Friday, May 2, 2008

Boxing up the Evidence

First some news:

I will be at first Friday gallery walk at the Blue Moon Gallery in Hot Springs, Arkansas tonight from 5-9pm.If you are in the area, please stop by, I would love to meet you. I will also be there next month, Friday June 6, from 5-9pm for the opening reception of my exhibition, Evidence of the Disappearance. Please mark your calendars- I would especially love to see you then! I am very excited about my new body of work and can't wait to share it with you.

I also want to let everyone know that Studio Visit, Volume One arrived in the mail this week! Two of my paintings, Olivine and Secrets Revealed were selected to be included in this new juried publication in print, produced by the publishers of New American Paintings. I am thrilled to be a part of this beautiful and elegant publication. Two thousand of the best galleries and museums in the country will be receiving Studio Visit as a source book, featuring some of the many talented, emerging artists from around the country. I am so pleased to be a part of this new publication by the Open Studios Press. You may be able to obtain a copy by visiting their website. Each gallery that represents my work, will receive a gallery copy, so when you visit them please ask to see it!

Boxing up the Evidence: It's almost time...

The finishing work takes hold now, and there are different practices to follow at this stage in the process. New lists are made to separate the important tasks from the jumble that is my mind four weeks before a show. Things must be broken down into even smaller more manageable parts. Daily, I must stay on task with a new vigilance.

The majority of the work is now titled. The sides of the paintings have received three solid coats of black paint before they are signed up the right hand side in gold. Hanging wires are fastened. The work has been photographed, and those photographs have been scrutinized. The paintings are looking quite put together now.

The music changes for this process as well. Interpol fades away and the headphones are put down for a while. Now, mixtures of "work" songs filter through the open air of my studio. Compilation Cd's from dear friends and the soundtrack from the film Pollock will propel me to the finish line.

It is always amazing how a body of work can come together out of nothing. These paintings, these difficult births, always surprise and overwhelm me. When were they all created? How are they finally, really here? My heart is full with all the love, support, and time given to me so that I may simply put colors and textures together to hopefully create something beautiful and unique: something that transcends daily life. Sitting in my studio so close to being done, tears well up in my eyes. I am so fortunate to be able to share this experience with the artists that are always with me, the ones that have come before me and the ones that will come after.

There is an invisible thread that runs between us; and the evidence proves this.

Pictured above:

Fragile Together
Mixed Media on Canvas
10x10, 2008

Delivered like Thunder
Mixed Media on Canvas
20x16, 2008

We Talked Like Dancing Feet
Mixed Media on Canvas
16x20, 2008

These are just three of the new paintings that will be featured in my upcoming exhibition:

Evidence of the Disappearance
Blue Moon Gallery
Hot Springs, Arkansas
June and July 2008
Please join me for the opening reception Friday June 6 from 5-9pm
During first Friday gallery walk.


  1. Yay!!! Success and completion!! Well done you - I wish you all the best in the run up to your opening night. Such a lot of work! I hope you're planning some time out for yourself afterwards...
    I can relate to that feeling of looking at the work and thinking, "Where did this all come from?". Like you, I get emotional and thankful and amazed at the opportunity to be an artist.
    Your supporters and customers are even more thankful and amazed that they have the opportunity to see, admire, love and share your art. You are truly a fine artist. You go girl!!
    Debs :)

  2. This work is absolutely gorgeous, a big congratulations for the completion of this, you must be so happy!

  3. dammit - wish i could have seen them before they left. where did the time go?

    I'm liken' some of the new colors.

  4. looks great congrats enjoy

  5. Keep up the great work Megan. You are a great artist.

  6. Congratulations on being selected for 'Studio Visit'! Glad your work is on its way.

  7. Congratulations Megan!
    Isn't amazing how things come together in the end? It's one of my favorite things about being an artist.

    I wish I could be there to meet you! Maybe someday :)

    Hope your weekend is going well!!

  8. It is amazing how a body of work can come together out of nothing..
    and just look at what has come together.. it is a body of work that has such an intense and powerful beauty..

    when this work is all hung and displayed in it's entirity the whole building will vibrate with sublime serenity.

  9. Thanks everyone for your lovely and encouraging comments.I am so lucky to have you all on "my team." I can't wait to share the whole body of work with you soon.