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Still Life with Glass Bottle and Moptop's Eggs (+ free digital posters/wallpaper)


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These eggs were a beautiful gift from our awesome neighbors (from their chicken named Moptop) who also gave me the honeycomb in my Apple with Honeycomb on Silver Plate and the eggs in my Still Life with Copper Bowl and Three Eggs (Homage to Chardin, 1732). #gifts #grateful. Follow this link to see more of my still life paintings that were inspired by the generosity of others.

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  1. Earth Without Art is Just EH
  2. Art Enables Us To Find Ourselves, and Lose Ourselves at the Same Time
  3. Relax, Slow Down, Simplify
  4. One Goes As One Goes, Then One Shall See
  5. All Shall Be Well
  6. Magic Is Still Possible
  7. Art Washes Away from The Soul....
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If you enjoy today's painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Copper Bowl and Three Eggs (Homage to Chardin, 1732), Cracked Egg, Robin's Egg with Handmade Temmoku Bottle, Still Life of Handmade Bottle with Eggshell, or a bunch of my paintings of eggs or glass bottles.

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P.S. Where ever you are right now, I wish you and your loved ones good health and peace of mind. There are many people in need and so many helpers right now -- I want to say thank you to all public health workers and medical professionals. So grateful for your sacrifices and commitment.

Red Onion (+ update on live demo at Arcadia)



Where ever you are right now, I wish you and your loved ones good health and peace of mind. There are many people in need and so many helpers right now -- but at the moment I want to say thank you to all public health workers and medical professionals. So grateful for your sacrifices and commitment.

P.S.
My annual April 3 live demo at Arcadia University was cancelled, but I am thinking about doing the live demo from my studio and streaming it online. I'll keep you posted.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see my paintings of red onions (which I've only painted 3 times over the years).

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Three Asian Pears with Handmade Cup


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If you're interested, this month's NYTimes article, "'The Scream' Is Fading. New Research Reveals Why." is an interesting read. Here is an excerpt:

"The Scream is fading. And tiny samples of paint from the 1910 version of Edvard Munch’s famous image of angst have been under the X-ray, the laser beam and even a high-powered electron microscope, as scientists have used cutting-edge technology to try to figure out why portions of the canvas that were a brilliant orangeish-yellow are now an ivory white." [Read more.]

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of asian pears.

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Mandarin Orange with Leaf



Robert Lax's The Peacemaker's Handbook was first published by Pendo Verlag, Zurich, Switzerland in 2001. If you're interested, the text reproduced at this site is a digital copy of the original typescript/printout submitted for that publication. It differs from the published version in regards to the arrangement of some portions of the text, but you get a sense of what Lax's poetry looks like on a page.

Here is an excerpt from part III: Contemplation:

con
tem
pla
tion

is

watch
ing

---

what

hap
pens

if

you

watch

?

you

be
gin

to

see


---
(Incidentally, this excerpt was also quoted by Beth Cioffoletti almost exactly 9 years ago on her blog.)

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of citrus or my other posts about peace.

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2 spots left in Coppini Academy (San Antonio) workshop - March 7-8

In case you missed it, there are a couple spots left in my upcoming painting seminar. I'm honored to have been invited to teach a 2-day March 7-8 painting seminar at the Coppini Academy in San Antonio. I titled the workshop "The Poetics of Painting" because we will explore the poetics and magic of painting and how spending time pushing paint around is a lifelong journey. We will talk through questions like, "how can a painting be simultaneously meditative and thrilling (or challenging!)?" The hope is that finding your place in this inquiry can motivate you to paint often and deepen your purpose on your artistic path. Join today to reserve your spot.

The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, San Antonio, Texas, is a renowned art school that works to further classical, representational fine art by providing opportunities to view art exhibitions, participate in art instruction, and interact with artists from around the world.  Read more here.

If you're interested, here are some reviews of my past seminars, these photos give a glimpse into them, and this short film is about my approach to teaching.

Here are two reviews from painters who attended my seminar/workshops last year:

"Best class I have ever taken. Abbey is very generous in sharing her ideas, knowledge and experience. I haven’t painted a complete painting for a number of years…was feeling rusty. I knew there would be a lot of more experienced painters. I never really used oil paints and was unsure of the media. I especially like the demonstration in the morning and painting in the afternoon. I learned a lot from listening and watching Abbey. Overall, don’t hesitate [to study with Abbey], you won’t will feel intimidated, or inadequate….she is very welcoming, and supportive of all levels." ~MAS

"This was the most fun I've had in a long time! Abbey was so kind and thoughtful in her one-on-one comments. As a beginner, I was charmed and surprised by it all. After seeing how Abbey works, I have more confidence that I can do something good, too. I had only worked with acrylics before, and working with oils for the first time was rewarding. I saw that it's good to take time and work slowly, thoughtfully -- think about what you are doing before rushing in. I discovered the benefits of mixing colors carefully and working in layers, starting with the darkest values first. It was a revelation that you could do so many strokes with just one brush. And the smallest touch of paint can make all the difference in the world." ~BK

And this is just an excerpt of another review from a painter:

"Going into this workshop a bit anxious and reserved, I appreciated the calm, meditative, and supportive atmosphere Abbey created in the studio.

I appreciated the thoughtful and specific feedback I received from Abbey. I noticed that as peers asked her questions either about her own work or theirs, she was often quiet for an extended period of time as she carefully thought through her explanation before answering. I remember thinking how Abbey's silence was just another extension of her approach to painting; her answers were always mindful and clear.

I loved being able to watch Abbey work from start to finish on a still life painting. I gained so much knowledge from simply observing her, and found myself making connections about her process and technique from one day/painting to the next.

I learned so much in three short days! I could go on and on about working with oils, the medium, the brushes, the technique, but that wasn't the most impactful part for me. I entered the workshop on day one nervous and full of anxiety. I left on day three confident in my skills and ability, much more relaxed, and inspired to paint more. The positive feedback I received from Abbey (specifically in regards to my color mixing and drawing skills) was the affirmation I needed to push some of my own doubts away." ~EC

Join today to reserve your spot to paint with me in San Antonio. Or if you're not sure, read more reviews of my past seminars, check out photos of my workshops, and watch this short film about my approach to teaching. If you still have questions, feel free to email me.

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P.S. If Texas is not close to you, I will also be teaching in Philadelphia in June 2020 and New Jersey in October 2020. Info here.

Still Life of Three Mandarin Oranges with Leaves (larger painting)


Still Life of Three Mandarin Oranges with Leaves
oil on linen on panel, 2020, 8"x10", $3100
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"In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.”
—Thomas Merton

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If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of citrus.

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Still Life with Berries and Cheese


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If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of cheese.

Email Hygiene
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Golden Apples (Together Forever)


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The auction for Red Pear, First of 2020 ends soon at 8PM ET. Click to view that auction.

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Red Pear, First of 2020


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If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of pears and red pears.

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PRINT SALE:
Three new prints are now available, hand signed and titled (with a white border where the signature will be), available only at my blog.

PURCHASE HERE

Exhibition at Mason Fine Art (Atlanta)

My new larger paintings are currently on view through early January at Mason Fine Art, the largest fine art gallery in Atlanta. Scroll down to see all 6 below. Mason Fine Art is an award-winning space that represents the contemporary works of regional, national and international artists.

Several of these new paintings will be featured in American Art Collector magazine's January 2020 "Still Life" issue, which will be available at the end of this month.


Still life with Apricots and Glass Vase
oil on linen on panel, 2019, 9 x 12 inches, framed
AVAILABLE - Contact Mason Fine Art for purchase information


Still Life with Italian Plums on Delft Plate
oil on linen on panel, 2019, 9 x 12 inches, framed
AVAILABLE - Contact Mason Fine Art for purchase information


Still Life with PB & J Halves
oil on linen on panel, 2019, 8 x 10 inches, framed
AVAILABLE - Contact Mason Fine Art for purchase information


Silver Platter of Peaches with Acorns, Knife, & Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Ginger Jar (Homage to Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin)
oil on wood panel, 2019, 12 x 16 inches, framed
AVAILABLE - Contact Mason Fine Art for purchase information


Still Life with Stacked PB & J
oil on wood panel, 2019, 18 x 14 inches, framed
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Two Bosc Pears with Bird’s Egg (Yin & Yang)
oil on linen on panel, 2019, 7 x 6 inches, framed
AVAILABLE - Contact Mason Fine Art for purchase information


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PRINT SALE

New prints are now available, hand signed and titled (with a white border where the signature will be), available only at my blog.

