NEW! My e-course - "The Innernet" - June 10-16 - Find out more and join me.
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25 May 2015

What will we actually DO? -- in my e-course, "The Innernet"

I spent most of my time completely offline while we were in Assisi and it was inspiring and rejuvenating. I've had a ton of excited responses to my upcoming 1-week online course, "The Innernet," which is open for registration. 

Take note: The $47 half price early bird discount ends in less than a week on May 31 (the full price then goes up to $97). Register today. The course dates are June 10-16. 

I've received this question a few times, so if you are also wondering "what will we actually DO in the class?" -- I am happy to share more here about the structure of the week.

1. Five days before the class begins, you will receive an email with the official course packet (PDF download) so you can print it out for yourself. I recommend putting it into a binder. The course packet is something I have worked on for about a year. It includes everything that helps me unplug and activities I’ve made up: questions to ponder, book excerpts, poems, concepts (e.g. Dunbar’s number), tasks, quotes, and more. It’s fairly hefty. There are no required assignments, but the packet is there for you if you’re anxious about unplugging or ever at a loss for something to do.

2. On the first day of class, I will host a live lecture tele-seminar to prepare us for the Innernet (unplugged) experience. You may submit questions in advance and call in to talk with me live. We’ll be recording the tele-seminars in case you can’t make it live.

3. You will then have a full day to prepare yourself and notify friends & colleagues about your plan to unplug.

4. The heart of the course is your 4-day retreat from the Internet. Unplugging can be nerve-wracking and even scary. How you unplug is up to you. I recommend turning off mail and social media alerts on your phone. You might choose to put your phone in airplane mode. You might want complete Freedom. Over the four days, it’s possible that you may need to receive text messages and/or phone calls depending on your profession or situation.

Going offline isn’t an easy thing to do, so you should definitely only do what you can and what feels right to you.

5. During your four days offline, there is no goal to be reached. You are free to just "be" and/or "do" those things you wish you had more time for: spend time with family, sit in nature, write someone a handwritten letter, garden, go hiking, read, call someone you haven’t talked to in a while, meditate, paint, dance, sit on the beach, visit a museum, take a workshop, swim, daydream, bake, knit, see a concert, exercise, and so on. The course packet you will have already printed out has no required assignments. But it is there for you as a support and a prompt if you desire a more directed time offline.

6. You will then have one day to transition back online and reflect on your four days offline.

7. On the last day of class, I will host another live lecture tele-seminar to share my own Innernet experience, hear from you about your time offline, answer questions, and talk about what comes next.

Join me.

As my fabulous Sedona workshop painters this week said, "It can't be bad to unplug for a few days."

Plus, because we're doing it together, it’s going to be fun.

Email me if you have any questions,


P.S. My complete explanation about the philosophy behind the class and my motivation for creating it can be found here.

21 May 2015

Italian Pecorino and Green Olives from an Assisi Market (Italy 2015 painting #2)


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During my Italy travels, I first spent several days in Assisi. I had been there once before -- only for a day trip -- and felt drawn to it. I knew that I wanted to go back to paint and just spend more time. We stayed in a small flat about two minutes (actually, 99 steps) up the hill from Piazza del Comune, which is the main square of Assisi. I got these green olives in my favorite market just across the piazza, and I found this beautiful cheese in a little wine and cheese shop not far from the Basilica of Saint Francis. It's hard to see in the reproduction of the painting here, but in the reflections on the olives, I could actually see the church tower outside my window. Anyway, to the right is a photo of this painting on the easel, and you can see more of my Italy photos here.

My new one-week online course, "The Innernet," is filling up. The course will include two live lecture/discussion teleseminars, during which you can call in to talk to me live. The $47 half price early bird discount ends May 31 (full price $97). Join me today.

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,


Framed view:

19 May 2015

Late Afternoon View from Assisi, Italy (Italy 2015 painting #1)


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my time in Assisi, Italy, 2015
I just got back from Italy and am now in Sedona teaching my workshop, and I'll be posting more about my travels here soon. In the meantime, you can see a glimpse of my time in Italy here.

