The 365 Painting Show Is THIS FRIDAY! (Also: The book is ready!)

It's almost here artfam!! The culmination of all of the hard work, uncertainty, love, drive, exhaustion...

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Here are all of the details (which you can also find on Facebook here):

August 2nd First Friday Ypsilanti @ Pearl Street Studios
108 Pearl Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
5-11pm
FREE
Kids welcome!

Seriously, I'd LOVE to see you (it's also the day after my bday - what a present you'd be!). Here's what one person said about seeing the wee paintings in person:

These paintings are amazing online, but the full impact of the detail, precision, and skill does not really hit you until you see it in person. They're smaller than a quarter in many cases. It blows my mind." - Stephanie S.


A full THIRD of the project has been snatched up by collectors (holy moley, you guys!), but so many are left! You can snag yours at the event or get in touch and we can do it all online via PayPal or Venmo. Check out this handy visual guide to what's available!

"How much are these little guys?", I sense you are wondering:
- One painting is $75
- A pair of paintings is $135
- A trio of paintings is $200
- Four paintings is $275
- More than four? You scamp! Drop me a note!
(note: all prices are USD & shipping is an additional $5, if applicable)

To whet that whistle, here are a few images from the recent marathon of show prep. I surprised myself with my carpentry "skills" and I hope to get a ton of use out of the easels. (more art fairs?? maybe!) Also, you might catch sight of my progeny getting in on the act - "This is FUN, Mom!!"

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Next, I've partnered with Society6 so you can have posters (or prints... maybe a pillow?) that compile ALL of the paintings for each day of the week.

Do you love ALL of the animals on Thursday? See left! All of the plants? Check out that one at this link:

The Society6 365 Shoppe

BOOK! BOOK! BOOK!
POSTER! POSTER! POSTER!


Last but NOT least, this project is now A BOOK and a POSTER SERIES! Yeah, you read that right :D

I self-published a 100-page, 8" x 8", book through blurb.com!!

It comes in three physical formats (soft-cover, hardcover with dust jacket, or hardcover with imagewrap), as an e-book or PDF.

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It's HERE! The Final Week of the 365 Project! (plus some announcements)

It's here! It's the LAST WEEK OF MY 365 PAINTING PROJECT! "What are they talking about??", I sense you are asking yourself (#realtalk I haven’t posted in this section SINCE THE FIRST DAY of the project, so… I don’t blame you). ANYhoo, lemme let you about it!

I started this project in 2018 with a big goal - to FINALLY FINISH a 365 art series. So, I dissected what held me back in previous attempts and I identified the following overarching theme - I need to make it easier on myself. Lower those barriers that got in my way *just* long enough to have doubt creep in and spoil the party. 

The creation of the art was not the stumbling block... it was the practical parts:

  • having paper at the ready

  • giving myself a time constraint (so I didn't lose steam day-after-day creating paintings that took 3+ hours)

  • subjects chosen ahead of time

To that end, I broke down the world of potential subjects (because it is really nearly an *endless* supply of ideas out there) into seven distinct themes for each day of the week. I spent a bleary hour standing at my sink scrawling them into my journal (see image below):

  • Morgue Mondays (body, medical)

  • Junk in Your Trunk Tuesdays (toys, random lost bits, ephemera, knick knacks, tchotchkes)

  • Weed, et al. Wednesdays (plants, plant parts)

  • Taxidermy Thursdays (animals, creepy crawlies)

  • Foodie Fridays (food, drinks)

  • Sashay Saturdays (fashion, stuff you wear)

  • Side-Trip Sundays (landscapes, destinations)

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Has it been an unbroken road? Heck no! I stopped for nearly two months around Nov-Dec 2018. I stopped again in May of THIS year - right at the finish line! I really thought it was over during that first one, if I’m honest. I’ve blown five (?) finish dates, I think? But you know… eventually… just one mark at a time - hell, one butt cheek on the chair at a time, it was that hard to re-start - and I got going again.

So, what’s happening NOW? Check it out!

  • The paintings are on sale! Since July 11th, SIXTY (6-0) of them - a sixth of the project - have new happy homes. If you want one, please drop me an email ASAP!

  • A gallery show is happening! For one night only, on First Friday here in Ypsilanti MI (Aug. 2nd), all of the paintings will be hung at Pearl Street Studios! Here’s the Facebook event with all of the details.

