Oil paintings by Abbey Ryan. He makes "A Painting a Day". His paintings have been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine's "Live Your Best Life—Women Who Make Beautiful Things," Seth Godin's bestseller, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible?, and FOX's Good Day Philadelphia.
*** Participants should bring their own easels and will receive venue address & materials list after payment is received.***
Selected Workshop Reviews:
“Anyone who ever meets you and experiences your deep and gentle soul and wonderful teaching skills knows how true this is. You are one in a million.” -ES
“Your painting and instruction and inspiration were terrific. There was such excitement to see you paint, and then the rest of the day for us to plod along with our own work, so I felt the time schedule was perfect. And I don't mean to sound like some adoring fanatic (I had read some glowing reviews of your workshops and sort of took them with a grain of salt), but it's ALL TRUE. Thank you so much for your incredible ability to share. You are a great teacher.” -LM
“I want to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and learning from you. Your technique of sketching in your objects loosely to start is very freeing. Your brushwork and completed works are beautiful. I get such a pleasure from remembering your peaceful nature and inspirational work. Thank you. I look forward to taking another workshop with you.” -PL
“Thank you so much for an outstanding workshop! I really appreciate the time you spent helping me learn so much… and while I feel that I got far more than I expected, I know that there is so much more for me to learn. And this is good because I will never get bored on the never ending journey of exploration & discovery! I hope you are able to come back to teach here… we were so very fortunate to have you here this week. And perhaps I will get to one of your workshops in the Philadelphia or NJ area.” -PM
“I am still basking in the memory of your workshop with great joy. I just wanted to thank you again for your gentle way and sincere kindness. Looking forward to receiving my Abbey Ryan demo painting to add to my collection. Such an honor!” -LS
“Abbey has inspired me and given me hope. The more I read on Abbey's website, the more I knew I had to meet her and take a workshop with her. Since the workshop, her words and instruction have restored confidence in me. No one on earth could ever ask for more! I felt such peace while taking her class -- Abbey set such a wonderful tone for the workshop. Since the workshop, the best changes I have noticed have been mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I want to enjoy the process and now know how to honor the creative part of me that has been dormant too long. After just one day, Abbey made such a difference in my life and I'm sure soooooo many more. I thank Abbey from the bottom of my heart for sharing her gift so beautifully and being the sweet and generous person that she is.” -ES
Still Life with Jug, Cicada, Grapes, and Hazelnuts (the light / the shade) oil on linen on panel, 2018, 11"x14" For purchase information or to request detail views: contact me at email@example.com
One of the most prominently featured insects in Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance painting was the cicada -- as a symbol of prayer, sanctuary and hope. Also, the hazelnut was seen, by the Greeks and Romans, as a symbol of peace and health.
Click to view auction All of the subjects in this painting were a gift! This elegant silver teapot, a wonderful gift from my mother-in-law, has a neat story:
"Part of the Hopkins family saga: Granny T. rode the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad often between Philly and Baltimore. One hundred years ago, G. H. Thomson bought this silver plated pot as a memento of the days when railroads had elegant dining cars with heavy white tablecloths. The Baltimore and Ohio R.R. was selling off items because they no longer had the fancy dining car. It holds a cup and a half of tea water."
P.S. I'm excited to share that I will soon be announcing details for a new last minute 1-day workshop in beautiful Boothbay Harbor, Maine. It will be on Saturday, August 4th. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like priority registration.
I've been away from posting auctions the last week because I've been focusing on painting larger more complex paintings. I will be ready to start posting some of those larger works in the next several days.
Related to my postings on mindful studio practice, I often read renowned writer Maria Popova's work (my previous mentions here). As I often spend my time closely observing the beautiful fruits of our planet, her piece on "Wendell Berry on the Grandeur of Small Places and the Perils of Our 'Rugged Individualism'" caught my eye. This is an excerpt towards the very end of the piece:
"Under the tyranny of 'rugged individualism,' this profound disconnect between our personal interests and our world’s wellbeing is a rift rooted in pitting the wilderness as an antagonist to human progress and seeing the welfare of the two as mutually exclusive — a pie fallacy which began at least as early as the Industrial Revolution and which Bertrand Russell bemoaned in his 1930 classic, observing that we’ve come to measure our progress by our 'separation from the life of Earth.'" Read more.
Psili Amos Beach was another one of my favorite beaches on Patmos, Greece. You can view some of my Greek island painting travels here.
the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia These are the final two days of my exhibition:abbey ryan: the light / the shade, in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University on view from April 16 - June 16. If you enjoy this painting, you can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series. You can also view installation views of the exhibition in the Photo gallery on the right side of this page.
kohklakoura beach, lipsi, greece (the light / the shade) oil on linen on panel, 2017, 5"x4"
Kohklakoura Beach was one of my favorite beaches on one of my favorite islands in Greece. I posted an interesting photo before I started painting this seascape. You can see it here. You can view more of my Greek island adventures here.
the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia These are the final days of my current exhibition: read more aboutabbey ryan: the light / the shade, my exhibition in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University on view from April 16 - June 16. If you enjoy this painting, you can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series.
the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia If you enjoy this painting, you may like to read more aboutabbey ryan: the light / the shade, my exhibition in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University on view from April 16 - June 16. If you enjoy this painting, you can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series.
You can also click here to see a bunch of my paintings of tomatoes.