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New Beginnings and a New Year !

Happy New Year Everyone!
Wishing you health, happiness & peace in the New Year.

A summer day in the lakes region of New Hampshire. Cloud patterns on the mountains! 

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.

Spring 2018 Sketchbook class on a bright sunny day. You all are the best! 

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 !

Warmly,
Mary

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I’m Thinking About Summer in Maine

February hit with a bang and delivered a real snowstorm. What a surprise!  Guess I can’t relax and think spring is coming next week. I was feeling that way and really thought I might have flowers blooming in the garden by March 1st ! If this keeps up I don’t think so. But it will be short lived. I notice the sunshine is very warm and toasty when I’m out painting. And the sap is running early this year.  Its tax time and I’m already in the thick of planning for summer.  I try to postpone it a bit so I can really enjoy the quiet time of winter. As soon as the summer season ends (in November now, it keeps getting later every year) and things get quiet, I usually try to catch up on what I let slide during the hubbub of summer.

I had a long narrow panel in my car that was perfect for a slice of rocks with surf hitting hard. The ledges in Cape Neddick are perfect for big surf. There is nothing like painting outdoors. Photo: Marcus Gale.

In the past I always scheduled certain annual events on my calendar but now I see changes in the wind. I used to travel and participate in a certain amount of regional  & national plein air events and festivals. I loved seeing fellow painters, meeting new collectors, visiting and painting in new locations and catching up on news in the art world.  A few years ago I started to get so busy here on the coast in the summer that I began trimming the number of events that I attended. Now it looks like I am trimming once again. I need to really be here in the middle of my high season, not traveling somewhere else. My husband was the first to mention that I really needed to stay home as there was an awful lot to attend to in my own back yard. I resisted for a bit until it was obvious that I should stay in Maine.

A new thing that I added to my calendar last year was plein air classes. I started teaching “en plein air” again last summer and realized there was a need for classes locally and regionally. I also happen to love teaching!  I started with a fluid approach to the class structure and watched to see the results.  In the fall I began teaching a studio class with a new method and structure I designed to help improve painting skills fast.  It worked. As a result of the new method I will be teaching it outdoors this summer in a  5 week block of classes. I see that it really helps beginners get a solid handle on plein air painting and it helps experienced painters improve dramatically. It’s a tried and true method that I used for myself and its great to see how fast it works for others.

Here is a small field sketch box of gouache colors that I just purchased to try out for plein air this summer. I want to see if this economical collection would work for my students. I’m teaching a series of plein air classes once a week, all summer long in Maine. Some students like to sit in a folding chair and sketch and paint in a sketchbook. Water colors and gouache are perfect for the weekend painter who wants to get out into nature, enjoy the fresh air and paint. Photo: Mary Byrom

I also teach in a variety of mediums, so I get to paint again in all these mediums that I love!  I focus mostly on oils but when I have time you will find me painting in acrylics, watercolors and gouache. I like that John Singer Sargent  and Andrew Wyeth painted in several mediums. I handle each one differently and I notice they influence how I paint.  I’m very loose with watercolors as they are so fluid. The way each medium behaves makes me handle it differently.

THE FIRST PLEIN AIR CLASS STARTS MAY 3RD.
SIGN UP HERE FOR 5 WEEK SESSION.
SIGN UP HERE FOR ONE SINGLE CLASS 
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.

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

If you’d like to improve your painting skills before the warm weather arrives  you can sign up now for the next session. Classes are small with lots of personal attention.
Be prepared for a lot of painting and a lot of fun!
The next session begins on Tuesday, March 1st (to April 5th)
If you would like to join this studio class please contact me.  If you work with oils, watercolors, gouache or acrylics and want to gain some solid skills, comfort in your chosen medium and rapid improvement this is the class for you.
ALL LEVELS WELCOME : Beginner to Experienced

Class is ongoing in 6 week sessions. 6 Week session is $220.
There is one make up class every session for (sick/ice/snow days) if needed.
Class size is limited.

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Do you want to be a great painter?

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For those of us who paint, who doesn’t want to be a great painter, painting something that makes us happy ?  Don’t despair, there are ways to get there. It just takes practice and persistence and one day you notice that something has changed. You are no longer struggling or feeling like you are paddling up stream, and you feel a little carefree. Sometimes its the location, the day, the weather or the mood that makes all the difference.  Sometimes it happens when you stop pushing to make it happen. Its called a breakthrough. And we all can use one…

Come paint in Maine this summer. Give yourself the opportunity for your own breakthrough in a beautiful place by the sea that you will never forget.

I am offering three Maine workshops this summer.