  • The photo book is almost ready! This little piece is actually a big reveal as I haven’t publicized it before now. It will be sold through Blurb in multiple formats INCLUDING e-book (!!) - stay frosty for the announcement with the link to purchase (which should be within the week).

  • A few more surprises I’ll roll out very soon too!

Lastly, enjoy a little grid of 365-related images from IG:

Two New Online Exhibitions Contain My Work!

Gallery 25N "Faces of Humanity" Exhibition
Opens Feb. 6, 2017

Huzzah! 5 of my Derby Portraits were chosen for an online "Faces of Humanity" exhibition that opens later this week at gallery25N.com!

Thank you to my roller derby teammates from the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes for their faces!

See all of them (there are 14) here on my website, if you're curious (and haven't heard me talk about this a million times): http://www.meganlovestodraw.com/derbyportraits


FusionArt.com - Watercolor Quarterly Group Exhibition
January 15, 2017 - April 14, 2017

It's also an honor to be chosen for a small group of 8 watercolorists for this Fusion Art exhibition.

They say, "Eight artists were chosen to participate in Fusion Art's first quarterly group exhibition. All the artists who participated in the competition have uniquely creative talents but the winners chosen exemplify a mastery in the use of the watercolor medium."

As someone who was never a natural painter, this is so gratifying. Perseverance pays off, friends. A big thank you to Peggy Macnamara without whom I would've never thought this medium was within my reach. Onward!

A Slideshow from Hanging My Art Prize 2016 Entry!

My entry, "How to Draw the Human Eye", is up and ready for your eyeballs at Women's City Club's gallery (254 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI - just up the street from the BOB, where I was last year)! It's part of a stunning group of work... it's really worth a look!

Art Prize begins officially on Sept 21st (next Wed) and runs through Oct 9th. First round voting to determine the finalists is only during the first week, so, if you're interested in that, that's my best intel (you have to be IN Grand Rapids to vote, btw). To vote for my entry, my ID# is 62588. It's also displayed by my piece, as you can see.  If you go see my work, comment below! I wanna know! Bonus points for a picture of you with it :D

The Last Week Before Art Prize Goes Up

Whatta whirlwind! Everything is coming together for the hanging of my Art Prize entry at Women's City Club later this week. First off, the timelapse montage is finally done! You can watch it below:

Of course, it'd be even BETTER to see it IN PERSON alongside the actual drawings later this month, so, if you have the means, please consider going! (and throwing a vote my way if you like what I've done - I'm artist #62588) First round voting is 9/21 - 10/1, so, that's the BEST time to visit, in my opinion ;)

I'm framing all of the drawings myself with the help of my kits from American Frame, whom I love. A third (if not more) of the cost of sending it out to be fancified? I'll take it! I'm good with putting things together if I have the materials - a perfect fit as everything came in pristine condition and ready to go. So, if you're in the market, check them out! ESPECIALLY if you are within the vicinity of Toledo because you can also skip shipping and just go to their showroom to retrieve it all. Win!

 

This time of year always gets a little nuts, and apparently I have selective amnesia about that because I was feeling surprised (??). Get it together, self... this is the way of things when it comes to Art Prize - and all worth it!

Next up: find a cord to transfer my video to my tablet, frame that sucker, and finish putting the hanging hardware on everything. Bring it on Friday!

Take a Virtual Spin Around My 1st Solo Show!

Click on HERE to view the panorama above in 360 degrees (you may need to click the image to make it rotate)!

BIG thanks to Katrina (the gallery's curator) and my dear friend Rob for all of the help making this a reality - there's no way it would've happened without you! 

Wanna see these in person? The show (A Bout Face) opens tomorrow, 5/6, at 5pm (until ?pm) at Lansing, MI's MICA Gallery in Old Town (visit the FB Event or the gallery's website for more information). The whole thing will be on display until the end of June.

**If you stop in, please sign the guestbook under my self-portrait so I know you came!

PS: Is this a dream??! EXCITE!

First Drawings for ArtPrize 2016!

Holy cow, I'm doing a lot of art stuff this year! ...I love it! Hooray!

