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New Plein Air Painting Class ! Starts July 28th!

Fresh paint ! Rosemary Traveling Dagger brush & watercolor & gouache set …I combine them all the time!

Are you ready for some fun, enjoyable times ?

Are you ready for some fresh air & to come out and paint? It’s summer in Maine! Would you like to have fun, enjoy this beautiful summer weather and make some great paintings? You are welcome to join us in my new Maine Plein Air Class starting July 28th!

Summer is the best time to jump into Plein Air painting !

  • PLEIN AIR CLASSES ~ PERFECT FOR ALL AGES
  • TIME: Tuesdays 10am – 1 pm.
  • EXPERIENCE: Beginner to Intermediate levels welcome.
  • LOCATION: We paint at a new location every week.
  • INSTRUCTION: Classes are small. Each student receives individual attention, instruction and guidance.
  • NEXT CLASS BEGINS JULY 28TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE.

New plein air painting class starts soon ! July 28th, details & Info here!

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Painting in the Dark

Spring Moon Oil, 6×8. Available.

It doesn’t get dark at 4:30 pm anymore. Now that it’s warmer it gets dark at 8 pm. I went out the other night and painted the full moon as it was rising over my neighborhood. I like painting in the dark in warmer weather, the paint behaves nicely. You should try it, you might just like it! It’s nice painting outdoors at night with the melodic chorus of distant peepers floating on the evening breeze. It feels like a very hopeful new beginning. It really is Spring!

Promise yourself that you’re going to get outdoors to sketch and paint. It will be a gift to yourself. It has been raining a lot lately (April showers!) so you can paint in your car or dash out to sketch in between showers.

I fit the sketching and painting into my day after all my class prep work is done. My online classes are such a welcome break to this current isolation. It is fun to see, talk and paint with everyone.

The days have been a nonstop blur for me since mid-March when we all had to stop meeting in public places. I hustled to get my 3 weekly classes transformed into online classes. For my first online class I had only one day’s notice that our classroom was closed. It was a scramble to set up and figure out how the platform worked. I did it, and now we are in full swing!

I know some of you are working full time, but some of you have time available that you’ve never had before. If you do have open time I hope you are taking full advantage of this rare opportunity to do things that you’ve been wanting to do .

If you live far away and have always wanted to study with me now is the time! One of these new online classes just might be a good fit for you!

Stay healthy and happy!

Warmly,

Mary

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Warm Winter Day on the York River

Painting on the York River

This morning the temps were in the teens at 7:00 am and 35 by noon. A perfect late winter day. It was gorgeous! I headed over to the York River after our errands in York Village were finished. A friend came by to sketch with me . Good company and spring weather made it feel like a party.

The historic Hancock Wharf building on the York River.

It’s late February and I could have hung out in a lawn chair in the toasty sunshine. That is as long as I stayed out of the wind. The tide was going out the entire time we were there. We parked the car with the nose headed up stream and I stood behind it with my easel. It was perfectly wind free in the spot behind my car.

Crisp bright colors on the dock on the York River.

For me the big challenge was there was no snow along the river. They had a rain storm here last week while we had a snow & ice event at home. No luscious blue shadows anywhere. I had to hang for a bit and look around at the midday light on a brownish landscape. See how spoiled I am? With sharp blue water, dusty ocher marsh grass and inky green pines this scene would be drop dead gorgeous to anyone else wandering upon it. And I’m looking for patches of snow!

The view of the docks, boats and the York River.

Truth is there were a ton of things to choose to paint. Its just that I’m emerging from of a month of nocturne painting and my mind is still thinking about soft, dim landscapes. Maybe instead of going out so early in the day to paint I need to paint more of that nocturne series. We change the clocks in 15 more days. I might be the only person dreading that. These nice early sunsets help me keep my work day shorter.

The group of paintings I did standing in the same spot, by turning and looking in different directions.
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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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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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How to Feel Good Fast!

Feel good fast. What is the little thing that makes the biggest difference?

Nature is the best medicine for the soul.

Being outside everyday makes a difference in our mental and physical health. It makes you feel good. Be it sitting quietly listening to the birds or walking, hiking, golfing, sketching or painting it is a positive thing and a wonderful gift to ourselves. Every painting I make outdoors is a gift. I don’t forget how lucky I am to be in these beautiful places and I can look at these plein air paintings to remind me of that great day.

