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18 May 2018

meloi beach no. 1, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)


meloi beach no. 1, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 5"x6"

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
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16 May 2018

sunset in kastelli, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)


sunset in kastelli, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 5"x5"

mys                        mys
ti                             ti
cal                          cal

voy                        rev
age                         o
                              lu
a                            tion
round
                              a
its                          round
own
                              the
ax                          sun
is


Excerpt from the light / the shade by Robert Lax, pp 40-41.

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
If you enjoy this painting, you may like to read more about abbey 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.

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15 May 2018

Small Vine Tomatoes in a Handmade Bowl (+ 2 more exhibitions)


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As part of my interest in handmade pottery and my ongoing paintings of handmade pottery series, this tiny saucer/bowl is handmade by potter Willi Singleton. Here I painted another piece made by him.

If you're interested, my 14"x18" painting Hand-picked Apples (Together Forever) was accepted into the Oil Painters of America (OPA) international Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils on view at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, Michigan from June 22 – September 1, 2018. For the show, the Juror is OPA Master Signature Member Roger Dale Brown.

This same painting was also accepted into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) International Spring Juried Competition, juried by Barbara Nuss, NOAPS Signature Artist. For that show, there were 150 paintings accepted from the over 890 paintings entered.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Three Satsumas and Handmade Cup, 8x10, or a bunch of my paintings of tomatoes.

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14 May 2018

four peaches on a silver platter from patmos, greece (the light / the shade)


four peaches on a silver platter from patmos, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 6"x7"

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
If you enjoy this painting, you may like to read more about abbey 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.

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10 May 2018

pear on a blue block from patmos, greece (the light / the shade)


pear on a blue block from patmos, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 6"x4"

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
If you enjoy this painting, you may like to read more about abbey 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.

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09 May 2018

Still Life with Cigar and Silver Cup


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This cigar is a gift (on loan) from a friend and it's handmade by Ashton in the Dominican Republic. Silver, gold, and nickel are also important exports from the Dominican Republic. #gifts #grateful. Follow this link to see some of my still life paintings that were inspired by generous gifts from people I know.

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07 May 2018

Still Life with Three Pears and Three Chestnuts


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“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of pears.

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04 May 2018

Muscat Grapes



“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”
—Galileo Galilei

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03 May 2018

livadi geranou beach, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)


livadi geranou beach, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 5"x6"

In the distance (on the right) is Chora, the capital of Patmos. My earlier painting chora reflected in farm door, noon (the light / the shade) shows another distant view of Chora. The land mass across from the beach where I was painting is the islet Agios Giorgios (St. George) named after the small white church there (look to the left). After I painted this under the shade of a Tamarisk tree, I swam across to the beach below the white church.

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
If you enjoy this painting, you may like to read more about abbey ryan: the light / the shade, my exhibition in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University on view from April 16 - June 16. You can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series.

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02 May 2018

kohlakoura beach, lipsi, greece (the light / the shade)


kohlakoura beach, lipsi, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 4"x6"

Robert Lax's three favorite Greek islands were Kalymnos, Lipsi, and Patmos (where I spent time painting). Lipsi is the smallest of the three, at about 6 square miles, and there's only 1 taxi on the island. It's a 25 minute ferry ride from Patmos and we went there twice while staying on Patmos. On one visit, we met Yanni, a former sponge diver, and a passerby helped translate a conversation. We learned that Yanni actually knew Lax (here's a photo of Yanni). Kohlakoura is a white pebble beach (another photo here). My Greece snapshots are a bit out of order, but those links give a glimpse of it.

In this painting I used a little bit of an interesting Vasari color that's not usually on my palette: Video Blue Extra Pale (click on the name to see a photo of it on Lipsi). It's a vibrant and delicate cool blue -- like an opaque bluish white that's chromatic enough for complementary mixing with warm yellow/orange/earth colors.

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
If you enjoy this painting, you may like to read more about abbey ryan: the light / the shade, my exhibition in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University on view from April 16 - June 16.

You can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series.

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28 April 2018

Two Vintage Bottles



"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."
- Nelson Mandela

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27 April 2018

Three Plums


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"We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all."
- Dorothy Day

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26 April 2018

Red and Green Pear (+ memories)


Red and Green Pear
oil on linen on panel, 2018, 8"x6"
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"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others."
- Rosa Parks

The fabric in this painting is a fancy handkerchief that belonged to my grandmother, Charlotte.

