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19 January 2018

Pear with Snow and Self Portrait Reflected in Silver Cup (+ "the paths that birds make")


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My new studio is on the 3rd floor, and the view is inspiring. In this cup's reflections, you can see me in my new painting hat (it's cold in my studio) and snow on the ground with late afternoon light coming through the distant trees.

In addition to my oil paintings, I also make large ink paintings on paper (if you're interested in seeing some, click here). One in particular, which consists of two 35 x 42 in. panels and usually hangs in my living room, was partially inspired by a murmuration, or flock of starlings. In light of that, I just have to share this Jan. 2018 National Geographic magazine article, "If Birds Left Tracks in the Sky, They’d Look Like This." It features amazing works by Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou. Prepare yourself and click the link. (Note: There's a slideshow at the bottom of the article with 16 images.)

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Blue Vase and Asian Pear (First Snow of 2016), Still Life with Silver Cup, Two Blueberries, & Muscat Grapes (Live Demo Painting)Still Life with Apple & Silver Cup (A Meditation on 8 Years), or a bunch of my paintings of silver objects.

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17 January 2018

Still Life with Copper Pot and Pears (the light, the shade) (+ museum exhibition)


Still Life with Copper Pot and Pears (the light, the shade)
Oil on linen on panel, 8x10 inches, 2017, Patmos, Greece
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Starting this Friday, Still Life with Copper Pot and Pears (the light, the shade) will be on view in a juried museum exhibition "Perspectives of the American Experience" at the Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY. The exhibition runs from January 19 - April 22, 2018. The Rockwell Museum exhibition was juried by Kirsty Buchanan, Curator of Collection, Rockwell Museum and Dr. Constance Sullivan-Blum, former Director, the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. From their website: "This highly competitive and tightly-curated exhibit will showcase a diverse group of representational artworks by artists who draw, paint or sculpt in a contemporary or traditional style that fit the theme of "Perspectives of the American Experience." #awarockwell

This painting is part of my ongoing series "the light, the shade" and I painted it on Patmos, Greece while creating my work for my Johnston Fellowship research and upcoming exhibition (more details later). Generous support for my "the light, the shade" series from June 2016-June 2018 is provided by the Norman Johnston Fellowship at Arcadia University.*

If you've followed my blog, my "the light, the shade" paintings are part of my daily painting work and are inspired by American poet Robert Lax's minimalist poetry, Lax's contemplative life on Patmos, Greece (one of the oldest known penal colonies in history), and Dr. Norman Johnston’s writings on “monastic imprisonment.” 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 my paintings from my "the light, the shade" series.

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*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.

16 January 2018

Pear in North Light (+article about my work)


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Thanks so much for all your wonderful emails of good wishes for my new studio!

I don't really need to title this "in North light" because my new studio just *has* north light illuminating anything I paint in there during the day. But, since it's my first studio with true north light, there it is : )

The January 2018 Artists & Illustrators magazine has an article about my work and studio practice. Artists & Illustrators says on their site that they are "Britain’s most popular magazine for practicing artists." Click the image for a larger view.

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15 January 2018

Still Life with Antique Dominoes


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This is my first painting in my new studio. It was an enormous project to renovate it and I'm thoroughly exhausted, but I'm incredibly grateful for and happy with the space. I'll share more about it all later  -- I still have a lot of unpacking and setting up to do. In the meantime, I found these amazing antique dominoes in the basement of my studio, so it seemed fitting to paint them first. If you want to see some studio renovations in progress, I posted a handful of snapshots on instagram and facebook.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see South Korean Bowl with Asian Pears or a bunch of my paintings of pears.

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30 November 2017

PB & J Halves with Knife


PB & J Halves with Knife
Oil on linen on panel, 6x8 inches, 2017, sold

I made this painting based on a request that came in. If you enjoy it, you may also like to see my other PB&J paintings.

Studio Sale

My studio sale ends next week; you can view it here.

New Studio
I started to post some photos of the progress on my new studio renovations. It's a BIG project, so I'll try to keep up with it. Follow along if you want on Facebook or instagram.

Auction ending soon at 8PM EST tonight
Pomegranate with Handmade Bottle

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29 November 2017

Pomegranate with Tenmoku Bottle


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24-hour auction ends at 8PM EST on Thurs, Nov 30

I've been painting this bottle since 2009 at least. It's one of my favorites -- handmade with tenmoku glaze by Sequoia Miller. #potsinaction #paintingsofhandmadepottery

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Figs, Bleu Cheese, and Tenmoku Bottle (11x14"), Still Life with Peeled Lemon and Tenmoku Bottle (which was published in O, The Oprah Magazine in 2011 here), or a bunch of my paintings of this tenmoku-glazed bottle.

