12 February 2016

Handmade Heart Lollipop (+ 1 million visitors)


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Thank you. I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude that my blog site recently surpassed 1 million visits. (It's actually 97,000+ visits beyond a million, but I didn't realize.)

In honor, I thought I'd re-post something I wrote in December 2014 that I hope might inspire you to pursue the things in your life that bring you the most joy:

"Painting for me is about paying attention and capturing a moment. Contemplative paying attention allows me to have an intimate relationship with my still life subjects. This mutual respect and exchange of energy manifests itself as gesture, movement, weight, edges, texture, and color harmony. I carefully choose from my collection of handmade pottery and local co-op produce, and it is magic to me that my subjects can be simultaneously meditative and animated.

Spending time pushing paint around is a way of life. It enriches my heart and mind and soul, and this motivates me to continue painting as often as I do. Seth Godin posted something this week worth considering:

'Daily: There's a fundamental difference between the things you do every day, every single day, and the things you do only when the spirit moves you. One difference is that once you've committed to doing something daily, you find that the spirit moves you, daily. Rather than having a daily debate about today's agenda, you can decide once that you will do something, and then decide every single day how to do it.'"

Eight years later, thank you so much for your loyal and constant support of my work.

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Best,

10 February 2016

Two Lady Apples (Yin & Yang)



This painting continues my "yin and yang" series that I began back in 2010.

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08 February 2016

Wrapped Tangerine (+ 1889 McCloskey painting)



Since my truffles painting auction ends very soon, I thought I'd share that the official folks at Harry & David excitedly posted/tweeted about my truffles painting on their social media platforms. I thought one of their posts on Twitter was cute: "Meet the Truffles. This is their family portrait..."

   

Anyway, I always think of American painter William J. McCloskey (1859–1941) when I paint wrapped fruit. I was happy to see a McCloskey painting, Wrapped Oranges (1889), on view in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's recent still life exhibition that I mentioned in a previous post (and will write about again soon). If you're interested, some more McCloskey wrapped fruit paintings are herehere, and a quite stunning, yet sort of understated one here. Enjoy.

Ending soon - auction ends at ~10:30 AM EST today:

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Happy Monday,

06 February 2016

Silver Cup, Cherries, and Lemon with Leaves (larger painting)


Still life with Silver Cup, Cherries, and Lemon with Leaves
Oil on linen on panel, 8x10 inches, 2016
Private Collection

I thought I'd share a fascinating article in Scientific American about "Why is a minute divided into 60 seconds, an hour into 60 minutes, yet there are only 24 hours in a day?" Here's an excerpt:

"Thanks to the ancient civilizations that defined and preserved the divisions of time, modern society still conceives of a day of 24 hours, an hour of 60 minutes and a minute of 60 seconds. Advances in the science of timekeeping, however, have changed how these units are defined. Seconds were once derived by dividing astronomical events into smaller parts, with the International System of Units (SI) at one time defining the second as a fraction of the mean solar day and later relating it to the tropical year. This changed in 1967, when the second was redefined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 energy transitions of the cesium atom. This re-characterization ushered in the era of atomic timekeeping and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Interestingly, in order to keep atomic time in agreement with astronomical time, leap seconds occasionally must be added to UTC. Thus, not all minutes contain 60 seconds. A few rare minutes, occurring at a rate of about eight per decade, actually contain 61." [source]

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03 February 2016

Still Life with Three Truffles


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I've revisited truffles as a subject several (eight) times since 2008. These were a gift to me from my mom -- not to eat, but to paint. I obviously have no affiliation, but I think they're from Harry and David, if that is of interest to you.

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Best,

02 February 2016

Meyer Lemons (the light, the shade)


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Today's painting is part of my ongoing series "the light, the shade" that I began in December 2012. Recently I mentioned the new biography on Bob Lax (here: Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax by Michael N. McGregor), and I highly recommend it if you're interested. I'm still reading it, but it is excellent so far.

I wrote about how my favorite poet, Bob Lax, was the inspiration for my "the light, the shade" series here.

