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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Best,

26 February 2015

Clementine with Stem on Marble (+ Rome travels & Baroque painting)


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I was traveling and painting in Italy the last time I painted a clementine with a stem on a marble surface. It was March 2009 during a mini-blizzard in Perugia.

This May, I will be traveling and painting in Assisi and Rome to study Baroque art. Baroque painters (i.e. Velázquez, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer...) often depicted a dramatic moment using light & dark (chiaroscuro), and I think it is human nature to go towards (the) light. In my own work, I enjoy sharing a way of looking at the world by capturing a moment (of light) as it is happening -- however dramatic or subtle or simple it may be.

Ending tonight - at 8:15 PM EST

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Best,

24 February 2015

Blue and White Sake Cup (present moment)


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I'm enjoying the light in my new studio, and this is one of my favorite cups on my still life objects shelf. I've painted this cup a few times over the years (first time in 2008), but never by itself.

Right now I am creating one of the most amazing projects I've worked on lately, and until I am ready to announce it (probably in March), here's another something I am reading:
"If we have mindfulness and concentration, everything we see and hear in our daily life becomes a Dharma talk -- a falling leaf, a flower as it opens, a bird flying by, the sound of a bird calling. We say that it is the Dharmakaya, the Dharma body of the Buddha, which is always revealing the teaching of the Dharma. 
When we feel refreshed and attentive, we can be in touch with the Dharma body and hear the Dharma being taught from moment to moment. We shall see that it's not necessary to put a tape in our cassette player and press the button in order to hear the Dharma. We can hear the Dharma at any moment." 
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

Best,

19 February 2015

Still Life with White Sage, Cranberry, & Drop Vase


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I wanted to share a quote I've been thinking about lately:
If "How much is enough?" is the subversive question for the consumer society, "How can I hear my own heart?" is the key assault on the Information Age."  
~ Bill McKibben, in his Introduction to Thoreau's Walden
Workshop updates
My March 28-29 Artists of Yardley workshop has a few spots left, I think, and my May 18-22 Sedona Arts Center workshop has 1 spot left.

Feel free to view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

03 February 2015

Still Life with Korean Bowl & Bosc Pear


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I found this amazing handmade bowl during my 2013 painting trip to South Korea, and this is my first time painting it. Also, if you look closely, there's one of my self portrait of sorts down the middle of the bowl's reflections.

If you missed it last week, I posted a few photos of my new studio, including two views of my incognito studio "office."

Ending Soon - at 9:30 PM EST tonight

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Enjoy,

02 February 2015

Red Pear (Yang) (+ thoughts on vision)


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Red Pear (Yin) and Red Pear (Yang) together
This is the yang to my earlier Red Pear (Yin), as part of my "yin and yang" series.

If you can see it, I painted a bit of Red Pear (Yin) along the left side of the Red Pear (Yang) canvas. I'll try to share more later, but for now I'll say that since I began studying painting in 2003, I've been interested in glances, how our mind blends fragmented visual experiences, and the synergy at work in vision.

You can see both Red Pears together here:

Workshop update
My March 28-29 Artists of Yardley workshop is more than half full now. If you're considering signing up, you can check out my last Yardley workshop photos. Also, here's some additional feedback about my teaching:
"The best experiences about the workshop with Abbey were: watching Abbey paint, the serenity and shared experience of painting with everyone there, and the permission to immerse myself in the experience and community.  I loved the energy.  And of course Abbey is simply awesome.  When an instructor can show one or two things to a student that improves their work, something the student can take away with them well, what more can you ask for?" -GK
If it's helpful, feel free to read more feedback about my workshops.

Ending Soon: Red Pear (Yin)

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Happy Monday,

28 January 2015

Red Pear (Yin) (+ new workshop feedback & photos)


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This painting continues my "yin and yang" series that I began back in 2010. There will be a yang for this one, but I haven't painted it yet.

My March 28-29 Artists of Yardley workshop is already half full.

If you're considering signing up, you can check out some Yardley photos.

