale on Saturday 1-4pm (Long range weather report shows Saturday promising to be a nice pleasant day)
I love pop up events!
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 & cozy pop up happening!
If you love tiny paintings, fun times, the nicest people and hot cider this event is for you!
If you would like to receive the location of this festive event please click here! 
This event is by invitation only. Get your invite here ! 

Marsh Clouds #3 2.5×3  oil on gold . $85  Late afternoon light over the marsh. Available Photo: Mary Byrom

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


“At Rest” is now available in a variety of sizes as a high quality giclee here.

If you wish to purchase 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

Cold or Cozy, Warming up with Gold


The first in my new gold marsh series. The gold is very subtle it peeks through and glows in bits here and there. It isn’t easy to see the gold reflections in a photograph.  Diptych Marsh Clouds 1, 2.5x 6 oil on gold. $175. Limited Edition Prints $35  Available. Photo: Mary Byrom

COLD DAYS & COZY SPOTS
Winter arrived sometime in the past few weeks. Cold winter temperatures are here along with the pure clean arctic air that swoops down every now and then from the North Pole. I love the smell of this air. It’s so clean and fresh. The temperatures have dropped below zero and my office in this big old house with its drafty windows feels chilly.  Who cares how cold it is? My new studio is so toasty that it is a delight to spend any time in there! This week I’m doing inventory on paintings that are newly finished, waiting to be finished and on my to-do list. I’m finishing several paintings that have been waiting for my attention since they were started on location during the summer. I’m looking at my plein air studies for a new series that I’m starting and I just completed another haiku landscape series.

Marsh Clouds 2 2.5×3  oil on gold . $85  A storm clearing out over the marsh. Photo: Mary Byrom

GO FOR THE GOLD
The new Marsh series is a bit different for those of you familiar with my recent work. They are painted on gold. A number of years ago when I was primarily an abstract studio artist I painted on gold. I was organizing my studio this fall and saw a few canvases with gold on them. I love gold and the warmth it reflects. It glows in such a beautiful way. For these uncertain, tumultuous times I thought it was perfect to dish a big dose of warmth out into the world. So I picked up the phone, called my supplier and had some new gold leaf sent to me. My new haiku Marsh series is painted on gold. In the genre of religious paintings, gold symbolizes eternity. I’m getting flashes of 14th and 15th century religious paintings. If I can fit it in, I’m thinking a trip to Florence and Rome is in order to view some of those wonderful paintings. It might be just the perfect thing to see the timeless masterpieces that reside there.

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


“Ready to Go” is now available in a variety of sizes as a high quality giclee.

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 on Fine Art America for notification of the release of new paintings into print editions.
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 10TH.
I HAVE ONE OPENING AVAILABLE NOW

YOU CAN REGISTER NOW FOR THE STUDIO SESSION OF THE WINTER CLASS – STARTING JANUARY 10TH

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

If you are interested in joining the class that begins January 10, 2017 and have questions, please contact me here. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO MY DEMO & POP UP IN JANUARY!
I will be hosting a painting demo, artists talk and pop up sale in the quiet, beautiful time of the year – January !  (I’m watching the long range weather reports – which may or may not help on choosing the date…we shall see!)
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 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

The Pine Kill in Early Winter


This is a design sketch of the Pine Kill where it flows past my friend’s house in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in New York. This area is old Dutch country so the rivers are all called “Kill” (a Dutch word) instead of river. It was shortly before sunset when I set up to paint. I was in a river valley with mountains all around me so I was running out of light fast. I decided to use water colors and do two different views of the river. This is a sketch I made in acrylics based on my plein air watercolor. I wanted to isolate and simplify the deign stem in the composition. Photo: Mary Byrom

We took a quick trip to the Catskill region of New York last week. It was one of those trips that happened at the last minute. The weather looked fine, no snow storms were predicted and we had a few days open in our busy holiday schedule. On Monday we emailed our friends to see if they were home.  With a quick confirmation from them the coast was clear, so we packed the car and headed south west.

