Saturday, March 29, 2014

New paintings, workshops and publications!

Hello! Thanks for joining me on this rainy Friday. I am in my studio again just enjoying spending time around my work and supplies while writing this post. This is the fourth week in a row I have written my blog from my attic studio and I must count this as a victory. More evidence that I am getting back into the swing of things slowly but surely.

I am also very happy to report that a new series is underway as well! It is still very early in the game so I won't say much about it but to say I am excited about the direction and to be working in this way again.

While working on my new series I am also preparing for some workshops that I will be teaching soon. I am looking forward to working with folks and sharing my experiences.

Some ideas for my future workshops:

In the first two hour segment I will touch on many aspects of the business side of art, how to speak about yourself as an artist, promote your work to galleries and arts organizations, build relationships with patrons by using social media and how to speak about your work effectively in person.

In the second two hour segment you’ll learn how to speak about yourself and your work all while quieting the voices of the naysayers and our own self-limiting beliefs. Attention will also be on writing and fine tuning a winning artist statement and biography.

In the third two hour segment you will learn effective portfolio presentation, the basics of documenting your work and pricing your art. We’ll learn researching potential venues for your work and how to approach galleries, art centers and nontraditional spaces.

In the fourth two hour segment we will focus on the importance of social media and how to really engage people with your work, whether online or in person. We will also discuss how to confidently create your own opportunities locally, nationally and internationally and identify available resources that will help your art career flourish.

I can't wait to launch this series of workshops and other goodies online in the near future. Stay tuned.

I am also very excited to report that the Spring 2014 issue of LETTERS is out now! The cover features a detail of my painting, "pocket full of live wires." There are three of my paintings featured within the journal as well. LETTERS is produced by students from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. I am honored to have my work included.

Don't miss New Hampshire's Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel’s poem “Full of Life” which is an ekphrasis of my painting “Pocket Full of Live Wires” on page 22 and 23 of the journal. I am grateful for Ms. Fogel's interest in my work and for her writing about it. I love these collaborations as you just never know where they may lead. Click on the image to take you to the journal's website and click on issue 2 [Spring 2014] and then you can view and enjoy the journal.

I think that is all I have for you this week from my art world. Until next week, you know what to do... 

Keep fighting!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Always look for the evidence...

I started writing a post for this blog in the middle of the day. I wrote for hours about quite a lot and then I decided it wasn't ready for public consumption so I filed it away as a draft. I then wandered around my studio looking at old files, journals, papers and I read my own words from 10 or more years ago. I was searching, always searching for something and always feeling like I could improve or do better or make it work, whatever it was. I was also always escaping into my journals, into my music, into my art trying to be someone else and it was exhausting. Or at least it was exhausting to read it today.

I have come to an examination phase of things once again but it is different now. I am not escaping and haven't been for quite a while. I like who I am and what I have become and how I live my life and I wake up excited almost everyday.

I see new bodies of work in my mind, yet I do not make them. What is that about? What is holding me back? I have produced twenty-two pieces of art in the new year (this is apparently not enough). I have had one solo show and been in two international group exhibitions. Some of my work is about to be published in an online journal from YALE. I have sold small works on Etsy, sold works from my home studio and received some commissions and have future prospects. I am also about to create a series of workshops. So, what is going on...

I think this is just a mighty incubation phase. I can see the work and I can feel it around me. This is that nervous, slightly maddening phase and one day very soon.... it will pour. This is the time to look for the evidence.

And I think I just found it by writing this. Thank you.



PS. I am now offering a selection of some of my older color works from 2008's Evidence of the Disappearance series as archival reproductions over on Society6.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Live it...

Logo designed by Stewart Bremner

This week went by quite quickly! I must have been busy!

I am very excited that currently I am planning a series of four two hour workshops on the business aspect of art! I am looking forward to marketing this online as a subscription service. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time and I am so glad that everything came together so that I could finally sit down and start to prepare for this next adventure. The first course will be designed to be a bit of a taster and the following classes will be more in depth. However, each class is independent from each other so you can pick and choose which one or sequence is best for you! I promise it will be fun and you will feel better and more hopeful about your art career and armed with strategies that will help you in the future! I will keep you in the loop as things develop.

In other news this week, I shipped off my recent Etsy orders to England, France and Minnesota. Later in the week I had an impromptu spring sale of some of my older color works from 2004/5 and one that remained from 2009. I found 4 out of the 5 paintings new homes! It was lovely to connect with folks that were excited to get a larger piece of mine for a great price. I was so pleased. If you are in the market for a larger piece, 24x30" from 2005 I do have the one painting left. See below.

