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15 January 2017

a few spots left: Falmouth (Cape Cod) workshop, July 25-27

There are a few spots left in my 3-day Falmouth Art Center (Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard area) workshop this July 25-27, 2017. [Register]

Here's two participants commenting on my workshops:

"Abbey's approach has been life changing for me. Her limited palette, relaxed attitude and the ability to emotionally connect with her subject right away and stay with that connection was eye opening. Abbey was very open in sharing her information during the demonstration and her personal input into my painting was so much appreciated. I feel I have a new perspective. This was the best gift I could give myself and I will most definitely recommend this to all my artist friends."
-NW

"I've taken three of Abbey's workshops. They have all been a wonderful experience. Initially, I took Abbey's workshop because of my frustration about wanting to paint but not knowing how to get started and really connect with the process. Abbey's workshops are so productive in terms of what one can absorb and accomplish in a short amount of time. I was initially attracted to her workshop because of an interest in the 'Painting a Day' concept and the smaller scale of the work seemed manageable for a beginner. I love taking her workshops because I feel that I can connect with what and how Abbey is teaching because of the the honoring way in which Abbey coaches the students through their challenges and roadblocks -- which I find so supportive to my particular process. Abbey creates a safe, inspiring learning environment. Before I signed up for the workshop, I was worried that as a beginner, I wouldn't be able to keep up. At first I felt a little intimidated, but because Abbey works with people on the level that they are at, she made me feel that none of that mattered and I was able to focus more on what I wanted to get out of the class. I have to admit that the idea that Abbey was in O Magazine caught my attention as well as her spots on TV shows etc. But to tell you the truth, I just had a feeling when I studied Abbey's paintings and watched her demos that pulled me in. Watching Abbey's video demonstrations on line where fascinating to me and convinced me that she was the teacher for me. What I liked best about the workshop was watching Abbey paint, personal instruction, the supportive, creative atmosphere that she creates!"
-DC

To read more about the workshop: [http://www.falmouthart.org/events/explore-a-painting-a-day-and-alla-prima-painting-with-abbey-ryan/]

If you are considering coming to paint with me, you may also like to see more testimonials, or my workshops video:



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09 January 2017

Still Life with Blackberries and Silver Cup (with Self-Portrait in Winter Hat)


Still Life with Blackberries and Silver Cup (with Self-Portrait in Winter Hat)
oil on linen on panel, 5 x 6 inches, available
Email abbeyryan@gmail.com for purchase information

"To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts." ~Thoreau

As you can see my brightly colored winter-indoor-hat, there's a self portrait of sorts in this silver cup's reflection (here are a bunch of other reflection self portraits, too).

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Acorn and Silver PitcherStill life with Silver Pitcher & Muscat Grapes, or a bunch of my paintings of silver objects or blackberries.

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31 December 2016

29 December 2016

The Innernet (#DigitalDetox) with Abbey Ryan

I have always loved the digital detox that happens naturally during my painting travels because I am unplugged. However, as an artist who represents my own paintings online, balanced Internet time needs to be the rule, not the exception.

Forbes advocated for it in 2014, Wikipedia captured it, and now there are trademarked retreats and stores. The retreats could be great, but I know that the true value of digital detox (what I call "The Innernet") comes not in extracting ourselves from our daily lives or disparaging the Internet, but in embedding the Innernet balance into the fabric our daily lives. It's more sustainable that way, and has a greater impact.

"The Innernet" is the name I've been using for a couple years to describe #DigitalDetox for artists, makers, creatives, writers, thinkers, families, anyone really. I am doing a 2-part series with live 60-minute lecture/Q&A/mentoring/coaching calls about the Innernet and then I invite you to join me in your own version of #DigitalDetox. This is your own version of taking a "break" from the Internet. Unplugging entirely can seem impossible. How you unplug is up to you. You could start by turning off mail and social media notifications on your phone/computer. You could choose to put your phone in airplane mode for a few hours each day. You might want the computer App Freedom or the Smartphone App Offtime. If you need to receive text messages and phone calls depending on your situation or profession, you'll do that. Going offline isn’t always simple, so you do what you can. During your time offline, there is no goal to be reached. You are free to just be and do those things you wish you had more time for......

The series starts January 2nd. Read more.

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24 December 2016

09 December 2016

Glass Jar with Bee (literally vs. seriously) (+ Mary Oliver on being an artist in the world)



Poet Mary Oliver on being an artist in the world:

"I definitely believe that. And I think if you skimp on one or the other, you're not getting the whole show. You have to be in the world to understand what the spiritual is about, and you have to be spiritual in order to truly be able to accept what the world is about." Read more.

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08 December 2016

Vintage Bean Jar (+ "Think Less, Think Better")



Related to my postings on mindful studio practice, "Think Less, Think Better" is an op ed by Moshe Bar, a neuroscientist and professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Here's an excerpt:

"My birthday gift to myself for the last couple of years has been a week of silence at a vipassana meditation retreat. Being silent for a week, and trying to empty your mind of thought, is not for the faint of heart, but I do wish that everyone could try it at least once. During my first retreat, I wondered how a simple tomato could taste so good, why I did not mind physical discomfort as much, how looking at a single flower for 45 minutes was even possible, let alone so gratifying. My thoughts — when I returned to the act of thinking about something rather than nothing — were fresher and more surprising." [Keep reading]

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07 December 2016

Pear and Bird's Egg (the light, the shade) (+ David Wiesner's "Spot")



If you're interested, I recommend "Spot" -- an iPad app created by artist/illustrator/author David Wiesner. From their site: "Spot is an app unlike any other. A visual adventure—one that is never the same twice—unfolds as you travel through spaces that transition into one another via the Pinch-and-Zoom feature of your iPad. With a pinch and a zoom, you move through dazzling scenes, delving into worlds within worlds rendered in gorgeous original artwork by David Wiesner." Learn more: [http://bitu.com/spot/]

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. Generous support for my "the light, the shade" series from June 2016-June 2018 is provided by the Norman Johnston Fellowship at Arcadia University.

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