When we left Maine the sun was breaking through clouds here along the coast.  As we drove across Massachusetts the clouds became thicker. By the time we entered the mountains in western Connecticut it was foggy and raining heavily. The rain eventually stopped over night but the clouds hung around for the next three days with bits of sunshine poking through every now and then.  It felt like the mountains were holding on to the clouds.

I’ve been painting on the coast for most of the past year. I had so many commitments here that there hasn’t been time for painting trips inland !  I was hoping to paint in the Berkshires and farther up the coast of Maine in the fall but I just didn’t have enough free days for a trip.

It was great to see what late fall/early winter  looked like in the Berkshires, along the Hudson and in the Catskills. The colors and the light there are so different from what we see here on the coast. The Atlantic Ocean to the east of us has a big impact on the way colors and light look here in coastal Maine.
For the duration of our short trip the skies over the mountains in NY state were filled with dramatic clouds. The hillsides and mountains are covered with hard woods and there are very few pine trees.   At this time of year with the leaves off the trees there are many subtle grays and moody colors that catch the light and change tone as the sun moves. I was struck by the pink, burgundy colors of the bare branches at certain times of day.


A color sketch of the Pine Kill. Acrylic. 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.

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

PAINTING ADVENTURES ON THE MARGINAL WAY


“Afternoon Light on the Marginal Way” 9×12 oil. This is the second painting I finished on Saturday afternoon in the Marginal Way Plein Air Event Ogunquit, Maine last week.

PAINTING ADVENTURES ON THE MARGINAL WAY

Painting outdoors is always an adventure. Painting in the middle of the high summer season is often exciting. Last weekend I participated in a one day plein air event in the seaside town of Ogunquit, Maine. This wet paint event was hosted by the Marginal Way Preservation Foundation. A small group of five artists painted along the Marginal Way on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning to help raise money for preservation of the Marginal Way.
Late August is peak vacation season for Maine, so I knew that I would have throngs of visitors walk by me as I painted on the Marginal Way. It was a hot day, there were no clouds in the sky and very little shade to be found. I decided to paint in the only spot of shade I could find on the Marginal Way, in the shadow of a little light house on the side of the trail on a point of land called Israel’s Head.

When I set up my easel it was almost high tide. The surf was lackluster, it looked lazy, a bit sluggish, but the colors of the sea and sky were awesome. It was a challenge to fit my easel in the shady spot. There was only so much space to set up an easel without having some one trip over it or try to push a baby carriage into it. I really wanted to paint in the shade as there wasn’t even a breeze. I knew I would be able to concentrate better if I wasn’t frying in the sun. I set up my tripod carefully making sure that the legs did not stick out too much into the walk way.  I managed to do a few sketches of different compositions of the views. While sketching five or six people stopped to peek over my shoulder to see what I was drawing and to encourage me.

I pulled out a panel and began to put paint on my palette. Another 3 or 4 groups stopped to look at my paint colors and see if I had started painting. At this point some children ran up excitedly. A painter ! A painter !  They were so disappointed to run around behind me and see a blank canvas!  “Come back later”, I told them. “You will be able to see something then,” I promised.


After Carol Douglas finished her paintings down on the rocks in the midsection of the Marginal Way, she walked north on the path to discover me painting next to the lighthouse. The second wedding party had just arrived and was just starting to disembark from their trolley. They began to gather around the lighthouse and around us. Most of them didn’t even notice us even though they were standing 5 inches away from my easel. They were very focused toasting and cheering the bride and groom. Photo: Marcus Gale

I dipped my brush into some thinned burnt sienna to start my drawing when a large stretch limo pulled up and parked next to me. A bride & groom got out, a minister arrived and proceeded to marry the couple in a simple wedding ceremony in front of me over on the rocks…. yes, they were eloping. This is how my painting afternoon started and continued.  A hundred people and two weddings later I’d finished two paintings. I kept it simple. I stood in one spot and just turned 90 degrees and painted that view, turned another 90 degrees painting that view. Timing is everything when painting outdoors. I was lucky that I finished my second painting just before a trolley pulled up and deposited 50 guests for another wedding party that decided to locate themselves right in front of my view.
It was getting late, the sun was now out of sight behind the trees when another artist, Carol Douglas came walking up the path after her afternoon of painting out on the rocks. We pause for a discussion and decided to stay and paint one more painting as the sun set. As it got dark we packed up our gear and headed out to dinner.