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25 April 2018

kastelli view of skala, midday (the light / the shade)


kastelli view of skala, midday (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 5"x4"
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If you're interested, I recently announced my newest painting seminar: I'm honored to have been invited to offer a 3-day August 18-20 painting seminar at the Academy of Realist Art in Boston. It just opened for registration and space is limited to 12. Join today to reserve your spot. I was invited to be a visiting artist at the Academy of Realist Art, Boston, which is a renowned art school that teaches traditional art techniques in drawing and painting, using a curriculum that is modeled after 19th century French old masters' academies. Read more here. If you're interested, these are some reviews of my past seminars, these photos give a glimpse into them, and this short film is about my approach to teaching.

April 16-June 16, 2018 the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
If you enjoy this painting, you may like to read more about abbey 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.

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18 April 2018

Apple with Honeycomb on Silver Plate (+ exhibition details)



This honeycomb was a beautiful gift from our same neighbors who gave me the eggs in my recent Still Life with Copper Bowl and Three Eggs (Homage to Chardin, 1732). #gifts #grateful Follow this link to see some of my still life paintings that were inspired by the generosity of others. If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see some of my other paintings of silver items.

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Current Exhibition Details
(in press release format)

abbey ryan: the light / the shade
Arcadia University
Harrison Gallery, University Commons 
April 16 – June 16, 2018

A gallery talk by the artist will be held on April 19, 2018 in the Harrison Gallery beginning at 4:00 PM with a reception to follow.

GLENSIDE, Pa. — Arcadia University’s Art Research Collaboration (ARC) Exhibition Program is pleased to present “abbey ryan: the light / the shade,” an exhibition of recent paintings on display from April 16 through June 16, 2018 in the Harrison Gallery on the first level of the University Commons.

For Ryan, an associate professor at Arcadia and 2003 alumna of the University recognized for her daily practice of painting, this exhibition of 14 landscapes and still lifes in oil on linen represents the culmination of a 2017 research excursion to the Greek island of Patmos. This remote destination, known for its pure light, harsh terrain, and lack of shade, served as the longtime home of the American poet Robert Lax (1915-2000), whose singular form of minimalist poetry and seemingly solitary existence inspired Ryan to start the light / the shade series in 2012.

Executed either during Ryan’s travels, or inspired by her related research, these post-card sized images depict native fish and fruit as well as island views, some reflected in or framed by windows and doors. Acute to the paradoxes of illumination and rendered in an economical but expressive hand, the paintings are presented alongside passages from Lax’s book-length poem the light / the shade (1989) set in grey type adhered to walls painted deep blue. Distinguished by their vertical format in which each line is comprised of a single syllable, these short texts parse language into its elemental components to explore contrasts regarding light and time, seeing and being. They are simultaneously abstract and descriptive, visual and verbal. The resulting connections established between these meditative paintings and poems are further supported by a network of personal and historic associations.

Ryan’s research was undertaken as Arcadia’s first recipient of the Dr. Norman Johnston Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences awarded by Arcadia University to encourage talented and dedicated faculty members to excel in research in the humanities and social sciences and to share their scholarship with the University community. Dr. Johnston’s work on the evolution of prison architecture, specifically his study of monastic life as a model for solitary confinement, also informed Ryan’s project.

On April 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM, Ryan will give a talk in the exhibition space which will encompass the creation of the paintings in the show, her experiences on Patmos, as well as elaborating further on her views concerning the connections between Lax’s writings, Johnston’s research, and her own artistic practice. A reception will follow immediately afterwards in the Harrison Gallery.

The exhibition and the lecture are free and open to the public.

“abbey ryan: the light / the shade” was curated by Matthew Borgen and was made possible by a donation from Theresa and John Rollins. For more information about the exhibition, please contact the ARC Exhibition Program at (215) 5172629 or borgenm@arcadia.edu.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 PM.

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17 April 2018

hand-picked olive branch, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)


hand-picked olive branch, patmos, greece (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2018, 6"x4"
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"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
~ Mother Teresa

Today's painting of an olive branch (which I picked) is part of my ongoing painting series, the light / the shade, inspired by American poet Robert Lax's book-length poem, the light / the shade (pendo verlag, 1989). I painted it on the island of Patmos, Greece while creating work for my Johnston Fellowship research. While hand-picked olive branch, patmos, greece (the light / the shade) is not included in my exhibition in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University, the exhibition includes 14 paintings and will be on view from now through June 16, 2018.