If you'd like to purchase multiple prints—add one to your cart, then click Continue shopping (top right of the cart), and you will be brought back to this page to add more.

SHIPPING

US Shipping: $9 (can combine multiple prints)
International Shipping: $24 (can combine multiple prints)

AVAILABLE PRINTS


Still Life with Cherries, Silver Bowl, and Dutch Cheese (present moment)
11"x14", signed/dated high quality archival print, $60


SIGNED PRINT:






Still Life with Copper Pot and Pears (the light, the shade)
8"x10", signed/dated high quality archival print, $45


SIGNED PRINT:






Greek Bottle, Hand-picked Grapes and Grape Leaf (the light / the shade), Patmos, Greece
8"x10", signed/dated high quality archival print, $45


SIGNED PRINT:





SIGNED LIMITED EDITION PRINT of
Still Life of Leaves with Three Apples, 8x10”
Edition limited to eight (8) prints only. (2 prints left)
$100 plus S&H to your location.











*REFUND POLICY: As these prints will be printed by me; sorry no refunds.

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Print Sale - Details for Dec. 8th

This Sunday is my December 8th Print Sale. Subscribe to my email list to be notified the day before and the day of by entering your email above.

Three new prints will be available, hand signed and titled (with a white border where the signature will be). They will be on sale only at my blog beginning at 12noon ET on December 8th.

Here are the individual prints with prices and sizes:


Still Life with Cherries, Silver Bowl, and Dutch Cheese (present moment)
11"x14", signed/dated high quality archival print, $60


SIGNED PRINT:






Still Life with Copper Pot and Pears (the light, the shade)
8"x10", signed/dated high quality archival print, $45


SIGNED PRINT:






Greek Bottle, Hand-picked Grapes and Grape Leaf (the light / the shade), Patmos, Greece
8"x10", signed/dated high quality archival print, $45


SIGNED PRINT:





SIGNED LIMITED EDITION PRINT of
Still Life of Leaves with Three Apples, 8x10”
Edition limited to eight (8) prints only. (2 prints left)
$100 plus S&H to your location.











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Woodmere Art Museum workshop - June 13-14, 2020



2-day Still Life Workshop

The Poetics of Painting
Woodmere Art Museum

June 13-14, 2020 (Sat & Sun)
9AM - 4PM with 1 hour lunch break
Members $285 / Non-members $315
FOR ALL LEVELS

Register today - space is limited.

Woodmere Art Museum is located in historic Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia:
9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

The workshop is held in the George D. Widener Studio, formerly the carriage house for the Woodmere Estate -- transformed into a studio with north light, easy access, and free parking.

Workshop Description:
Explore the poetics and magic of painting. Drawing on her acclaimed career as a painter and teacher, Abbey will begin the workshop by discussing how to select painting subjects, concepts and content in still life painting, poetic realism, and strategies to begin and finish a painting in one sitting. Demonstrations and one-on-one instruction will reveal a variety of techniques and methods that address subtleties of color mixing, lighting, and materials. Gain mentoring and valuable insight with specific, actionable and inspiring tips tailored to help each student move forward on their painting journey. In addition, students will gain ideas around blogging, galleries, social media, marketing.

Space is limited and registration is first-come, first-served.

Register now.

Questions about the workshop or local lodging?
Contact Amanda at amonroe@woodmereartmuseum.org or 267-691-0725.

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Print Sale - Dec. 8th



Today is the 2 week countdown for my December 8th Print Release. Please subscribe to my email list to be notified the day before and the day of by entering your email above.

Three new prints will be available, hand signed and titled (with a white border where the signature will be). They will be on sale only at my blog beginning at 12noon ET on December 8th.