It’s really quite simple… go outside!

I always tell students to get outside.  I think that sketching and painting outdoors have more benefits for peace of mind and general happiness than many other things that we do to make ourselves feel good.

  • 1st –  You slow down and step out of the age of information overload.
  • 2nd  -You give your full attention to one thing – no multi-tasking.
  • 3rd – You immerse yourself in the environment – sniff the air, feel the temperature, really pay attention to what is going on.

  •  Clouds over the Lake – Belmont, New Hampshire.

  •  The Foaming Surf on Marginal Way, Ogunquit, ME.

  •  The Egrets in the Marsh, Rachel Carson in Wells, ME
  • ALL PAINTINGS ARE AVAILABLE AS PRINTS  ~ Click on the PICTURE or the LINK BELOW !

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What Captures Your Heart?

Sketch the scene that captures your heart!

I have been out sketching in some beautiful Maine locations this past winter and spring.
WATCH how I work with watercolor, gouache and pen to quickly capture the mood in my sketchbook.  Plus a few tips on dealing with fast changing light. The magic of the landscape makes it wonderful to sketch & paint outdoors in all seasons!
Get outside. Sketch. Paint. Enjoy!

Lets Get Started!

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Fabulous New Year !

Happy New Year Everyone!

As we bid farewell to the old year and arrive on the threshold of the New Year, I wish you and your loved ones a New Year of hope, happiness and good health !

And with a New Year there are some new exciting changes!

A special NEWSLETTER ~ I will be writing a brand-new newsletter & blog just for artists.  It will be called  ~ The Inspired Painter.

My regular newsletter will continue to be sent to all my collectors, fans and friends!

THE INSPIRED PAINTER ~ newsletter & blog will cover the nuts and bolts of the painting experience.  If you are a student/artist/painter and wish to receive all the tips, tricks and links I will be offering to help you in your creative process you will want to sign up here for the newsletter and the first free guide offered to The Inspired Painter newsletter readers!

NEW CLASS SCHEDULE ~ I will be teaching 2 classes each week this winter, spring & summer ~ painting and sketching!
The evening winter studio class and daytime spring class are listed below with links to the description and online registration.
They will continue in 5/6  week sessions until the end of the school semester in May.
I will announce the beginning of each 5/6 week session in the newsletter.

NEW STUDIO CLASS COMING UP THIS WEEK !

THERE ARE A FEW SPACES FOR STUDENTS IN MY NEW TUESDAY EVENING STUDIO CLASS -STARTING THIS TUESDAY JAN 2nd
You can register here!

JANUARY 2, 2018
PAINTING CLASS ~ Oils, Acrylics & Gouache
STUDIO CLASS  ~ 5 WEEKS
STARTS ~ TUESDAY, JANUARY 2ND
5:30- 8:30 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine
REGISTER HERE !

SPRING PLEIN AIR CLASS ~ MARCH  2018
ART ADVENTURE ~ THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~ 6 WEEKS
STARTS ~ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH
10:00AM- 1:00 PM
York Adult Ed, York, Maine
REGISTER HERE!

SUMMER  2018
JUNE – 5 DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~ PLEIN AIR PAINTING -Oil & Acrylic
TUESDAYS  2-5
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST ~ PLEIN AIR SKETCHBOOK CLASS – WEDNESDAYS 2-5
SEPTEMBER – 5 DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse. Please 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 now busy working in the geeky part of the pre-launch!
I will be sending out special emails about the eCourse to folks who sign up for The Inspired Painter Newsletter !

COMING SOON
* 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
* Cheat Sheet : How to Start a Successful Painting
* Cheat Sheet : How to Choose the subject for a Successful Painting

PHOTOS: Beach Haiku series, Night Time Haiku Series, Mountains Haiku Series
Photo Credits: Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
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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New! Winter Painting, Classes & New 2018 Workshops & Events! !

 

Winter Skies, Clouds, haiku series

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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

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  … !

JANUARY  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!

MARCH  2018
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!

SUMMER  2018
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

After Dark, Night time Haiku series

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!

COMING SOON
* 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

Clouds, haiku series

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
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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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.