2015 SUMMER WORKSHOPS

2015 MAINE LATE SPRING WORKSHOP// JUNE :  “CAPTURING THE LIGHT ~ PLEIN AIR IN MAINE ”    DATES:  JUNE 8 -12   FOR: EXPERIENCED BEGINNER THRU INTERMEDIATE  $300  ~ Class meets from 9am-12pm each day. All levels welcomed- beginner to professional. Late Spring in Maine is beautiful with every thing in bloom and long days with lingering light. This workshop starts with a solid introduction to the fundamentals of good painting and strategies for painting outdoors in all kinds of conditions. The workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, personal one-on-one instruction and painting on location in beautiful classic Maine coastal settings including lighthouses, surf, rocky coast, beaches, marshes, harbors and picturesque villages.  I will demonstrate my painting technique and students get the opportunity to paint in a fun, high-energy, 5 day class. Students must provide all of their own art supplies, meals and transportation to and from painting sites. To register for these workshops and for an  accommodation list please Contact me.

REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP HERE.  JUNE 8-12  “CAPTURING THE LIGHT ~ PLEIN AIR IN MAINE ”

 

2015 MAINE SUMMER WORKSHOP// JULY : “CAPTURING THE LIGHT ~ PLEIN AIR IN MAINE ”  DATES: JULY  27- 31   FOR: EXPERIENCED BEGINNER THRU INTERMEDIATE  $300 ~  Class meets from 9am-12pm each day. All levels welcomed – beginner to professional. Mid Summer in Maine is glorious with warm days and cool nights. This workshop starts with a solid introduction to the fundamentals of good painting and strategies for painting outdoors in all kinds of conditions. The workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, personal one-on-one instruction and painting on location in beautiful classic Maine coastal settings including lighthouses, surf, rocky coast, beaches, marshes, harbors and picturesque villages.  I will demonstrate my painting technique and students get the opportunity to paint in a fun, high-energy, 5 day class. Students must provide all of their own art supplies, meals and transportation to and from painting sites. To register for these workshops and for an  accommodation list please contact me.

REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP HERE  JULY 27-31 “CAPTURING THE LIGHT ~ PLEIN AIR IN MAINE ”

2015 MAINE LATE SUMMER WORKSHOP// SEPTEMBER : “CAPTURING THE LIGHT ~ PLEIN AIR IN MAINE ”    DATES: SEPTEMBER 14 -18    FOR: EXPERIENCED BEGINNER THRU INTERMEDIATE  $300 ~ Class meets from 9am-12pm each day. All levels welcomed ~ beginner to professional. Late Summer in Maine is the best. The days are still warm, the leaves are beginning to turn and the beaches empty. This workshop starts with a solid introduction to the fundamentals of good painting and strategies for painting outdoors in all kinds of conditions. The workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, personal one-on-one instruction and painting on location in beautiful classic Maine coastal settings including lighthouses, surf, rocky coast, beaches, marshes, harbors and picturesque villages.  I will demonstrate my painting technique and students get the opportunity to paint in a fun, high-energy, 5 day class. Students must provide all of their own art supplies, meals and transportation to and from painting sites. To register for these workshops and for an  accommodation list please contact me.

REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP HERE SEPTEMBER 14-18 “CAPTURING THE LIGHT ~ PLEIN AIR IN MAINE 

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New Painting Class Starting January 19th.

26L WALK IN THE WOODSI’m offering a new painting class beginning on January 19th. This is a return to my roots after a few years of focusing solely on painting. The new year feels like a good time to start teaching again and sharing what I’ve learned and discovered.

I love both teaching and taking classes and workshops. I gain so much from exposure to another artist’s thoughts and from observing their painting process. It helps me gain a new perspective on my work and on my approach to painting. These experiences enable me to see my work with “fresh eyes” and to understand what I can do to improve my paintings.  I’m offering classes so others can benefit from my experience in the same way I have from my instructors.

The first 6 week session of the January class focuses on building your confidence with techniques and painting skills. Each participant will receive personal guidance in their development.  For a detailed description of the class go here.  If you have any questions please email me.

 

 

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Watercolor Workshop en plein air at Canterbury Shaker Village

I have a few workshops coming up in some gorgeous places….


The first one is The Sketchbook Journal – sketching and painting with watercolors in Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH. 
The workshop is May 22nd & 23rd.  


This workshop is great for all levels.   

You will get a chance to try a number of techniques. Materials list available.


  The setting is spectacular with great open meadows, interesting architecture, and big sky action. 


Of course these pictures were taken a few weeks ago, when we are up there painting all the leaves will be out, the flowers will blooming and sheep will be dotting the hillsides…



Come paint some juicy paintings !  



To see more samples of some of plein air watercolor sketches check out  Field Sketches
You can get all the details for the workshop at  Canterbury Shaker Village