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The New & Best Things in Autumn !

Some people say autumn is their favorite season.

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!

NEW PAINTING CLASS!

Next Monday morning my fall Plein air painting class starts . For details and to join us click here!

NEW SKETCHBOOK CLASS!

Next Tuesday morning my Traveling Sketchbook Autumn class starts.
For details & to join us click here!

NEW COLOR CLASS!

If you would like to learn how to mix and handle color, next Wednesday evening my painting class begins. For details & to join us click here!

YOU ARE INVITED !

My Solo show opens at Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH on October 5th – reception 5-8 pm.

I’d love to see you!
Kennedy Gallery

Warmly,
Mary

 

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Are You Ready for Some Summer Fun?

Are you ready for some summer fun?

Painting & Sketching Classes are starting soon !

There’s nothing quite like getting outside, pulling up a chair, drinking in that salty sea air and having a wonderful time sketching & painting with a fun group of wonderful folks.

Sketching Class is for absolute beginners !

Plein Air Painting Class is for people who have a little bit of experience painting.

August Plein Air Painting Class & The Traveling Sketchbook Class starting soon!

 

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Haiku Series ~ The Sea #8

The Sea #8
The Sea #8

This is the last painting in my series ‘ The Sea”.  I noticed that when I paint a series I reach a point when the images start to move in another direction. Its an interesting process that is heavily influenced by my plein air painting. I paint my haiku paintings on location as well as in the studio. I have a tendency to paint in oil en plein air and in acrylic in the studio.  I like the fast drying time of acrylic in the studio and the slow drying time of oils on location.  My ocean paintings in 2018 will be going in a new direction. Stay posted!

The Sea #8   Acrylic  8.5×12″  Available.

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Haiku Series ~ The Sea #6

The Sea #6
The Sea #6

I often go out to paint in storms on the coast. I love painting during a Nor’easter. I’ve found a perfect location on the Nubble in York, Maine  where I can park my car to block the wind from hitting my easel. I have a wonderful easel called the Gloucester that is sturdy and strong. I use that easel in severe wind conditions. If the wind is so strong I have trouble opening my car door then I will paint from inside the car with the back hatch open.  When the wind is that extreme the crashing waves are huge.

The Sea #6  Acrylic 3.25×8.75  Available.

 

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Haiku Series ~ The Sea #5

The Sea #5
The Sea #5

I’ve had this connection to the sea since I was a small child. I also really like wild weather.  When a stormy wind blows in off the ocean you will find me walking along the edge. There is nothing like a crisp, clean wind to blow the cobwebs out of your brain.  I always return home refreshed and invigorated. There nothing quite like a big bowl of soup or a hot cup of tea after a walk along the ocean during a winter storm. Heavenly.

The Sea #5  Acrylic  4×9.75   Available.

 

 

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Haiku Series ~ The Sea #3

The Sea #3
The Sea #3

I’m watching big surf from another storm.  When there are lots of clouds over head it makes the water show its true color. Here in the northern Atlantic on the southern coast of Maine it turns many shades of green. There is no bright blue ocean on a cloudy day.

The Sea # 3,  Acrylic 2.5×8.25  Available.

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Haiku Series ~ The Sea #2

The Sea #2
The Sea #2

I’m watching a storm pulling out to sea. I watch many storms race out to sea. I’ve watched years of storms blow out to sea.  The weather often moves in from the west and travels out over the ocean.  This is one of my memories of a big storm.

The Sea #2   Acrylic  4×3″ Available.

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Haiku Series ~ The Sea

The Sea #1
The Sea #1

I live on the coast of Maine. I spend hours looking at the sea. After years of watching the sea these images appeared in my mind. So I decided to paint them.  I never know what I will paint. I don’t plan on painting them.  It usually happens on a day when I’m busy doing something else and I take a break just to relax and paint a few things that are on my mind.  The sea is on my mind. I love this vast huge place and the feeling it gives you when you are standing on the edge of it.

The Sea #1   Acrylic  2.75×7.25 ”   Available.

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Hurricane Along the Maine Coast

It’s hurricane season on the coast…

Last week I changed my work schedule twice to go set up my easel on the coast to paint the great surf  that hurricane Jose sent our way. We were lucky. No storm.  Only the big waves arrived here on the Maine coast. The surfers and plein air painters were very happy.
So were all the visitors here on vacation after the summertime crowds are gone. It was beautiful.  I met the nicest people while out painting this week. Some of these visitors had never been to Maine before. They were amazed at the variety of landscapes they were seeing. Maine has such a variety of landscapes with eastern and western water views.  People couldn’t believe they could watch sunrise and sunsets over the water. There’s nothing quite like this amazing amount of peninsulas and islands we have in our back yard.

