Fabulous New Year !

Happy New Year Everyone!

As we bid farewell to the old year and arrive on the threshold of the New Year, I wish you and your loved ones a New Year of hope, happiness and good health !

And with a New Year there are some new exciting changes!

A special NEWSLETTER ~ I will be writing a brand-new newsletter & blog just for artists.  It will be called  ~ The Inspired Painter.

My regular newsletter will continue to be sent to all my collectors, fans and friends!

THE INSPIRED PAINTER ~ newsletter & blog will cover the nuts and bolts of the painting experience.  If you are a student/artist/painter and wish to receive all the tips, tricks and links I will be offering to help you in your creative process you will want to sign up here for the newsletter and the first free guide offered to The Inspired Painter newsletter readers!

NEW CLASS SCHEDULE ~ I will be teaching 2 classes each week this winter, spring & summer ~ painting and sketching!
The evening winter studio class and daytime spring class are listed below with links to the description and online registration.
They will continue in 5/6  week sessions until the end of the school semester in May.
I will announce the beginning of each 5/6 week session in the newsletter.

NEW STUDIO CLASS COMING UP THIS WEEK !

THERE ARE A FEW SPACES FOR STUDENTS IN MY NEW TUESDAY EVENING STUDIO CLASS -STARTING THIS TUESDAY JAN 2nd
You can register here!

JANUARY 2, 2018
PAINTING CLASS ~ Oils, Acrylics & Gouache
STUDIO CLASS  ~ 5 WEEKS
STARTS ~ TUESDAY, JANUARY 2ND
5:30- 8:30 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine
REGISTER HERE !

SPRING PLEIN AIR CLASS ~ 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
REGISTER HERE!

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

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse. Please 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 now busy working in the geeky part of the pre-launch!
I will be sending out special emails about the eCourse to folks who sign up for The Inspired Painter Newsletter !

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
* Cheat Sheet : How to Start a Successful Painting
* Cheat Sheet : How to Choose the subject for a Successful Painting

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

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

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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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 !

Spring in Maine

I headed out to paint on the coast this week. We are having an early spring. I wanted to paint in an old coastal neighborhood where you still can find some of the original farm houses that were built before the the region became “vacation land”.  In most of these locations if the neighborhood hasn’t been modernized, the farmhouses that are close to the water are usually near some of the older summer cottages that were built after they were already there. The architecture in these neighborhood enclaves is rich and varied. Off season during the fall, winter and spring the streets and houses are quiet. Most of the owners use their houses in warmer weather.  Off season we can usually find space to park and there are always plenty of interesting subjects to paint.


The line of vintage cottages mixed in with a few modernized buildings along the road facing the water at Short Sands. Photo: Mary Byrom.

This week it was perfect. We had our first taste of spring temperatures and it is early enough so that the tourists aren’t back yet. As is typical in spring in coastal Maine it was down right chilly on the water. As we set up our easels it was cloudy and gray, the colors of a perfect Andrew Wyeth painting.  By the time we had settled into painting the clouds blew out to sea and sun came out. But with the chilly wind off the water you could only really stay warm if you were standing and painting in full sun.


Here I am set up painting on the edge of an old sea side neighborhood along of one of its narrow streets. Photo: Barbara Carr.

I’m painting large paintings in the studio right now so when I set out this day I wanted to painting something quick, small and compact. The houses were beautiful and I thought about painting them but I didn’t have any large panels with me. I am usually focusing on my Haiku series these days when I’m not painting a big one. So my car studio was stuffed with little tiny panels and no larger ones. After sketching for a bit I decided on a street scene of a narrow, old lane that stretched up a hill toward the ocean with cottages and wild brambles along the edge.


A small street scene of cottages and bits of wild under brush. Photo: Mary Byrom.

If you like to spend time in nature and are interested in painting outdoors but are not sure you will like it a good way to check it out is to attend a plein air demo. Some people like to paint or draw but feel shy about doing it in a public place. Others don’t have the equipment and want to see what it is like before investing in a lot of stuff they might not end up using. The best way to check it out is to watch someone and see how it is done. Come to one of my plein air demos this summer and see for yourself. This might become a new hobby for you. Of course I think its much more fun than golf or fishing, but then I’m baised !

IF YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO DO A DEMO OR TEACH A PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP AT YOUR LOCATION:  Note: I’m visiting art groups and associations giving demos and mini-sampler classes. I’m traveling and giving plein air workshops as well. If you or your group would like me to give a workshop please don’t hesitate to ask for details and dates. I have available dates for summer and fall.

EVENTS

PLEIN AIR DEMO –
MAY 28TH    4-6 pm
2016 SEASON OPENING FOR BETH ELLIS GALLERY
Location: BETH ELLIS GALLERY
294 SHORE ROAD
OGUNQUIT, ME
860-338-3996

PLEIN AIR DEMO & INSTRUCTION
JUNE 16TH    4-7 pm
Location : LIL’S, DOWNTOWN KITTERY, MAINE
$15 NON-MEMBERS
$10 MEMBERS
Hosted by : THE KITTERY ART ASSOCIATION

This is a great chance to see how I paint and how I guide you through a plein air painting. If you are thinking you’d like to paint outdoors come to this event. It’s a great sampler of plein air painting. After the demo I will answer questions and share insights.
PLEIN AIR CLASSES
SUMMER PLEIN AIR CLASSESTHE FIRST PLEIN AIR CLASS STARTS MAY 3RD.
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
2016 summer classes “en plein air” begin on May 3rd.  I will be teaching a new easy plein air method in a 5 week block of classes. This easy method really helps beginners get comfortable with plein air painting and it helps experienced painters improve skills dramatically. It’s a tried and true method and its great to see how fast it works.SIGN UP HERE FOR 5 WEEK SESSION.SIGN UP HERE FOR ONE SINGLE CLASS 

MAINE SUMMER WORKSHOPS

JUNE 18 2016  10-5
JULY 9  10-5
AUGUST 6  10-5
SEPTEMBER 10  10-5
OCTOBER 8  10-5

All workshops are in southern Maine in the coastal towns of Kittery, York, Cape Neddick, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport and Cape Porpoise. Painting locations include quintessential Maine places including beaches, rocky coastlines, harbors, marshes, farms, historical homes and classic small villages.
These are one day plein air workshops. All workshops begin at 10am with a one hour break for lunch. The day will start with a demo and a short talk on the specific aspects/advantages/challenges of the location.  Guidance will be given on choices of subject matter tailored to each student’s individual painting experience. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings.
Register for a workshop here. Price: $100.

