Mary Brooking
Maine artist

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THE SKY IS NOT BLUE acrylic landscape painting course - Mary Brooking, instructor

Learn to let go of fear and turn a canvas or piece of paper into a window on a world all your own in this casual and non-judgmental series of six 2-hour studio classes. All experience levels welcome. 

We will explore color theory, basic landscape principles, making good use of reference materials, and LOTS of tips and tricks gleaned from decades of painting!

Paint, palettes, brushes and paper are supplied, so you need bring nothing to class except your willingness to paint and learn.

Mondays 10-noon, 1:30-3:30pm, and 6-8pm beginning in January 2022 - starting date to be determined.
Watch this page for updates! Masked and distanced; 6-student maximum attendance; supplies provided.
No Zoom classes are planned at this time.

$160 for six-week course; missed classes are not refundable. 
Click to register by email and for payment information. Be sure to mention which class you're interested in.
Starting soon
A weekend of immersive creativity, off the grid.

October 9-10, 2021
at the Campbell Homestead and AirBnB in Washington, Maine

The acts of writing and painting enable us to express our unique visions of the world, and convey our stories and truths.

This class will explore the relationship and practice of writing and painting: their similarities and their differences, the way they move and infuse each other, and the way each can influence and open our self-expression as we let our creativity bloom in a safe, non-judgmental space.

Please wear comfortable, “stress-free” clothing for painting and exploring in the woods. We are hoping for favorable outdoor weather. Pack a light lunch for Saturday only.

Ample time will be made available for you to explore, work on your own, connect with nature, or schedule time for cranio-sacral work with Kelsy if you wish. BCST is a light touch therapy that orients to health and facilitates wellness, freedom, and in space in the body.

Your facilitators: 
Kelsy Hartley, writing (and cranio-sacral therapy, optional)
Mary Brooking, painting
Sheila Campbell, hospitality

Cost: $375 per person.
Saturday night overnight accommodations are included.
Supper on day one and breakfast and lunch on day two will be provided. 
All painting supplies will be provided.

Questions to Kelsy Hartley at
or 207.841.2149.

To register (by October 1):
Write check to Kelsy Hartley, and mail to
Continuum for Creativity
PO Box 1263
Westbrook, ME 04098

In response to Covid-19 - please read this in its entirety before signing up
Painting classes

It has taken a lot of time and thought to come up with what I hope is the best possible response to Covid, for today. Bear in mind that with the passage of time, and perhaps not very much time, this protocol may change.

1. Please be vaccinated. No one will ask you for proof at the door, but for your own safety and out of respect for other participants, please do not sign up for painting classes if you are not vaccinated. If you feel ill, please do not attend.

2. As of September 7, 2021, health officials in the City of Portland has advised that people mask when indoors and avoid large gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. Although my studio is in Westbrook, not Portland, I ask that students wear masks to class until further notice. I would rather take a stance which may be unpopular from the beginning than risk needing to impose one after classes have already started. We can all hope that transmission rates trend downward as the course progresses, but if rates go up it's far better to be safe than sorry. 

3. Classes will be limited to no more than six students. Each student will have their own work table.
I hope that thinking proactively and intentionally about these Covid protocols will make you feel comfortable and help you to remain as safe as possible during painting classes in my studio.

Write/Paint retreat

Since the fall retreat at Washington, Maine will be confined to one weekend only, and since we plan to be able to spread out in the fresh air as much as possible, masks will not be required, although participants always have the option to wear one. Masks will be available for anyone who needs one. For this workshop, simply please be vaccinated, and if you feel ill, please do not attend.