New in Art by Megan’s shop…

This week, the Art by Megan shop is officially up and running (smoothly, thanks to Bent Circle Inc!).  The newest painting, “Still” has been added and several more paintings are on their way!

However, I have heard from a lot of people that owning original artwork is not feasible because of the cost (I am right there with you!), so there is a new section coming just for you.  Original, photo quality prints will be available starting next week!  And each print is a deal…$25 unframed and $50 framed and matted in either silver or black.

Be sure to help spread the word and thank you for your support of Art by Megan.

Want to go shopping?  Click here!

24x24 original acrylic on canvas

24×24 original acrylic on canvas

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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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!

M

Wedding Invites {Graphic Design}

I recently worked with Stephanie and Andy on creating a unique wedding invitation for their fall wedding. They are both huge baseball fans and decided to get married at the Baseball Hall of Fame in NY. In order to tie their theme into the location, we worked on a formal looking but baseball-ticket-inspired invite.

What do you think?

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My favorite part is the barcode at the bottom which has their initials and the wedding date as the “code”. The witty bride came up with that one!

2 DIY projects we’re going to try this week + 1 that worked!

Project #1: “repurposed chalkboard for kitchen”
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Today I finished a successful DIY that I wanted to share. I took an old frame from Ikea that I have had since college (yay repurposed old stuff!) and took out the poster. Then, I cleaned the plexiglass off and painted it with a roller and 3 coats of chalkboard paint. After it dried for several hours, I placed the plexiglass and cheap cardboard that the frame came with back into the frame and snapped it all together. It looks great and will soon be hanging in our kitchen!

Future projects…

1. How fun are these rope necklaces from honestly wtf blog ? Stay tuned. Gotta get to the hardware store.

2. Also, if I order enough things online….I will have enough cardboard and then…..I can make little cardboard houses / forts with the little lady! She loves hiding and playing peek-a-boo, so this is right up our alley.

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