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Day 6 ~ 31 Paintings in 31 Days

Day 6 1.6.2020 Second Shift , oil 3×7, $100 Special price January only . Available.

No surprise that I was out painting after dark again! I love that it gets dark so early. Today was another day in the studio, this time testing paint. The day started sunny then changed to high clouds, then it started snowing!

I wanted to paint the sun glowing behind the thin clouds, but that disappeared fast and by the time I could take a pause to jump outside to paint, snow was softly falling. I decided to go back to work in the studio and finished everything at 5pm. It was the perfect time to see the lights all glowing in the falling snow. Yippee! I stepped out of my studio, set up my easel, looked across the street and painted a collection of light shapes and dark shapes. I didn’t even need my head lamp as the motion detector kept the floodlights in the driveway turned on.

I didn’t put on a jacket. I just put on my hat and stepped outside wearing my painting coat. Of course I got cold after I finished the painting, but I was fine the whole time I was painting. Talk about comfort ! The studio was toasty warm and a thermos of hot tea was waiting for me. Love the variety of subjects in this daily project. More tomorrow…

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Day #5 ~ 31 paintings in 31 days

Day # 5 1.5.2020 The Woolen Mill Bell Tower, oil, 5×7, $175. Special price January only. Available.

In the sun it was 33. In the shade with the wind blowing it was 18. My paints were very stiff and got stiffer as the sun set. I got out to paint later today but decided to paint the last light as the wind was picking up and I wasn’t wearing any extra layers or my Iditarod boots. It was another busy day catching up on work and squeezing in a painting at the end of the day. No time to experiment today as I had a meeting to get to after I finished painting.

This is a great project. The take away is I can fit it in and all my first 5 days have been full of work with not a speck of extra time. Again this was 20 -30 min long. A little longer with all the drawing and layout involved but I’m trying to paint loosely, with a light touch. This is David Curtis’ influence. Those Brits know a thing or two. OK see you again tomorrow. Same time same place? Will see.

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Day 4 ~ 31 Paintings 31 Days

Day 4 1.4.2020 Across the Field, oil, 6×6 $185 Special January only. Available.

Today was a big work in the studio day. Sometimes I have to days like this with deadlines. Its a good thing! It was raining or misting off and on all day. No problem!

I carved out 20 painting minutes in my studio schedule and painted the view looking out the back window of my studio. This painting was painted with heat, snacks, drinks and electric lights in a very short amount of time. And I still had a pile of fun! More coming tomorrow…

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Day 3 ~ 31 Paintings in 31 Days ~ The Nocturnes

1/3/2020 Day #3 Dusk , oil , 6×6, $185 Special January price. Available.

Day #3. Daily painting! I went out to paint at dusk after a busy day at work. I knew where I wanted to go. I wanted to paint the last Christmas lights. Who knows how many more days they will be up? I went by the elementary school to paint the lights on the Ryan house. While I was setting up I noticed the lingering light over the big pasture and woods behind the house . Its a real wild area back there with nature trails and wild animals. I painted the view of the corner of the field looking out at the snow covered roof of the elementary school’s outdoor classroom out in the meadow.

1/3/2020 Day #3 The Ryan House Christmas Lights, oil, $175. Special January price. Available.

When I turned to paint the house and its little glowing lights it was getting dark and perfect for painting. I worked on a panel that I will not use in the future. The surface was horrible, the paint just scudded around on the surface. It was extra work to get the brush marks to sit on that surface. Lesson learned: Dump these panels. I am purposely using different substrates in this project to see which ones are the best for alla prima painting.

January 3, 2020 Day #3 The Hurd Mansion Windows, oil, 4×6.5, $130. January Special. Available.

Next I headed down the block to the Hurd Mansion where I painted the windows and their tree lights. Discovery: I need to have more large panels in the car. Everything I had was too small . So I just grabbed a section of the building and an arrangement of lights and painted it on a small panel. It was very dark by this time. I had no idea of the color harmony I was using . If I could see better I would have neutralized the colors a bit more. Still the values are what make it work.

Lesson learned: I have to prep a lot more materials before I head out tomorrow! Today Marcus came with me and live streamed my painting process on Instagram & Facebook. He just happened to find some wifi out there. It definitely is fun have him along on the painting trip. Stay tuned for more adventures tomorrow !

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Day 2 ~ 31 Paintings in 31 Days

January 2, 2020 Snow after Sunset, oil, 2×5, $75. January special. Available.
January 2, 2020 Snow Glow, oil, 5×7, $175. January special. Available.

30 in 30 DAY # 2 was great!

Today was a lucky day. I was planning to go paint at the historical society where there are big open fields and hopefully no big snow piles to block the view. Before heading out to paint I needed to stop by the church to check out the room specs for my class there next week. When I walked back to my car after the meeting I noticed the light on then snow and the barn next door was gorgeous. I decided to stop right there and paint from the parking lot. As I was taking my easel out of the car I noticed the back lit pine tree on the edge of the driveway. With about 20 minutes left before the sun set behind the trees I painted the pine and snow shadows.

