Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Friendship Skiff

This small boat in the crowded harbor at Friendship looked like a good thing to anchor the view.  It was getting dark so I had to move fast.

Monday, November 29, 2010

WINTER HARMONY~ Opening Receptions DEC 2nd & DEC 10th

Dear Everyone,
You are all invited to the opening reception of “Winter Harmony” a collection of new plein air paintings by Mary Byrom of woods, water, marsh and sky from selected locations in Maine & New Hampshire.

The public is invited to meet the artist and view this intimate collection of new paintings depicting quiet, natural settings along the seacoast and in the White Mountains. 
One of the new paintings on display entitled “Heading Home” was a finalist in the November 2010 Southwest Art Emerging Artist competition. 

Opening Reception Thursday, December 2, 2010 
5pm ~8 pm
On December 10th,  5pm ~8 pm the gallery will host a special holiday reception. 
DATE: Opening Reception Thursday, December 2, 2010 
TIME: 5pm ~8 pm 
DATE: Holiday Reception Friday, December 10, 2010 
TIME: 5pm ~8 pm 
ADDRESS: 65 Water St. Exeter, NH 

I’d love to see you.
Best Wishes,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Loaded with Traps

The fishermen are hauling their traps out or putting them in according to season. Now as winter is heading our way I see more of this activity. This boat was ready to lay the traps out. 
Cape Porpoise 8x10 watercolor, Rives BFK 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Music, Summer & Cars

When I go out to paint I never know what I am going to run into.  The weather sometimes can be predictable but everything else is up to the universe...

As artist in residence at the Parsons Semminary Museum's "Par Sem Day" I had a perfect summer day, big crowds, and many cars to paint...

What a situation !  Had to make my way through hundreds of perfect models and just pick one to start with.  I went for the early 1900's class and settled in the deep shade with a blue grass band serenading me. Excellent spot! 

I usually paint standing up at my easel.  In this crowded throng I found it easier to be sitting.  I was lower than eye level.  Everyone got quiet as they got near me...    

...or didn't even notice me...which was totally fine with me, I could concentrate without interruptions. I was doing these fast.    

I only had a few hours. So I hustled and averaged 1- 1.5  hours per sketch. 

1922 Tan Ford, 6x12 watercolor on Rives BFK.

FRESH PAINT FRESH AIR ~ Postcards from Maine & New Hampshire  CLICK HERE

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Self Portrait on the Mac

While on the phone with the dark computer monitor in front of me I sketched what I could see of my reflection ...
I grabbed some colored pencils from a jar near the window. 
I'm always running from the studio to the house so I just leave my hat on when I come indoors.

5x7 ink & colored pencil, 60 lb paper

More painting in the great big outdoors.  LINK:  FRESH PAINT FRESH AIR

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

1962 Black Ford Galaxy Convertible

I was invited to be the artist in residence at Par Sem Day.  Parsonsfield Seminary is a museum in Parsonsfield, ME that hosts a huge annual antique car show every August.  When I first sat down to sketch a car it was an interesting experience. 
I thought of it as a still life en plein air and a sort of portrait in plein air... 

There were so any people around. I just sat down and started sketching. Before long they were stopping and looking at what I was doing. 

Seriously, I had 4 marks made and a crowd gathered!  
Someone told the owners of the car and they ran over.  Not much to look at with 4 marks!  

I did manage to finish it. 
1962 Black Ford Galaxy Ford  8x16 Pencil & Watercolor on Rives BFK