My gallery talk for the community at Arcadia (also open to the public) will be this Thursday, April 19 at 4pm in the Harrison Gallery, University Commons, with a reception to follow. I will post the gallery notes / press release and share Greece landscape and still life paintings in the exhibition in the coming days.

Generous support for my the light / the shade work from June 2016 – June 2018 is provided by the inaugural Dr. Norman Johnston Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Arcadia University.*

Over the past year, I'm grateful to have had an invaluable ongoing dialogue with Paul Spaeth, Curator of the Robert Lax Archives and Library Director, Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY (Robert Lax's hometown). I visited the Robert Lax archives last fall as part of my research, and Paul Spaeth has been instrumental in certain aspects of my research as well as the exhibition planning. I am also honored that in Spring 2019 my exhibition the light / the shade will travel to New York and be on view in the gallery at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY. More details to come.

If you've followed my blog, my the light / the shade paintings are part of my daily painting work and are inspired by Robert Lax's minimalist poetry and Lax's contemplative life on Patmos, Greece (one of the oldest known penal colonies in history – a particular detail that connects to the work of Dr. Norman Johnson, for whom the fellowship is named). If you're not familiar, I first wrote about Robert Lax as the inspiration for my the light / the shade paintings here.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see more paintings from my the light / the shade series.

*The Dr. Norman Johnston Faculty Fellowship was endowed by the estate of Dr. Norman Johnston to encourage talented and dedicated faculty members to excel in research and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to share their knowledge with the University community. The fellowship promotes the values of Professor Emeritus Norman Johnston, who understood the central role of faculty in the education process, the open exchange of ideas, and the engagement of the entire University community. Dr. Johnston joined Arcadia in 1962 and was an international expert on the history of prison architecture. He taught at the University for 30 years, retiring in 1992. Dr. Johnston passed away in October 2012 at the age of 91.

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16 April 2018

Still Life with Two Figs on Marble (the light / the shade)



"All fear gives way: the light
Looks after you..."
~ American poet Louise Gl├╝ck"The Undertaking," May 1971

This is a new fresh-off-the-easel painting from my the light / the shade series. If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Figs, Bleu Cheese, and Temmoku Bottle (the light, the shade) or a bunch of my paintings of figs.

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
Read more about abbey ryan: the light / the shade, my exhibition in the Harrison Galery at Arcadia University that opens today. You can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series. I'll share details about abbey ryan: the light / the shade this week.

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13 April 2018

chora reflected in farm door, noon (the light / the shade) (+ August solo show)


chora reflected in farm door, noon (the light / the shade)
Oil on linen on panel, 6x4 inches, 2017
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Chora is the capital of Patmos, a 13-square-mile Greek island off the Aegean coast of Turkey. Last June, while on Patmos for my fellowship painting research, my studio was on a working farm in Kastelli, not far from the port area of Skala.

April 16-June 16, 2018 the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
If you enjoy this painting, you may like to read more about abbey ryan: the light / the shade, my exhibition in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University that opens this Monday, April 16. You can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series. I'll share details about abbey ryan: the light / the shade next week.

Upcoming solo exhibition
In August 2018, I'll be mounting a solo exhibition of new larger paintings at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. If you are nearby, I will be at the artist reception on Friday evening, August 3. A bit about Gleason Fine Art: "Established in 1985, Gleason Fine Art has become a fixture.... In addition to selling 19th through 20th century art, Gleason Fine Art offers collection consulting, art appraisals, and restoration services. From the beginning, their goal has been to offer the finest work by established painters and sculptors..."

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05 April 2018

view of agios georgios, kastelli, patmos, greece, afternoon (the light / the shade) (+ "the great all")


view of agios georgios, kastelli, patmos, greece, afternoon (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 6x4 inches, 2017
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If you're interested, here's an excerpt from a recent email I got from a collector of my work:

"I have a friend who is a painter and I have 4 of her paintings, a series named The Singers. The paintings are of an amazing opera singer performing on stage. My friend tried to paint what she saw in the opera singer's performance. She told me that the opera singer's voice and performance captured 'the great all.' Dear Abbey, your work feels that way to me—it captures the 'great all.'" 