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21 November 2017

Golden Series: Two Pears with Cranberries and Chestnuts (+ The Thanksgiving Reader)


Golden Series: Two Pears with Cranberries and Chestnuts
Oil on linen on panel, 6x7 inches, 2017, Private Collection.

If you're interested, take a look at The Thanksgiving Reader, created by Seth Godin -- also, here's his good explanation of it.

Ending soon: Satsuma Tangerine with Leaf

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24-hour auction ends at 10PM EST on Tues, Nov 21

If you enjoy today's painting, you may also like to see my bosc pear paintings, cranberries, or a bunch of my Golden Series paintings.

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20 November 2017

Satsuma Tangerine with Leaf


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24-hour auction ends at 10PM EST on Tues, Nov 21

Something About Gmail
Gmail gives the option of delivering messages to tabbed inboxes based on complex and changing algorithms. You might have a Promotions tab and a Primary tab. If you use tabs in your Gmail, and wish to receive my paintings in your inbox, this is just a reminder that you can move my emails to your Primary tab. You can do this simply by dragging and dropping my email into the Primary tab or by starring the email. You should also add my "From" email address (abbeyryan@gmail.com) to your Google Contacts.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Two Satsuma Tangerines (available), Still Life with Three Satsumas and Handmade Cup (available), or a bunch of my paintings of tangerines.

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Happy Monday,

12 November 2017

PB & J Half


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I believe the last PB&J painting I did was in 2015, unless you consider last year's PB & J, redux commission.

My Studio Sale will be open for a bit longer before the holidays, so take a look. It was humbling for me to see that visitors to my site came from 6 continents during just the first 6 hours of my sale (or view it here on FB).



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If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with PB & J Halves or a bunch of my paintings of PB&J.

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07 November 2017

Still Life of Leaves with Three Apples (+ Studio Sale tomorrow Nov 8)


Still Life of Leaves with Three Apples
Oil on linen on panel, 8x10 inches, 2017
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I usually title this kind of painting Still Life of Three Apples with Leaves, but these leaves really warrant switching the title to Still Life of Leaves with Three Apples. In the past, I have painted larger paintings of apples with leaves (available), lemons with leaves, pears with leaves, peaches with leaves, tangerines with leaves (available), plums with leaves, more peaches with leaves, more tangerines with leavesmore pears with leaves and even more pears with leaves... but this is my first larger painting of three apples with leaves.

********** STUDIO SALE **********
WEDNESDAY, NOV 8TH, 12 NOON EST

Since I am preparing to move my studio, I'll be having a STUDIO SALE of some available paintings. The sale will be discounted set prices, not auctions. Preview that link and I may try to add a few more paintings. Subscribers of my email list will get the sale notice first. If you aren't already on it, add yourself to my email list before Wed Nov 8th because in past studio sales, paintings have gone fast. First come, first served.

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06 November 2017

Still Life with J. F. Peto's Creamer and Strawberries (+ Studio Sale this week)


Still Life with J. F. Peto's Creamer and Strawberries
Oil on linen on panel, 6x8 inches, 2017
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Last month, 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 again 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 and his salt-glazed mug in 2015).

I chose Peto's blue and white ceramic creamer. There is a painting at the museum in which Peto himself painted this blue and white ceramic creamer. If you're interested, Peto's painting of this same creamer, along with the creamer itself!, is to the right and also pictured in this 2013 New York Times article.

As I was setting up my still life, it was cool thinking that Peto held this very object in his hands, too. Setting up one of Peto's still life objects in my own still life set up was an incredible experience.

********** STUDIO SALE **********
WEDNESDAY, NOV 8TH, 12 NOON EST

Since I am preparing to move my studio, I'll be having a STUDIO SALE of some available paintings. The sale will be discounted set prices, not auctions. Preview that link and I may try to add a few more paintings. Subscribers of my email list will get the sale notice first. If you aren't already on it, add yourself to my email list before Wed Nov 8th because in past studio sales, paintings have gone fast. First come, first served.

If you enjoy today's painting, you may also like to see Still life with John F. Peto's Copper Jug, Clementine, and Concord Grapes or Still Life with J. F. Peto's Salt-glazed Mug, Clementine, and Match.

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