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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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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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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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Is There a Best Time?

When is the best time to paint outside? Now.

 

SUMMER PLEIN AIR & THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK CLASSES are here!

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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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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Maple Moon Farm

One winter afternoon on a farm in southwestern Maine, after painting in snow showers all afternoon two plein air painters get a taste of fresh sugar on snow!

For the best shortcuts and tips to make beautiful paintings Click here!

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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 #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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