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21 October 2017

Salt Water Taffy, 4x6


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You can view today's painting #OnTheEasel here (insta) or here (fb).

The Four Cherries and Bleu Cheese auction ends tonight. Just a reminder that the "reserve price" (or minimum bid) is $350, so it will not sell unless the reserve is met. The retail value for a framed painting of this size is $1900 and the funds raised in this auction will be donated to A Step Up Academy for their Hands for Autism fundraiser. The auction ends at 9 PM EST tonight during their Masquerade Ball fundraiser.

Auction ends tonight at 9PM EST:

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Still Life with Four Cherries and Bleu Cheese
Oil on linen on panel, 6x8 inches, 2016
Auction ends at 9 PM EST on October 21

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19 October 2017

Still life with Hand-picked Apples (Together Forever), 14x18"


Still life with Hand-picked Apples (Together Forever)
Oil on linen on panel, 14x18 inches, 2017
AVAILABLE - Contact me at abbeyryan@gmail.com for purchase information

If you're interested, award-winning cartoonist Jamar Nicholas (my friend) has a new book out. It is entitled LEON: Protector of the Playground -- a super kid hero graphic novel (144 pages, full color). You can order it here (available in soft and hardback editions; all orders can be personalized and signed by the author). Jamar's blog is a great place to familiarize yourself with his awesome work, and you can follow him on instagram and facebook. You'll see in some of the photos on social media that LEON could be a great Halloween (or any day) costume.

Auction ending tonight at 8PM EST:
Fortune Cookie with Blue Block from Patmos, Greece, 4x5"

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

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18 October 2017

Fortune Cookie with Blue Block from Patmos, Greece (+ update on my parents' new book)


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24-hour auction ends at 8PM EST on Thurs. Oct 19th

I want to wish my mom a happy birthday today! I had the best fortune having her as my mom. ; ) If you're interested, there's been so much awesome buzz about my parents' newly published children's book, The ABCs of Thomas Merton: A Monk at the Heart of the World. Check out some of the press here and the book is for sale on Amazon -- the reviews are ALL 5 stars!

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Heirloom Tomato on Blue Block from Patmos, Greece (Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017).

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17 October 2017

Self-portrait in a Blue Vase with Italian Plums, Peach, and Eucalyptus, 12x24"


Self-portrait in a Blue Vase with Italian Plums, Peach, and Eucalyptus
12x24 inches
Oil on linen on panel
Sold ($9,000)

Here's another Maria Popova article, "What Color Is The Wind?":

"'What is essential is invisible to the eye,' Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in The Little Prince. Those bereft of vision, therefore, need not be bereft of the essential — they discern it by means other than sight. The richness of that otherness is what Belgian artist and author Anne Herbauts came to see in a surprising and profound question from a blind child. During a bookmaking workshop she was leading, a little boy asked her whether she, as an artist, could tell him what color the wind was — a notion of the same trans-sensory, synesthetic quality as Helen Keller’s electrifying account of 'hearing' Beethoven..." [Keep reading]

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16 October 2017

Golden Series: Bosc Pear, Concord Grapes, Idiazabal Etxegarai (Spanish Cheese), Knife, and Italian Plums


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24-hour auction ends at 7:30PM EST on Tues, Oct 17

This is the 14th painting in my Golden Series. The pear and concord grapes came from my in-laws' beautiful farmer's market in Fairport, NY. Also, I'm always grateful to our local co-op for working with local farmers to offer the beautiful fruit I often paint, and this painting especially was inspired by Weaver's Way Co-op.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Golden Series: Blueberries, Plums, Fig, Peach, and Champagne Grapes (with a description of my Golden Series).

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12 October 2017

Martha's Vineyard Landscape, Menemsha (+ "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World")


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Oil on linen on panel, 6x7 inches, 2017
Auction ends at 5:30 PM EST on Oct 17

If you're interested in learning about The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World:

"Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world. Among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical conception of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. In North America, Humboldt’s name still graces towns, counties, parks, bays, lakes, mountains, and a river. And yet the man has been all but forgotten.

In this biography, Andrea Wulf brings Humboldt’s extraordinary life back into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his daring expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the lasting influence of his writings on Darwin, Wordsworth, Goethe, Muir, Thoreau, and many others. Brilliantly researched and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad ways in which Humboldt’s ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism—and reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever." [source]

Auction ending soon at 8 PM EST tonight:


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If you enjoy today's painting, you may also like to see all my Martha's Vineyard paintings.

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11 October 2017

Still Life with Four Cherries and Bleu Cheese, 6x8, framed (+ GIVING)


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Still Life with Four Cherries and Bleu Cheese
Oil on linen on panel, 6x8 inches, 2016
Auction ends at 9 PM EST on October 21

This auction is a bit unusual because this painting is framed, larger than my usual auction paintings, and the Buy It Now option is the retail price for a framed painting this size. The funds raised will be donated to A Step Up Academy for their Hands for Autism fundraiser. The auction ends at 9 PM EST on October 21 during their Masquerade Ball fundraiser. If you'd like, you can read about the mission and philosophy of A Step Up Academy and make your own donation here (when you donate, mention this post!).

