Sunday, April 02, 2017

Florida Palms

I did this pen and ink sketch for our Girls Just Wanna Paint March challenge last Tuesday on a most perfect beach day.
But, I forgot to post it! 
Check out our blog here!

Palms and Palapa at Lowdermilk Beach
micron pen sketchbook drawing

Monday, March 27, 2017

Painting at The Von Liebig

This winter is flying by and my students have been a source of inspiration and joy.
Here are some of my class demos.

Zorn Demo for my Color Mixing Workshop
This palette consists of Cad Red, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black and White

My Onion demo

My Tomato Demo

My White Dove demo

My Radish Demo

……...and some of my student's work. 

Page Ginns

Marcia Walsh

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

GJWP Challenge Yearning for Spring

Buzzing Bees 6x8, acrylic on canvas panel

Nothing says Spring like flowers and bees.
Check out the Girls Just Wanna Paint blog to see our depictions of yearning for spring

If you've been trying to sign up for my classes through the Von Liebig website and had trouble finding them, the website is undergoing a redo and it's unreliable.

Here is the schedule and you can call the front desk at 
239-262-6517 to register. 

Class Title:  A Painting A Day - 
Instructor Mary Sheehan Winn
Date: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7
Day/Time:  Friday9am-12pm
Member Price: $35

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bees Are the Voice of the Garden

"Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee"
8x10 oil on stretched canvas

This month's Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge was to paint a quote and since I am fascinated with bees I went for this title.

But, I like this one too.

"Bees are the voice of the garden"

Monday, January 23, 2017

Naples and Von Liebig Classes

My Demo
(because it's on a larger canvas board and can't be cut down)

After a long drive we arrived in Naples on Thursday, January 12th. 

I had a full blown sinus cold but, was happy to see familiar faces in class the next day. Although I felt a bit out of line for exposing everyone to my germs, I passed out the Clorox wipes and everyone was happy that I didn't cancel. Thank you for your warm welcome!

If you've been trying to sign up for my classes through the Von Liebig website and had trouble finding my classes, the website is undergoing a redo and it's unreliable.

Here is the schedule and you can call the front desk at 
239-262-6517 to register. 

Class Title:  A Painting A Day - 
Instructor Mary Sheehan Winn
Date: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/10, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7
Day/Time:  Friday, 9am-12pm
Member Price: $35

Class Title:  Color Mixing Workshop
Instructor Mary Sheehan Winn
Date: 2/17
Day/Time:  9am-4pm with a break for lunch
Member Price: $75

Monday, January 02, 2017

Frosty Kisses GJWP

Frosty Kisses
6x6 oil

This one is pulled from the archives for the GJWP challenge, "Frosty". 
I did this a few years ago and since it fit the theme, and since it's a busy time of year and since I've been hanging out with my 'Little" (not so much, anymore) boys, I went with it.

Wishing you all well and looking forward to shaking things up this year.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Angel

Peace, love & Joy to all and a blessed New Year.

This special Christmas angel was given to me last year by a dear friend and is a centerpiece on our table year 'round. 
This painting is for her 🎄

Thursday, December 01, 2016

GJWP Group Show

We had the most lovely opening party last night for our Girls Just Wanna Paint group show at South Shore Natural Science Center.
Despite pouring rain, we were pleased and honored to have a substantial turnout of supporters to cheer us on. 
Thank you to all!

The Girls: Left to Right. Sally Dean Mello, Victoria Chesley Brega, Jeannie MacFarland, Jody Regan, Mary Sheehan Winn, Kelley Carey MacDonald, Pamela Copeman, Paula Villanova and Margaret Farrell Bruno. Missing: Page Pearson Railsback.

My Paintings

The Party

 Our Bartender Doug with his helper 

Marshfield Mariner Feature 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Open Studios

My fabulous studio!
Come and visit!
12-5 this Saturday & Sunday
83 East Water Street
Rockland, MA 02370

"Standish Shore" 8x10 oil on panel

One of the many painting available at studio sale prices.
Most between $50 and $150

Friday, November 04, 2016

Absecon Inlet Sentry

"Sentry, Absecon Inlet"
8x8 oil on panel

This brick house sits on the very edge of Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Don and I have used up a couple of expiring time share weeks at the Flagship, a high rise that overlooks this little house and the distant boardwalk. It is so close to the water that the surf pounds it and the tenants park their cars far from the building.
Walking to and from the boardwalk at different times of day I was struck by the light on this place and the desolate fields around it. This view is late afternoon and I framed it to include the gnarled, vine covered tree. 
We really enjoy the time here. Don plays poker and I paint and we walk the boardwalk. There's something for both of us.