Ending soon - auction ends at 6:30 PM EST today

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30 January 2016

Spectacles (After George Cope, 1900)


Spectacles (After George Cope, 1900)
7x6 in., oil on linen on panel, 2016
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This painting is inspired by a compelling work from the recent still life show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art -- George Cope's Spectacles (1900); this is my second time painting these antique glasses that I found at a market in Woodstock, NY.

Ending soon - at 6 PM EST today

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29 January 2016

Lemon with Leaf (+ seven red tailed hawks)



I'm fortunate and grateful that my family in Arizona mails us beautiful lemons all winter -- and recently, I received a request from one of my best collectors to paint lemons (good timing). I also got a note from another collector in which she conveyed her thrill whenever I paint something with a lighter background. VoilĂ .

Yesterday, I was out walking with my littlest niece, and she fell asleep in the stroller. A moment later, something made me look up at the sky and, I know it sounds impossible, but seven red tailed hawks were silently flying directly above us. Breathtaking.

Either last year or the year before, one of my workshop participants actually gave me a red tailed hawk feather to paint. I haven't yet, but my encounter with the seven hawks may inspire it.

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Best,

28 January 2016

Still Life with Blue Vase and Asian Pear (First Snow of 2016)


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Snow has arrived in Philadelphia which means bright, beautiful reflections and light in my studio. There's a self portrait of sorts in this painting and if you look closely you can see that I'm wearing a winter hat. Here are a bunch of other reflection self portraits, too.

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Best,

25 January 2016

Cherries on a Copper Plate (+ The Radical Power of Humility)


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My Innernet course earlier this month was again really excellent -- with a truly wonderful and soulful group of participants. If you're interested, I plan to offer the Innernet again in June. In the meantime, you may enjoy this talk entitled "The Radical Power of Humility." Here's an excerpt:

"Years ago, I sat down for lunch, next to a young villager in India. As usual, I closed my eyes for a moment of gratitude before eating. As I opened them, I saw the most unusual thing -- this boy was preparing a bite from my plate. My plate! Seeing my confusion, he kindly explained, “I wanted a piece of your prayer, and so I figured the best thing was to be of service to it right now.” Saying this, he offered me that bite. Imagine hearing these words, and receiving that gesture from someone you’ve only just met..." [Keep reading]

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All my best,

13 January 2016

Worth Talking About: American Still Life

As a Philadelphia artist, I felt a special connection to the Philadelphia Museum of Art's exhibition Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life, which just recently closed. Still life "has a special connection to [the Philadelphia] region: Philadelphia artists first defined American still-life practice and remained at its forefront....This exhibition [was] the first to explore this distinctive aspect of American still-life painting." [source]

It was a phenomenal show overall, and I plan to share more about it in the coming weeks.

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Best,

08 January 2016

Mango, 2016


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It's a great honor that the renowned Lines and Colors published a review this week about my work. The article includes Charley Parker's curated selection of images of many of my paintings, and I hope you'll take a look. Here's an excerpt:

"'Focus', I think, is the operative word. Ryan's approach has always impressed me as contemplative, conveying a quiet sense of devoted attention. Her subjects are traditional — largely fruit, cheese and other small food items, often accompanied by pottery or metalware. These are approached in a manner inspired by 17th century Dutch still life, with objects emerging in deep chiaroscuro from dark backgrounds." Read more: http://linesandcolors.com/2016/01/04/abbey-ryan-update/

If you're interested, I painted my last mango painting in 2013.

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Best,


P.S. I've unplugged/ gone "offline" from January 8-11th along with the awesome group in "The Innernet." If you email me -- no worries -- I'll be sure to get back to you next week.
Excerpt from The Innernet official course packet

07 January 2016

Seagull Feather in a Japanese Cup


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Ending Soon: Still Life with Asparagus and Lemon

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(ends at 5:30 PM EST today)

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Best,

06 January 2016

Asparagus Spear


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I think it's been six years since I painted an asparagus spear. This one is approx. 8 x 1 inch.

My one-week Innernet course begins today. You can still register here and download the course packet I created. Even if you aren't able to "unplug" or don't need a digital detox, you may enjoy tuning into the two live teleseminar calls that I will be doing as part of the course. Register now.

