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New Summer Painting Classes Start Soon!

Are you ready for some fun enjoyable times ?

Are you ready to come out and paint? It’s summer in Maine! Would you like to have fun, enjoy this beautiful summer weather and make some great paintings? You are welcome to join us in my new Maine Plein Air Class starting June 30th!

Plein Air Classes

PLEIN AIR CLASSES~ TIME: Tuesdays 10am – 1 pm. EXPERIENCE: Beginner to Intermediate levels welcome. LOCATION: We paint at a new location every week. INSTRUCTION: Classes are small. Each student receives individual attention, instruction and guidance. CLASS BEGINS JUNE 30TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE!

Do you live far away?

Do you live far away? Do you work 9-5? For all of you who live far away from Maine or can’t fit a Tuesday morning class into your schedule, I teach an online, live streaming class. This is an evening class that will not interrupt your work day !

Live Online classes for everyone!

LIVE STREAMING CLASSES ~ TIME : Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm EXPERIENCE: All levels welcome. LOCATION: Zoom Class Room. You must have internet access. INSTRUCTION: Each student receives individual attention, instruction and guidance. CLASS BEGINS JULY 8TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE!

New Summer classes start soon ! Dates, details & Info here!

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Plein Air Painting ~ The Best Supplies

New Ebook !

The plein air season is upon us ! The weather is gorgeous, the flowers are blooming, the dark cold days of winter are a distant memory and we are heading out to paint!

Introduction

My students asked me to write this book a year ago. They were often trying to make good choices on materials and easel purchases. These decisions are personal and depend on media, how much weight you are willing to carry and what you are willing to edit out of your painting gear if you plan on trekking into wild places.

Strada Pochade Box #4

I put together a comprehensive list of all my outdoor gear. I don’t use it all for every outing. It’s listed in categories and the table of contents is live so you can open pages to specific topics. Everything from easel and umbrellas to substrates and anything in-between is discussed. It includes my sketchbook set up to all my watercolor, gouache, acrylic and oil pochade box supplies. Much of this stuff lives in my car studio!

Table of Contents

This ebook is full of color pictures and text. 46 pages. On sale at a special early bird price for the month of June. ( $9.99)

Purchase Ebook here:

LINK: QUICK & EASY : THE BEST MATERIALS FOR PLEIN AIR PAINTING

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New Ebook ! Perfect Color

Perfect Color

Color is amazing. As viewers it affects us in so many ways. When we are painting it can sometimes be a challenge to mix the color we want. It can even be difficult to name the color we are seeing.

I teach classes that help students develop their color sense and mixing skills. This ebook is a peek into the process that I teach. It is a first step for organizing and developing a method for mixing beautiful, pure, clean colors.

I hope it helps you in your painting journey!

Warmly,

Mary

FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME ~ NEW EBOOK ~ PERFECT COLOR

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Plein Air Painting ~ Wyeth, Cowgirls & Lobster Boys: A Podcast

The day I got caught in a Wyoming cattle drive, met Andrew Wyeth’s caretaker and had a naked man swim next to me in a river all have one thing in common: I was standing at my easel painting en Plein Air.

My vocation as a landscape painter is never boring. I always knew it would always be challenging painting out in the snow, ice, heat, bugs, and stormy weather but I never even thought about the chance of meeting any people in my travels. I never know who might walk up to me out there and it has certainly been memorable.

To hear about my painting adventures that I shared recently with Laura King of “Artists of New England”, CLICK HERE !

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New Live Online Painting Class ~June !

NEW ONLINE LANDSCAPE PAINTING CLASS STARTS JUNE 1OTH !

The May online painting class filled fast so I am posting the June painting class now so all of you who wish to join us can register and save your spot! I’d love to have you join us!

If you are concerned about missing a class, each week the class will be recorded and available for you to watch on your own schedule.

If you are ready to add some beauty, enrichment and reward to your life, you will want to join us! This live streaming, online class is the perfect cure for the “stuck at home stuff.” If you love painting landscapes and want to learn and utilize the best foundational elements of the masters in your landscapes, now is the time to pick up your brushes and jump in. This is the perfect time for you to practice everything you want to learn in the quiet of your studio before you venture outside.

This is the only class that I am offering that has openings for students. If you wish to join us ~ description & registration are here.

Warm weather is here ! I’ve been out painting as much as I can in-between the spring showers. I’m looking forward toward to seeing the apple trees in full bloom!

I hope you all are healthy and thriving.

Remember to be kind to yourself and others, think of your loved ones, make time for quiet moments, breathe the fresh air and spend some in nature.

Paint and create beauty as if it counts. Because it does. It’s important to have quality in our lives.

Thank you all for being here.

Warmly,

Mary

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Live Online Painting Class ~ !

A NEW ONLINE LANDSCAPE PAINTING CLASS STARTS NEXT WEEK ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 13TH!

If you are ready to add some beauty, enrichment and reward to your life, you will want to join us! This live streaming, online class is the perfect cure for the “stuck at home stuff.” If you love painting landscapes and want to learn and utilize the best foundational elements of the masters in your landscapes, now is the time to pick up your brushes and join us. This is the perfect time for you to practice everything you’ll learn in the quiet of your studio before you venture outside.

