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18 September 2018

Red Pear (+ Judy Chicago: “Reclaim! Reclaim! Reclaim!”)


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If you're interested, artist Judy Chicago is one of Time's 100 most influential people in 2018. Writer/director Jill Soloway authored the text about Judy Chicago, and here is an excerpt:

"When I finally saw the color pictures in the Chicago Tribune of the huge triangle table, I couldn’t believe that all of these tongues and pink and flowers and fronds had come out of a woman who looked like my mom. Her real name was Judith Sylvia Cohen, and she had taken our mothers’ unspoken appetites and invented a female gaze in art. “Reclaim! Reclaim! Reclaim!” she shouted as she pointed out how people had made art synonymous with genius and genius synonymous with men." [Keep reading].

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12 September 2018

Still Life with Pear, Black Grapes, and Handmade Cup, 6x8”


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Last month, I was a visiting artist at the renowned Academy of Realist Art in Boston. This painting is another one of my demo paintings from the three-day seminar. The group of painters who attended the seminar was just awesome.

If you're interested, here are two more reviews from painters who attended:

"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

"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

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11 September 2018

Peach on a Wood Block, 5x6” (+ recent testimonial)


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Last month, I was a visiting artist at the renowned Academy of Realist Art in Boston. This painting is one of my demo paintings from the three-day seminar. It was an amazing space, and an even more awesome group of people who attended. 🙏

If you're interested, here's part of a review from a painter who attended:

"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

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10 September 2018

07 September 2018

Still Life with Strawberries and Silver Cup (+ review of my show)



If you enjoy my paintings, you may also like to read this review of my recent show: "Abbey Ryan Still-Life Show at Gleason Stuns with Attention to Detail." Here's an excerpt:

"Ryan excels at portraying reality so perfectly that it seems beyond perfect, hyper-beautiful. Additionally, her use of dark backgrounds behind her subjects and dark wooden frames for her paintings serves to focus the viewer’s attention on her stunningly constructed subject matter." Continue reading.

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15 August 2018

Still Life with 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, 2018, 9"x12", framed
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28 July 2018

Still Life with Oysters, Peeled Lemon, and Silver Pitcher with Self-portrait Reflection


Still Life with Oysters, Peeled Lemon, and Silver Pitcher (with Self-Portrait Reflection)
oil on linen on panel, 2018, 16"x12"
$6200
Update: Sold

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Self-portrait in a Blue Vase and Eight FigsJug and Heirloom Tomatoes (with Self Portrait Reflection), Two Satsuma Tangerines, or a bunch of my paintings with self-portrait reflections in them or paintings with peeling fruit or my paintings of oysters.

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27 July 2018

Giant Peach, 5"x4"


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The funny thing about this peach (in this little painting) is that it is about 4x or 5x the size of the actual peach.

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23 July 2018

Golden Series: Four Peaches, Cherries, and Grapes


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The deadline to register for my August 4th painting seminar in East Boothbay, Maine, is this Wednesday, July 25. Click here for information and registration onlineYou can also call 207-633-6849 or email info@gleasonfineart.com to register. To read reviews of my workshops, click here.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Golden Series: Peach, Pear, Five Blackberries, Bleu Cheese, or my other paintings in my Golden Series.

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22 July 2018

Still Life with Black Raspberries, Three Figs, and Humboldt Fog (the light / the shade)


Still Life with Black Raspberries, Three Figs, and Humboldt Fog (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 8"x10"
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If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see my paintings of Cypress Grove's Humboldt Fog or a bunch of my paintings of figs.

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21 July 2018

Two Pears on Blue Block from Patmos, Greece (Yin & Yang)


Two Pears on Blue Block from Patmos, Greece (Yin & Yang)
oil on linen on panel, 9"x12"
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20 July 2018

Still Life with PB & J Half


Still Life with PB & J Half
oil on linen on panel, 8"x10"
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Mango on a Wood Block


Mango on a Wood Block
oil on linen on panel, 10"x8"
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19 July 2018

PB & J Halves with Jelly and Knife


PB & J Halves with Jelly and Knife
oil on linen on panel, 2018, 9"x12"
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18 July 2018

golden series: peach, pear, five blackberries, bleu cheese (the light / the shade)


golden 
series:
peach
bleu cheese
bosc pear
and five
blackberries
(the light, 
the shade)
4 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, 2016.
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This painting is part of my the light, the shade series that I began back in December 2012. I wrote about how Robert Lax was the inspiration for my "the light, the shade" series here.

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17 July 2018

NEW Workshop - Aug 4th - East Boothbay, Maine



My workshops tend to fill up fast -- here are the details for my new one-day painting workshop in East Boothbay, Maine on August 4th:

16 July 2018

Still Life with Jug, Cicada, Grapes, and Hazelnuts (the light / the shade)


Still Life with Jug, Cicada, Grapes, and Hazelnuts (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2018, 11"x14"
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Detail view
One of the most prominently featured insects in Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance painting was the cicada -- as a symbol of prayer, sanctuary and hope. Also, the hazelnut was seen, by the Greeks and Romans, as a symbol of peace and health.