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Like Summer

Today was like summer. We are having days with 80 degree temps inland and its 50 on the coast.  I needed to wear my gloves and winter hat when I was out painting the surf. The waves this week were spectacular. Under sunny skies with puffy white clouds we had surf that looked like a nor’easter was hitting the coast. We painters lucked out. I live about 8 miles inland from the ocean.  I can often judge what is going on over on the rocks.  A morning that started off quiet and warm turned windy and very chilly by 10 am. The wind was hitting hard, driving off the ocean from the east. Backwards! Our weather usually moves from west to east. I packed up and headed over to paint. Wow, what a great decision !

Wearing all the warm clothes I had!
Wearing all the warm clothes I could find in my car!

I’m just beginning to return to my regular work/painting schedule. Marcus is improving!  His recovery is a steady process that needs time for the healing.   I’ve never been around anyone who had a heart attack and  open heart surgery so this is all new territory for me. I’m doing my best to keep him cheerful and and fixing healthy, tasty food so I can to keep him interested in eating.  He’s not the usual heart attack type , as he’s pretty fit and not over weight, with low blood pressure and a good diet.  They don’t often give people like him a by pass.

My surf painting, 9x12 oil on panel.
My surf painting almost finished, 9×12 oil on panel.

Lessons learned in these past few weeks : Things change; you can always trust that things will not be the same. What we actually know is far less than what we don’t know. Don’t make assumptions, jump to any conclusions or end results. Persevere; if you can out last everyone else and you are the last one standing in the room, you win.  And… its not over till the fiddler stops playing.

 

Painting in Deep Cold

Rocks & Snow, Plein air study ,8x10  oil
Rocks & Snow, Plein air study ,8×10 oil

I’ve been out painting in deep cold this week as another arctic front is chilling Maine. Yesterday the temperature was 14 with a steady wind out of the west. Who knows what the wind chill was?  If you aren’t wearing the right gear you can feel this kind of cold deep in your bones.

The weather was clear with startling, gorgeous colors everywhere. On the Nubble in Cape Neddick the strong wind made it tough to paint any where but behind the hatch back of my car. So I used the car as a wind block and it worked fine as long as I worked fast.  I’ve had my fill of too many back to back snow storms so now when any clear day shows up now I’m heading out. Who cares what the temperature is? Its almost spring and the sun is toasty warm!

nubble 3It is so beautiful to see everything covered with snow  right up to the high tide mark. So often the salt air melts the snow right along the coast so its brown and drab when just a mile inland everything is sparkling white.

Not this year! We’ve had so many coastal storms that the snow is actually deeper as you get closer to the coast. So before it all melts in a few weeks I’m getting out  there to paint it!

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Beach Day at York

york beach1It was a great beach day at York Long Sands, big surf, sunny skies and lots of people. I headed over to the beach to meet three artist friends. We had to grab parking spots as soon as we saw them. The tide was going out so vacationers were coming in droves to grab a spot on the sand at midday. I painted small 4 sketches of people enjoying the beach.

Mary York beach

I stayed near my car as the wind picked up and it offered a bit of protection. Toward the end of the day the other cars were gone and I did have to grab my easel as it was lifting off the ground. The temps dropped into the 60’s and we needed to put on layers to stay warm. Its the nature of early summer in Maine!

Maine Paintings of Big Maine Weather

Storm ClearingThe weather in Maine can change in minutes. Things don’t linger here on the southern coast. Its one of the things I love about this region of Maine.  The coastline in my neighborhood is often hit hard by weather blowing in off the ocean. We don’t have islands off shore blocking the impact of the weather and protecting us from full impact.

I like weather. I like to experience stormy weather.  I like to paint the drama that unfolds before me. Some of my best paintings  happen when the wind and water are pounding. It isn’t easy to paint in these conditions.  If I have done my homework I can paint in almost any extreme conditions. Its that preparation that makes all the difference. Its all about being in a certain mental state and having all my tools and equipment close at hand.

“Storm Clearing”, 16×20. oil Available. $2500. Info Here.

 

Big Maine Paintings – Big Wind, Big Clouds

BIG CLOUD PAINTING

We are in the middle of classic spring weather here in Maine. Its cold, windy and it changes fast. Storms race through, drop rain and clear out fast. The cloud patterns are gorgeous ! The clouds blocking the sunlight create beautiful contrasting colors across the landscape. The wind can be wild on these days. Sometimes I have to take cover behind any structure I can find. Here is a start of one of my newest paintings. I set up my easel behind a barn on the edge of the marsh. At least in this location the easel didn’t fly into the air. It is so great to be out painting!

Made in Maine ~ York River Dusk

River EveningYork River Dusk, 24×36, oil $8650. Available.

York Harbor is a quiet spot created where the York River meets the sea. The village is small and the walk along the rivers edge is a great place to visit. This is one of my favorite painting locations. In the warmer seasons the sun sets over the river as is flows from the west.