They marveled that I actually lived here. I could go  anytime I liked and look at the amazing views.  I remember when I made the decision to move to the seacoast. It had to do with a memory. Of course it was from vacations when I was a child. My grandmother loved Maine. My mother loved Maine. My mother brought us to Maine on a summer vacation. Even though I had plenty of ocean time on Cape Cod when I was a small child, it was South Harpswell, Maine that made me feel like I had arrived home.
The big old house on the water with its little tiny sandy beach looking out to the little island in the bay stole my heart away. The fingers of land reaching out into the water with nooks and crannies, the big dark pines, the little harbors packed with fishing boats and docks and the clusters of little old houses scattered among the thick woods and across the the rocky fields made me want to stay there forever.  Whenever I go back to South Harpswell I get the same feeling that I did when I first went there. I feel like I am home.
I have favorite places to I paint whenever I go there. It’s closer to my house than Boston is. Sadly the sweet, classic, white farm house has been completely over hauled into a plastic summer vacation home. But the bones of the real house are still there and the tiny beach still looks out at the same island. Mackerel Cove still looks beautiful at any time of the day and in any season. And when I get to a nice open spot on Basin Road in West Harpswell and look west on a crisp fall day I can see Mount Washington in New Hampshire with a bright cap of snow on it.
It’s no accident I love painting landscapes.

Yes we are making many videos for my online landscape painting course!  As we set up the tech stuff you will be receiving an invite to view special content that we are preparing. Some of it is for learning and some of it is just for fun. And some is for both fun and learning!  The bonus pre-launch videos are being created daily.
I will let you know when they are up on YouTube and Vimeo where you can watch them.  If you subscribe to my YouTube page you will receive a notice when each one is published.  Here is the link to my page.

COMING UP IN OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER & JANUARY … !

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Dates will be posted soon. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

OCTOBER 15TH
CAPE ANN QUICK DRAW
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Essex, MA
Wet Paint Sale 12-3 pm

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

AUTUMN  PLEIN AIR CLASS !
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~  Meets Tuesdays 2-5pm
Let me know if you’d like to join us !

IN THE NEWS : PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE September 2017 with Mary Byrom Artist Profile article is now available at Barnes & Noble.
The Artist Profile article will be available online soon.

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are organizing for the pre-launch!

I am launching a new online landscape & plein air painting course.

Preview videos will be posted on Facebook & Instagram & Youtube pages.

COMING SOON
* Video: How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: How to make solid design decisions

PHOTO Credits:
Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
Shore Road Gallery / Beth Ellis Cove Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine
Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Mast Cove Galleries. Kennebunkport, Maine
Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way! You are welcome to visit and see them in the bistro. Available for purchase at the Inn.

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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What is the Color of Joy ?

I’ve been thinking about color and mood lately as I go out to paint at sunset and dusk. Colors have an effect on how we feel…

There is a certain mood that wraps around you when you go out late in the day. It’s very different from a morning feeling. There is a freshness to the day in the morning. Its like the early hours are picking up speed to get into the activity of the day. In the late afternoon and early evening it feels like things are slowing down. If there was a wind at midday it often begins to slow down a bit. The light lingers and glows in a way that feels like it is slowing down, especially here on the coast where the big wide open sky fills the landscape with a soft light in a way that doesn’t happen inland in the mountains and valleys. There is so much water here that reflects the sky. I don’t realize how much of a water world I live in until I travel inland.
This natural world is a joy to experience. There is always something of beauty to discover no matter what the weather or season. It has an effect on me and my paintings. I realized I paint hopeful, peaceful paintings because I am in these positive, peaceful places when I paint.
Painting is 90% mental and 10% physical.  I am so aware of this when I go out to paint. Everything works best when I am prepared and mentally clear and grounded when I set up. If I have enough time and some quiet to focus before I paint it makes a difference in the start of the painting. How you start a painting determines the outcome of the painting.
With a good start and mindful progress the whole thing is a complete joy. The painting feels like it just flows out of your hand. When I am painting a series of small 5-10 minute paintings back to back I don’t have time to think and ponder about what to do next. I just keep my colors and brushes clean and move as fast as I can. It becomes a dance. It becomes a very joyful experience. And this all happens in a very peaceful state. It’s called flow. The paintings painted in this flow state have a very special quality. They make the viewer feel great. Why ? Because the painter felt great making them. Everything in the mind of the painter is present on that canvas. If you are painting in a state of joy, that is what the viewer experiences, they feel good while looking at the painting. Its that simple.

We are making videos now! My camera man Marcus is the best. He was always good with a camera now its being put to good use!   We will be releasing some bonus pre-launch videos soon. I will let you know when they are up on YouTube and Vimeo where you can watch them.  If you subscribe to my YouTube page you will receive a notice when each one is published.  Here is the link to my page.

COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER & JANUARY … !

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Dates will be posted soon. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

OCTOBER 15TH
CAPE ANN QUICK DRAW
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Essex, MA
Wet Paint Sale 12-3 pm

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

LATE SUMMER & EARLY FALL PLEIN AIR CLASS !
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~  Meets Tuesdays 2-5pm
Let me know if you’d like to join us !

IN THE NEWS : PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE September 2017 with Mary Byrom Artist Profile article is now available at Barnes & Noble.
The Artist Profile article will be available online soon.

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are organizing for the pre-launch!

I am launching a new online landscape & plein air painting course.

Preview videos will be posted on Facebook & Instagram & Youtube pages.

COMING SOON
* Video: How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: How to make solid design decisions

PHOTO Credits:
Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
Shore Road Gallery / Beth Ellis Cove Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine
Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Mast Cove Galleries. Kennebunkport, Maine
Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way! You are welcome to visit and see them in the bistro. Available for purchase at the Inn.

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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