It's ArtPrize artist registration time again and I'm all signed up and ready to connect with a venue. That phase starts next week, so, I'm keen to get some drawings done to attract a great potential partner. Here are two... pencil drawings (old skool!).

I've described my ArtPrize idea this way:

After the incredible response to my entry last year (Rob, see video below), where I displayed a large realistic drawing and included time lapse video of how it was created, I’ve been inspired to work in that realm again. This work will focus solely on the human eye and all of its magnificent detail. Is it the “window to the soul”? What can you see with your OWN eyes when you study another’s? And finally, how were they created? I’m interested in letting non-drawers (and NEW drawers!) inside my creative process with this piece. Thank you!
— me

Fingers crossed that venues are as keen on my idea as they were last year - maybe even MORE so! I'll post about it all once it starts. In the meantime, drawdrawdraw...

Four New Derby Portraits Underway!

In anticipation of my solo show at MICA in Lansing next month, I've begun several new carbon dust roller derby portraits! Just as with the last group, the paper here has been skated on by The Ann Arbor Derby Dimes (my league), and then the skaters are drawn with carbon dust over top. These are 22 x 30" and on Arches' hot press watercolor paper.

If you want to see them in person and live in Michigan/Ohio/Indiana/Narnia, please come out to the show which opens on May 6th and will run until July 2nd. There's a FB event HERE.

Enjoy!

What I'm Learning & Back to Grand Rapids for the End of ArtPrize Round One :D

Chatting in front of my piece last weekend, ArtPrize #61400.

Chatting in front of my piece last weekend, ArtPrize #61400.

I want to share a conversation (well, one question, one answer) that I just had with the subject of my ArtPrize entry, Rob. A peek behind the artist veil, but I think it's important.

How many people did you talk to about your art? How many people there might be interested in being art patrons? How much fun did you have just being there and experiencing the art and people experiencing in your art?
— Rob
I have met a lot of people, it’s true. I guess I have to have faith that good things will come from that. Also, I should define what a “good thing” is - is it an award, money, connections? And, I HAVE had a lot of fun, yes. This feels like this might be a point in time where I come face-to-face with my desire for recognition and learn that that’s not all there is when you judge “success”. Maybe that’s going to be the biggest bit of learning I get out of all of this.
— Me

So - This is where I am with the fact that: I created a piece for ArtPrize that I love, I got a HUGE response from the public last weekend, yet... it's not developed into much "formal recognition" (i.e., I didn't make the Juror's short list, nor am I in the running for the public vote - that I know of). 

I'm human, I'm disappointed. This was a ton of work and, like anyone, it'd be nice to have people recognize that. But the fact of the matter is, people ARE recognizing it. Who KNOWS what's next after all of this exposure during ArtPrize 7 @ The B.O.B. I'm immensely grateful to all of the support I have and am working very hard to not get mired down into the race to the top prize. It's tough, but it's important.

'Draw more, care less' is what my tattoo says. How soon I forgot.

xo


Dispatch in the Midst of Art Prize

Important Facts: My piece is titled "Rob", it's 4 x 8' (the biggest piece I've created to date), and it's being shown @ The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids, MI for ArtPrize. It's on the first floor, just inside the door. My voting ID is 61400 if you like my piece and want to give it the ole thumbs up.

So, I have not made the Juror's ShortList. We're smack dab in the middle of the voting phase for the Public Vote and, while I can watch the livestream of the top vote-getters for that award on the ArtPrize website, I'm not among the Top 25 in the 2D category. I DID think I would do better.

Do I want your votes? YES. (go here to do so, if you are registered)
Am I going to go everything possible to maximize this experience? YES.

I've learned far too much, met far too many interesting, funny, caring people, and had far too much FUN to get too down about the outcome not being as I envisioned. Everything is a chance to learn (about people, yourself, your work, your direction), to make new connections, to have experiences that are brand new and super-exciting. 

This is the next step in my art journey. I have had a ton of new opportunities this year - a venue who pursued ME, a 1st floor/right inside the front door space, oodles of press, request for commissions, increased viewership on Twitter/Instagram/here, learning to do timelapse and incorporating video into my piece (see below for the final product - with music composed by myself as well!). It's all still in the right trajectory, even if a huge accolade is not to be.

Thank you ALL for your support... I wouldn't be here without you!

Stay tuned for more updates... 

xo

The B.O.B.'s location: