Spring is coming early this year. I am so happy! I can’t believe I’m saying this as winter has always been my favorite time to paint. (It’s quiet, there’s plenty of parking and the nor’easters are great.) But this year I’m happy the maple trees are dripping sap all over my car a couple of months earlier than last year. A winter of very little shoveling and snow moving has made my life simpler. And the early spring is making me get a little more organized for the summer and fall season. These are good things.
During the last legs of a recent nor’easter I filled a few pages of my sketchbooks with small sketches of wild waves. I returned to my studio and painted a series of small wild seascapes. This is one of them from my new haiku wave series. Photo: Mary Byrom.
I’m teaching plein air again this summer. I really love teaching. I used to teach often then I traded that to head off to paint in plein air events for a few years. The lure of the national plein air painting events and paint-outs in lovely places captured my attention. In the past few years I’ve narrowed down my selection of the plein air events I participate in. As of last summer I’m staying home to paint nearby as I have my artist residency at the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, Maine, and several regional juried and invitational events that I enjoy.
Another wild wave painting from my haiku series. Photo: Mary Byrom.
Plus I’m in the studio now in the thick of painting big paintings and a new series I’ve been wanting to work on for a while. Looks like changes for me and growth in a new direction. I’m excited! Don’t worry, you will be the first to see the new work when its ready to be viewed.
Another wild wave. Haiku wave series. Photo: Mary Byrom.
If you would like me to teach a plein workshop – 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 still have openings for this summer and fall.
PLEIN AIR DEMO –
MAY 28TH 4-6 pm
2016 SEASON OPENING FOR BETH ELLIS GALLERY
Location: BETH ELLIS GALLERY
294 SHORE ROAD
PLEIN AIR DEMO & INSTRUCTION
JUNE 16TH 4-7 pm
Location : LIL’S, DOWNTOWN KITTERY, MAINE
Hosted by : THE KITTERY ART ASSOCIATION
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
I love painting in Ogunquit. The Marginal Way is a great place to paint at any time of the year. But there is something about late afternoon and evening in summer and fall that is special. The light is incredible. The fresh sea breeze is awesome and the golden glow in late afternoon creates all kinds of beautiful effects on the water. I am lucky I live here. And I am so happy I am the artist in residence at the Beachmere Inn which has the absolute best view of Ogunquit Beach and the coast of Maine. Photo: Marcus Gale
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.
I look forward to seeing you!