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Best,

04 January 2016

Still Life with Asparagus and Lemon


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My one-week Innernet course begins January 6th and you can still register here and have time to download the course packet I created. Even if you cannot "unplug" or don't need a digital detox, you'll still benefit from tuning into the two live teleseminar calls that I will be doing as part of the course, when I will speak about mindful practice as it relates to life, as well as my own practices and teaching about mindful studio practice. #unplugged #bethecloud #digitaldetox #itsnotaboutwhatyouremovingawayfromitswhatyouremovingtowards

Register or learn more about the Innernet here. It's going to be fun; join me to see what the Innernet is all about.

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Best,

03 January 2016

Silver Cup and Apple with Leaves (+ #digitaldetox Innernet)


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I often write about mindful practice as it relates to life, as well as my own practices and teaching about mindful studio practice. (I even created my Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship in 2015.)

In alignment with mindful studio practice, my one-week Innernet course begins again January 6th. You can still register here and have time to download the course packet I created.

Even if you cannot (or don't need to!) unplug, you'll still benefit from tuning into the two LIVE teleseminar calls that I will be doing as part of the course.

Also, subscribers of my blog email will receive a coupon code.

#unplugged
#bethecloud
#digitaldetox
#itsnotaboutwhatyouremovingawayfromitswhatyouremovingtowards

Here's some in-depth feedback about the Innernet from the inaugural class in June 2015:

22 December 2015

Bosc Pear in Morning Light (Winter Solstice 12/22/15) (+ Susan Werner)


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I had the pleasure of sitting in the front row at Susan Werner's most recent concert at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia. It was -- as usual -- utterly fantastic. If you're not familiar, please take some time to get to know Susan's musical genius here. (And I posted a couple of my front-row photos here.)

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Best,

16 December 2015

Studio Special SALE (+ the Best Art of 2015)

Studio Special SALE:  Now through December 31.

To show my appreciation to my blog followers, I am offering a Studio Special Discount through the end of the year. All of these paintings are ready to ship today (most are framed). Email me at abbeyryan@gmail.com for pricing and availability. Hope you enjoy!


Red Grapes & Fourme d'Ambert Bleu, 6x8 inches, framed, email abbeyryan@gmail.com for purchase info
Ready to ship today


Still life with Delft Vase and Cherries (the light, the shade), 6x7 inches
SOLD



Still life with Peach, Bowl, and Maine Blueberries, 6x8 inches, framed or unframed, email abbeyryan@gmail.com for purchase info
Ready to ship today



Still life with Jug, Cantaloupe, and Figs (the light, the shade), 11x14 inches, framed
SOLD

10 December 2015

Special Post: Silent Auction Fundraiser (+ Tangerine ending)

My oil painting and ink painting (below) will be available today and tomorrow, December 10th and 11th, in a Silent Auction at Arcadia University -- my alma mater and where I teach. You may recall that Arcadia is where I conduct my annual Live Painting Demos in Grey Towers Castle (which was designed in 1893 by Horace Trumbauer, the famous architect who also designed the Philadelphia Museum of Art among many other historic buildings).

09 December 2015

Satsuma Tangerine with Leaves


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I mentioned my Innernet course yesterday, and wanted to share a bit of feedback from those who participated in the Innernet last June:

"I was immediately drawn to Abbey's description of her painting practice as meditative. I took her Innernet course because I want to find ways to be more peaceful (of course), centered, and aware of what it is like not to allow myself to be sucked into the craziness and overstimulation that news, TV, and internet can cause. Climbing out of the wormhole of those 'addictions,' even just for a few days really helped me to take a look in the mirror and realize what I had to incorporate into my life on a regular basis. The time spent reading the course material and doing some of the small exercises in awareness. The calm that I felt in doing that. This course is a specific time that you invest in to help yourself, instead of saying, 'I really should take time to myself for something enriching, inspiring, uplifting...fill in the blank.'" ~ES

Join an amazing group of folks in this January's Innernet 1-week e-course: find out more here.

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Best,