NEW! Live Painting Demonstration - 3/27/15 - View Time Lapse Video

30 March 2015

Still Life with Silver Cup, Two Blueberries, & Muscat Grapes (Live Demo Painting)


Still Life with Silver Cup, Two Blueberries, and Muscat Grapes
6x8 inches, oil on linen on panel, 27 March 2015
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(auction includes several detail and framed views)

Today's painting (and my live demo) honors the memory of my friend, Jami. All proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia. Read more. Also, if you look closely, there's one of my self portrait of sorts down the middle of the cup's reflections.

If you're interested, I posted many photos from the event, and I invite you to watch the 2 minute time lapse of my live demo:


Production and video credit: Denise Henhoeffer & Purnell Cropper, University Communications, Arcadia University.

Do you Sedona? 
I make a pilgrimage to Sedona each May to teach my 5-day workshop, and it always inspires and rejuvenates me. If you are interested in painting with me in Sedona, I think there may be one spot left; find out more here.

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

All my best,

28 March 2015

Still life with Glass Bottle and Two Apricots (magic is still possible)

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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(auction includes detail and framed views)

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,

27 March 2015

Live Painting Demo TODAY (Streamed Live Online) 11am EST

Join in today for my special live painting demo from 11am - 1pm EST.

The session is free and will be streamed live online.

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If you're in the Philly area, come watch in person on the landing atop the grand staircase of Arcadia University's at Grey Towers Castle, which was highlighted in the article, "12 Awe-Inspiring American Castles."

Hope to see you today either in person or online.

If you'd like to send me a note about this, leave a comment.

Enjoy,




P.S. One of my previous live demos was for FOX's Good Day Philadelphiaclick here to watch.

26 March 2015

Still life with Grapes and Danish Bleu (the light, the shade) (+ Live Demo tomorrow)


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(auction includes detail and framed views)

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.

My 2011 live painting demo
Live Demo
Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, is my live demonstration in Grey Towers Castle at Arcadia University from 11am to 1pm EST.

The session is free and open to the public, and will also be streamed live online at Arcadia's UStream channel.

If you're interested, I explain here why I do this event.

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

All my best,

25 March 2015

Peach on a Wood Block (+ Live Painting Demo DETAILS)

Abbey Ryan Original Oil painting
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(auction includes detail and framed views)

Special Announcement
I'm pleased to announce a special live event!

This Friday, March 27, I'm conducting a live demonstration of my painting in Grey Towers Castle at Arcadia University from 11am to 1pm EST.

The session is free and open to the public for anyone who can come person, and the event will be streamed live on Arcadia's UStream channel.

The demo painting will be posted on my blog and sold by auction, with all proceeds to benefit the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia. Jami and I became friends as art students and members of Arcadia's (Beaver's) Student Alumni Association together, and I remember her as an amazing artist and magnetic friend. I'd like to raise awareness about this Scholarship to honor Jami and her legacy of community service, artistic creativity, and love for Beaver College.

Click here to read more about this event.

I hope that you will consider joining me this Friday!

If you're interested, here is the time lapse of my 2014 live demo:



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

Best,

13 March 2015

Yardley workshop - 2 spots just opened up

My March 28-29 Artists of Yardley workshop was full but 2 spots just opened up due to last minute cancellations. If you'd like to come paint with me, sign up. Here's a new bit of workshop feedback:
"The best part of the workshop was the one on one time with Abbey. Typically, I find it difficult to get serious, specific, actionable feedback. Abbey's comments are truly constructive critic and I sincerely feel she is "on my team" and wants me to succeed. 
My demo during a 2013 Yardley workshop
I loved the refreshed enthusiasm from the workshop; it was very encouraging. I enjoyed being in the presence of so many talented people and just talking and listening about our art. I think Abbey does a wonderful job. Even the class size is perfect. 
Abbey is a great talent as an artist and as a communicator."    -RP

If you're interested, you can read more feedback about my workshops. To purchase my work, view my Available Paintings.

Enjoy the weekend,

05 March 2015

Partially Peeled Lemon (present moment)



The last time I painted a partially peeled lemon was in 2010, and that painting, Still Life with Peeled Lemon and Temmoku Bottle, was also featured in O, the Oprah Magazine. If you're interested, you can see that article here.

As I mentioned last week, I am working on an important project, and until I am ready to announce it (hopefully later this month), here's another something I am reading:
"The Mangroves"
As I said before, I am living now
in a warm place, surrounded by
mangroves. Mostly I walk beside
them, they discourage entrance.
The black oaks and the pines
of my northern home are in my heart,
even as I hear them whisper, "Listen,
we are trees too." Okay, I'm trying. They
certainly put on and endless performance
of leaves. Admiring is easy, but affinity,
that does take some time. So many
and so leggy and all of them rising as if
attempting to escape this world which, don't
they know it, can't be done. "Are you
trying to fly or what?" I ask, and they
answer back, "We are what we are, you
are what you are, love us if you can." 
~ Mary Oliver, Blue Horses, p. 35
As the auction for my painting, Clementine with Stem on Marble, ends tonight at 7PM EST -- and it's snowing in blizzard-like fashion right now in Philadelphia -- I am reminded that there was a blizzard outside in Perugia, Italy, when I last painted a clementine with stem on a marble (in March 2009). Hopefully it won't be snowing this spring when I'll be traveling and painting in Assisi and Rome to study Baroque art.

If you're interested in my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

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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(auction includes detail and framed views)

Best,

26 February 2015

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


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(auction includes detail and framed views)

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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If you're interested in my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

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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(auction includes detail and framed views)

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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(my eBay listings include detail & framed views)

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

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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To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

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: