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31 July 2014

Throwback Thursday - Prayer Flags (2008)


Prayer Flags, March 2008
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Peto Museum Trompe L'oeil Exhibition
Just a reminder that the Peto Museum is accepting artist submissions for their National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil. The last day to enter is August 8th, 2014. It's such a fabulous show, so I encourage you to apply here.

Throwback Thursday #TBT
This Prayer Flags painting is from my facebook photo album of some trompe l'oeil-inspired paintings I've done since 2007. Some are not purely trompe l'oeil, but I hope you enjoy seeing the variety of subjects!

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26 July 2014

Golden Pear with Leaves (framed)


Golden Pear with Leaves, 6"x5", oil on linen on panel, framed
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24 July 2014

Throwback Thursday - Noticing Things video (+ a favorite studio item from Italy)

One of my most favorite items in my studio is my medium cup from Zecchi's in Florence, Italy. Because my medium is a homemade mix of oil and turp, over time the lid to the medium cup starts to stick and build up dried oil on it. This continues until I can't get the lid on anymore.

Then, three times a year or so, I spend a solid hour (or so) using an x-acto knife to carefully clean the lid and medium cup inside and out.

(Perhaps because I am a virgo) as you can maybe see in the photo to the right, I find this an enjoyable, meditative practice.

Throwback Thursday #TBT
In March 2012, I was mixing some painting medium for myself and I noticed something really amazing happening with the stand oil, so I recorded a short 30 second video of it.

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23 July 2014

Two Tangerines (+ a glimpse of my studio safety gear)


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I teach about it in my workshops -- but I often get many email questions about this topic -- so I thought I'd post a few health precautions that I've adopted. (These are things I have researched myself and that work for me.)

Here I am (to the right) in my gear for varnishing my paintings. I use a spray varnish, so my safety protocol varnishing includes the following:
  1. Know the material (research the MSDS for the varnish)
  2. Only spray varnish outdoors (be careful about heat and humidity)
  3. Wear an appropriate P-series organic vapor cartridge respiratory mask
  4. Wear protective gear so the vapors do not absorb into skin, clothes, hair, etc. This includes goggles, gloves, suit, and mask. (My suit has a hood, which I normally do wear, just not in this photo.)
  5. Research and follow proper OSHA Handling, Storage, and Disposal
  6. Find a local Approved Chemical Waste Facility
I know I haven't gone into too much depth here, but I hope this is helpful!

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21 July 2014

Tree of Life, Patagonia, Arizona (+ mindfulness)


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I recently shared just a few photos of my time in Patagonia at the Tree of Life. In the last few snapshots, you can see me in action painting this landscape (yes, my shirt got ripped), as well as the painting finished on my easel. (My two other landscape paintings from the Tree of Life in Patagonia, Arizona are here.)

I am drawn to the Tree of Life because it is a breathtakingly beautiful and magical place full of positive energy and with a holistic focus on health, mindfulness, rejuvenation, wellness, daily practice, connection to nature, balance, and much more. I love painting there because it feels in alignment with the ways in which I try to approach my own mindful studio practice.

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20 July 2014

An Article to Share (Sotheby's and eBay)

I offered my very first "A Painting a Day" painting for sale on eBay on Sept. 23, 2007, and I've continued to do this for almost seven years.

This week's New York Times article reports that "Sotheby’s, the blue-chip auction house, and eBay, the Internet shopping giant, plan to announce that they have formed a partnership to stream Sotheby’s sales worldwide. Starting this fall, most of Sotheby’s New York auctions will be broadcast live on a new section of eBay’s website."

In the article, under a photo of a Sotheby's Andy Warhol auction, the caption reads: "By teaming up with eBay, it hopes to reach buyers who might never come to a sale room."

This has been my experience, too. I'm very grateful I've been able to share my work with art collectors on six continents, and I continue to be in awe of the ways in which the internet enables artists to thrive.

All my best,

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18 July 2014

Blueberries for Cait


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Happy Birthday to the best sister in the world! (She and I picked these blueberries together from the blueberry bushes in her back yard. And do you remember the Caldecott-winning Robert McCloskey picture book, Blueberries for Sal? When I was young, it was always one of my favorites.)

To the right is a snapshot of this painting #OnTheEasel. To view more paintings #OnTheEasel, click here.

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17 July 2014

Throwback Thursday - Morandi Postcard (+ Peto Museum Call For Entries)


Morandi Postcard (Watercolor Still Life, 1962), Oil on linen on panel, 5 x 6 inches, framed, 2013
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Throwback Thursday #TBT
In October 2013, I posted Morandi Postcard (Watercolor Still Life, 1962) along with a fabulous article about the Peto Museum in Art & Antiques Magazine. Last week, I started putting together a facebook photo album of a few of the trompe l'oeil-inspired paintings I've done since 2007. Some are not purely trompe l'oeil, but I hope you enjoy seeing the variety of subjects I've painted.

Peto Museum Trompe L'oeil Exhibition
The Peto Museum is accepting artist submissions for their National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil. The last day to enter is August 8th, 2014. It's a fantastic show, and the Peto Museum does a stellar job mounting it, so I encourage you to apply here.

Morandi Postcard (Watercolor Still Life, 1962) was on display in last year's exhibit. If you're interested in getting a glimpse of the Museum, take a look at my snapshots from last year's opening reception.

