Friday, May 26, 2017

All the time it took to remember

All the time it took to remember
Acrylic on canvas
76x51x4cm/30x20x1.5"
2016 Megan Chapman
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This week has been full of sun and warmth and delightfully so! I spent some time in the studio this week sketching out the start of a new accidental portrait as well as laying the grounds on a few canvases, big and small. I also rediscovered some small canvas works that I have now decided are done and will be documenting them soon.

I have started the MOMA course and completed week one just before I sat down to write this blog post. I like the course so far and have enjoyed the refresher on canvas and paint basics as well as some of the back story surrounding the New York School and the critics involved in helping make that time as it became known. The readings are quite thorough and took me back to my university days. Looking forward to starting week two and the Barnett Newman module. If you are taking the course, I hope you are enjoying it as well. I hope to discuss more of the course in my Tuesday Studio Visit Videos as well as on here, once it gets a bit deeper into the meat of the subject. Again for a free course, it seems to offer a lot of good information and is a real treasure for those on a budget that need some structure or inspiration.

In other news, I had another sale! This time from The Colour Purple exhibition at Union Gallery last month. I was delighted to learn this news! This weekend I plan to visit an art supply store and get some new materials, the MOMA course already has me thinking about new ideas for my studio practice. 

Besides the art world, I've been cleaning the park, the street, and practicing my ukulele everyday since I brought it home. I have also been meditating and practicing yoga as well. To balance all this out I also made my first ever pitcher of Sangria. Tasty. 

Again, few words for you this week, but I am glad I posted on time! Love and light to you and yours. Keep fighting.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The storm in my head and other people's art



This past week was all about migraines. Every day for six days. I decided it was a type of shamanic journey I just needed to take. So I listened to the storm in my brain until I came out the other side.

I remembered the value of yoga and meditation and returned to them again. I remembered the value of making space within. Thanks to a dear friend I was reminded to no longer water the rocks in my life. So I watered (and visited) a friend and sat in the glorious sun of her incredible garden. All of these things, plus an appointment with a doctor made me feel a whole lot better. Also, I now own a Ukulele and that has to be good!



This week, I also enjoyed seeing a friend, Ever Dundas realize a dream and speak about her debut novel, Goblin like an old pro in the beautiful setting of the grand old Edinburgh Central Library. These things were good for my soul. Celebrating other people's hard work, seeing their efforts pay off, to be a witness as they put their art into the world is a joy.

The storm in my head is now quiet and for the moment so is my studio, but I have a feeling the winds of change will be blowing in soon.

Thanks for checking in and being part of this experience. Until next week, keep fighting, the world needs you and your art.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Litter, Resistance, and more Accidental Portraits

I seem to be a person of few words right now. I love my blog and the practice of writing it, but I have been a bit sad lately as well as under the weather. I currently also have this obsession with the litter problem in my neighborhood and that is cutting into my art brain. I need to be mindful that my community litter picking doesn't become a form of studio resistance.

Speaking of resistance have you all read, The War of Art? I am sure I have mentioned it in the earlier days of my blog but I would highly recommend the book if you struggle with any forms of resistance. I need to read it again.

I did manage to paint two more accidental portraits so it can't be all that bad. If I am honest, after coming out of the gate so strong at the start of the year with 180 pieces of the distillation process, everything feels a bit of a let down. It's all temporary and I will return to my art heart and brain. I can balance my community involvement with my calling, I am sure of it.

I am still creating Tuesday Studio Visit Videos over on my facebook page, so go have a look if you have missed any. I am also looking forward to starting the MOMA course on Abstract Art.

All will be well. There has to be time to pause and reflect to keep the fire burning.

Here are the latest Accidental Portraits. 



Until next week, keep fighting!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Recent Sales!

I am delighted to report several recent sales (from several different bodies) of my work!

Two of the Accidental Portraits have now found homes, both in the states. One of the pieces from my Reconstruction series shown in the Fenix & Friends exhibition in the Walker-Stone House in Fayetteville, Arkansas sold as well! Even though I now live in Scotland, it makes my heart happy to know my work is still loved and appreciated in the states.

This year has been very quiet so far and these three sales were a soothing balm for my artist's soul. As well as these originals, a several of my small prints have sold recently from my Etsy shop as well, with two also going to the states, and two staying here in Scotland.

It is very encouraging and helps me to continue on the path, so for all that support me with your hard earned dollars and pounds, I thank you and am grateful for your continued support.

