I love painting, and I started doing 'a painting a day' over five years ago. Simply put: I paint to learn. I was fortunate to study with David A. Leffel at the Art Students League of New York, and this experience had a great influence on my work.
Now, I want to offer you what I have learned. While instructional painting videos are valuable, in Private Painting Mentoring I will work one-on-one with you to help you achieve positive painting results. For this offering, I'm only accepting a limited number of participants.
love teaching painting and the long-lasting creative connection it fosters between my students and me. The psychology of painting is complex; just as I do in my workshops, I will share with you my painting perspective, knowledge, and experience. Through this one-on-one instruction, it brings me great joy to meet you where you are, answer your questions, and help move you forward with your own personal method of painting.
Why Online Instruction?
Online instruction provides motivation, focus, and quality in-depth conversation all in the comfort of your own home/studio.
(For those who seek to watch my painting demonstrations, are able to travel, and enjoy group environments—I have several workshops planned for 2013 in Sedona, Arizona and Yardley, Pennsylvania.)
About my Teaching Philosophy
About My Paintings
Here's what a few collectors are saying about my work:
"So simple, yet profound."
"Gorgeous. Human. Wonderful."
"Gad, your use of color and depth in this painting really shows off your inherent artistic genius. I hesitated only a moment on use of the term genius; but I'm thinking that's not an improper word for your work."
"If I were a curator, I wouldn't hesitate to hang your painting next to a Chardin. It would definitely hold its own."
"Oh, Abbey, you've outdone yourself here. I love this one. One of my new favorites. The atmospheric difference in the figs and the texture of the ceramic are fine indeed...."
"The simplicity of the composition is so pleasing to the eye, and the colors you use are just perfect. I can tell that you put your heart and soul into your paintings!"
Let’s Talk Painting!
In a Private Painting Mentoring session I will help you:
choose the best still life objects for yourself
arrange a still life to encourage a "spark" or idea
strategize about lighting your painting studio/space
choose the best brushes to suit your needs
prepare your canvas for an ideal painting experience
develop the most useful color palette for you
choose the best paint brands and colors for you
demystify the world of oil painting medium
identify your painting "roadblocks" and share my strategies
strategize about ways to market and sell your work
and we'll, of course, talk about what painting means to you in your life (more on this below).
Together we will find the best ways for you to move forward in your work.
For your private one-on-one session, I will preview samples of your work and share my perspective and philosophy on painting, along with hints, techniques, and methods that I think will help you move ahead. If you're new to painting, we'll address foundation topics such as: how to begin, lighting, gesture, choosing your paints and brushes, and color mixing. If you're more experienced, we'll go deeper into topics such as: the role of art in your life, refining your 'painting voice,' the power of 'presence' in your paintings, when a painting is 'finished,' classical still life painting today, blogging, working with galleries, strategies to show, market, and sell your work, and much more. My goal is to help you along your painting journey. Join me.
Never painted before? Feel like you're a beginner?
First, I believe we are all beginners, all the time. Learning how to paint is possible for everyone, but I know how hard it can be to get started (and keep going!). I offer a 100% non-judgemental, open-minded approach to teaching painting. We discuss, step-by-step, how to go about building a strong foundation in painting. I invite you to work with me regardless of your painting level. (Or perhaps you'd like to apply what I have learned to another area of study, such as writing, business, or other creative explorations....)
Feel like you're an experienced painter who is a bit stuck?
Painting is remarkable. It mirrors life and challenges us all to the core. Talking with me about your painting journey and struggles can provide clarity that can lead to actionable solutions. Having painted 800+ daily paintings, I've developed clear strategies to keep myself moving in the studio. By looking at your work and through our conversation about the role of art in your life, I aim to help you get "un-stuck" in your creative pursuits. Invest in yourself.
"Abbey is an excellent instructor. She is more than a 10." — EP, Yardley, PA
"Abbey's teaching was beyond what I expected and have experienced with other workshops. She was not only thoroughly prepared and a consummate professional, but Abbey really seemed to enjoy teaching." —CO, Morristown, NJ
"Abbey's self effacing demeanor combined with her passion for painting makes her endearing indeed. I have always been her fan but now that I know what a lovely person she is, I have an even greater appreciation for her work... so much of her personality is in each painting." —CO, Morristown, NJ
"Abbey is so generous with her knowledge and feedback. I have to say my favorite part was the look on her face when she saw my asparagus and garlic painting! I appreciate that Abbey has a quiet energy that allows us to absorb everything she was telling us." —RB, Shady Side, MD
"Abbey is a terrific teacher. Her students are lucky." — PD, Sedona, AZ
"Abbey's teaching lived up to my expectations and more. I also enjoyed her lecture on how to market yourself and get to know who your audience is." — DM, Yardley, PA
You'll receive an email from me with instructions regarding payment for your one hour 1-on-1 Painting Mentoring session. We'll set up a time to meet via Skype (or phone if you prefer).
One week before our session, you will submit by email my preliminary Painting Assessment Worksheet, which takes you through important aspects of the painting process and enables me to prepare for our conversation. At this time, you can also send me images of your paintings so I can complete a Painting Image Review.
We will have a one-hour in-depth Private Mentoring Session. Within a few days, you will receive a personalized Advancement Plan, complete with Private Access to my Unpublished Painting Resources. Ongoing Private Mentoring sessions will be a separate offering available upon request, so please contact me if you're interested.
A one-on-one Painting Mentoring session may include our conversation about:
the role of art in our lives
my perspective and philosophy on painting
my thoughts on 'daily painting' and being a 'daily painter'
hints, techniques, and methods that make up my painting practice
your paintings (if you'd like, I will review your paintings in advance)
the 'presence' in your paintings and your painting voice
how to begin a painting,
the language of light, and the power of gesture
paint application and color mixing
classical still life ideas in contemporary art
the ins and outs of blogging and websites
working with galleries and day-to-day administrative tasks
The investment for one 1-on-1 Private Painting Mentoring Event is only 3 payments of $170 over two months, or make a one-time payment of $450 and save $60. Your Private Painting Mentoring Event includes an in-depth preliminary Painting Assessment Worksheet, Painting Image Review, a one-hour in-depth Private Mentoring Session, Advancement Plan, and Private Access to my Painting Resources. Ongoing Private Mentoring sessions will be a separate offering available upon request, so please email me if you're interested.
You will come away with specific, actionable methods and tips tailored to you to help you move forward in painting. Regardless of your skill level, and no matter what your goals for painting are, we will work out a plan to help you move towards where you aspire to be. I can't wait to share with you what I know and love about this journey.
My 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, among many others. Inspired by the "A Painting a Day" movement, I started making daily paintings for my blog on 9/23/07.
Five years later, my blog has had over half a million visitors from over 100 countries. More importantly, though, painting has become my meditative time and the best part of my day. Attempting to paint every day speaks to my interest in ritual, practice, classical still life and trompe l'oeil painting, and the complexities of internet globalization. My paintings are usually sold by eBay auctions, and are in over eight hundred private and public collections around the globe.
I studied with David A. Leffel at the Art Students League of New York, and this experience had a great impact on my work. I also completed undergraduate work in both science and art at Arcadia University and post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hunter College/CUNY. I was born and raised in New Jersey, USA.