28 October 2014

Pomegranate in Last Light

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In my new studio (photos coming soon), it's new for me to have natural north light and woods outside my windows. As I am adjusting, I am seeing the potential for deep exploration with the north light. I'm not sure what this means just yet, but I do know that the low light in the late afternoon & last light reminds me of some of my favorite paintings by Rembrandt.

Speaking of which, I was planning to spend time tomorrow with the Old Masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then meet up with the folks at Vasari. I came down with a head cold yesterday, so it will happen next month instead. Thank you for your awesome email inquiries about my upcoming visit, and I will be sure to post about my adventures -- I'm fortunate to live so close to NYC.

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27 October 2014

Still life with Seckel Pear, Glass Bottle, & Concord Grapes

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21 October 2014

Pohnpeian Cowry Shell and Italian Plum (Yin & Yang)

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Abbey Ryan Original Oil paintingThis painting continues my "yin and yang" series that I started back in 2010. In this painting is a cowry shell that I brought back from Pohnpei, Micronesia (north Pacific) when I lived there during the summer of 2001. I was there doing volunteer work and SCUBA diving at a marine science lab, and it was amazing. This is my first time painting this remarkable shell, although I've thought about painting it for years. For fun, to the right is a snapshot that I posted recently as #tbt on facebook of me diving in Pohnpei. (P.S. You might notice in the snapshot that 2001 was also the summer I shaved my head in San Francisco, but perhaps I'll save that story for another day...)

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20 October 2014

Fall Apple in Late Afternoon Light

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I've mentioned before that Vasari's alizarin crimson is the best there is. Since I used a lot of alizarin crimson in today's painting, it's a good time to share that Vasari launched their new website recently. Take a moment to check them out; they are an inspiration:
"Like the painter’s apprentice, we still carefully handcraft our colors in small amounts and even fill every tube by hand." [from Vasari's website]
I'm a huge fan of Vasari paints for their purity and handling and consistency, and later this month when I am in NYC I plan to visit their Chelsea showroom.

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14 October 2014

Still life with Jug, Cantaloupe, and Figs (the light, the shade)


Still life with Jug, Cantaloupe, and Figs (the light, the shade)
11 x 14 inches, oil on linen on panel, 2014
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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.

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06 October 2014

Sicilian Eggplant on a Wood Block No. 2


Sicilian Eggplant on a Wood Block No. 2, 12 x 9 inches, oil on linen on panel, 2014
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03 October 2014

Announcement: Sedona Workshop (May 18-22, 2015)

My 5-day workshop in 2015 is May 18-22 at Sedona Arts Center and registration is now open. 

In the workshop feedback I get, participants always say that it is a transformative experience to watch me do a demo painting -- from start to finish -- every day. For me, painting demos are a conversation. I explain my thought process, I answer (and ask!) questions, I give instruction about all aspects of painting, I tell stories, I recount color combinations, and I sometimes go off on tangents... but you must know that I feel so fortunate that I get asked the most thoughtful, inspiring, and fun questions. In those present moments, we are connected together in a dialogue with each other and with painting -- in a space of magic and curiosity -- and it's one of my favorite places to be.

CLICK HERE to paint with me in beautiful Sedona

If you're considering signing up, but want to see and hear me describe my teaching approach, watch the 4 minute video below:



Space is very limited.

My 2014 Sedona workshop was full with a wait list, so if you are interested, I hope you can register early. The official workshop description is here.

Looking forward to spending 5 days painting with you in May,


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02 October 2014

Throwback Thursday - #TBT - Locker 936

The best $11 I ever spent:



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30 September 2014

Concord Grapes, Silver Cup, & Seckel Pear (+ an inspiring comment)


Private Collection

My recent 1-day Yardley workshop was a phenomenal group! [To see this painting on my easel at the workshop, click here.] I just came across a participant's comment about the day. Read the inspiring comment below (click to view larger):


In 2 days, I'll post the sign-up info for my Sedona Arts Center workshop (May 18-22, 2015). If you're interested, check your calendars now so you can register right away -- my 2014 Sedona workshop filled up quickly. If it's helpful, this link will take you to my posts with a dozen or so testimonials from painters who took my 2014 Sedona workshop.

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29 September 2014

Hand-picked Peach with Leaves (+ the amazing Skyspace)

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Last night, I experienced James Turrell's Skyspace, Greet the Light, which is located about 5 minutes from my studio. Photos don't do it justice (and aren't allowed, anyway), so I encourage you to read about this remarkable art installation here.

