Painting for a cause…

One of the perfect combinations in life for me is being able to share my talents for a good cause. This past weekend, I was able to do just that. We spent the afternoon at a silent auction / happy hour with a childhood friend of mine who recently lost her mother to Ovarian Cancer. My friend, Ashley, planned a beautiful event as a tribute to her mother, who I remember being a smiling, happy, kind and life of the party-kind-of-lady.

It was perfect and beautiful.

I donated a painting of mine to the cause and entered it into my first silent auction as an artist. To be honest, I was a little nervous at first when it didn’t get any bids at all…yikes! But a little time passed, several bidders placed their bids and I was able to raise $100 as our donation to Ovarian Cancer Research.

As a person who struggles with selling my paintings still as a “new” artist, this event was beautiful to me. I feel as though I was able to share a very personal part of myself with a family who suffered a terrible loss and with a community of supporters who are fighting for a great cause. Also, if I can only teach a couple of good lessons to my daughter, sharing a talent for the greater good would be one of these lessons!

Thanks to Ashley and your family for including us in your celebration of life and love.

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Painting in Memory

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Recently I was commissioned by a family member to paint a sunset in honor of a lost loved one. I was nervous about this painting because I became a little too obsessed with making it look “perfect”. However, something magical happened while I worked on the sunset-inspired abstraction and it turned out ok!

I feel so honored to be part of making a tangible memory for someone struggling such a sad loss. After working on bringing the sunset photo alive, I feel inspired and thankful.

Have a great weekend everyone!
M

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Selling art and taking names…

I love painting. I could spend days on end painting (especially if these days were spent on the beach, but I digress). But selling my paintings is a whole different barrel of crazy monkeys. Somedays I think of just painting forever and then leaving “undiscovered art” for my children to discover and make millions from. Then, I realize that it’s probably not worth millions. Sigh.

Other days I really am thankful for the support of people who believe in the power of art. At Etsy, I have met so many people who are kindred spirits and understand the beauty in the creative process. Also, Ashley at The Shine Project blog uses artwork for good, which is, to me, the best scenario.

End of ramble for today….
But thanks for those of you who support my art. You all rock!

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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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Etsy’s Home for the Holidays!

I had the privilege of attending Etsy’s Home for the Holidays celebration tonight for the Baltimore sellers…and it was a blast!!

What a great idea, Etsy. I got to mingle and meet some great artists and sellers in the Baltimore area. More impressive, Etsy even took time to send two of their fabulous employees all of the way from NY to answer any of our questions about their services. What a great perk to an already awesome company!

To be honest, I was hesitant to go to The Windup Space on a snowy evening to talk about my very, very part-time Etsy shop. I was inspired to hear the stories of so many different people who have dedicated themselves to making art. It was not at all intimidating and everyone was very open to helping troubleshoot issues and build business…I am truly inspired!

Thanks Etsy for being so open and accepting of the full-time teachers, full-time mothers and full-time wives who are trying to also follow their dream of becoming full-time artists!

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Handling criticism as an artist…

The awkward part about selling artwork is that it is literally like selling a page out of your personal diary. Recently, I was reminded how sensitive it is for an artist to give up a painting (that truly means so much to them) to an absolute stranger.

I remember my first official show in my senior year of college at Wolfarth Gallery in Brookland NE, DC like it was yesterday. Many people came out to see the group show and talked about how much they liked, loved, hated or disliked each piece of work hanging. (Luckily, as I was 20 and the low man on the totem pole at the gallery, my work was placed in a doorway with less viewers…haha!). But, what really struck me that night was how vulnerable I felt just standing there listening to criticism (albeit positive or negative) about something so personal.

I have a couple of paintings that I won’t sell. Ever! And the reason for this is that as I sell some that mean a lot and some others based solely on commission for someone who asks for a custom work, my “old standbys” stay with me and define me as an artist.

The first represents the beginning of my style and represents the first painting class that rocked my little world in college. It’s called a “system painting” and our task from my amazing professor was to invent our own style of painting, not imitated from another. Hours and hours were spent working in the painting studio on this guy, but this was truly a defining moment in my early career.

The second represents my personality best – warm, friendly, bright and a little crazy! It was a painting that frustrated me so much that it, at one point, sat in my parents back yard through a rainstorm, was walked on by the neighbor’s cat, and was nearly ruined until I decided to try a little harder and make it beautiful. And now I will love it forever.

The rest, I love too. But you can buy them, I guess. Just be gentle with them, I put my heart and soul into them.

“Canary Sunset”

“Bronze Pebble” (painting #22)…

So, I blew my “deadline”, but it was self-imposed so I am being realistic and kind to myself and allowing for a little “extension”.

29 paintings will happen, not to worry!  Check it out on ETSY.

Here is #22.  It’s a lovely, pebbly little one.  Enjoy.

Bronze Pebble - Art by Megan