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In a world of retouching, it’s so refreshingly honest to see the little details (the nitty gritty).  Here are a few of my recent paintings in all of their glory.   Check them out in the shop.  bronze_closeup3

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New in the shop!

Two new HUGE(!!) paintings here at Art by Megan. Coming to the shop soon, but here’s a sneak peak!
Want to see more?
Check me out on Instagram @artbymegan #artbymeganblog.

Also, Annapolis readers, I’m at Here. A Pop-up shop until Sunday and at Twisted Sisters all the time!!

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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

New paintings! @artbymegan

Check out some of my new paintings at #artbymeganblog (@artbymegan) on Instagram, on Facebook at the Art by Megan page, or here, in the shop (coming soon!).

Here are a couple to get you started:

24x36 abstract landscape painting

24x24 jellyfish on canvas

handlettering on paper with acrylic

Toddler / Parent Collage Class

Register here!

Parents and little ones will create a work of art based on a famous artist in collage with lots of messy glue, glitter and paper!

Come with a little one under 6 and enjoy the fun of making a mess and not having to clean it up! :) 

Cost: $20 per little artist. (Parents, you’re free!)

email me at megan@artbymegan.com to secure a space in the class!

 

Toddler Parent Collage Class

14 in 2014 Book Club: “Where’d you go Bernadette” *(January 2014)

The 14 in 2014 online book club has returned in 2014!  Our first pick is “Where’d You Go Bernadette” by Maria Semple.  I loved this book, immediately upon beginning.  Turns out that the author worked in writing sitcoms in her past and this book reads just like that; fast-paced, hilarious, touching and addictive!  And the hilarious, snarky email banter between characters Soon-Lin and Audrey had me in stitches.  (note: this book club is so effective, because of the awesome ladies in it!  I have been trying to do this kind of thing for years and never actually did it.  Read more about that here. I never read any of those books listed…so sad!)  Join us on Facebook!

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January 2014 Book Club pick

Read more here about what the NYtimes had to say about this awesome book pick for our club.

“The tightly constructed “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is written in many formats — e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple’s storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first.” (NYtimes) 

Also, how adorable is Bee, the main character?  She is one of my favorite leading ladies for her curiosity, uniqueness and ability to stand apart from her granola-eating, Seattle, prep-school buddies. Bee’s parents Bernadette and Elgin are so wonderfully flawed and real that a real parent like myself cannot help but love them.  And the end of the novel, well…gasp!  I loved that too!

What did you guys think?  Join us for February’s book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.  

Last year’s 13 in 2013 book club included the following:

“The Light Between Oceans”Mindy Kaling’s hilarious memoir, Gone Girl, Flight Behavior, Sweet Tooth, The Normal Bar, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, And the Mountains Echoed.

More book reviews here (ideas for book club!):

“Sightseeing”

“American Dervish”

 

 

Commission a painting…

In addition to the original acrylic and watercolor paintings available in the Art by Megan shop, customers can commission their own, original work based on a photograph.  These kinds of paintings are popular when one wants to recreate moments in nature that are beautiful or preserve a moment in time, based on a special memory.

Contact me if you are interested!

Commissioned Paintings

 

Thoughts on 2014…

I am reforming the way that I look at New Years Resolutions this year and making a list of achievable goals instead.  After all, no one really wants to start something so radical in the new year, only to be disappointed.  Here are my 6 achievable goals for 2014.

Resolutions and Goals for 2014

Resolutions and Goals for 2014

Here’s my list, based on this image from Pinterest… 

A bad habit I’m going to break… I am going to spin this and start a new habit, journaling in my new “line a day” journal that I got for Christmas.  So I guess that the habit I am breaking is forgetting things.  It’s kind of a problem.  I blame it on having a good imagination and too many hobbies, but it would be nice to remember some things from time to time. :)

A new skill I’d like to learn… Letterpress & Encaustic painting

A person I hope to be more like… I am still pondering this one, it’s a tricky one!

A good deed I’m going to do… I am going to try and do a selfless act or random act of kindness once a week for the year of 2014.  I won’t be sharing them with anyone, just trying to change the way I see the world through small deeds.

A place I’d like to visit... I am dying to return to Spain, but would love to visit any new place as I am a total “wanderluster”.  Also, I would love to see Nashville, Phoenix or Savannah.

A book I’d like to read… This one is EASY, because we have a super awesome ART by MEGAN book club that anyone can join!  It’s based right here on the blog and on facebook, be sure to check it out for the 14 in 2014 edition.

Here are some of our book reviews from 2013 (we read 13 books in 2013!):

“The Light Between Oceans” (July 2013) 

“Sweet Tooth” (February 2013) 

Mindy Kaling’s hilarious memior (September 2013)

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” (January 2013)

What are your goals for 2014?