This Thursday, I will be announcing the details and sign-up information for my Sedona Arts Center workshop (May 18-22, 2015). My last Sedona workshop filled up fast, so keep an eye out and register early!

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23 September 2014

Still Life with Acorn and Silver Pitcher (+ A Meditation on 7 Years)

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A Meditation on 7 Years
A Meditation for 7 Years

Today marks 7 years since I began making paintings for this blog. When I started making a painting a day, I was curious if I could develop a daily painting practice for myself. Now, seven years later, my blog has had over half a million visitors from over 100 countries, and my work is in private and public collections on six continents.

For me, my daily paintings are intensely personal, my painting practice is my meditation, and my work allows me to connect with amazing people like you.

Today, while I painted this painting (in my new north-lit studio -- can you see we're in the woods?), I felt an overwhelming sense of awe and wonder about painting and a mindful practice that continues to allow me to feel like a beginner every time I sit down at my easel. Painting is both big and small. It is both humble and majestic. And, like a little acorn, it is both present moment and vast potential.

Today (and every day) I offer my deepest gratitude to you for your continued interest in my work. Thank you for allowing me to share it with you.

All my best,


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22 September 2014

Blue Collection (Golden Ratio)


Blue Collection (Golden Ratio), oil on linen on panel, 6 x 7 inches, 2014

Studio Update
As I'm in the happy midst of preparations for my solo exhibition at Mason Fine Art in Atlanta in November, I am also "recovering" from moving my home and studio two weeks ago. (!) Things are finally just about close to being in order in my studio. If you're interested in seeing my beautiful new studio, let me know and I will see if I can take some decent photos of it.

About Today's Painting
This new trompe l'oeil painting of mine relates to a series of non-objective ink paintings that I've been working on since 2012 that utilize the structure of the golden ratio. I've been considering the golden ratio as not just a structure (as it is in today's painting), but as subject matter in my still life and trompe l'oeil oil paintings. More on that later.

In the meantime, if you're in the NJ area, this painting will be on view in the Peto Museum's National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil from September 27 – December 29, 2014. The opening reception is Friday, September 27, 2014 6-8pm. Contact the Peto Museum for details about that.

As I prepare for my Nov. 8-9 Peto Museum workshop - I am excited that I will be able to choose from Peto's objects for my own painting demo still life set up during the workshop.

If you're considering signing up, photos from last year's workshop are here. I think there may be just one spot left in the workshop.

Anyway, the Peto is a Studio Museum, so his objects are placed in situ throughout the space. During last year's workshop, I painted Still life with John F. Peto's Copper Jug, Clementine, and Concord Grapes. If you're interested, you can read more about it here.

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02 September 2014

Update on Live Painting Demo

Today I had planned to announce the details of my upcoming live painting demonstration in Chicago. However, due to a family emergency this past weekend, I've cancelled it. I am going to plan to reschedule it for another time. If you'd like to be kept up-to-date about my upcoming live demos, feel free to subscribe.

In the meantime, if you're interested, the archive of all my recent live painting demos is here and below is a time-lapse of a live painting demo I completed in 2012:



P.S. I am not sure but there may still be 1 spot left in my Yardley workshop on Sept 13. Check here if you'd like to spend a day painting with me in a couple of weeks.

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30 August 2014

5 Winners!

#35thbirthdayfreeprintgiveaway 
5 winners
Almost 500 submissions came in for my free print giveaway -- and I just announced the 5 winners here. Congratulations!

I also posted a handful of photos of birthday fun in my hometown, and my mom's fantastic birthday cake surprise for me. Check it out -- it's incredible.

Thanks for making my birthday so lovely with your warm wishes!

With gratitude,



29 August 2014

Private Painting Mentoring Testimonials

A limited number of Private Painting Mentoring spots will be open starting in early November. Apply now because spots are first come, first served & scheduled 6-8 weeks in advance.

If you're considering it, below is a recent Private Painting Mentoring testimonial:


I've posted recently about the last few spots in my upcoming workshops, but if you prefer private online instruction, without traveling to a workshop, my online Private Painting Mentoring may interest you. Over the last year, I've worked with painters in Europe, China, and across the US. I'm thrilled to mentor and learn from such remarkable folks.

If it's helpful to read comments from those who have completed Private Painting Mentoring, you can read feedback from some painters in the program (along with a profile on their work, used with permission).

