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Daily Painting #3 ~ Summer Days

Late Afternoon. oil. Available.

Perfect weather. I went to the back side of the dune at North Beach in Ogunquit. I looked across the river at the Footbridge parking lot and decided I needed to be there looking north up the river into the marshes. So I headed over there to set up.

Looking North, oil.

It was after 5pm when I set up my easel. The light was moving fast. Lots of choices. I just started to paint fast.

Just After Sunset.oil.

The colors changed by the minute. I’d be looking at my painting as I applied paint, then look back at the view and it was completely different.

Peach Dusk Reflections. oil.

Some colors lasted for only 3 to 5 minutes.

Sliver of a Moon. oil.

I was going to pack it up and stop for the day when I noticed the sliver of moon in the sky in the west. The houses on the edge of the marsh were all being lit so I put on my headlamp and started another painting.

Moody Beach Lights. oil.

Dusk was now long gone and the evening darkness was setting in. It was really getting dark when I started this painting. The tiny lights sparkled and glowed from the cottages across the river at Moody Beach. I could sort of see the values of my colors on the palette, but the temperature and hue were being altered by my headlamp so I just went for value and hoped for the best. Painting in the dark is amazing! It was a blast being out there!

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Daily Painting #2 – The Days of Summer

After Sunset.oil. Available.

This is a wonderful time to be painting. I was at North Beach in Ogunquit on the marsh. I painted the sun as it was setting. Then I painted the clouds as they fanned across the western sky. Finally I turned and painted the bit of the river and the warm sky after sunset. When I’m painting like this I’m just moving really fast. I might start with a sketch when I arrive on location. But once I get going I just keep painting the changing light and colors non stop. I finish panel after panel until I run out of mixing space on my palette. I never run out of brushes.

Sunset. oil. Available.

I stayed in one spot while painting all these pictures. I didn’t move my easel. I just turned and looked in a different direction for a different view.

Sunset Clouds. oil. Available.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these studies please email me for size and details.

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Daily Painting #1 ~ The Days of Summer

Snowy White Egrets. oil. Available.

Its mid August in Maine. The weather is perfect . The days are gorgeous. The Snowy White Egrets are gathering. A nice groups of 20 or slightly more were all feeding in the salt pans in the marsh at Wells Harbor the other day. I was more than happy to see them!

I’m painting every day now out doors. I will post and share what I saw and my impression of it. I’m focusing on fast studies that capture the essence of what I’m experiencing.

This may not be a 30 in 30 painting schedule. It may be shorter or longer. Or I might skip a day here and there. But most of the time I’ll be out there painting. And smiling the whole time!

Egrets in the Marsh. oil. Available.
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NEW Plein Air Class ~ Sept 8th

Are you ready for some fun, enjoyable times ?

Are you ready for some fresh air & to come out and paint? It’s late summer in Maine! Would you like to have fun, enjoy this beautiful late summer/ early fall weather and make some great paintings? You are welcome to join us in my new Maine Plein Air Class starting Sept 8th!

Late Summer is a perfect time to jump into Plein Air painting !

  • PLEIN AIR CLASSES ~ GREAT 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 SEPTEMBER 8TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE.

New plein air painting class starts soon ! September 8th, details & Info here!

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Plein Air Painting in Maine!

Plein air painting is the best !

The sun moves across the sky, the shadows change, the breeze has a scent of salt, and we are all in it together, breathing the fresh air and hearing the birds sing !

And it only gets better as we move toward fall.

Wish you were here !

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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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Save The Great Bay… Buy a Painting !

Quiet Cove. Oil. 28×38″. Available. Details here.

“Quiet Cove” is a painting that was born in early autumn on Durham Point, NH. It was one of those perfect autumn days with a bit of summer warmth and a mellow lazy feeling. I had noticed this view many times and always loved it. Instead of driving by once again, on this day I stopped, got out of my car and walked down to the small bridge looking out over the beautiful cove into Great Bay. It was so lovely that I wanted to capture that moment of peace and quiet for eternity.

I’m so glad that I followed my heart that day to sketch and paint the beauty that surrounded me as the sun set and the air cooled.

I never knew that I would appreciate that moment and this memory as much as I do now.

Quiet Cove is being offered for sale to support the CLF ~ The Conservation Law Foundation; a non profit organization that is working to save and preserve the Great Bay and its estuaries for all of us and for the generations to come.

This painting is available for purchase from Clf ~ The Great Bay Plein Air Art Auction.

If you wish to have this beauty, peace and quiet in your home please contact Clf asap. The Auction ends in 5 days.

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New Summer Painting Classes Start Soon!

Are you ready for some fun enjoyable times ?

Are you ready 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 June 30th!

Plein Air Classes

PLEIN AIR CLASSES~ 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. CLASS BEGINS JUNE 30TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE!

Do you live far away?

Do you live far away? Do you work 9-5? For all of you who live far away from Maine or can’t fit a Tuesday morning class into your schedule, I teach an online, live streaming class. This is an evening class that will not interrupt your work day !

Live Online classes for everyone!

LIVE STREAMING CLASSES ~ TIME : Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm EXPERIENCE: All levels welcome. LOCATION: Zoom Class Room. You must have internet access. INSTRUCTION: Each student receives individual attention, instruction and guidance. CLASS BEGINS JULY 8TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE!

New Summer classes start soon ! Dates, details & Info here!

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Plein Air Painting ~ Wyeth, Cowgirls & Lobster Boys: A Podcast

The day I got caught in a Wyoming cattle drive, met Andrew Wyeth’s caretaker and had a naked man swim next to me in a river all have one thing in common: I was standing at my easel painting en Plein Air.

My vocation as a landscape painter is never boring. I always knew it would always be challenging painting out in the snow, ice, heat, bugs, and stormy weather but I never even thought about the chance of meeting any people in my travels. I never know who might walk up to me out there and it has certainly been memorable.

To hear about my painting adventures that I shared recently with Laura King of “Artists of New England”, CLICK 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