Frank Constantino at the Beachmere Inn next to his watercolor paintings from his two days of painting on the Marginal Way. Photo: Mary Byrom

FALL CLASSES

A gentle reminder for all of you painters out there who were buried in summer activities, travel, and house guests.
The Tuesday afternoon PLEIN AIR class is starting on September 6th. Info in the links 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 let me know ASAP to reserve your spot.   Space is limited. Advanced registration is suggested.  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.UPCOMING EVENTSJay 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

PAINTING IN MAINE – PERFECT DAYS & NIGHTS


I like painting at the waters edge. I stand in the sand or on the rocks, inhale the salty sea air and make decisions based on the weather, the time of day and how much time I have to paint.  If I am free to stay as long as I like I will often stay until dark. As we move toward fall that is happening earlier and the temperatures are cooler. It’s my favorite time of year – warm days and cool nights!  Photo: Marcus Gale

PERFECT DAYS AND NIGHTS

The best time of the year is here! Late summer and fall are a perfect time to be painting on the coast. So before I forget, here is a gentle reminder for all of you painters out there who were buried in summer activities, travel, and house guests.
The Tuesday afternoon class is starting on September 6th. Plein air. Info in the links 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 let me know ASAP to reserve your spot.   Space is limited. Advanced registration is suggested.  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.

 

I love this weather. The sticky heat is over. I can spend a day in the sun now without feeling like I’ve been in the Sahara desert all day.  Plus the crowds will soon be a bit thinner. I don’t know if this is true or not, but this summer the coast has felt really crowded.  There are always throngs of people, but it feels like there are more cars. We noticed this for the past few years, but it never really reached our front door until last year.  Now it’s a regular thing to have traffic jams in the small towns near the coast on the weekends. Everyone is trying to avoid the turnpike!  There is such a hustle and bustle that it has made me feel like slowing down to smell the roses !

I’m simplifying and slowing down and looking around.  And slowing down my painting process.  I’m a fast painter and I like painting fast on location.  For a change I’m trying a whole bunch of new things. I’m doing more studies in gray values and I’m designing more notans, which I love doing.
“Rocks, Sea, Land, Mountains”   Acrylic 8×18   Photo: Mary Byrom.

I am painting in pastels, acrylic, watercolors and oil. It is so much fun! And I’m thinking more about the process. I respond totally differently to each medium. It’s very instinctive and I don’t try to do something to it,  I try to work with the nature of the medium itself. Each medium lends itself to different effects. Pastels and watercolors like to move into soft edges easily. Acrylics are wonderful for hard edges and texture. And oil paint can go in any direction. I am seeing how using one medium can affect how I use another.  I love doing this!


“Lake, Mountains, Clouds”  Pastel sketch 6×6  Photo: Mary Byrom.

AUGUST EVENTS

BY THE SEA  BY THE SEA GARDEN TOUR
SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH
3:30-7:00 PM
MARGINAL WAY PRESERVATION FUND
OGUNQUIT, MAINE
An invitational event – Ogunquit Plein Air, hosted by the Marginal Way Preservation Fund. A small group of plein air artists will be painting in selected locations along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. A wet paint sale will be held on the lawn of the Beachmere Inn, Ogunquit, Maine from 3:30-7:00 pm. Tickets to the event may be purchased here.


“Rough”  Acrylic 3×6  Haiku series  Photo: Mary Byrom

OCTOBER PLEIN AIR CLASS IN NH LAKES REGION

A 6 week plein air class in the NH Lakes region (Laconia area) is beginning October 13th – Nov 17th. Registration is now open. This class is filling.
If you are interested in participating in this class please contact me.
This class is a rare opportunity to study with me in the mountains. It is totally gorgeous in this area in the fall !

