HERE. A Pop-Up Shop (Annapolis, MD)

This Friday is opening night at HERE. A Pop-Up Shop in Annapolis, Maryland.  The women who run this awesome pop-up are amazing and have really helped me become a more serious and dedicated (albeit crazy busy!) artist.  I will always be thankful for their kind words, support and inspiration of local talent.

This POP-UP is themed LIVE.LOVE.(shop)LOCAL.  I will be painting LIVE during the week of the shop, so hope to see some of you there!

Come on over on Friday night, 7-9pm at 40 West Street in Annapolis for opening night.  Or come see us any night next week for fun local art, crafts, and vendors.

Here. A Pop Up Shop

June’s Book Club Book: “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 8.13.26 PMJune’s Book Club pick was “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns”.  The book was set in Afghanistan, just as his others were, and told the tragic tale of the interwoven lives of several people living in the transitional years before, during and after the Taliban in Afghanistan.  The story was EXTREMELY sad, the book club was a little up in arms about reading such a depressing book (sorry girls!), but Hosseini writes so poignantly and with such talent, that the terrible tale of others disaster and misfortune is still a compelling tale.  We all cried, right?  I hope so.

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I always enjoy a story that has the “Crash movie effect”.  In other words, everyone’s lives are interconnected and woven in such a complicated and interrelated plot.  In the end, the sad tales of one’s life are related so closely to the plot of another and it is so very intriguing  to me at least!

What did you guys think?

Join our book club here: 13 in 2013 on Facebook.

Next up, “The Light Between Oceans” for July.  (It’s realllllllly good!)

 

Also, have you checked out this blog (Joy the Baker)?  She has a great round up of Book Club ideas and a collaborative summer reading list!  I love it.  We may have to continue this Book Club for years and years, to get through all of these books! :)

 

 

Book Club: “Sweet Tooth”

The Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

 

Ok book clubbers, what did you think of our February pick by Kate?  “Sweet Tooth” by Ian McEwan was a good read that got EXCELLENT at the end.  Just in time, because I was a little bored and distracted during the middle, but I am easily distracted.

What did you gals think?

I loved the ending so much!!!!

Next month’s book is entitled “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver (thanks Helen!).

Happy reading gals! :)

I’m a sucker for “girl power”

Maybe it’s all of the Alanis Morisette and Spice Girls I listened to in 1996 or maybe it’s the Mary Chapin Carpenter cassette my mom played on repeat in our awesome minivan that same year, but I’ve always been a sucker for “girl power”. (Note: it could also be the all-girls high school I called home for 4 years).

But, how fun does this look, ladies! I’d love to try the Tough Mudder, but I have ZERO interest in being electrocuted during a race. So, the next best thing is being filthy, covered in mud, and giggling about it with some buddies! Who’s in?!!

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Book club…book #1: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Book club, it’s time to chat…

What did you think of our first read? Tell me here in the comments section!!

I loved the “Potato Peel Pie Society” so much I am sure I will read it again someday!

The best part of the book to me was the character development. I felt, while reading, like I had a whole new set of friends in Scotland.

Also, the style of the writing was so easy to read. I loved reading the letters back and forth because it didn’t feel like a chore to complete a chapter if I was tired of reading, I could just finish a letter and be done.

That being said, I could not put the book down!!!! I just Loved it! 5/5 stars!

New @ Art by Megan!

My Etsy Shop is expanding this year to include some exciting new things and I wanted to share!

First, I have been working on paintings with poems and lyrics done in India ink. I use India ink in all my other paintings to draw on top of the paintings, so I figured using it to write words could be a fun new twist. I started with “Yo soy un hombre sincero” by Jose Martí, and will be whipping up some others soon. Custom works available!
I imagine that these would make great gifts for a wedding (lyrics of the couple’s first dance) or a birthday (someone’s favorite song) or even Valentines day (a favorite love poem).

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Next, I am adding a section of hand painted greeting cards on watercolor paper. They are cute and fun and are an inexpensive way to buy original art.

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Coming soon….prints (read: affordable art!) of some of my favorite paintings!

Stay tuned and thanks for yor support!
Now…buy some art. :)

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13 books for 2013 – Book Club

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Hi there!
Lets read 13 great books in 2013…shall we?

First book (my choice, Katie gets to pick February’s!): “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society“.
So far, I’m in love! It’s compelling! Written in a series of letters which go back and forth from an amazingly unique and refreshing group of very eclectic characters, I literally can’t put it down. Love that!

Have you read it?

Want to pick the next book? You do…

Get in on the (nerdy) fun!

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2 new paintings! (and a great Pinterest board to follow!)…

Lots of creative people get “creative block” and get stuck in a rut.

So, I keep myself thinking about painting and growing as an artist by pinning to my board called “Painting Ideas” (feel free to follow me!) on Pinterest.  There are so many talented artists producing beautiful work and I love searching for new paintings and inspiration.  

AND, Here are two of my newest works for you to see:

“Fuchsia” (such a hard word to spell, btw!):

“Fuchsia” by Art by Megan

“Shadow” (for sale for $29.99 on Etsy):

“Shadow” by Art by Megan

Paintings make a great holiday gift for that friend who “has it all”, the “dirty hippie” relative, the aunt who “wants world peace” or the best friend who needs a good surprise gift! 

Check out more of my original paintings on my Etsy shop.  Happy shopping!

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My 1st Ad (!!) on The Shine Project…

My first ART BY MEGAN ad has been published!!  Art by Megan on Etsy! 

I am so pumped and very honored to be working with Ashley of The Shine Project this month.  Her online shop and blog help to raise money to send inner city kids to college and inspire the world, one young person at a time.

Ashley has a great online at Store Envy, whose proceeds go towards the Shine Project’s scholarship fund.  Christmas gifts, anyone!?

Here are a couple of the pieces that I love the most from her shop:

 

More about The Shine Project from her blog:

The Shine Scholarship Project is a non-profit that was created by TSP to put our beliefs in action. Its mission is to improve the lives of at-risk teens through service, education, and family involvement. We do service projects with inner city students every other week to teach them the leadership skills that are necessary for them to succeed. The money we raise goes to sending these leaders to college, so they can give back to society.

 

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