The Kittery Art Association is hosting Mary Byrom doing a plein air demo at the Hosmer’s property at the end of Raynes’ Neck Road ,York Maine.
Everyone is welcome. If you’d like to paint on the property bring your gear and set up after the demo. Fee: KAA Members $10, non members $15. I will show how I choose a subject, start a painting and complete a block in. Q&A will follow.
Ocean Park is a nice seaside community that feels like a village lost in time.
It is made up of a patchwork of connected streets forming a small village that is cozy and friendly. Every summer it comes to life when the cottages and streets are filled with families that have been vacationing here for for generations. When winter rolls in, the quiet of marsh and the sea descends over empty cottages and streets.
But now it’s August, the last hurrah of summer, so the streets, the beaches and the ice cream parlor are full. And this is the time when “Art in the Park” artists visit Ocean Park to paint summer memories. One of the best things about Ocean Park is that it is a traditional place. It doesn’t have the big anonymous estates or sea side mansions you find in Kennebunkport or Cape Elizabeth. It’s mostly small cottages or houses that are remnants of the faith based community that first settled here in the 1800s. It was once all seasonal cottages that are now slowly being converted into year round homes.
I count myself lucky to to be painting in Ocean Park during the peak of the summer. Actually I would be happy painting here at any time of the year!
Yes, its still summer. But, I did get a phone call the other day from a student who was curious about when my fall painting classes were starting. My evening studio classes are starting September 18th. The studio classes are good for the nuts and bolts of painting. Its in the studio that you get to experiment and try out new things. This is the place where you can paint notans, try new color triads, check out new brushes, new pigments, the works. The studio is where I do my memory work. I design from my sketches and paint from my field studies. Its a time of exploration and experimentation. Like the time I decided I wanted to use cold wax. But it was in the middle of winter and no one told me that it stinks! I’d be better off using it out side where I can’t smell it !
My studio classes are very different from my plein air classes. We have watercolor, gouache, acrylic and oil painters in the mix. I teach the fundamentals like drawing, design and color. This is the real deal that enables students to solidly improve their skills and grow as painters. This is not a paint and sip class!
This year the studio classes are focused on painting stronger landscapes. We will be hitting the basics and moving into the advanced stuff. It is a lot of fun and so great to see these students understand the lessons and improve as painters. I’m watching the growth of some knockout painters.
It’s hot here in southern Maine, but nothing an ice tea and a swim won’t fix…or standing in the water while painting.
It’s August so that means it’s mid summer here at my house. This is the only time of the year I wish I’d kept that swimming pool in the back yard. For about 2 weeks I wish I had it. But, the rest of the year I could care less.
We are in the thick of summer vacation land. If you live here and are not on vacation you feel like you are the minute you get out of work as everyone else is ! Plus, its full tilt painting season and plein air season, so I am going out to paint as much as I can. and…even though we are in the midst of summer all you organized folks out there are asking about fall classes. Good idea ! I know that before we can blink an eye September will be upon us! Here’s the fall plein air class schedule.
SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR – 4 WEEKS – Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1.
How it all began….in 2004 a good friend suggested we go outdoors and paint the landscape. She had read a book a water colorist had published of plein air landscape paintings and it looked like fun. We were both experienced artists in a variety of mediums so it looked really interesting and easy. We researched materials and tools, (there were not many to choose from) picked what looked good and set out. This was the beginning of a wild, fun, amazing journey that is still continuing.
First of all it really helped that we didn’t know anything about plein air painting. We couldn’t find anyone we knew who did and could give us advice… that was 2004.
Now its the summer of 2019 and my students have asked me to write down everything I’ve learned along the way. I’m starting with the tools and materials . The funny thing is I know I’ve painted and sketched a lot but I don’t really have any markers along the trail that show me how far I’ve come or what I’ve learned until I show it to someone else. Then I see where I’ve traveled and what I’ve learned.
