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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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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Good News! True Confession!

Good News!  True Confessions!

The September issue of Plein Air Magazine will be in the bookstores soon. I just received my issue from the mailman and its looking like a juicy issue. The feature article about me and my work is lovely and it’s nice to be recognized on a national level.
True confession – I work really hard, dive deep into my painting and keep a low profile when it comes to getting out and about in the 3D art world. I’m not an introvert, I’m way too curious to be thinking about myself or be timid.  I forget about myself.  I’m just involved in this conversation/experience I’m having with the world around me.
Here’s where it started. I remember as a child every single morning I would wake up and my first thought would be “What am I going to discover today?” Every day held potential excitement and mystery for me. I was always curious and always asked questions. I was encouraged to ask questions and explore. When I reached my teens this was not generally encouraged by my public school education. I had individual teachers who encouraged it but instead the general pressure was answer questions with the correct answers, to excel and get into a good college. Storing a lot of stuff and things in your brain replaced learning as a priority. It was dry and dull.
Then several years years ago I found my way back to the life of excitement and mystery of my childhood!  It all started when I went outside to paint suggested by my good friend Sue Stranc.  She is a print maker and I think she was looking for a quicker immediate way to make images. She saw a book of watercolors painted on location and thought it might be am easy thing for us to do. It was November. We started out on our big adventure and entered the landscape. Little did I know what this would do to me. It literally changed my life.

It was hysterically funny. We would go out to these really wild, gorgeous places and try to paint. Yikes! It was nuts! The good news is we didn’t know that it was difficult to paint outdoors in winter(or that it might be difficult in any season) we just thought that we were a bunch of comedian neophytes and we just didn’t know the best way to do things. How about the time we hiked in knee deep snow for about a mile with all our painting gear on a toboggan? And Sue would not let me walk in the cross country ski trails ! A coyote went trotting by while we were painting, having a much easier time of it than the two of us without a sled dog for our gear!

The good news is this outdoor experience returned me to my original childhood mindset of excitement and mystery.  Every time we went out we never knew what we would see or what would happen. It was great!!!!
Now you see why I love going out to paint the landscape. It restored me to my original, fresh, curious perspective of the world and it erased all that silly stuff that tried to push it away.
So if you are thinking about going out to paint, do it for the sheer joy of being out in an awesome place and experiencing the beauty of nature! Who cares what the painting looks like if you are having a great time! The process will get you there. And one day you will have a great time and a great painting!

I’ll be painting at the Hartwell House twice in August and in Wolfeboro, NH a favorite NH lake region painting location. And 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 !

DEMO SATURDAY ~ AUGUST 12th 3pm – 6pm
Tea in the Garden ~ Mary Byrom Demo
Hosted by the Hartwell House Inn
HARTWELL HOUSE INN
312 Shore Road
Ogunquit, Maine 03907

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!

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:
“Clouds Over the Inlet” 3×8″ oil.
Plein Air Magazine September 2017 Artist Profile ~ Mary 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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Why Painting in Maine is so Wonderful !

There is nothing like painting in Maine…

Last week I painted for the first half of the week in Ocean Park, Maine and the second half of the week in Castine, Maine. It was fabulous! What a variety of painting subjects!

Ocean Park is a tiny community in southern coastal Maine that shares a border with Saco to the south and Old Orchard Beach to the north. It is a place frozen in time where generations of families return each summer for their vacations. It has a tiny village center and is an association run by a non profit organization. It is on a big sandy beach with dunes and views of beaches stretching to the north and south. Out to the east are a sprinkling of distant islands and Prouts Neck. All my painting locations in Ocean Park were a few blocks from each other. I could have walked to them if I wanted to.
Castine is a historic village on the tip of a peninsula in midcoast Maine. There are water views to the east, south and west. You can watch the sun rise and set over water. From the harbor you can see the distant ridge of Mount Battie and the Camden Hills with the town of Camden, to the south. If you look north across the Bagaduce you see Blue Hill peaking over the hills. When you are in Castine you are at the end of the peninsula so you have the peacefulness that comes with being on the end of a land mass. You feel like you are on an island. It is very quiet. The only sounds you hear at night are voices of walkers on an evening stroll, a rare lone car, and the bell on the buoy at the harbor entrance. It is very, very quiet. Ocean Park is a hamlet on the busy, sandy southern coast and Castine is a classic New England village at lands-end down east.They are worlds apart yet on the same shore line of the same state.  I love this place. I will never run out of amazing views to paint .  Maine is amazing !

COMING UP NEXT – IF YOU ARE HERE IN MAINE…WELCOME !

DEMO SATURDAY ~ AUGUST 12th 3pm – 6pm
Tea in the Garden ~ Mary Byrom Demo
Hosted by the Hartwell House Inn
HARTWELL HOUSE INN
312 Shore Road
Ogunquit, Maine 03907

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!

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:
“Toward The Henry Islands” 6×6″ 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

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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

Summer Plein Air Demos & Festivals!

BIG ROCKS, FROTHY SURF, WHITE FOAM AND A FRESH SEA BREEZE…

Welcome to Plein Air in Maine ~

You are invited to a demo and 2 plein air events !

DEMO ~ SATURDAY ~ JULY 8TH 3-6 PM
Tea in the Garden ~ Mary Byrom Demo
Hosted by the Hartwell House Inn
HARTWELL HOUSE INN
312 Shore Road
Ogunquit, Maine 03907

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

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 10-1
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

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 !