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09 October 2017

Hand-picked Apples on the Same Branch (+ the Haunted Studio)


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3-day auction ends at 8PM EST on Thursday, Oct. 12

My October 14-15 workshop at the Peto Museum has 2 spots left. If you want to learn more about the museum, there is a great article, "The Haunted Studio," about the Peto Museum in the October 2013 issue of Art & Antiques Magazineread it here. It's always such an honor to be able to choose from Peto's own still life objects for my demo painting set up during my workshop.

The Museum is located in Island Heights, NJ, and workshop details are here. If you have any questions, please contact me or the Peto Museum directly at info@petomuseum.org.

Peto Museum, NJ - Oct. 14-15  - Click to register (2 spots left)



Not sure about signing up?
  1. Read a bunch of reviews of my workshops here and here
  2. Watch this video to learn about my approach to painting
  3. View photos from my 2014 Peto Museum workshop
  4. Feel free to contact me with questions
I look forward to painting with you at the Peto MuseumReserve your spot today.   

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06 October 2017

Fall Workshops with Abbey Ryan

Last days to register.

"A Painting a Day" and Alla Prima Oil Painting
John F. Peto Studio Museum
Island Heights, NJ
October 14-15 (1.5 day)
Saturday, 10-4pm
Sunday, 9-12pm
Limited to 12 students
Museum members: $210
Non-members: $235

and

"A Painting a Day" and Alla Prima Oil Painting
Artists of Yardley, Yardley, PA
November 11-12 (2 day)
Saturday, 10-4pm
Sunday, 10-4pm
Limited to 12 students
Members: $275
Non-members: $295

**Previous workshops sold out, so reserve your spot now**
**Inquire with me about attending only 1 day**











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05 October 2017

Hand-picked Apple with Leaves (+ new article)


Hand-picked Apple with Leaves
Oil on linen on panel, 6x7 inches, 2017
AVAILABLE - Contact me at abbeyryan@gmail.com for purchase information

I picked this amazing apple myself (along with a bunch of others) at an apple orchard in Victor, NY.

If you're interested, there was a recent article published about my work in the Chestnut Hill Local.  It begins like this:

"Over the last 20 years or so, I have interviewed many fine Chestnut Hill area artists, but Hill resident Abbey Ryan is in another galaxy. Having taken a wonderful one-year college course many years ago on the legendary post-Middle Ages European painters, I could not help but notice the resemblance of Abbey’s still lifes to those of the 17th century Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, van Hoogstraten, etc." [Keep reading]

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28 September 2017

Sunny Day, Martha's Vineyard (+ "one in a million")


Sunny Day, Aquinnah Beach, Martha's Vineyard, 4x6
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5-day auction ends at 6:15PM EST on Tuesday, Oct. 3

Ending soon: 
Still Life with Italian Plum and Silver Creamer (A Meditation on 10 Years)
Auction ends at 7:30PM EST today

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There are a few spots left in my upcoming Oct. 14-15 Peto Museum workshop and Nov. 11-12 Artists of Yardley workshopRegister today if you'd like to paint with me.

This short film shows what my workshops are like and below are some reviews of my workshops:

"Anyone who ever meets you and experiences your deep and gentle soul and wonderful teaching skills knows how true this is. You are one in a million.
-ES

"Your painting and instruction and inspiration were terrific. There was a growing excitement to see you paint and what you would paint next, and then the rest of the day for us to plod along with our own work, so I felt the time schedule was perfect. And I don't mean to sound like some adoring fanatic (I had read some glowing reviews of your workshops and sort of took them with a grain of salt), but it's ALL TRUE. Thank you so much for your incredible ability to share. You are a great teacher."
-LM

"I want to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and learning from you. Your technique of sketching in your objects loosely to start is very freeing. Your brushwork and completed works are beautiful. I get such a pleasure from remembering your peaceful nature and inspirational work. Thank you. I look forward to taking another workshop with you."
-PL

"Thank you so much for an outstanding workshop! I really appreciate the time you spent helping me learn so much… and while I feel that I got far more than I expected, I know that there is so much more for me to learn. And this is good because I will never get bored on the never ending journey of exploration & discovery! I hope you are able to come back to teach at Falmouth… we were so very fortunate to have you here this week. And perhaps I will get to one of your workshops in the Philadelphia or NJ area."
-PM

"I am still basking in the memory of your workshop with great joy. I just wanted to thank you again for your gentle way and sincere kindness. Looking forward to receiving my Abbey Ryan demo painting to add to my collection. Such an honor!"
-LS

27 September 2017

Waves in Fog, Martha's Vineyard, 6x8 (+ Winners here)


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5-day auction ends at 4pm EST on Monday, Oct. 2

At the bottom of this painting, there are some (unavoidable) specks of authentic Martha's Vineyard sand caught in the paint. It was windy. On that topic, this is how sand looks magnified up to 300 times. You can see this and other MV paintings on my easel on facebook or instagram (viewable to everyone, even if you're not on those platforms).

Free Print Giveaway
I am delayed in announcing the winners -- there were so many entries to sort out. I picked 13 people instead of 10! You can view the winners here on instagram or here on facebook. If you won, please send me your mailing information at abbeyryan@gmail.com asap. Thank you for participating! I will do this sort of contest again soon, so please add your email to my list and you'll find out about it first.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Lucy Vincent Beach, Martha's Vineyard, Foggy Day (at auction) and Aquinnah Cliffs, Martha's Vineyard, 9x12 (available).

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