It is an important decision to invest in yourself, so please read the testimonials. Here's more information:

FAQs: 

  1. Private Painting Mentoring is an online program, so you can be anywhere in the world.
  2. Simple high-speed internet works just fine.
  3. Yes, I do happily work with non-painter artists.
  4. Read testimonials from Private Painting Mentoring participants here.
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27 August 2014

Yardley Workshop: 2 last minute spots open

My workshop demo paintings
from my May 2014 workshop
 
Artists of Yardley just let me know that due to last minute cancellations, there are 2 SPOTS OPEN in my Sept 13th workshop. To see what my workshops are like, watch this 4 minute video.

Sept. 13 Yardley, PA 1-day workshop - 2 spots open Register

You can read feedback from past workshop participants here.

Happy painting,


P.S. Over 400 submissions came in for my free print giveaway -- I am aiming to announce the 5 winners by tomorrow, so keep an eye out! Thanks so much, everyone, for all the birthday wishes!

26 August 2014

COMING SOON: Live Painting Demo Announcement (+ note about Free Print Giveaway)

I turned 35 today and in celebration, I'm giving away 5 free signed limited edition prints of my paintings. Note: if you leave a comment below stating that you want to throw your name in the hat -- be sure to include your name in your comment. (I've received a lot of Anonymous comments without a name included. If that's you, just send me an email.) You can also leave a comment on facebook. Feel free to share with friends and click to tweet. The deadline to enter is today, Tuesday, August 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Full details here. 

Upcoming Announcement
Next Tuesday, September 2nd, I'm excited that I will be announcing the details of my upcoming Live Painting Demonstration in Chicago. For 2 hours, I will complete a painting in front of a live audience, with the filming streamed live online in real time (for free). If you'd like to find out more about this, feel free to sign up.

I posted photos from my Feb 2014 live demo, and you can watch the 3 minute time lapse below:



You can watch all my past live demos here, or choose below:

February 28, 2014, Arcadia University: Silver Cup with Pear and Red Grapes
Fundraiser for the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
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February 21, 2012, Arcadia University: Still Life with Silver Creamer
Fundraiser for the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
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June 9-12, 2011, Art in the Open, Philadelphia
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April 27, 2011, FOX's Good Day Philadelphia
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February 15, 2011, Arcadia University: Peeled Tangerine with Tea Bowl
Fundraiser for the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
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22 August 2014

FREE Print Giveaway in honor of my Birthday

Enter to win a signed print
It's the dog days of summer, and I turn 35 next week! : ) I want to show my gratitude to you for your support of and interest in my work by giving away 5 free signed limited edition prints of my paintings.

I no longer sell prints of my work, but this is your chance to win one of the 5 prints pictured to the right.

HERE'S HOW TO WIN:
Super easy. Just leave a comment here on facebook stating that you want to throw your name in the hat. (if you're not on facebook -- and I admire you if you're not -- leave it in a comment below)

My hat
DEADLINE: my birthday, Tuesday, August 26th at 11:59 pm EST

PRIZE WINNERS:
5 prize winners will be picked out of a hat and announced on August 27th

Feel free to share with your friends and click to tweet. Good luck.


P.S. I will be making a big live painting demo announcement on September 2nd. To find out the details first, join my list.

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21 August 2014

Throwback Thursday (+ O Magazine and Social Media)


Fig and Concord Grapes with Blue Bottle, 20 September 2010

This Throwback Thursday #TBT painting was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine (pictured right). You can view the article here on Oprah.com.

If you frequent twitter or facebook, you can see my posts, stories, photos, #OnTheEasel studio snapshots, #TBT Throwback Thursday Fan Favorite Paintings, my workshop recaps, new announcements, free giveaways, videos, articles I find, my museum trips, painting travels around the world, and more.

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Note:
Tomorrow, Friday, August 22nd is the last day to enter the Peto Museum's National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil.

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20 August 2014

Homegrown Tomato (+ Peto's still life objects)


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Peto's own still life objects
As I prepare for my Nov. 8-9 Peto Museum workshop - I'm contemplating John F. Peto's remarkable still life objects. The Peto is a Studio Museum, so his objects are placed in situ throughout the space.

I am honored to be able to choose from Peto's objects for my own painting demo still life set up during the workshop. During last year's workshop, I painted Still life with John F. Peto's Copper Jug, Clementine, and Concord Grapes. If you're interested, you can read more about it here and here.

Note:
Friday, August 22nd is the last day to enter the Peto Museum's National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil.

One last thing, about today's painting: I painted a mostly round homegrown tomato in 2007, a pretty green homegrown tomato in 2008, and a quite orange one in 2010. August is tomato season!

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