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Zorn Palette

"Zorn Sunset" 
6x6 oil on panel

Anders Zorn was a Swedish painter who sometimes used a palette limited to Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black and White. With these colors he was able to create paintings with a seeming full range of color, with black acting as blue.
He was an international success and painted portraits of three U.S. Presidents. 
This month's Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge was to use the Zorn palette.
I decided to choose a simple subject and mix my colors ahead. This amazing array of colors is the result.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Flag Reflections

Flag Reflections
6x6 oil on panel

The most important consideration when you begin a painting is composition or design. 
I was most interested in the shapes of the piers and the shapes of the reflections in the water. There was another boat docked across from this one and after struggling with it, I just eliminated it. Problem solved, and the composition is stronger without it anyway. Think about things like that when you are composing your picture.

What a beautiful summer it has been! Hopefully, it will continue for quite some time. We aren't ready to make the transition.
Also, stay tuned for information about my color mixing workshop!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Parrsboro Changing Tide

 Parrsboro Changing Tides
6x6 oil on panel

It's that time again. 
The Girls Just Wanna Paint monthly topic is "Saved".
I saved this painting from Parrsboro for this post!
This is my second painting of the changing tide from Parrsboro.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


"Cape Blomidin"
6x6 oil on board
I painted two in a row of this view from our little cottage on the Bay of Fundy. 
I love the simple shapes and composition as the tide rapidly returns, erasing the sandbars. 
You'll notice a slightly warmer tone when I post the second one as the light was changing more toward the "golden hour". 
I have been traveling and visiting friends and family this summer. I've visited Monhegan Island, Block Island, Provincetown and of course, I love spending the summer in my backyard oasis here in Marshfield by the sea, watching my birds and bunnies and hanging out in my pool :D
Yes, it's a kiddie pool, but that's all I need.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Monhegan Garden

Monhegan Island Garden

I was painting on Monhegan at the beginning of June with my cohorts Bobbi Heath and Carol Douglas. 
While waiting for the ferry we decided to try and slam another painting in. This has remained two thirds completed until last week when I got serious about finishing it. 
I probably had FOF, which is painter lingo for, "fear of finishing", just one of the many phobias affecting most of us painters.  A whole post could be written on artist's phobias and maybe I will, but, that's for later.
I have two more very good starts from that trip to finish up and you will, hopefully see them soon. 
I the meantime, Don and I are back in glorious Parrsboro.

Sunday, July 31, 2016


6x6 oil on panel

Our subject this month is Daisy.
She is a newborn preemie and first grand child born to our fellow GJWP homie, Pamela Copeman's daughter, Emily and her husband Nick. 
Despite her premature birth she is making progress and each milestone is a big one. 
We are going to create a print of all of our "Daisy" paintings and gift it to baby Daisy and her parents.
Love you baby Daisy!

Friday, July 29, 2016


The Finial Cottage, Provincetown

This painting is in the Provincetown Art Association and Museum's  annual 12x12 auction. 
It opens on August 12th and bids are ongoing through September 24th. Bid early and bid often and above all, visit one of the most beautiful and unique destinations in New England.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Perfect Summer

Summer Skies
6x12 oil on panel

Summer Skies is the June theme for the Girls Just Wanna Paint and this is a stand in for the one that got away ;) 

I spent a few days last week on Block Island with my brother. We didn't bring a car so I just wandered around the main drag near the ferry landing enjoying the old hotels and the plethora of boaters in for the July 4th Celebration.

Hotel Manisses

There are beautiful old hotels on the Island and the weather was superb. I didn't bring all my gear but I found a shady spot and did a sketch of the Surf Hotel.

the architecture is very Edward Hopper

Lightburne Cottage

This little shop is a must see. Everything is handmade and Jan, the artist, is a bubbling fountain of creativity.

South East Lighthouse

More paintings on the way of this beautiful place.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Monhegan Church

"Gray Day on Monhegan"
6x12 oil on birch panel

I spent last week exploring and painting on Monhegan Island with fellow artists Bobbi Heath and Carol Douglas.
I painted this from my perch on the 4th floor balcony of the Monhegan House. 
It was a gray day with intermittent sun and clouds mixed with sprinkles and downpours. 
Such is island weather. 

We frequently encountered Karl Nestleberger's Uber golf cart service with Anne Nestleberger, Jack Haran and friends aboard. 

It was a marvelous week. 
More paintings to come.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What Women Want

Sunflowers in Blue
12x12 oil $250

This was the loaded topic for this months Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge and the possible paintings depicting such, were like a roulette wheel going around and around in my head.
Finally, I pulled it out at the last minute after procrastinating over, what women want. 
They wanna paint!

This woman wanted to paint these beautiful sunflowers in her periwinkle blue, faux McCoy pitcher! So, she did.

Our meeting tonight ran from laughter to tears and back to laughter. Some of us are bearing up under loss and some of us are struggling with life's  randomness and inexplicable path. We all agreed that this group friendship, begun around our painting, is an anchor and that we feel safe and loved and supported by one another, and that that, is really what women want.
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