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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Original Works Now Available for Purchase on Etsy!

I've opened a new shop on etsy.com to showcase all of the work I've got available for sale. If you followed my 'redmeg8' store, could you please take a moment to follow 'meganlovestodraw' instead? 

This will be an active shop and will having new things for sale on a more regular basis. 

Thank you and share with your friends!
xo

Ann Arbor Art Fair Wrap-Up!

Welp, my first Ann Arbor Art Fair is complete and all I can say is: "PHEW! Whatta ride!" From the weather (heat, storms, wind) to the people from all walks of life ("My daughter won't stop talking about you after visiting yesterday, so we're back again today!"), it was a life-changing adventure. 

I was part of the original art fair that spans N. University, Washington, and the "Mall" - I was told by several patrons that it was the part of the Art Fair that was "most elite" and "hardest to get into" and that I should feel very honored to have gotten in on my first try. Of course I felt that way! 

I had neighbors from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Minnesota... everywhere! It quickly became apparent that my being "a local" was rare and maybe... an asset? So, I mentioned it when it made sense to do so.

Did I sell? Yes! Did I sell "a ton"? No? I don't think so? How does one measure that amount... I suspect it's highly individualized. Lemme 'splain: I sell tiny paintings that take me an hour to create* - my overhead was low for this show. I had the entry fee and the tent/table rentals sure, but I didn't travel or stay in hotel... I wasn't selling fragile and challenging-to-transport sculpture or glass... I could carry my work in my backpack (literally). 

I made a little more than my expenses, so, I consider that a success! Also, I really believe this experience helped put my face and work in front of my local audience again... and repetition hopefully breeds memory which will lead to commissions, sales, opportunities, down the line. Someone remembered me from ArtPrize last fall, for example! I think that's huge!

My square Moo business cards were a hit, as was my live demo that I signed up to do for the Fair; I got a (surprise) small honorarium for it as well! I forget how much I love teaching until I do it. This was no exception as I showed a handful of folks how to paint some coffee beans, beneath the shadow of Hill Auditorium (!). Magnus helped me paint up some decorative rocks (see picture in the slideshow) and I put up a small sign saying as much - that got a lot of notice too. I think folks appreciated my approachability? At least I hope so.

I learned so much - the first thing being that I need to up my booth game! I saw some amazing displays and took a million notes/pictures so I can now plan for next time. It was my first time, a learning experience - I hope the A2 folks understand that and give me another go next summer. Lastly, I will edit the pieces I bring - stay on a theme, be more choose-y. Frame more... etc. etc.

There were dance parties amongst the artisans, art swaps, tips and advice, electricity shares, chats, hugs, runs to the A/C'd Michigan League building, Italian Ices, and a shared experience unlike anything I've ever had - I want to do it again! 

PS: There are some new paintings in that slideshow up there! I passed the time (total hours: 40) painting, of course!

*most of the pieces are this way... some are more involved, of course!