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.

TEDxYDL is Tonight and you can Watch Online!

IT'S HERE!! Tonight from 7-9pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time (-04:00 GMT), I'll be part of the 2017 TEDxYDL event! If you'd like to watch LIVE, you can (so cool!!): 

TEDxYDL LIVE STREAM


I'll talk about art, science, and my life in medical illustration and I hear I'm to speak 2nd-to-last, so, probably closer to 8:30-8:45pm EST, I wager. I'd love to know if you tune in!

Further, if you're IN the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor/Detroit area, there will be a viewing party at Riverside Art Gallery (I was in an art show there last summer) with an afterparty afterward!

A little preview - I created this time lapse for the talk - enjoy and wish me luck!

A blue eye with freckles done in mixed media by yours truly (over the course of about 3 hours) on April 5, 2017. The final is about 6x6"; watercolor, pencil, carbon dust, white chalk, and ink.

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!

#postcardavalanche Brings Out the Med Ill Naughty in Me

We here at meganlovestodraw support an inclusive, all-loving, accepting United States. (Well, me, because... who are we kidding? This is pretty much just yours truly at the helm.) To that end, we oppose a lot of what is happening regarding the new administration, including the nod given to Mr. Bannon. So, in a very MLTD-way, we protest with art. Enjoy my fiddlings with this GANZ postcard that I bought for a $1. 

Altered with ink and watercolor. Coloring-postcard-maker GANZ not responsible. Click to view it bigger :)

What 600 (+1) Tiny Drawings/Paintings Looks Like

So, I was just updating my Drawing-A-Day page (which isn't truth-in-advertising, I grant you) when I realized something momentous:

I'VE CREATED 600 SMALL PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS*

That's just madness. What's even MORE mad is that I feel like I could/should be doing more! Oh, self.

So, it's my birthday and I thought I'd share all 600 (+1) pieces with you! Enjoy! Do you have a favorite?? Click through to their page to see them up close & personal - these are just screen shots :)

*NOT including the derby portraits, Rob, the eyes for Art Prize, my work illustrations, etc.

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!

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!