As I finished the first painting, the light was getting even better. It was after sunset, the sky was a bright golden color and the snow was lavender blue reflecting the sky above. I painted the elementary school with the lights on in some of the classrooms. It was a very fast painting. I didn’t put on my head lamp. I just guessed at the colors. I used a slick substrate and one soft dagger brush to paint it . I think I’m going to try some more paintings on slick surfaces with soft dagger brushes.

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Day 1 ~ 31 Paintings in 31 Days – Painting the New Year

January 1, 2020 #1 Snowy Farm, oil, 6×8, $250. Special January price . Available.
January 1, 2020 #2 Edge of the Pasture, oil, 6×8, $250. Special January price. Available.

I’m painting at least one painting every day this month.

DAY 1 I went out late this afternoon about one hour before sunset. I didn’t plan this one too well. We just got 12- 15 ” of snow over the past 2 days. I forgot that my usual nice locations might not be visible. Snow plow piles create walls in locations that were once nice spots to paint. I had to drive around looking for a spot without a 10 ft snow pile. I found a small spot at the elementary school, at the bottom of their drive way.

I set up and painted fast. My paint was stringy and acting like it was concrete. Very strange as it was only in the low 30’s. The sun was down behind the trees when I set up. I painted fast . As I was finishing up the second one the street light came on over my head. Maybe I’ll do nocturnes as this early sunset favors them!

Lesson learned : I wasn’t dressed warmly enough. My Iditarod boots were in the back of my car and I didn’t want to stop as I was seriously running out of light. Tomorrow I will start painting with my boots on. The take away? The air was fresh and clean and it was so gorgeous out there!

Special prices are valid for January only.

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Happy Holidays !

Boston Common at Twilight. 1885-1886 Childe Hassam

As 2019 comes to a close I want to thank all of of you for your friendship & support over the past year.

“May the road rise to meet you, and the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm on your face and the rains fall softly on your fields.”

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year !

Peace and Blessings,
Mary & Marcus

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New: Quick & Easy Color

This is the class you’ve requested …Now you can mix the colors you want !

Wouldn’t it be great to spend your time painting, not struggling to mix the right color?

This class explains the key concepts for mixing color, how to choose the best colors for color mixing, how to use a primary palette and standard palette as your working palette, how to mix vibrant and semi-neutral secondary colors and how to develop a personal expressive way to use them in your paintings.

This is your chance to stop all the guessing as you mix colors! Know what you are really using for pigments and the properties of your paints. Stop relying on luck with color mixing !

The class is taught in 4 week clusters, each focusing on specific topics and aspects of color, mixing and painting. Students may work in one or multiple mediums of their choice.

DATE: January  7th- 28th 2020
TIME: 10AM – 1PM
LOCATION: North Berwick, ME
MEDIUMS: Oil, Acrylic, Gouache, Watercolor
LEVEL: Beginner to Experienced
MONTHLY FEE: $167

Materials list and class location will be sent upon registration.

REGISTER HERE !

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New: Quick & Easy Color

This is the class you’ve requested …Now you can mix the colors you want !

Wouldn’t it be great to spend your time painting, not struggling to mix the right color?

This class explains the key concepts for mixing color, how to choose the best colors for color mixing, how to use a primary palette and standard palette as your working palette, how to mix vibrant and semi-neutral secondary colors and how to develop a personal expressive way to use them in your paintings.

This is your chance to stop all the guessing as you mix colors! Know what you are really using for pigments and the properties of your paints. Stop relying on luck with color mixing !

The class is taught in 4 week clusters, each focusing on specific topics and aspects of color, mixing and painting. Students may work in one or multiple mediums of their choice.

DATE: January  7th- 28th 2020TIME: 10AM Р1PM
LOCATION: North Berwick, ME
PAINT MEDIA: Oil, Acrylic, Gouache, Watercolor
LEVEL: Beginner to Experienced
MONTHLY FEE: $167

Materials list and class location will be sent upon registration.

REGISTER HERE !

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Painting With Winslow Homer

Sunset, Winslow Homer 1875

When I first started to paint outdoors in 2004 I only wanted to paint like the Russian luminists. I don’t know where this desire came from. I wanted late light, soft shadows and mystery with a glow of light coming from somewhere below the horizon. This desire lead me to search for places where I could actually see this. It confined me to a specific time of day when the sun was below the horizon. I only had the options of early morning before sunrise or evening after sunset to witness this type of light.

I learned a lot about sunrise, sunset and dusk and how the speed of the light increases or lingers. I watched sunrises come way too fast and how the light changed rapidly. It was not favorable for painting that in-between glowing light. Sunset was the opposite. The light lingered and changed steadily but it was slow enough to have the time to capture it on canvas.

One of the first places I went to paint late afternoon light was on Harris Island and along the York River in York Harbor, Maine. Unbeknown to me I was drawn to the same location that Winslow Homer choose in 1875 to paint his sunset picture. Little did I know this when I went there. I picked the spot because of how the light looked on the water late in the day and after sunset. This spot is beautiful and serene even now 144 years later. And this location still has this beautiful, amazing light at that special time of day.

Now it even has a new bridge along the Fisherman’s Walk near the spot where Homer painted. There is a nice wide walk way where I can set up and get even better views of the flowing, golden light as dusk reveals its glory.

There is one spot left in my January 2020 Class “Quick & Easy Color”. If you would like to join us: CLICK HERE.