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P.S. Tomorrow morning, I'll be announcing registration information for my August 4th workshop in beautiful East Boothbay, Maine.

P.P.S. My August 18-20 painting seminar at the Academy of Realist Art in Boston is FULL, but they are accepting a wait list, just FYI.

13 July 2018

Still Life with Cherries, Silver Bowl, and Dutch Cheese (present moment)


Still Life with Cherries, Silver Bowl, and Dutch Cheese (present moment)
oil on linen on panel, 2018, 11"x14"
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11 July 2018

Still Life with Peach, Antique Silver Teapot, and Bird's Egg


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All of the subjects in this painting were a gift! This elegant silver teapot, a wonderful gift from my mother-in-law, has a neat story:

"Part of the Hopkins family saga: Granny T. rode the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad often between Philly and Baltimore. One hundred years ago, G. H. Thomson bought this silver plated pot as a memento of the days when railroads had elegant dining cars with heavy white tablecloths. The Baltimore and Ohio R.R. was selling off items because they no longer had the fancy dining car. It holds a cup and a half of tea water."

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see peach, bleu cheese, bosc pear, and five blackberries (the light, the shade), Self-portrait in a Blue Vase with Italian Plums, Peach, and Eucalyptus, 12x24", Two Hand-picked Peaches with Leaves, or a bunch of my paintings of bird's eggs.

P.S. I'm excited to share that I will soon be announcing details for a new last minute 1-day workshop in beautiful Boothbay Harbor, Maine. It will be on Saturday, August 4th. Contact abbeyryanworkshops@gmail.com if you'd like priority registration.

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27 June 2018

Heirloom Tomato on Blue Block from Patmos, Greece (+ Wendell Berry on “Rugged Individualism”)



I've been away from posting auctions the last week because I've been focusing on painting larger more complex paintings. I will be ready to start posting some of those larger works in the next several days.

Related to my postings on mindful studio practice, I often read renowned writer Maria Popova's work (my previous mentions here). As I often spend my time closely observing the beautiful fruits of our planet, her piece on "Wendell Berry on the Grandeur of Small Places and the Perils of Our 'Rugged Individualism'" caught my eye. This is an excerpt towards the very end of the piece:

"Under the tyranny of 'rugged individualism,' this profound disconnect between our personal interests and our world’s wellbeing is a rift rooted in pitting the wilderness as an antagonist to human progress and seeing the welfare of the two as mutually exclusive — a pie fallacy which began at least as early as the Industrial Revolution and which Bertrand Russell bemoaned in his 1930 classic, observing that we’ve come to measure our progress by our 'separation from the life of Earth.'" Read more.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see my other paintings of this blue block from Patmos, Greece.

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16 June 2018

meloi beach, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)


meloi beach, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 4"x5"
AVAILABLE - Contact me at abbeyryan@gmail.com for purchase information

Meloi Beach was my all-time favorite beach on Patmos, Greece. You can view some of my Greek island painting travels here.

Here is a link to a few snapshots
of the making of a short film
about my "the light / the shade" series.
the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
Here is a link to a few snapshots of the making of a short film about my "the light / the shade" series. More on that soon.

Today is the final day of my exhibition: abbey ryan: the light / the shade, in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University on view from April 16 - June 16. If you enjoy this painting, you can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series. Contact me directly about purchasing any paintings.

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15 June 2018

psili amos beach, patmos, greece (the light / the shade) (+ exhibition installation)


psili amos beach, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 5"x6"
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Psili Amos Beach was another one of my favorite beaches on Patmos, Greece. You can view some of my Greek island painting travels here.

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
These are the final two days of my exhibition: abbey ryan: the light / the shade, in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University on view from April 16 - June 16. If you enjoy this painting, you can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series. You can also view installation views of the exhibition in the Photo gallery on the right side of this page.

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12 June 2018

Still Life with Stacked PB&J (larger painting)


Still Life with Stacked PB&J
oil on linen on panel, 2018, 16"x12", framed
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"In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.”
—Thomas Merton

Detail view:


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11 June 2018

kohlakoura beach, lipsi, greece (the light / the shade)


kohlakoura beach, lipsi, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 5"x4"

Kohklakoura Beach was one of my favorite beaches on one of my favorite islands in Greece. I posted an interesting photo before I started painting this seascape. You can see it here. You can view more of my Greek island adventures here.

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
These are the final days of my current exhibition: read more about abbey ryan: the light / the shade, my exhibition in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University on view from April 16 - June 16. If you enjoy this painting, you can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series.

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