Always within
mixed media on canvas 24x30"
© 2005 Megan Chapman 
Now just $245
Installment plans are available

Last Saturday, "The Ghosts of the Past" exhibition came down, so I packed it up and have it back with me awaiting its next venue. I was given a rare treat this week when a patron of my project came by to visit. I was able to show her all the work, piece by piece and up close and describe the process behind the work. It was a beautiful experience and a true gift. I only get to do that every one in a while and it is always special when I do. It solidifies my connection to the work, the process and the memory of creating it. I always see something new and learn something each time. I like sharing the story and answering questions and being able to share the work one on one. There is nothing better, it is almost as if I am being seen for the first time, very life affirming. The work is an extension of myself and to be able to share that is a very intimate experience. It was a treasure in a busy week. This week was filled with gifts and my heart is very full.

Perhaps that is why last but certainly not least, I started to paint in my studio again this week. If you read my blog last week I am trying to come back to this attic studio and create new memories and energy within the space. It seems to be working. I just started on a 16x20" canvas using some of the colors that have always been my favorites. It is a bit like starting over again but with a security blanket of sorts. I will not judge it too harshly. I will just accept it as evidence of moving forward, even if it came in the wrappings of the past.

work in progress

And that is all I have for you this week! Busy week of a proper artist I'd say and I want more of those. Thank you all for your support of my work, life and passion.

Until next week, keep fighting! The world needs your art!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Right on time...

Orange oxide lineup

Hello and thanks for joining me!

Happy New Year! What? Well, it was my birthday yesterday so I am proclaiming it a new year, so if things haven't been going your way so far in 2014, have a do over on me. This winter has been a harsh one and I know many people are ready for spring with it's new beginnings, flowers, unicorns and sunshine.

Unicorns!? Hey, it's my blog and I can say what I want. Anyway, today is the last day of my exhibition, The Ghosts of the Past Exposed at the Anne Kittrell Gallery at the University of Arkansas. I am so glad I was able to complete my project and show the work in such a fine setting as the Anne Kittrell. Who knows what is next for that body of work but I think some good things are brewing.

Today, I am writing my blog from my studio... which studio you ask? That would be my attic studio. I have had a bit of a mental block when it has come to really utilizing this space after the old underground closed and I lost my studio at the end of December 2011. I have made work up here but not as regularly as I would like. Of course since the start of 2012 I have been away from Arkansas for a year combined, with my two trips to Scotland and the 2 months I spent in Atlanta. When I write it down like that, it is no wonder that my studio space here feels a bit discombobulated.

I have worked on Stewart's kitchen worktop, dining table and in his living room studio. Then of course I had my own lovely studio in Edinburgh for 4 months as well. I have also worked on my own random tables throughout my house. I can work anywhere but there are preferred spaces. Spaces that have one purpose, one focus and are imbued with that certain energy. A storehouse of innate wisdom that wraps you up like a warm blanket just at the moment when you feel you have forgotten everything, that is what a studio is to me.

This attic space used to be that and I want it to be that again. Currently, I am flooding the space with my music, I am writing up here again and I am touching all my paints and materials. As I do this, I am remembering all the art I created in this private space since 2003. There is no gallery down the hall and there is no fanfare once a month but there is freedom in the paint splattered window panes and possibility in the creaky hardwood floor. There is still the muscle memory in my legs that carried me up here many years in the dark of 3 am to escape into my art. There is the light in the east and west and there is the memory of hundreds of paintings that were happily created here and that now live far away and in many homes.

This is my new year and my studio is a new opportunity once again. I hope you will come along and see what happens next.

"It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights..."

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Weeks keep ticking by, I am finding it hard to keep up. My exhibition at the University rolls on, The Royal Blind exhibition at gallery seventeen in Edinburgh is soon coming to a close and the debut of my small work at Little Ox gallery in Edinburgh is tonight. So, as you can see lots going on.

So, what did I do this week? Well, I painted and all those painting found homes and that felt very good. I also worked more on something that is coming up in April. I am very excited about it and it is something I have wanted to do for years. So, you will just have to keep checking back to find out what I am up to. I think that is all I have for you this week!

Everyday we paint is a victory. Please keep fighting, the world needs you and your art!



acrylic on paper 6x6"
© 2014 Megan Chapman

secrets outside
acrylic on paper 6x6"
© 2014 Megan Chapman

remember this place
acrylic on paper 6x6"
© 2014 Megan Chapman

acrylic on paper 6x6"
© 2014 Megan Chapman