Posted on 2 Comments

Painting till Dark in Ogunquit

PAINTING 1Yesterday was gorgeous. I decided I was painting till dark in Ogunquit on the marsh. I went to the Footbridge Beach parking lot and set up as the sun was going down.

MARSH 1I wanted to paint  three small paintings of the marsh as it changed in the late light.

MARY PAINTING 6.1.14I painted marsh painting #1 in bright light. The sun was shinning fully in my face and across the grasses. It was golden and glorious.

MARSH SET UPMarsh painting #2 was painted after the sun was behind the trees so I was standing in their cast shadow.

MARSH PAINTING 2 editedAt this point I had a visitor,  a man who lives nearby and recognized me from last summer. People are really friendly and often say hello when they see me out painting.

MARSH 3 editedThe sun went down behind the horizon and my favorite time to paint began. I love the many stages of dusk until dark. The colors were amazing, subtle and steadily changing – I mixed them totally intuitively and it worked.

Posted on Leave a comment

Maine Paintings of Big Maine Weather

Storm ClearingThe weather in Maine can change in minutes. Things don’t linger here on the southern coast. Its one of the things I love about this region of Maine.  The coastline in my neighborhood is often hit hard by weather blowing in off the ocean. We don’t have islands off shore blocking the impact of the weather and protecting us from full impact.

I like weather. I like to experience stormy weather.  I like to paint the drama that unfolds before me. Some of my best paintings  happen when the wind and water are pounding. It isn’t easy to paint in these conditions.  If I have done my homework I can paint in almost any extreme conditions. Its that preparation that makes all the difference. Its all about being in a certain mental state and having all my tools and equipment close at hand.

“Storm Clearing”, 16×20. oil Available. $2500. Info Here.

 

Posted on Leave a comment

Big Sky Summer Paintings ~ Maine & New Hampshire

Summer Day

There is something dreamy about a summer sky. When I was little I used to lie down on open lawns and in country meadows to watch the sky. I was happy lying in the grass with the smell of wild flowers and songs of crickets all around me. The clouds would billow and break as they drifted above me. Summer was a long, lazy vacation of wandering and exploring nature. Do you see why I love painting skies?

I’m thinking these days about how I paint and what I paint.  I’m thinking about painting in a “flow state”. Its like diving into a river. More on this in my next post.

Summer Day”  14×18. oil. Available. $2,000. Information here

Posted on Leave a comment

Big Maine Paintings – Big Wind, Big Clouds

BIG CLOUD PAINTING

We are in the middle of classic spring weather here in Maine. Its cold, windy and it changes fast. Storms race through, drop rain and clear out fast. The cloud patterns are gorgeous ! The clouds blocking the sunlight create beautiful contrasting colors across the landscape. The wind can be wild on these days. Sometimes I have to take cover behind any structure I can find. Here is a start of one of my newest paintings. I set up my easel behind a barn on the edge of the marsh. At least in this location the easel didn’t fly into the air. It is so great to be out painting!

Posted on Leave a comment

Big Maine Paintings ~ The Dunes in Ogunquit

A large thunder storm was clearing out as I arrived at the parking lot at Footbridge Beach in Ogunquit. The sky was dramatic. The clouds were thick. The big masses of dark clouds broke up and shape shifted as they sailed across the sky.  The wind was steady and strong.  Gulls soared on the updrafts.  I painted fast with big brushes. Big sky, big dunes, a big painting. Deep summer in Maine, its a state of mind. It doesn’t get any better. I love this place.

Clouds Over the Dunes, 28×32, oilmarybyrom_DuneClouds_28x32_oilonpanel

Posted on Leave a comment

Cherry Cake Downtown

Cherry Cake

Most of you know that I spend a lot of time painting outdoors. This new food painting series has taken me indoors. It’s exciting and so much fun!

I’m accustomed to people stopping by to see what I’m doing at the easel outdoors. But sitting next to me having dinner while I paint?

Music is playing and the room hums with conversations.  I’m standing there in the midst of it all making a painting. Concentration. Focus. Mental acuity.  I start the painting, I build it, I finish it, I pack up and walk outside… then I exhale.

Posted on Leave a comment

Made in Maine ~ York River Dusk

River EveningYork River Dusk, 24×36, oil $8650. Available.

York Harbor is a quiet spot created where the York River meets the sea. The village is small and the walk along the rivers edge is a great place to visit. This is one of my favorite painting locations. In the warmer seasons the sun sets over the river as is flows from the west.


Posted on Leave a comment

Made in Maine ~ Windy Marsh

Windy Marsh DayWindy Marsh Clouds, 12×12 oil. $1,440.  Available

A fresh breeze was blowing from the west when I set up on the edge of the marsh to paint the trees and clouds. It was beautiful as the clouds raced overhead. I was sheltered from the wind in a perfect spot. The brilliant blue sky showed through holes in the clouds. Then the wind changed direction …I think it had to do with the high tide coming in.   A fabulous day!

Posted on Leave a comment

Made in Maine ~ Moody Marsh

Fog in the MarshFog in the Marsh, 8×16, oil. $1,280. Available.

In early summer there are foggy mornings along the coast . The chilly sea air mixes with the warm, land mass to create moody cool mornings.  On this morning I was out in the marshes early, as the cold sea air moved across the land. It was gorgeous and peaceful as the gulls winged over the marsh grass and the sun warmed up the air.


Posted on Leave a comment

Made in Maine ~ Ogunquit~ Clouds Over the Dune

Clouds over DuneClouds Over the Dune, 28×32, oil $8,960. Available.

I love this kind of weather!  It was a sunny day with big, puffy clouds sailing across the sky.  A storm earlier in the day had blown out to sea. I parked near the footbridge on the Ogunquit River.  The gulls were spiraling up into the air riding the thermal currents high over the dunes. Heavenly!