Last week one of my students said, “What you just said sounded to me like a different language, I don’t even know the meaning of what you said”. Another one said “Can you write this down?” You say so much that is important and I can’t remember all of it.”
So I’m doing just that. I’m writing it all down. Its more than I thought, so it may take a little bit of time to get it organized and into a simple, legible format. I’m starting the organization of the information this week and when it’s all done I’ll put it into a nice package so you all can read it.
Happy Spring! Beauty makes us feel better. The last skies of winter and the first skies of spring have been putting on a spectacular show! Now the snow is gone here in southern Maine, I hope you are enjoying the first blush of spring with all its blossoms and bird song.
NEW PAINTINGS !
Collector alert ! A new Haiku collection. If you are looking for a special gift …give me a shout! The new Night, Wave, Marsh and Cloud collections will be available in my studio only until May 24th. Night: Moonlight on the Water Available. Unframed
PLEIN AIR CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
NEW! PLEIN AIR CLASSES
NEW! PLEIN AIR CLASSES Plein Air Classes start next week ! MAY 7th. Tuesdays 10am – 1pm. Pack up your gear and come out with us. Beginner to advanced students welcome.
NEW! PLEIN AIR WORKSHOPS
JUNE 29th, JULY 27th, AUGUST 17th Saturdays 10am – 5pm. Pack up your gear and come out with us. These special one day intensives are offered for experienced beginner to advanced students.
THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK
Sketching is totally fun. Every Monday in June, July & August meet me in a new beautiful location to try out your skills drawing & painting the world around us. Registration & details.
COME TO A DEMO !
Friends, fans, collectors, painters & sketchers – would you like to watch a painting appear in front of your eyes? You are invited to join me on June 20th 4-7 pm at a private seaside location in Kittery, ME to watch the birth of a plein air landscape! Hosted by the Kittery Art Association. Detailed invite coming soon!
Happy New Year Everyone! Wishing you health, happiness & peace in the New Year.
I don’t know if your past year has been like this but it feels like time is racing by and I’ve been playing catch up for the last 3 months ! I am finally almost up to date with all the important things on my calendar. It’s been a whirlwind year with little time off. Whenever I did have a few open days it was to regroup or catch up or prepare for the next event on my schedule. The good news? Its been fun, rewarding and so enriching. And I’m being recruited to teach painting in lovely places like Italy. Would you like to come with me to Italy to paint near the birth place of Raphael? Or maybe take a mini vacation to sketch and paint for a long weekend in Quebec City? These are a few possibilities of sketching & painting adventures for 2020.
Plus, due to popular demand, I will be releasing one of my first online classes, “Color” in 2019. The filming and production of this is one of the extra things I’ve been trying to fit into my already active schedule. Also, I will be publishing my first book & color mixing guide in 2019 ! I promise , I will try to post more regularly to my blog to keep you updated on everything. My blog might show up from time to time as a vlog as I am able to post my painting & plein air videos quickly and easily. It’s been harder to find the time to sit down and write. I hope all of you are catching your breath after your adventures of 2018 and looking forward to a enriching new year. I want to thank all of you for your friendship, support and positive messages in 2018. I’m wishing you all the best for 2019 !
Why? Because now that all the summer people have departed we can wander around freely and enjoy this beautiful weather.
I’ve often felt that the best time on the Maine coast is September and October.
The soft light, the warm days, the cool nights, the colors changing and the slower time at the beach makes this a favorite time of year. Everything is more relaxed.
The recent mornings with their crisp, cool air and the early sunsets remind us winter is heading our way. But now is the time to relax, catch our breath after a busy summer and just sniff the air. It’s just heavenly!
Who wouldn’t want to feel like they have a handle on their life?
There are ways to cultivate peace of mind.
ACTION #1 ~ SLOW DOWN
Drive the speed limit.
It’s not about getting there fast.
Its about being where ever you are.
Try drawing & painting, its much slower than taking a photo with your phone! It’s certainly a lot more fun!
Peace of mind is a way of life. Here are a few things that make a big difference.