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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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

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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