Also, here's some feedback about my teaching:
"Abbey is a great teacher with unsurpassed talent and sensitivity. Not only is she an extraordinary artist who can direct and mentor her students, but also she is a creator of welcome, positive, creativity-engendering space in which to share her experience. This ability helps to put her students at ease and helps them to get psyched for their own painting endeavors."  -SD
"Abbey is really so very accomplished... it was very special to meet her and be a part of the experience of watching her while teaching... amazing what the end result was! To talk and paint at the same time is quite a skill!"  -PW
If you find it helpful, you can read more new feedback about my workshops.

Best,

27 January 2015

Bosc Pears Together (+ more studio photos)


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As promised, I posted more photos of my new studio to share with you. There are two views of my studio "office" -- a "now you see it, now you don't" sort of thing. Hope you enjoy.

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

Enjoy,

21 January 2015

Still Life with J. F. Peto's Salt-glazed Mug, Clementine, and Match (+ Peto Museum Workshop)


Private Collection

photos: Garry Kravit
In November, I taught a workshop at one of my favorite places: the John F. Peto Studio Museum. If you're not familiar, John Frederick Peto (1854-1907), born in Philadelphia, was a late nineteenth-century figure in the trompe l’oeil school of American still life painting. The Peto Museum is a renowned and memorable studio museum about 2 hours east of Philadelphia where I live and work.

The Museum invited me to use Peto's still life objects in my painting demonstration during this year’s workshop (I painted Peto’s copper jug in 2013). In addition to Peto’s characteristic use of matches as subject matter -- which I placed in my still life as an homage -- Peto often painted the salt-glazed mug that I selected from the Museum’s collection for my still life. As I was setting up my still life, I was amazed thinking that Peto held this very object in his hands, too. As I was painting, I felt a deep connection to Peto. It is impossible to fully put it into words. Painting for me is a deep inquiry into the moment, light, and still life objects.

photo: Garry Kravit
Teaching and painting at the Peto Museum is awe-inspiring. Setting up one of Peto's still life objects in my own still life set up is an incredible experience, especially because Peto used the mug so often in his still life paintings (see below).

If you're interested, below are two of Peto’s salt-glazed mug paintings: Mugs, Pipe and Matches and Book, Pipe and Mug, both from c. 1880, which were on view in the exhibition, Important Information Inside: The Art of John F. Peto and the Idea of Still-Life Painting in Nineteenth-Century America, at Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art in 1983.

The exhibition featured sixty-one paintings by John F. Peto.

Peto's own paintings of
his salt-glazed mug
(Image source: the exhibition's hardcover catalog Important Information Inside: The Art of John F. Peto and the Idea of Still-Life Painting in Nineteenth-Century America, by John Wilmerding, Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1983.)

Here are photos of my painting demo, more of Peto's paintings, and the workshop

Next time, I'll post a bit more about the workshop and the fabulous group of painters who came to study, paint, talk painting, laugh, and just spend time with me.

Enjoy,

20 January 2015

Contest Winner (+ Yardley Workshop Now Open - March 28-29)

My 2-day March 28-29 workshop at Artists of Yardley is now open for registration. My Yardley workshops fill up fast, and space is limited. Register today to reserve your spot. Note: you need to click the link and then scroll down.

If you're interested, these photos give a glimpse into the vibe of my workshops, and AoY's beautiful studios are featured in this video where I talk about my approach to teaching:



In this workshop, I'll focus on how you can strengthen your approach to painting and your internal painting dialogue so you’ll have positive painting experiences. My perspective balances all there is to love about painting (a LOT!), with what I have identified as the most universally challenging aspects of painting. Read more here.

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Last year in my Artists of Yardley workshop, one of the painters shared with me how he took advantage of his long work commute time... to paint.

On. The. Train. (see photo)

How inspiring. In my workshops, I talk with so many painters about my strategies to manage the fact that life's challenges and roadblocks sometimes (often?) keep us from doing what we love: painting. I hope that perhaps this photo can provide a bit of perspective on the matter.

Last but not least, I would like to announce my Private Painting Mentoring contest winner. Thank you all so much for your interest in my online mentoring program, and it was such a pleasure to read through all of the submissions. It was incredibly difficult to decide, but I've notified the winner: Kay Stauffer from Pennsylvania, USA. Congrats, Kay!