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16 July 2014

Summer Peach on a Wood Block (+ news about my knee)


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Sharing an inspiring Singer/Songwriter with you
Last weekend, I had the privilege of seeing Susan Werner perform live in concert. The Chicago Tribune named Susan “one of the most innovative songwriters working today” and I wholeheartedly agree. I have many favorite songs of hers, but my current favorite is this one: "May I Suggest" (click the link to see Susan perform it at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 2010). I'm also inspired by the fact that Susan is the Composer & Lyricist for the upcoming world premier of Bull Durham, The Musical at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. In this great video, Susan and the producers share funny anecdotes about the making of the musical. I'm looking forward to seeing it! (If you enjoy Susan's work, click to tweet it and let her know @swernermusic.)

Good News
shared last month about my knee injury, and I am happy to say that I don't need surgery! (just six weeks of physical therapy.) Thank you for all your kind and supportive emails & comments -- I am so grateful for you!

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Workshop Update (2 Spots Remaining)

I've had several inquiries this week about my last two 2014 workshops. Here's a quick update, if you're considering either one:


Here are two messages from fabulous painters who just took my Sedona workshop:





If you cannot travel or get away for a workshop, find out more about my online private painting instruction at my Private Painting Mentoring page.

If you're interested, I've also collected Testimonials from Private Painting Mentoring participants here, including images of their paintings.

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09 July 2014

New FREE POSTER is ready ("Magic is still possible.")

My sixth free poster (desktop wallpaper) is now available.
"Magic is still possible."
~Marco Leona, chief scientist at the Met
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This quote comes from a wonderful slideshow narrated by Marco Leona, scientist-in-charge in the Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I think I was drawn to this slideshow because earlier in my career, as a scientific illustrator, I collaborated with plant biologists in the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution on Stanford University's campus, and then I spent some time pursuing a master's degree in medical illustration at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Now, as a full-time painter, my unique background in the world of science influences my painting work, my artistic affinities, and my perspective on painting and studio practice.

The Alchemist by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
In this fabulous 4 minute slideshow, Marco Leona shares his unique perspective on the role of magic in the creation of art. 

You can watch it on The Met's site or click on the image to the left -- a sample slide picturing The Alchemist (after 1558) a first state engraving by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Netherlandish).

Bonus Link: Since it relates to one of my previous free posters, The Met's Blogs on Scientific Research include one on dyes used in tapestries (and my related poster here).

If you're new to my blog, my five previous free posters are here:

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04 July 2014

Still Life with Strawberry and Wedgewood Cup (Red, White, & Blue)

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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Happy Independence Day!

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My five previous free posters are here:
Hope you enjoy my free posters, and please feel free to share them with your friends.

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03 July 2014

Two Figs with Ubriacone al Prosecco Mitica on Marble (the light, the shade)


Two Figs with Ubriacone al Prosecco Mitica on Marble (the light, the shade), oil on linen on panel, 6"x7", Private Collection

the light, the shade
As I plan out my painting travels for 2015, I am hoping to include Italy in my travels. In honor, I was inspired to paint this still life on marble with a traditional Italian cheese in it.

This painting is part of my ongoing series "the light, the shade" that I began in December 2012. I wrote about Bob Lax and described my inspiration for this series here. Also, if you're interested, here's some information on Ubriaco al Prosecco Mitica (aka "drunken cheese") -- because of the process used to make it, the cheese's rind has remnants of grape leaves on it. I found it beautiful, and you can see it in the detail view below.

Since it relates to Italy and my travels and painting marble.... my #TBT (fan favorite paintings) is Clementine with Stem on Marble, which I completed while I was traveling in Perugia, Italy in 2009.

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02 July 2014

Sweet Peas (+ A Painting Challenge)


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The "background" in this Sweet Peas trompe l'oeil painting is primarily the burnt-sienna-toned linen surface of my panel. If you enjoy it, please share this painting using the links below or click to tweet it.

If you're interested, I encourage you to participate in this week's DPW Challenge. (Hint: it's gooey!)

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01 July 2014

Three Lady Apples (+ New Free Video: What's On My Palette)


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I get many inquiries about the colors on my palette. Before I painted today's painting, I filmed this short video of all the paint colors on my palette. The video shows you the paint brands for each color and where I place them, in order, on my palette. I hope it is helpful and that you enjoy it!

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30 June 2014

Silver Cup with Bartlett Pear


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I often post snapshots from my studio of the painting that I just finished while it is still on my easel. If you'd like to see those, just like my facebook page here. The archive of all my paintings #OnTheEasel is in the photo album "The Studio | World." Hope you enjoy the photos!

This is another demo painting from my recent Sedona Arts Center workshop. If you're interested, here's one last testimonial, from a two-time Sedona workshop participant:
"I knew it would be good to take Abbey's Sedona workshop again.

Since the workshop, I'm more relaxed and find I have more trust in the process as it unfolds. I'm always amazed by how what I used to consider mistakes turn into improvements in the painting. I'm also fascinated by how I can lose something and then get it back, and sometimes it's improved the painting. I gain a lot by watching Abbey paint and her dialogue is also helpful. I'm a visual person, so I think that method really helps me when I go to paint. I also enjoy seeing all of the different painting styles within the class.

I feel like everyone could benefit from Abbey's workshop -- especially people like me, who just jumped in not knowing what the heck they were doing.

I wish the workshop lasted another week!"  
~D. Cashman
There are only 2-3 spots remaining in each of my last two 2014 WorkshopsRegister today to reserve your spot.

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