Abbey Ryan: The Poetics of Painting


Gain Mentoring and Valuable Insight from
Oprah-favorite artist, Abbey Ryan.



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July 24th – July 26th, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
(1-hour lunch break, 12:oo pm – 1:00 pm) Please bring a bagged lunch.


“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” – Plutarch

Painting is about paying attention and capturing a moment. Paying attention in a contemplative way allows you to have a fulfilling relationship with your painting subject. As painters, we get excited about the exchange of energy manifested through gesture, movement, weight, edges, texture, and color harmony.

Spending time pushing paint around is a lifelong journey. In this workshop, we will explore the poetics and magic of painting. How can a painting be simultaneously meditative and thrilling? The hope is that finding ones place in this inquiry can motivate you to paint often and deepen your purpose on your artistic path.

Drawing on her acclaimed career as a painter and teacher, Abbey begins by discussing topics such as selecting painting subjects, concepts and content in still life painting, poetic realism, and her strategies to begin and finish a painting in one sitting. Abbey also shares her thoughts on beauty, gesture, the Old Master’s concept of light as a subject, alla prima painting, celebrating the sensitivities of a brush, and the role of still life painting in 2019.

Through lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction, Abbey reveals all of the techniques and methods that have made her daily painting practice so successful and prolific. While working in the studio together, Abbey will address subtleties of color mixing, lighting, materials, blogging, galleries, social media, marketing, and more.

Abbey provides specific, actionable methods and inspiring tips tailored to you to help you move forward in painting. For all levels, beginner through advanced. Click on the “Instructor Bio” tab to learn more about Abbey.



Falmouth Art Center Refund Policy:

Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop. Workshops are not pro-rated. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.


A supply list will be provided at the time of registration.

Instructor Bio

Abbey Ryan is an artist’s artist, known for her inspiring, illuminating, and supportive teaching approach.

Inspired by the “A Painting a Day” movement, Abbey started making daily paintings for her blog, Ryan Studio, on 9/23/07. Since then, Abbey’s blog has had more than a million visitors from over 100 countries. Her paintings have been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Seth Godin’s bestseller, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible?, and Good Day Philadelphia, among many others. She was named #5 on the list of 49 Creative Geniuses by SmartBlogger. Through her blog, Abbey’s work is in over fifteen hundred private, public, and museum collections all over the world. Her larger works are represented by Gleason Fine Art (Boothbay Harbor, ME).

Daily painting is Abbey’s meditative time and the best part of her day. Attempting to paint every day speaks to her interest in ritual, practice, classical still life, and trompe l’oeil painting, and the complexities of Internet globalization in daily life.

Abbey studied with David A. Leffel at the Art Students League of New York. This experience, combined with her painting travels in Italy, continues to have the greatest impact on her work. She also completed undergraduate work in both science and art at Arcadia University, graduate work at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and graduate work at Hunter College, NYC. Abbey was born and raised in New Jersey, USA.

In addition to working in her studio in Philadelphia, Abbey teaches Painting Workshops and offers one-on-one Private Painting Mentoring online instruction.

Visit for more information. To learn about Abbey’s teaching philosophy and see her teaching in action, watch this short video:

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