Mary Brooking
Maine artist

Remember that classes make great gifts for all occasions!
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.

Classes will start again in the fall. Watch this space for dates and times!

Watch this page for updates! 

$175 for six-week course; missed classes are not refundable. 
Click to register by email and for general questions. Be sure to mention which class you're interested in.
Starting soon
WRITE. PAINT. REPEAT.
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.


In response to Covid-19 - UPDATED - please read this in its entirety before signing up
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 February 25, 2022, the CDC advises that masks need not be worn by vaccinated people in public indoor spaces, if local transmission rates are low. Masks will not be required in class unless transmission rates rise again or CDC guidelines change. However, if an immune-compromised student attends then I will wear a mask and ask the rest of the class to do the same. 

3. Classes will be limited to no more than seven students. (This is a change from the previous classes, which were limited to six students, because I have rearranged the room.) Each student will have their own work table with chairs spaced six feet apart.

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.
The autumn retreat was WONDERFUL! Thanks to all who attended and look for a repeat in the future.
Opportunity for all students, past and present

Out of the blue I got an exhibit opportunity from Harbor Chase Assisted Living in South Portland. They are interested in hosting events so people can see their new facility. Click on the link for a peek.

I have two exhibits scheduled there, opening July 21 and October 13. Openings are 5-7pm with snacks and beverages provided. Bring friends! The work will be exhibited for three weeks. There is quite a bit of space, so I'm inviting students to submit works to show along with me. I'll take a 25% commission on sales, so price accordingly.

Here is how to submit work for the July exhibit

If interested, please submit by emailing photos of work you did during or after my painting class to me at mary.brooking@gmail.com or by clicking the contact button. One or two pieces per person may be submitted between now and July 11. Work must be framed unless it's on gallery wrapped canvas or cradled panel, with painted edges. Maximum size 15x15" including frame. Include photos of both the front and back of the painting - I want to see good hanging hardware all set to go! - and include exact dimensions, title and price, and your name as you want it to appear.

I will let you know if your work is chosen for the July exhibit by July 13. Accepted submissions must be delivered to my studio, 90 Bridge Street, Westbrook, Suite 215-F, July 18-20 between 10am and 6pm. The July exhibit will close on August 10. Unsold work may be picked up at my studio August 11-12 between the hours of 10am and 6pm. I can't store work, so if you can't come to pick yours up one of those two days please send someone to get it for you.

I'll send a call for the October exhibit a couple months from now.