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Day 15 ~ 31 Paintings in 31 Days

Day 15 ~ 1.15.2020, End of the Day, oil, 2×7,$95. January only. SOLD

Today was lovely. A quiet, warm, sunny day before another snow storm tonight. No wind. This view is of the neighborhood from the field behind my studio. It was a race to get the slice of light before it all moved on to the east and disappeared. Skies with clouds are one of my favorite subjects. Because a fast storm is moving in overnight I had all kinds of cloud shapes to work with. The big challenge was to grab them before they disappeared. I really like the mood of these evening paintings. There’s no hustle bustle. It’s all about lingering light and coming home at the end of the day.

Tomorrow we are promised a snow storm dropping an inch and hour in the morning. It will clear out by midday and then the sun will show up. And the temperatures will drop. So I will have fresh sunlit snow to paint tomorrow! We shall see how accurate they are with this prediction.

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This week: A Trip to a Historic Painting Spot

I hope you had a great week !

Last week was another gorgeous fall week. There were no hurricanes in sight and we had perfect, warm days with chilly nights. And still no frost in our neighborhood so the flowers are all in bloom!

This past week we were on a road trip for a few days of work and painting in western Massachusetts. I grew up in Northampton, a college town on the Connecticut River. This area is rich in history and a variety of subject matter, from early New England towns, farms, woodlands and river valleys to old mountain ranges. Many years ago a view of this valley was painted by the founder of the Hudson River Painters. Thomas Cole painted a famous painting of the Oxbow at Northampton.

I’ve always liked the expansive area of fields down by the Connecticut river so when Marcus’ concert was over, we drove down into the meadows along the Oxbow. It was peaceful and quiet with just the sounds of birds and the distant cars on the highway that winds its way south across the mountain range. It was the view of this pastoral farm land in Northampton from Mount Holyoke, that inspired Cole to paint his picture.

When we headed out into the network of dirt roads that traverse the meadows I was looking for a spot I had painted previously ten years ago. There aren’t many changes in the meadows but it was hard to find the same road I traveled before as they wind around and in and out of thickets and swamps. After looking a bit I decided to use the precious hours of sunlight wisely and choose a location where I could see most of the Mount Tom range as a backdrop to the open fields.

A single lane dirt road cut through the fields toward the mountains with a hedgerow full of birds on one side and open fields on the other. It was beautiful. I painted till sunset. It was so peaceful out there. Deer came out into the field at sunset to graze. The mountain range lit up with a golden reddish light as the sun went down. Geese heading south flew over head in a big V formation as I painted the last rays of light on the trees. It was a perfect evening.

I hope you get outside to paint this week so you too can spend some time surrounded by the beauty and peace of nature.

You are invited !

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

AUTUMN PLEIN AIR CLASS !
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~  Meets Tuesdays 2-5pm
Let me know if you’d like to join us !

NEW:
~ 6 WEEK STUDIO CLASS FOR OIL, ACRYLIC & GOUACHE
~ BEGINNERS TO INTERMEDIATE PAINTERS
~ STARTING OCTOBER 17TH IN YORK, MAINE  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are organizing for the pre-launch!

I am launching a new online landscape & plein air painting course.

Preview videos will be posted on Facebook & Instagram & Youtube pages.

COMING SOON
* Video: How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: How to make solid design decisions

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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What is the Color of Joy ?

I’ve been thinking about color and mood lately as I go out to paint at sunset and dusk. Colors have an effect on how we feel…

There is a certain mood that wraps around you when you go out late in the day. It’s very different from a morning feeling. There is a freshness to the day in the morning. Its like the early hours are picking up speed to get into the activity of the day. In the late afternoon and early evening it feels like things are slowing down. If there was a wind at midday it often begins to slow down a bit. The light lingers and glows in a way that feels like it is slowing down, especially here on the coast where the big wide open sky fills the landscape with a soft light in a way that doesn’t happen inland in the mountains and valleys. There is so much water here that reflects the sky. I don’t realize how much of a water world I live in until I travel inland.
This natural world is a joy to experience. There is always something of beauty to discover no matter what the weather or season. It has an effect on me and my paintings. I realized I paint hopeful, peaceful paintings because I am in these positive, peaceful places when I paint.
Painting is 90% mental and 10% physical.  I am so aware of this when I go out to paint. Everything works best when I am prepared and mentally clear and grounded when I set up. If I have enough time and some quiet to focus before I paint it makes a difference in the start of the painting. How you start a painting determines the outcome of the painting.
With a good start and mindful progress the whole thing is a complete joy. The painting feels like it just flows out of your hand. When I am painting a series of small 5-10 minute paintings back to back I don’t have time to think and ponder about what to do next. I just keep my colors and brushes clean and move as fast as I can. It becomes a dance. It becomes a very joyful experience. And this all happens in a very peaceful state. It’s called flow. The paintings painted in this flow state have a very special quality. They make the viewer feel great. Why ? Because the painter felt great making them. Everything in the mind of the painter is present on that canvas. If you are painting in a state of joy, that is what the viewer experiences, they feel good while looking at the painting. Its that simple.