Best,

19 January 2015

Workshop Announcements & 8 Finalists

Workshop Announcements
Tomorrow I will also be posting upcoming workshop announcements, along with a super inspiring story/photo about one of my previous workshop participants. Keep an eye out for that (or join my list) because my workshops have been filling up fast.

Private Painting Mentoring Contest Finalists
I posted my short list yesterday, and the 8 finalists (in alphabetical order) are Paula Adams, Dan Bogdon, Lorin Dixon, Chris Emerick, Gabel Kokinda, Flora Pinkham, Kay Stauffer, and Catherine Twomey.

I will be posting the winner tomorrow.

Best,

18 January 2015

Short list for my Contest to Win a FREE Private Painting Mentoring session

With almost 100 entries for my Private Painting Mentoring "contest," it has taken me a bit of time to carefully read through every submission two or three times. All of the submissions were so wonderful that I decided to share my short list to give props to these folks. Please know that I wanted to pick all of the submissions!

Short list (alphabetical order): Paula Adams, Artie Anderson, Judy Bell, Dan Bogdon, Beth Burke, Sheri Deitch, Lorin Dixon, Chris Emerick, Coleen Hester, April Hopkins, Angela Knoll, Gabel Kokinda, Sally Mervin, Flora Pinkham, Kay Stauffer, Catherine Twomey, Yvonna Walls.

I will be posting the finalists tomorrow and the winner(s) on Tuesday. 

For more information on my Private Painting Mentoring, click here.

Flight Level Three Four Zero
As a side note, I wanted to share this amazing photo that was emailed to me by a workshop participant who is a commercial airline pilot. He wrote, "I took this a few days ago over the Atlantic on the way to Delhi, India. Sunrise as we slipped over the Irish coastline from thirty-four thousand feet." W-o-w.

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

Best,

04 January 2015

Update on my contest

Wow! Almost one hundred entries (!) came in from all over the US, Colombia, Germany, Norway, Greece, Canada, etc. for my "contest" for a free Private Painting Mentoring session. I am taking my time carefully going through each submission, and I will post the winner here as soon as possible. Thanks so much for your interest and your patience! In the meantime, for more information on my Private Painting Mentoring, click here.

To see some of my recent "goings-on" via snapshots of my life, take a look here. If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view All Available Paintings.

All my best,

28 December 2014

Early Winter View at My New Studio (+ contest last call)



This is my first time painting part of the view at my new studio (detail view below), and to the right is this painting #OnTheEasel, which I posted on facebook in my Studio | World album. I also posted a bunch of photos there from my recent travels in Arizona.

I hope you're considering entering my "contest" for a free Private Painting Mentoring session. All the details are here. There are just a few hours left to send in your submission. My Private Painting Mentoring is an online program, so you can be anywhere in the world (so far submissions have come in from all over the US, Colombia, Germany, Norway, Greece, Canada, etc).


Sorry, the DEADLINE HAS PASSED -- No more submissions accepted. 
For more information, click here.


If it helps you decide about entering, I uploaded a couple of new testimonials from painters participating in my Private Painting Mentoring. There is a wait list, but if it interests you, the next open spot is in early-February.

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

Best,


Detail View:

Last Update on my Contest to Win a FREE Private Painting Mentoring session ($450 value)

Sorry, the DEADLINE HAS PASSED -- No more submissions accepted. 
For more information, click here.


All the details are here. There are a few hours left to send in your submission. My Private Painting Mentoring is an online program, so you can be anywhere in the world (so far submissions have come in from all over the US, Colombia, Germany, Norway, Greece, Canada, etc).

To enter: Fill out this 2-question survey.

Deadline: Midnight, December 28, Philadelphia time.

23 December 2014

This post is about paint.

It's an odd thing to say since I have posted over 900 paintings here, but I want to take a moment to share my thoughts about paint itself.

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."
There are countless ways to interpret this "how" in terms of painting: motivation, subject matter, time management, painting tools, and so on. In my workshops and mentoring program, I am always talking with folks about their inner motivation to create and the challenge to keep creating.

Surprisingly often, my students are impeded by their tools, and this brings me back to paint. In large part, I am motivated to keep creating and enriched by pushing paint around because of the quality of paint that I use.