Painting Sunset and the Full Moon


I set up behind my car on the edge of the beach where open the view of the sky was the best.  I had to paint really fast as the setting sun and the low light lit the sides of the billowing clouds as they drifted out over the ocean. It was awesome!  The light was incredible, the colors were beautiful . Photo: Marcus Gale

PAINTING LATE LIGHT AND INTO THE DARK

I love painting around sunset and after sun set, during the hours of dusk and early darkness. It is my favorite time to paint. I often try to paint get out on location to paint on the evening of the full moon if I can schedule it. With the August full moon arriving on Thursday night I went down to the beach to wait for it.  I wasn’t alone. All kinds of people arrived to watch the full moon rise over the Atlantic. It was warm and calm, it looked like it was going to be a perfect evening to paint.  Then a huge, dark bank of clouds appeared in the west and started moving overhead. The weather report had threatened a slight chance of showers. I ignored it.  From past experience I’ve learned that when clouds hit the cool ocean air along the coastline they usually break up and disappear. I’ve often painted along the coast under clear blue skies while watching thunder storms dump rain onto the land and water to the north and south of me.

This didn’t happen that night. The clouds did break up and dissolve out over the water but not over my head. I rapidly painted the sun light on the tops of the clouds sailing out to sea. But the dark clouds over my head started dropping rain. Out came the umbrellas! I kept my paints and palette dry. The shower only lasted for five minutes. I waited it out and as soon as the rain moved on I was ready to get back to painting the moon rise that was scheduled to happen in a few minutes. Well, that wasn’t happening either. The big bunch of rain clouds did not break up out over the ocean but stayed a solid mass. What? As the big, pink moon rose over the water we caught a one minute glimpse of it  before it disappeared up into the blue gray mass of clouds. As it moved higher in  the sky you could see bits and pieces of it for a few seconds before it completely disappeared into the ceiling of clouds. Then it was gone. So much for a painting of the moon rising. This is totally the nature of plein air painting ! You can plan and only hope that the opportunity will appear. 
“Sunset Cloud,sketch” 8×14″, Oil. When the cloud shelf started to break up over the ocean I could see the towering tops of the clouds lit by the low sun. I had to paint really fast as this light would only last about 15 minutes. People would stop and try to talk to me but it was impossible for me to even glance in their direction!  Photo: Mary Byrom.

STARTING IN SEPTEMBER !  NEW SEACOAST PLEIN AIR CLASS SESSION STARTS SEPT 6TH !

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 let me know ASAP to reserve your spot.   Space is limited. Advanced registration is suggested.  Six week session~ $220
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Awesome locations in the Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.


“Moon Rise,” sketch. 12×14″ pastel. The clouds along the horizon completely blocked all the light from the rising moon. I packed up my paints and started heading home. As we drove north along the beach the clouds broke and the moon light came through. I stopped and pulled out my sketchbook and sketched away as the clouds drifted across the sky. The light was beautiful.  Photo: Mary Byrom

AUGUST EVENTS

BY THE SEA  BY THE SEA GARDEN TOUR
SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH
3:30-7:00 PM
MARGINAL WAY PRESERVATION FUND
OGUNQUIT, MAINE
An invitational event – Ogunquit Plein Air, hosted by the Marginal Way Preservation Fund. A small group of plein air artists will be painting in selected locations along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. A wet paint sale will be held on the lawn of the Beachmere Inn, Ogunquit, Maine from 3:30-7:00 pm. Tickets to the event may be purchased here.

OCTOBER PLEIN AIR CLASS IN NH LAKES REGION

A 6 week plein air class in the NH Lakes region (Laconia area) is beginning October 13th – Nov 17th. Registration is now open. If you are interested in participating in this class please contact me.
This class is a rare opportunity to study with me in the mountains. It is totally gorgeous in this area in the fall !