I will email my mailing list on December 5th with images, prices, and sizes:
  • Still Life with Cherries, Silver Bowl, and Dutch Cheese (present moment)
  • Still Life with Copper Pot and Pears (the light, the shade)
  • Greek Bottle, Hand-picked Grapes and Grape Leaf (the light / the shade), Patmos, Greece

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Still Life with Japanese Cup and Italian Plums (+ exhibitions)


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My larger paintings are currently on view in four venues (photos on instagram):

  • Galleria Mentana, Florence, Italy
  • Salmagundi Club, NYC
  • Mason Fine Art, Atlanta
  • Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Today's auction painting continues my "Paintings of Handmade Pottery" project that I've been working on since January 2008.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Self-portrait in a Blue Vase with Italian Plums, Peach, and Eucalyptus, 12x24"Still Life with Italian Plum and Silver Creamer (A Meditation on 10 Years), or a bunch of my paintings of plums.

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Three Hand-Picked Apples with Leaves (+ exhibition and European travels)


Three Hand-Picked Apples with Leaves
oil on linen on panel, 2019, 8"x10", framed or unframed
AVAILABLE - Contact me at abbeyryan@gmail.com for purchase information

I've been busy in the studio working on my show that opens this month at Mason Fine Art (an absolutely gorgeous gallery in Atlanta). If you're interested, I painted a group of new larger paintings for the show. Stay tuned to see those new works -- I'll be posting them starting this week.

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P.S. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram -- you'll know that last month I traveled to Europe for painting research in Brussels and Leuven (Belgium), The Hague (Netherlands), and Paris. I spent time at the Louvre in Paris, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The Louvre is home to 17th C. Flemish still life painting, Velázquez, Caravaggio, and Leonardo da Vinci. The Mauritshuis is home to some of the best Dutch paintings of the Golden Age. Their collection includes still lifes by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Rembrandt's Self-portrait (1669), Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring (ca. 1665) and View of Delft (1660-61), Carel Fabritius's The Goldfinch (1654), and 17th C. Dutch still lifes by Pieter Claesz, William Claesz Heda, and Clara Peeters.

Watermelon (+ Mary Oliver on the central commitment of the creative life)



Related to my postings on mindful studio practice, I often read renowned writer Maria Popova's work (my previous mentions here). Her article "The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life" explores Mary Oliver's Upstream: Selected Essays (2016) [the paperback version will be released on October 29, 2019 and I highly recommend it].

Here is an excerpt that resonated with me:

"It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of my wits. Reluctantly I rise, I answer the phone or I open the door. And the thought which I had in hand, or almost in hand, is gone. Creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration, without interruptions. It needs the whole sky to fly in, and no eye watching until it comes to that certainty which it aspires to, but does not necessarily have at once. Privacy, then. A place apart — to pace, to chew pencils, to scribble and erase and scribble again.

But just as often, if not more often, the interruption comes not from another but from the self itself, or some other self within the self, that whistles and pounds upon the door panels and tosses itself, splashing, into the pond of meditation. And what does it have to say? That you must phone the dentist, that you are out of mustard, that your uncle Stanley’s birthday is two weeks hence. You react, of course. Then you return to your work, only to find that the imps of idea have fled back into the mist." [Keep reading]

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of watermelon.

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Two Figs (+ The Chronology of Water)


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"Sometime last year, I flipped open a book I knew nothing about that had been recommended by a Twitter acquaintance. The book was Lidia Yuknavitch's 2011 memoir, The Chronology of Water, and if a rawer, more honest contemporary author exists, I have yet to encounter her." "The Lenny Interview: Lidia Yuknavitch" by Suleika Jaouad, August 12, 2016.

These are some excerpts I particularly liked from Jaouad's interview with Yuknavitch:

"I think if you want to write, you should write. What path or what form that takes is incredibly individual. If you're an artist and you're searching for forms of self-expression, you have to invent your own path."

"I'm trying to help us remember that we invent our own beauty and our own paths and our own crooked, weird ways of doing things, but that they're not nothing and they matter, too. We're the half of culture that doesn’t take the paths that are sitting right in front of us. Our song may be a little off-key, but it's a kind of beauty, too. I know I'm not the person who thought that up, and I'm not the person who invented that as a truth, but I can sure stand up and help remind us not to give up, that we have a song, too."

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Three Pears and Crystal Goblet (the light / the shade)


Still Life with Three Pears and Crystal Goblet (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 9"x12", framed
Email abbeyryan@gmail.com to inquire about purchasing

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ~Jane Goodall

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Birds Flying Over the Water



I painted this recently in northern New York state at the Thousand Islands. The Thousand Islands are a group of more than 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River, straddling the border of the U.S. and Canada.

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