On a related note, I often get emailed questions about selling artwork online. It's such a multi-layered and complex topic that I find it's easier to discuss in person in my workshops/seminars or mentoring program. As much as possible, I try to share with others the ways in which the internet enables artists to thrive. There are so many of avenues for artists, and the best one(s) depend on who you are. For me: in addition to juried exhibitions, museums, and galleries, since 2007 I've sold my small paintings on eBay because it's a universal and easy-to-use auction platform that allows me to share my work with collectors all over the world. As a result, my work is in more than 1300 private and public art collections on six continents. There are many other selling platforms, but eBay is what I've always used; plus, four years ago, I posted that Sotheby's initiated a partnership with eBay.

the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia
I will share more in the coming days, but if you enjoy this painting, you may also like to read more about my upcoming the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia University, or see other paintings from my the light / the shade series.

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03 April 2018

greek bottle, hand-picked grapes and grape leaf (the light / the shade) (+ new seminar at Academy of Realist Art, Boston)


greek bottle, hand-picked grapes and grape leaf (the light / the shade)
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 8"x10"
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It's a great honor to announce that my 3-day August 18-20 painting seminar at the Academy of Realist Art in Boston just opened for registration. Space is limited to 12. Register today to reserve your spot. I was invited to be a visiting artist at the Academy of Realist Art, Boston, which is a renowned art school that teaches traditional art techniques in drawing and painting, using a curriculum that is modeled after 19th century French old masters' academies. It is located in the historic Leather District of Boston, one block from South Station. Read more here.

If you're interested, these are some reviews of my past seminars, these photos give a glimpse into them, and this short film is about my approach to teaching.

I've posted about it this week a few times, and will share more in the coming days: if you enjoy this painting, you may also like to read more about my upcoming the light / the shade exhibition at Arcadia University, or see other paintings from my the light / the shade series.

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02 April 2018

greek olives on a ceramic plate (the light / the shade), patmos, greece (+ Fellowship exhibition at Arcadia and beyond)


greek olives on a ceramic plate (the light / the shade), patmos, greece
oil on linen on panel, 2017, 5"x6"
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Tomorrow I will be announcing a new August 2018 painting seminar I was invited to teach as a Visiting Artist at the Academy of Realist Art in Boston. Join my email list if you're interested.

Today's painting of olives on a ceramic plate is part of my ongoing painting series, the light / the shade, inspired by American poet Robert Lax's poetry. I painted it on the island of Patmos, Greece while creating work for my Johnston Fellowship research. Later this month, a solo exhibition of my work will be held in the Harrison Gallery at Arcadia University. Generous support for my the light / the shade work from June 2016 – June 2018 is provided by the inaugural Dr. Norman Johnston Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Arcadia University.*

The exhibition at Arcadia will be on view from April 16 – June 16, 2018. Over the past year, I'm grateful to have had an invaluable ongoing dialogue with Paul Spaeth, Curator of the Robert Lax Archives and Library Director, Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY (Robert Lax's hometown). I visited the Robert Lax archives last fall as part of my research, and Paul Spaeth has been instrumental in certain aspects of my research as well as the exhibition planning. I am also honored that in Spring 2019 my exhibition the light / the shade will travel to New York and be on view in the gallery at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY. More details to come.

My artist talk for the community at Arcadia (also open to the public) will be Thursday, April 19, time TBD, in the Harrison Gallery. I will post more details about the exhibition concept and share Greece landscape and still life paintings in the exhibition in the coming days.

If you've followed my blog, my the light / the shade paintings are part of my daily painting work and are inspired by Robert Lax's minimalist poetry and Lax's contemplative life on Patmos, Greece (one of the oldest known penal colonies in history – a particular detail that connects to the work of Dr. Norman Johnson, for whom the fellowship is named). If you're not familiar, I first wrote about Robert Lax as the inspiration for my the light / the shade paintings here.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see more paintings from my the light / the shade series.

*The Dr. Norman Johnston Faculty Fellowship was endowed by the estate of Dr. Norman Johnston to encourage talented and dedicated faculty members to excel in research and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to share their knowledge with the University community. The fellowship promotes the values of Professor Emeritus Norman Johnston, who understood the central role of faculty in the education process, the open exchange of ideas, and the engagement of the entire University community. Dr. Johnston joined Arcadia in 1962 and was an international expert on the history of prison architecture. He taught at the University for 30 years, retiring in 1992. Dr. Johnston passed away in October 2012 at the age of 91.

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