This is the only live streaming Landscape Class I am offering this spring. If you wish to join us ~ description & registration are here.

Warm weather is here ! I’ve been out painting as much as I can in-between the spring showers. I’m looking forward toward to seeing the apple trees in full bloom!

I hope you all are healthy and thriving.

Remember to be kind to yourself and others, think of your loved ones, make time for quiet moments, breathe the fresh air and spend some in nature.

Paint and create beauty as if it counts. Because it does. It’s important to have quality in our lives.

Thank you all for being here.

Warmly,

Mary

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New Live Stream Landscape Class ~ May 13th !

A NEW ONLINE LANDSCAPE CLASS STARTS ON WEDNESDAY MAY 13TH.

If you love painting landscapes and want to learn and utilize the best foundational elements of the masters in your landscapes, now is the time to pick up your brushes and join us. This is the time for you to practice everything you learn in the quiet of your studio before you venture outside.

Our favorite landscape painting season is here. I’ve been out painting as much as I can in-between the many April showers. This spring has been a little chilly, the blossoms are slowly coming out. I’m looking forward toward to seeing the apple trees in full bloom!

This will be the last online Landscape Class offered this spring. If you wish to join us ~ description & registration are here.

I hope you are all healthy and thriving.

Remember to be kind to yourself and others, think of your loved ones, make time for quiet moments, breathe the fresh air and spend some in nature.

Paint and create beauty as if it counts. Because it does. It’s important to have quality in our lives.

Thank you all for being here.

Warmly,

Mary

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New Live Stream COLOR Class Starts May 5th

A NEW ONLINE COLOR CLASS STARTS ON TUESDAY MAY 5TH.

If you want to warm up your brushes and get into a good color mood now is the time to do that. The best painting season is steadily approaching. Even though this spring has been a little chilly, the blossoms are coming out. Even in the rain today, I see bright yellow daffodils and drifts of tiny blue flowers covering the lawn.

This will be the last online Color Class offered this year. If you wish to join us ~ description & registration are here.

I hope you are all healthy and thriving.

Take time for your loved ones, quiet moments, fresh air and nature.

Paint and create beauty as if it counts. Because it does. Its important to have quality in our lives.

Thank you all for being here.

Warmly,

Mary

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Painting in the Dark

Spring Moon Oil, 6×8. Available.

It doesn’t get dark at 4:30 pm anymore. Now that it’s warmer it gets dark at 8 pm. I went out the other night and painted the full moon as it was rising over my neighborhood. I like painting in the dark in warmer weather, the paint behaves nicely. You should try it, you might just like it! It’s nice painting outdoors at night with the melodic chorus of distant peepers floating on the evening breeze. It feels like a very hopeful new beginning. It really is Spring!

Promise yourself that you’re going to get outdoors to sketch and paint. It will be a gift to yourself. It has been raining a lot lately (April showers!) so you can paint in your car or dash out to sketch in between showers.

I fit the sketching and painting into my day after all my class prep work is done. My online classes are such a welcome break to this current isolation. It is fun to see, talk and paint with everyone.

The days have been a nonstop blur for me since mid-March when we all had to stop meeting in public places. I hustled to get my 3 weekly classes transformed into online classes. For my first online class I had only one day’s notice that our classroom was closed. It was a scramble to set up and figure out how the platform worked. I did it, and now we are in full swing!

I know some of you are working full time, but some of you have time available that you’ve never had before. If you do have open time I hope you are taking full advantage of this rare opportunity to do things that you’ve been wanting to do .

If you live far away and have always wanted to study with me now is the time! One of these new online classes just might be a good fit for you!

Stay healthy and happy!

Warmly,

Mary

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One Hundred Years of Solitude in 10 Days

Summer Clouds oil 8×10″ Available.

April 2nd was only 10 days ago. That was the date of the “stay at home” order from the governor. Now it feels like an eternity. Then again not much has changed in my personal life of solitude except there is more environmental solitude than before. Now the streets have fewer cars and most businesses are closed.

Some of you are now working at home or are out of work. Some of my family, friends and students are working hard on the front lines as health care professionals. My thoughts are with them.

I am one of those people who is working more now than I was before this pandemic.

When the big pause first appeared on the horizon, I thought I would take the time to finish writing the 2 books I started last fall. Then, as my classroom buildings began to close due to the spread of the virus to our region, I realized I would need to bring the classes online in order to finish the classes that were in progress. So within a few days I transitioned all my classes into live online classes. What a jump! There were a few kinks here and there, but it was fairly smooth once I figured out what the platform could do.

The big advantage to all of this? All of you who wanted to take classes with me in the past, but lived too far away, can now join a class online! An extra plus is classes will be recorded for students who can’t meet at the exact time of the live class so they can watch it later that week. So if you are one of those who want to study with me this is your chance!

CLASS DETAILS, DESCRIPTIONS & REGISTRATION HERE !

Heading In, oil, 8×8″ Available.

A big shout out to all of you on the front lines of this virus. Thank you to everyone who is keeping all the essential things going!

Warmly,

Mary