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