Earlier this month, I visited the Vasari showroom in NYC and this paint company is remarkable (completely unsolicited statement).

Vasari commits to hand-mulling each pigment according to its specific properties, in small quantities, and I think the resulting quality and intensity of paint is unparalleled.

The science of it all interests me, but for the sake of this post, I will just say that the superior handling properties of their paint makes it a pleasure to use. Their pigment strength and paint viscosity make mixing a joy.

I always say when I am teaching that painting should be pleasurable and painless.

If it is pleasurable, it is easier to keep painting. Vasari paints are a joy to use.

If you're interested, you can view more photos from my Vasari visit.

Best,

22 December 2014

Update on my Contest to Win a FREE Private Painting Mentoring session ($450 value)

Sorry, the DEADLINE HAS PASSED -- No more submissions accepted. 
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There's still more time to enter. 85 applications from have come in so far, and the deadline is midnight, December 28, Philadelphia time. My Private Painting Mentoring is an online program, so you can be anywhere in the world (so far submissions have come in from all over the US, Colombia, Germany, Norway, Greece, Canada, Italy, South Africa, Morocco, etc).

All the details are here.

To enter: Fill out this two-question survey.

If you know folks who might be interested, please share using the links below.

18 December 2014

Win a FREE Private Painting Mentoring session ($450 value)

Sorry, the DEADLINE HAS PASSED -- No more submissions accepted. 
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Earlier this week, I shared that my site surpassed three-quarters of a million visits from folks in over 100 countries (that's a quarter of a million in two years). As a thank you for supporting my work, I'm excited to announce a "contest" of sorts here and on facebook -- a special offering to "win" one FREE Private Painting Mentoring session with me ($450 value).

To enter: Fill out this 2-question survey.

Deadline: Midnight, December 28, Philadelphia time.

Late submissions aren't accepted. Submissions with too many words may or may not bog me down.

I will personally read through everything and ONE winner will be chosen.

I'll post the winner here on my blog on January 1, 2015.

I will be looking for a person I think I can help the most, not "judging" your submission.

Need more information?

FAQs: 
  1. If you prefer to study with me in person, I teach a few workshops each year.
  2. If you entered my contest in June 2013, I encourage you to apply again.
  3. Private Painting Mentoring is an online program, so you can be anywhere in the world.
  4. I am happy to work with you even if you've never painted before.
  5. Yes, I do work with non-painter artists.
  6. Mentoring Session will take place in Mid- to Late-January, depending on your schedule. 
  7. If you've already participated in Private Painting Mentoring, you are eligible.
  8. Here's a throwback to a post that I came across on facebook: 

If you know someone who might be interested, please share using the links below.

Good luck and have fun,

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16 December 2014

Peach on a Wood Block (+ a special announcement)

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
Peach on a Wood Block
Oil on linen on panel, 5"x4" framed
Available
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As we gear up for a new year, yesterday I shared some of the causes I like to support. Today I noticed that my site recently surpassed three-quarters of a million visits from folks in over 100 countries. I am so grateful for your amazing continued interest in my work!

Special Announcement
As a thank you, this week I'll be announcing a free "contest" here and on facebook -- a special offering to "win" one FREE Private Painting Mentoring session with me ($450 value). Keep an eye out for that on Thursday.

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

Enjoy,

15 December 2014

Red and Green Pear (+ thoughts on giving)

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
Red and Green Pear
Oil on linen on panel, 5"x4" framed
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It's mid-December and as I'm reflecting on 2014, I'm thinking about the causes that I like contributing to (you can find this on my website in the "Inspiration" section). If you have a moment, I encourage you to take a look:
Nakashima Foundation for Peace
National MS Society
Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship Fund
Quincy Lee Foundation

I would love to know what causes are on your mind today -- please leave a comment here.

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

Happy Monday,

09 December 2014

Champagne Grapes and Humboldt Fog (the light, the shade)



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. Also, if you're new to my blog, I've painted Cypress Grove's alluring Humboldt Fog cheese a couple of times before.

If you have a minute, please consider taking my quick 3-question survey today. The survey will end on Thursday. Thank you, in advance!

Ending Soon (at 8:30 PM tonight)

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Enjoy,