18 December 2014

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

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
Available
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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!

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Enjoy,

07 December 2014

Fresh-picked Poblano Peppers from Red Earth Farm



If you haven't yet, please take my quick 3-question survey
I am getting tons of similar responses and would welcome your input.

Feel free to share this using the links below or click to tweet. If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and then view All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

05 December 2014

Golden Series: Tangerine, Horse chestnuts, & Cranberries



I sometimes paint a self portrait of sorts in the reflections on my shiny still life objects, but this is the first time I've painted my hand in the process of painting, as it is reaching towards my canvas and closer to the object. Can you see it?

This is the fourth painting in my Golden Series, and I continue to think about the works by Dutch painters. Since I introduced the series in August 2012, I periodically make paintings that are part of what I refer to as my Golden Series, paying homage in my own way to such painters as Rachel Ruysch, Caspar Netscher, and Abraham Mignon (all of which I studied at the Uffizi in Florence).

If you haven't yet, please take this quick 3-question surveyI am getting tons of similar responses and would welcome your input also.

If you enjoy it, share this painting using the links below or use this little click to tweet.

Best,


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

04 December 2014

Candy Canes (In a Heart)


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If you have a minute, please consider taking this quick 3-question survey. Thanks.

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

All my best,

03 December 2014

Two Chestnuts & Copper Plate

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting

I've only painted this copper plate once before (a little over 2 years ago).

On Monday, December 1 (and continuing for 8 consecutive days) I started posting a new 24-hour painting auction. If you've ever considered bidding on a painting, please take this quick 3-question survey.

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

Enjoy,

02 December 2014

01 December 2014

Still life with Persimmon & Mistletoe

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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For the next 8 days, I will post a new 24-hour painting auction. If you've ever considered bidding on a painting, I'd appreciate it if you would take this quick 3-question survey

Why? I haven't posted one-day auctions in a while (and I know many of you prefer them), and I will be traveling during the end of December and beginning of January, so I won't be able to post much during that time. Plus, 8 is my favorite number!

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

Happy Monday,

30 November 2014

Still life: Glass Bottle & Two Apricots (magic is still possible) (((+ a quick survey)))

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
Still life with Glass Bottle and Two Apricots (magic is still possible)
Oil on linen on panel, 6"x4"
Available
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Starting this Monday, December 1st, I'll be posting a new 24-hour painting auction for 8 consecutive days. In preparation for the next 8 days, if you've ever considered bidding on a painting, I'd appreciate it if you would take this quick 3-question survey

I'm doing this because I haven't had one-day auctions in a while (and I know many of you prefer them), and I will be traveling during the end of December and beginning of January, so I won't be able to post much during that time. Plus, 8 is my favorite number.

About today's painting: I'm working on a series of paintings to celebrate "Magic is still possible," the quote on my July 2014 free poster that comes from a great slideshow narrated by Marco Leona, chief scientist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In it, Leona shares his perspective on the role of magic in the creation of art.

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

Best,


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Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting

26 November 2014

Peaches in a Copper Bowl

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
Peaches in a Copper Bowl
Oil on linen on panel, 6"x7" framed
Available
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If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and then view All Available Paintings.

Best,


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12 November 2014

Still Life with Red Grapes & Fourme d'Ambert Bleu

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
Still Life with Red Grapes and Fourme d'Ambert Bleu
Oil on linen on panel, 6"x8" framed
Available
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A quick cheese fact: Fourme d'Ambert is one of France's oldest cheeses, and dates from as far back as Roman times.

This past weekend, I taught my workshop at the John F. Peto Studio Museum. It was amazing and I am working on a post about it. In the meantime, I recently added a new testimonial from a participant in my Private Painting Mentoring online. Here's an excerpt:
"I am so happy that I finally got the opportunity to experience Abbey's wonderful gifts! Since my session... I have no hesitation about what I am doing.

The best aspect of Private Painting Mentoring is Abbey herself. I liked that it was just Abbey and me talking. I liked that she took the time to understand my work and what I would like to do as well. I loved Abbey's Painting Assessment Worksheet that she gave me to fill out in advance; it made me think of things I had forgotten about. It was such an easy process.

I think Private Painting Mentoring will benefit anyone who is at a crossroads with their art, their process or their talent. Anyone who is looking for someone to genuinely guide them in continuing on their journey would love how Abbey turns all the road signs around and lights up the way to continue on the creative path. Abbey made everything so clear.

This process is wonderful."  ~ Y. Ward                 
To read more, click here.

Ending Soon
Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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To purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

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Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting

05 November 2014

Three Asian Pears in Late Afternoon Light (+ studio photos)

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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As promised, I have some photos of my new studio to share with you. I'll post a few at a time in my Studio | World album.

The first few photos show the entryway. Hanging there is trio of original works: a little ink on paper painting of mine, a seascape of mine, and an original hand-printed and hand-signed letterpress print by Seth Godin.

Seth's print includes an epigram from his book, The Icarus Deception, that I read every time I walk into my studio. The first line is "You are not your career" and the last line is "fly closer to the sun." I posted a detail shot of the whole thing so you can read it, if you're interested.

All my new studio photos can be found here. Hope you enjoy, and I'll add more soon.

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

All my best,

04 November 2014

Bosc Pear (The Green Stripe - La Raie Verte)

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
Private Collection

The painting references Henri Matisse's The Green Stripe (La Raie Verte), also known as Portrait of Madame Matisse -- a famous portrait by Matisse of his wife, Amélie Noellie Matisse-Parayre. He painted it in 1905.

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
Last week when I posted Pomegranate in Last Light, I shared a bit about my new studio and the light it has in late afternoon and last light. I loved your email replies about this topic.

Since it relates to this conversation about daylight and last light, I wanted to share my favorite app on my phone: Sunset and Sunrise. I have only a few apps on my phone, but I like this one. It tells me exactly how long it is until sunset, as well as last light. It also includes the exact percentage that daylight is completed. I sometimes find it useful and fun when I am deciding what and when I want to paint.

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

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Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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Best,

30 October 2014

New FREE POSTER is ready ("Art washes away...")

My seventh free poster (desktop wallpaper) is now available.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
~Picasso
Click here for free download
Please feel free to share this with anyone you think would enjoy it.

If you're interested in purchasing my work, a good place to start is to view my current painting auctions and also then view all my available paintings.

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Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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Yours in art and life,

28 October 2014

Pomegranate in Last Light

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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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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Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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Best,


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27 October 2014

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

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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My seventh free poster (desktop wallpaper) will be ready this Thursday, October 30. If you are interested in receiving it, register here.

In the meantime, my six previous free poster downloads are below. If you enjoy them, share them using the links below.

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Happy Monday,


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