The response has been so wonderful to my new one-week online course, "The Innernet," which is now open for registration. The $47 half price early bird discount ends May 31 (full price $97).

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

10 May 2015

Italy Travels

I've been painting and traveling in Assisi and Rome this month, so if you'd like to follow along, join me.

P.S. Thanks for the awesome response to my new one-week online course, "The Innernet," which is now open for registration. The $47 half price early bird discount ends May 31 (full price $97).

Ciao,


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24 April 2015

"The Innernet" with Abbey Ryan (my 1-week e-course is here)

The contrast between our lives offline (Innernet) and our lives online (Internet) can be immense.

Like you, I frequently reflect on this contrast and try to cultivate a fulfilling life offline while at the same time embracing all that makes the digital world remarkable.

My new one-week online course, "The Innernet," is open for registration at Viva Institute.

"The Innernet" is an invitation to disconnect from your life online (Internet) in order to fully connect to your life offline (Innernet). Continue reading...

In my workshops, private instruction sessions, and during my travels, I talk with so many of you who feel pulled in different directions, distracted by what is digitally at your fingertips, or just wishing you had more time to do what you love.

That's why I created this course, and why this first offering is priced so it's easy for you to join in and share the experience with your friends and colleagues. For all the details, click here.



I hope you will join me. It’s going to be fun.

All my best,


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22 April 2015

Mandarin Orange with Handmade Japanese Vase


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(3-day auction includes detail and framed views)

This week, I put out a call for my 2-question survey -- thank you for all the responses! I'll keep the survey active for a bit longer if you still want to chime in here.

Ending Soon

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(includes detail and framed views)

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

21 April 2015

Daffodil in a Glass Jar


Private Collection
View this painting #OnTheEasel

If you have a minute, please take this quick 2-question survey -- your responses will help me vary the days on which my auctions end so that if you've ever considered bidding on a painting, I can accommodate your preference. (In my last survey, an overwhelming majority said between 8pm and 10pm EST is best for auction end times.)


Ending Tonight - at 9 PM EST

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If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

20 April 2015

Green Apple Half (+ 2-question survey)


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(3-day auction includes detail and framed views)

If you have a minute, please take this quick 2-question survey -- your responses will help me vary the days on which my auctions end so that if you've ever considered bidding on a painting, I can accommodate your preference. (In my last survey, an overwhelming majority said between 8pm and 10pm EST is best for auction end times.)

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Happy Monday,

14 April 2015

Bosc Pear in North Light (upcoming announcement!)


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(auction includes framed view)

I shared last month that I am working on a project that is quite important and exciting to me, and I believe I'll be ready to announce it next week. (I'll announce it first to my email list, so if you're interested, add yourself here.)

I actually shared some of the details with the participants in my recent workshop, so I will share a bit here: I'm creating a one-week e-course that will include two live lecture tele-seminars for all those enrolled in the course (and participants will be able to call in to talk with me live).

The topic is something I am deeply passionate about in my own life and work -- and something that I often discuss with many of my workshop participants. The e-course format will enable many more of you to join in.

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

09 April 2015

Blue & White Porcelain Cup in Late Afternoon Light (+ Live Demo auction ending soon)


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(auction includes detail views)

Tonight the auction for my live demo painting fundraiser ends. If you look closely in the painting, Still Life with Silver Cup, Two Blueberries, and Muscat Grapes, there's one of my "self portraits" down the center of the cup's reflections. My annual live demos honor the memory of my friend, Jami, and all proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia University.

Ending Soon - tonight at 9:15 PM EST

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(auction includes several detail and framed views)

If you're interested, I posted photos from the event, including a photo of this painting on the easel. Also, I invite you to watch the 2 minute time lapse of my live demo below. Hope you enjoy it.