We are making videos now! My camera man Marcus is the best. He was always good with a camera now its being put to good use!   We will be releasing some bonus pre-launch videos soon. I will let you know when they are up on YouTube and Vimeo where you can watch them.  If you subscribe to my YouTube page you will receive a notice when each one is published.  Here is the link to my page.

COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER & JANUARY … !

ECOURSE – Prelaunch Videos of my new ecourse.  Dates will be posted soon. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube page and be notified immediately when they are released.

OCTOBER 15TH
CAPE ANN QUICK DRAW
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Essex, MA
Wet Paint Sale 12-3 pm

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

LATE SUMMER & EARLY FALL PLEIN AIR CLASS !
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~  Meets Tuesdays 2-5pm
Let me know if you’d like to join us !

IN THE NEWS : PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE September 2017 with Mary Byrom Artist Profile article is now available at Barnes & Noble.
The Artist Profile article will be available online soon.

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are organizing for the pre-launch!

I am launching a new online landscape & plein air painting course.

Preview videos will be posted on Facebook & Instagram & Youtube pages.

COMING SOON
* Video: How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: How to make solid design decisions

PHOTO Credits:
Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
Shore Road Gallery / Beth Ellis Cove Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine
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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Painting Sunset and the Full Moon


I set up behind my car on the edge of the beach where open the view of the sky was the best.  I had to paint really fast as the setting sun and the low light lit the sides of the billowing clouds as they drifted out over the ocean. It was awesome!  The light was incredible, the colors were beautiful . Photo: Marcus Gale

PAINTING LATE LIGHT AND INTO THE DARK

I love painting around sunset and after sun set, during the hours of dusk and early darkness. It is my favorite time to paint. I often try to paint get out on location to paint on the evening of the full moon if I can schedule it. With the August full moon arriving on Thursday night I went down to the beach to wait for it.  I wasn’t alone. All kinds of people arrived to watch the full moon rise over the Atlantic. It was warm and calm, it looked like it was going to be a perfect evening to paint.  Then a huge, dark bank of clouds appeared in the west and started moving overhead. The weather report had threatened a slight chance of showers. I ignored it.  From past experience I’ve learned that when clouds hit the cool ocean air along the coastline they usually break up and disappear. I’ve often painted along the coast under clear blue skies while watching thunder storms dump rain onto the land and water to the north and south of me.

This didn’t happen that night. The clouds did break up and dissolve out over the water but not over my head. I rapidly painted the sun light on the tops of the clouds sailing out to sea. But the dark clouds over my head started dropping rain. Out came the umbrellas! I kept my paints and palette dry. The shower only lasted for five minutes. I waited it out and as soon as the rain moved on I was ready to get back to painting the moon rise that was scheduled to happen in a few minutes. Well, that wasn’t happening either. The big bunch of rain clouds did not break up out over the ocean but stayed a solid mass. What? As the big, pink moon rose over the water we caught a one minute glimpse of it  before it disappeared up into the blue gray mass of clouds. As it moved higher in  the sky you could see bits and pieces of it for a few seconds before it completely disappeared into the ceiling of clouds. Then it was gone. So much for a painting of the moon rising. This is totally the nature of plein air painting ! You can plan and only hope that the opportunity will appear. 
“Sunset Cloud,sketch” 8×14″, Oil. When the cloud shelf started to break up over the ocean I could see the towering tops of the clouds lit by the low sun. I had to paint really fast as this light would only last about 15 minutes. People would stop and try to talk to me but it was impossible for me to even glance in their direction!  Photo: Mary Byrom.

STARTING IN SEPTEMBER !  NEW SEACOAST PLEIN AIR CLASS SESSION STARTS SEPT 6TH !

NEW SEPTEMBER PLEIN AIR CLASS  ~ TUESDAY AFTERNOONS ON THE SEACOAST
This class starts Tuesday, September 6th, 2-5pm, and runs for 6 weeks.  If you want to attend this plein air class Please let me know ASAP to reserve your spot.   Space is limited. Advanced registration is suggested.  Six week session~ $220
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION –  Awesome locations in the Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.


“Moon Rise,” sketch. 12×14″ pastel. The clouds along the horizon completely blocked all the light from the rising moon. I packed up my paints and started heading home. As we drove north along the beach the clouds broke and the moon light came through. I stopped and pulled out my sketchbook and sketched away as the clouds drifted across the sky. The light was beautiful.  Photo: Mary Byrom

AUGUST EVENTS

BY THE SEA  BY THE SEA GARDEN TOUR
SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH
3:30-7:00 PM
MARGINAL WAY PRESERVATION FUND
OGUNQUIT, MAINE
An invitational event – Ogunquit Plein Air, hosted by the Marginal Way Preservation Fund. A small group of plein air artists will be painting in selected locations along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. A wet paint sale will be held on the lawn of the Beachmere Inn, Ogunquit, Maine from 3:30-7:00 pm. Tickets to the event may be purchased here.

OCTOBER PLEIN AIR CLASS IN NH LAKES REGION

A 6 week plein air class in the NH Lakes region (Laconia area) is beginning October 13th – Nov 17th. Registration is now open. If you are interested in participating in this class please contact me.
This class is a rare opportunity to study with me in the mountains. It is totally gorgeous in this area in the fall !