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!
Now is your chance to get outside and have a really great time sketching and painting! Here is what is coming up.
FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE STUDENT …
ART ADVENTURE – THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK SUMMER CLASS !
This traveling sketchbook class is for everyone. With just a pen, pencil and a sketchbook you can begin this creative adventure. We start this class with an introduction to different types of sketchbooks and paper, pencils, pens and paints and how you can use them for different effects in your sketchbook.
We will start with an introduction to sketching and look at the foundations of good sketches, various techniques and applications you can use in your sketchbook. Beginner to experienced artists will love this process. Sketching develops your observing and drawing skills, increases your visual vocabulary, expands your creativity and is very relaxing. Individual expression, growth and creativity is encouraged. Every week we will meet at a different location. This class is perfect for absolute beginners to skilled artists who would like to try a new experience with a minimum of expense for supplies. Beginners are very welcome. Bring all of your supplies to the first class. We will be sketching outdoors after an introduction to materials.
Sketching Supplies – Materials list : The Bare Minimum Sketchbook Kit: A sketchbook, pencil & ink pen. The Expanded Sketchbook Kit: Colored pencils, markers, ink pens, water color pencils, crayons, watercolors, gouache, paint brush, water brush, paper towels, sponge, water, bull dog clips.
Expanded Sketchbook Kit can be viewed on my website at http://marybyrom.blogspot.com/2010/05/gear-for-sketching-watercolors-on-run.html
It snowed off and on the whole time we painted. What a great afternoon! I was happy I had my umbrella in the car. As soon as it started snowing I put it up. I had a sneaky feeling that it was going to snow off and on all afternoon. And it did ! Every few minutes a new snow squall would blow through.
Here is a peek at how I start my painting of a sugar house on a snowy late winter day.
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I hope you are all well and thriving …and not getting too buried in the hustle bustle of the holiday season. It is good to pause and appreciate the quiet time of the year. We have truly entered into winter. Its a peaceful day today with snow falling gently making everything fresh and white. The muted blue and violet colors of this overcast winter day are beautiful.
It feels like it was just a few weeks ago when summer insisted on lingering until Thanksgiving. I’m not complaining I was happy with that extra long summer ! Its rare that we have empty beaches, parking lots and warm weather. I took advantage of it !
I was buried in work till the end of my season, delivering paintings to galleries and hanging a holiday show. The summer season which is my busiest time of year stretched with out a pause into December this year. So when all deliveries were made it was time to celebrate and shift gears. I took a week off, then eased back into work with a bit of attention to planning my schedule for 2018.
Christmas is rounding the corner and almost upon us with the New Year right behind it! Here are some highlights 2018 !
FRESH NEWS !
DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 7th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME
My holiday and winter show will be up until Jan 7th. Pieces from my haiku series, food series and harbor series are on display.
COMING UP IN 2018 … !
OILS, ACRYLIC & GOUACHE PAINTING
STUDIO CLASS ~ 5 WEEKS
STARTS ~ TUESDAY, JANUARY 2ND
5:30- 8:30 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine Register here!
ART ADVENTURE ~ THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~ 6 WEEKS
STARTS ~ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH
10:00AM- 1:00 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine
Registration coming soon!
JUNE – 5 DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~ PLEIN AIR PAINTING CLASS – TUESDAYS 3-6
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~ PLEIN AIR SKETCHBOOK CLASS – WEDNESDAYS 2-5
SEPTEMBER – 5 DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP
ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.
ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse. Subscribe to my YouTube page for immediate notification.
NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are readying the pre-launch!
I will be sending out special emails only to folks who sign up to the ECOURSE list for the new online landscape & plein air painting course. Sign up here for ECOURSE UPDATES!
* Video: 5 STEPS TO A PERFECT START ~ How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: 4 SOLID DECISIONS TO CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE PAINTING ~ How to create a solid design
PHOTOS: Cloud Haiku series, Night Time Haiku Series, Cloud Haiku Series
Photo Credits: Mary Byrom
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!
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.
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.
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.