26 November 2014

Peaches in a Copper Bowl

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Peaches in a Copper Bowl
Oil on linen on panel, 6"x7" framed
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12 November 2014

Still Life with Red Grapes & Fourme d'Ambert Bleu

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Still Life with Red Grapes and Fourme d'Ambert Bleu
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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.

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05 November 2014

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

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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.

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04 November 2014

Bosc Pear (The Green Stripe - La Raie Verte)

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Bosc Pear (The Green Stripe - La Raie Verte)
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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.

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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.

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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
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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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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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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:



Feel free to view all of my Throwback Thursday #TBT paintings. If you frequent twitter or facebook, check out my posts, stories, photos, #OnTheEasel studio snapshots, Fan Favorite paintings, my workshop snapshots and recaps, new announcements, free giveaways, videos, articles I find, my museum trips, painting travels around the world, and more.

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30 September 2014

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


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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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