art by megan paintings

Behind the scenes: a lifestyle shoot + a day at the beach

As many of you know, a vast majority of the inspiration for my artwork comes from the beach. The light, the layers of textures and colors, and the overall mood of the beach has always inspired me.  I just cannot get enough of it.  

Last month, my friend Laura, of Laura Lee Photography, and I headed out to do a lifestyle photo shoot at the beach in Coney Island, Brooklyn.  It was windy and a little chilly, but the sun was shining and we were ready to talk art, following dreams, business strategy and even do a little painting on the beach.  Her photos are AMAZING and I wanted to share a couple with you today. Be sure to check her out on social media too, at @lauraleecreative.  

Laura and I met at Creative at Heart Conference Round 2 in Charleston, South Carolina in November of 2015.  We hit it off right away because we are both seriously passionate about what we do, totally wacky + silly, and very adventurous ladies with major wanderlust + travel goals. Laura has recently started a new venture, in addition to her photography business, to document and profile creatives who are following their dreams as makers and artists.  

Enjoy the beautiful photos and happy Tuesday! 

M

Also, during our shoot, a little over-excited puppy came over to me with boundless energy and Laura captured what might be the best / funniest photo blooper ever!  hehe.

beach blooper

Behind-the-scenes: Art + a playlist

There is a bit of mystery behind the schedules and lifestyles of artists because they are traditionally and historically (or maybe just stereotypically) such private // secluded people.  But, I don't follow the rules or fit the mold, so I will be sharing some "behind-the-scenes" stories in the next couple of weeks with you guys to give a little glimpse into the life of Megan Elizabeth!  

Studio_ArtbyMegan

On the days I work in my studio, one of the most important parts of being productive for me is forming a little routine.  For me, it's sort of a ritual that gets me thinking and prepared to make a painting.  I light my favorite vanilla candle (it has to be vanilla!), turn on my Spotify playlist and take some deep breaths before I make a giant mess and go crazy.  My husband often describes the process as a dance, because I move so quickly and work almost frantically to beat the paint before it dries.  

Signature

Since I paint in acrylic, the drying time is really fast (minutes, if placed in a thin layer), so it helps me to stay focused on the work and paint my little heart out.  

Enjoy the Art by Megan playlist and stay tuned for more updates on the life of an artist!  Feel free to follow along on instagram @artbymegan and on Snapchat : artbymegan1.  

New work: "Coastal" 30x40, listed in my shop

Coastal