The New 365 Days of Painting Project is LIVE!

Hello! It's an exciting time in the chilly Mitten! I've begun a brand new 365 days of painting and I can't wait to share it with you! Below is a synopsis of what I'm up to; as outlined below, you can always keep an eye on THIS PAGE (or FACEBOOK) for updates as well. 

What's the Process? 

  • Create a realistic painting on 4x4" rounded-corner "coasters" (heavy card stock) every day for a year. 
  • The maximum (creation) time limit per painting is 1 hr. & each are done a day ahead of posting.
  • Every day of the week has a theme with occasional (saucy) bonus paintings thrown in on Mondays (see below).
  • Daily posts are made to new dedicated IG (address TBD) & Twitter accounts, my established FB page & a page that lives here. 

What's New?

In the past, I'd just wing my 365 projects and rapidly run out of ideas. Devising a new object every day becomes exhausting fast, leading to dread, and that doesn't jibe with happy art-making. This time I'm out-smarting myself with several pre-emptive moves - a one-hour time limit per day for painting creation, creating the paintings a day in advance (so I'm not posting them the day-of at 11:59pm), a stockpile of 400 sheets of paper already "torn down" to the perfect uniform size, the themes you see below, and a veritable cornucopia of references that I amassed before the project started. 

What are the Themes?

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What's the End Game? 

  • Gallery show(s).
  • Selling the original paintings, prints, posters of each/each theme.
  • Authoring a Bored Panda article.
  • Pitching a coffee table-esque book to a publisher.

ArtPrize 2017 is Upon Us!

Tomorrow, ArtPrize 9 opens in Grand Rapids, MI and it's my 4th time participating (!!). I spent the greater part of the last year working on my piece and I'm really excited to show it to everyone who visits The B.O.B. (the same venue who had me in 2015!). It was created with a pencil drawing, a watercolor underpainting, and then a final layer of carbon dust, ink & white chalk. 

Round one voting starts tomorrow and ends on the 30th - it's the most essential time for you to visit, if you want to vote for me. To that end, my voter ID is 64700 (you have to be in GR to vote... or at least to register)

Here are some images from the installation of my piece - Honey Gum Moss & Denim (click the title to view the project's webpage):

My TED Talk is Available on YouTube!

Hi! I'm so excited to announce that my art/science/life TEDx talk is now online! It was such an honor to be a part of the TED experience, truly.

Please click below or visit www.tinyurl.com/meganstedtalk to watch. If you love it and/or have feedback/thoughts, it'd be awesome to hear - please leave a comment here or on YouTube.

How does a person with an interest in the human eye combine both art and science? Megan Foldenauer became interested in the human eye as a child and has been drawing them ever since. Megan's interest in art and science led to her career as a biomedical Illustrator and multimedia specialist in the University Of Michigan Department Of Neurosurgery, where both skills serve her well.

A Perfect Pair: A Detroit Free Press Article & The Top Time-Based 25!!

See my entry at Women's City Club from now until Oct. 9th in Grand Rapids. Voting for the finalists ends on Oct. 1st, this Saturday. You don't have to be IN FRONT OF my piece to vote for it (see a how-to here), but you DO have to be in GR. My voter ID is 62588. I really appreciate your support - you have no idea!

The Detroit Free Press included my entry in their top 10 Detroiter ArtPrize entries! See the article  HERE .

The Detroit Free Press included my entry in their top 10 Detroiter ArtPrize entries! See the article HERE.

This is a screenshot of the live leaderboard on the ArtPrize website! My entry is in the Top 25 for my category!! Go watch the leaderboard  HERE !

This is a screenshot of the live leaderboard on the ArtPrize website! My entry is in the Top 25 for my category!! Go watch the leaderboard HERE!

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!

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!

My Q&A with YpsiReal!

I'm so happy that I got to talk to Ypsi Real (part of the Ypsilanti Convention and Visitor's Bureau) about my experience as an artist in my town, Ypsilanti, Michigan. How nice was it for them to ask me?? It's quite something to be thought of as worthy to represent where you live! Also, getting my work in front of people is SO important as a fine artist. It's especially gratifying when part of one's work revolves around residents of where you live (i.e., the derby portraits)! Thank you to YR and Michael Moriarty for the opportunity!

Take a read, here (click the image):

Coffee-Stained Goodness with More to Come!

Having fun with these new watercolors created on coffee-stained paper. I have two small pieces left - what will I paint next?? Stay tuned!