If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

All my best,

07 April 2015

Still Life with Handmade Korean Bowl and D'Anjou Pear


Still Life with Handmade Korean Bowl and D'Anjou Pear, oil on linen on panel, 5 x 6 in., 2015, Available
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This is my other demo painting from my Artists of Yardley workshop this past weekend. Here are some photos that I took -- including snapshots of my demo paintings on the easel. It was a soulful group of painters, and I felt connected with each and every one of them. Here's a little bit more feedback from a few workshop participants:
"Abbey has a great approach to painting that is genuinely contagious."
-JK 
"I love the 'Zen' feeling Abbey generates when demonstrating, and sharing her seat to give us all a glimpse of her perspective when painting. Her workshops are so peaceful..."
-LS
Ending Soon - Thursday at 9:15 PM EST

LIVE DEMO PAINTING fundraiser
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If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,


Framed view:

02 April 2015

Still Life with Red Grapes and Danish Bleu


Still Life with Red Grapes and Danish Bleu, oil on linen on panel, 6 x 8 in., 2015
Private Collection

This is one of my two demo paintings from my Artists of Yardley workshop this past weekend. I'll be at Artists of Yardley for a 1-day workshop in September (registration JUST opened), but my next workshop is in Sedona in May.

I just learned there is 1 spot left in the Sedona workshop, so if you're considering signing up, you might like to take a look at last weekend's Yardley workshop snapshot photos that I took. It was a fabulous, soulful group of twelve artists -- such wonderful people! It was an honor to work with each of them. I've gotten feedback about that workshop from a few participants, and although it is mostly for my own personal use to reflect on and improve on my teaching, I can share a bit of it:
"I found Abbey to be one of the most sharing and giving, as well as talented, of any instructor I've ever had."
-AF
"I loved how Abbey speaks about painting and the objects that we choose in mindfulness terms. So true -- just never thought about it that way. Abbey speaks beautifully and kindly to all, and I loved that. I also just enjoy being with a group of people who have the same interest that I do."
-SE
"The best part of the workshop was exposure to Abbey's process. I think Abbey is a very good communicator––whether discussing technique or philosophy of painting––I think she would bring value to anyone’s experience––novice or advanced.

"
-JK
I'll try to share more testimonial excerpts when I post my other demo painting from the workshop. If you're interested, take a look at more feedback about my workshops.

Ending Soon: at 10:30 PM EST

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(auction includes detail and framed views)

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and then view All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

30 March 2015

Still Life with Silver Cup, Two Blueberries, & Muscat Grapes (Live Demo Painting)


Still Life with Silver Cup, Two Blueberries, and Muscat Grapes
6x8 inches, oil on linen on panel, 27 March 2015
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(auction includes several detail and framed views)

Today's painting (and my live demo) honors the memory of my friend, Jami. All proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia. Read more. Also, if you look closely, there's one of my self portrait of sorts down the middle of the cup's reflections.

If you're interested, I posted many photos from the event, and I invite you to watch the 2 minute time lapse of my live demo:


Production and video credit: Denise Henhoeffer & Purnell Cropper, University Communications, Arcadia University.

Do you Sedona? 
I make a pilgrimage to Sedona each May to teach my 5-day workshop, and it always inspires and rejuvenates me. If you are interested in painting with me in Sedona, I think there may be one spot left; find out more here.

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and then view All Available Paintings.

All my best,

28 March 2015

Still life with Glass Bottle and Two Apricots (magic is still possible)

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting

I'm working on a series of paintings to celebrate "Magic is still possible," the quote on my July 2014 free poster that comes from a great slideshow narrated by Marco Leona, chief scientist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In it, Leona shares his perspective on the role of magic in the creation of art.

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and then view All Available Paintings.

Best,

27 March 2015

Live Painting Demo TODAY (Streamed Live Online) 11am EST

Join in today for my special live painting demo from 11am - 1pm EST.

The session is free and will be streamed live online.

CLICK TO WATCH MY LIVE DEMO

If you're in the Philly area, come watch in person on the landing atop the grand staircase of Arcadia University's at Grey Towers Castle, which was highlighted in the article, "12 Awe-Inspiring American Castles."

Hope to see you today either in person or online.

If you'd like to send me a note about this, leave a comment.

Enjoy,




P.S. One of my previous live demos was for FOX's Good Day Philadelphiaclick here to watch.

26 March 2015

Still life with Grapes and Danish Bleu (the light, the shade) (+ Live Demo tomorrow)


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(auction includes detail and framed views)

the light, the shade
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.

My 2011 live painting demo
Live Demo
Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, is my live demonstration in Grey Towers Castle at Arcadia University from 11am to 1pm EST.

The session is free and open to the public, and will also be streamed live online at Arcadia's UStream channel.

If you're interested, I explain here why I do this event.

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and then view All Available Paintings.

All my best,

25 March 2015

Peach on a Wood Block (+ Live Painting Demo DETAILS)

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting

Special Announcement
I'm pleased to announce a special live event!

This Friday, March 27, I'm conducting a live demonstration of my painting in Grey Towers Castle at Arcadia University from 11am to 1pm EST.

The session is free and open to the public for anyone who can come person, and the event will be streamed live on Arcadia's UStream channel.

The demo painting will be posted on my blog and sold by auction, with all proceeds to benefit the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia. Jami and I became friends as art students and members of Arcadia's (Beaver's) Student Alumni Association together, and I remember her as an amazing artist and magnetic friend. I'd like to raise awareness about this Scholarship to honor Jami and her legacy of community service, artistic creativity, and love for Beaver College.

Click here to read more about this event.

I hope that you will consider joining me this Friday!

If you're interested, here is the time lapse of my 2014 live demo:



If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and then view All Available Paintings.

Best,

13 March 2015

Yardley workshop - 2 spots just opened up

My March 28-29 Artists of Yardley workshop was full but 2 spots just opened up due to last minute cancellations. If you'd like to come paint with me, sign up. Here's a new bit of workshop feedback:
"The best part of the workshop was the one on one time with Abbey. Typically, I find it difficult to get serious, specific, actionable feedback. Abbey's comments are truly constructive critic and I sincerely feel she is "on my team" and wants me to succeed. 
My demo during a 2013 Yardley workshop
I loved the refreshed enthusiasm from the workshop; it was very encouraging. I enjoyed being in the presence of so many talented people and just talking and listening about our art. I think Abbey does a wonderful job. Even the class size is perfect. 
Abbey is a great talent as an artist and as a communicator."    -RP

If you're interested, you can read more feedback about my workshops. To purchase my work, view my Available Paintings.

Enjoy the weekend,

05 March 2015

Partially Peeled Lemon (present moment)



The last time I painted a partially peeled lemon was in 2010, and that painting, Still Life with Peeled Lemon and Temmoku Bottle, was also featured in O, the Oprah Magazine. If you're interested, you can see that article here.

As I mentioned last week, I am working on an important project, and until I am ready to announce it (hopefully later this month), here's another something I am reading:
"The Mangroves"
As I said before, I am living now
in a warm place, surrounded by
mangroves. Mostly I walk beside
them, they discourage entrance.
The black oaks and the pines
of my northern home are in my heart,
even as I hear them whisper, "Listen,
we are trees too." Okay, I'm trying. They
certainly put on and endless performance
of leaves. Admiring is easy, but affinity,
that does take some time. So many
and so leggy and all of them rising as if
attempting to escape this world which, don't
they know it, can't be done. "Are you
trying to fly or what?" I ask, and they
answer back, "We are what we are, you
are what you are, love us if you can." 
~ Mary Oliver, Blue Horses, p. 35
As the auction for my painting, Clementine with Stem on Marble, ends tonight at 7PM EST -- and it's snowing in blizzard-like fashion right now in Philadelphia -- I am reminded that there was a blizzard outside in Perugia, Italy, when I last painted a clementine with stem on a marble (in March 2009). Hopefully it won't be snowing this spring when I'll be traveling and painting in Assisi and Rome to study Baroque art.

If you're interested in my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

03 March 2015

Upcoming Live Painting Demo - March 27th

I'm excited to share with you that I will be doing a live painting demonstration on March 27th in Arcadia University's Castle. It will also be streamed for free online (in real time). I will announce full details next week, so keep an eye out for that. To find out about it first: sign up for my newsletter.

In the meantime, watch how fast I can paint. Click below view the time-lapse of my 2014 live painting demo:



Ending Soon: at 9:30 PM EST

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(auction includes detail and framed views)

Best,