Accidental Portrait #3
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Accidental Portrait #2
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On the brink
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Remembering William Mayes Flanagan

My dear friend Bill was a gift to the world. I will miss talking shit with you, drinking with you, talking about art and the community with you. No one worked harder to make things happen. No one had more passion for art, social justice, and for living life to the fullest. Loyal, funny as hell, a talented painter (no one paints moons like you, Bill), a great storyteller, and so extremely kind. I am a better person for knowing you and I will never forget you. I bought you a wee half pint at that pub we all had fun in and left it on the table for you and there's a glass (a french jam jar) of red wine for you on our mantel. You and Barbara (your beloved) are part of my chosen family. Thank you for all the kindness and love. You were like a father, a delightfully irreverent uncle, and a much older brother all wrapped up in a revolutionary package. I love you, Bill. I love you, Barbara.

William Mayes Flanagan hung my 8 pieces at the Fenix & Friends exhibition at the Walker-Stone house at the beginning of the month. He is the reason that I offered my work for the exhibition. I am honored that he touched every single one of those paintings of mine and he will always have a special place in my mind and heart. One of the greatest gifts the Fayetteville Underground gave me was getting to know and love William Mayes Flanagan. I made a short video tribute to my dear friend that you can see on my facebook art page, here.

Please take a minute to look at Flanagan's work and read his statement on his website. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

A strange phenomenon

My work at Union Gallery



The opening of "The Colour Purple" exhibition last Saturday at Union Gallery in Edinburgh was a lovely way to spend an evening. The space looked wonderful as the light streamed in through the windows illuminating the art while friendly chat was enjoyed.

I am so pleased to have these seven paintings on the main floor as part of this exhibition. It is always wonderful to see the work out of the studio and on a gallery wall. For me, it is always like seeing the work for the first time. It is a strange sensation to know the paintings intimately and to have spent such time with them and then to see them in an entirely new light. They become something else once they are in the gallery or on a patron's wall. It's a delightfully strange phenomenon that I will never get used to.

My work at the Walker-Stone House.
Photo credit: Mayor Lioneld Jordan


Also, last Saturday and at the exact time, but 4,000 miles away in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Fenix and Friends exhibition was opening its doors at the Walker-Stone house. I was able to see photos of the exhibition from friends and on the city's promotional social media pages. What a wonderful light filled space, the exhibition looks grand, a perfect place for my Reconstruction series. I wish I could have been in both places as once, but at least my art was.

In other news, I decided to introduce a new weekly feature over on my facebook art page. I created a quick check in video chat from my studio. For me, the point of this is to have more immediate interaction with my peers and patrons. Nothing slick or filtered just a quick hello and sharing of my studio space and what I am working on, inspired by and thinking about, in hopes of creating a deeper connection with folks. I need the private dreamy time of creation but I also need the community aspect of conversing about the alchemy of art making. I don't want to be just words and still images on a glowing screen but instead, someone that viewers can get to know. If you haven't seen my studio video chat already, you can view it here.

The Art Scotland interview is getting promoted here and there on social media and I love how they are teasing out the quotes from the piece.

In the meantime, I am still promoting my Distillation Prints from my Etsy shop all the while unexpected abstracted portraits have been popping up in the studio lately when I work. I think they are mostly to entertain myself and for me to just keep moving in between series.

Thanks to a recommendation from one of my friends on facebook art page, I watched a brilliant Joan Mitchell documentary this week. I highly recommend it. Here's a quick phone grab of one my favorite scenes from the film.

video

It's been a good week of being present in the art world of my making. I hope you are well, wherever you are. The world needs you and your art.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Exhibition and Interview News!

A change in the frequency
Acrylic on canvas
41x51x4cm / 16x20x1.5"
© 2016 Megan Chapman

When it rains, it pours! I am very excited to write that I will be participating in two exhibitions, both of which are opening tomorrow and on two different continents!

In Edinburgh, come join us at the gorgeous Union Gallery located at 4 Drumsheugh Place in Edinburgh’s West End, for the preview this Saturday (tomorrow) the 8th of April from 4-6pm! I am delighted to have work featured in this exhibition with such a talented group of fellow artists. The exhibition will be on show from the 8th of April through the 13th of May.

"The Colour Purple is a curated exhibition with artists including Joyce Gunn Cairns MBE, Jenny Matthews, Annette Edgar, Drummond Mayo, Megan Chapman and Jackie Gardiner contributing to what will be a beautiful exhibition."

I will be showing four works from my New Language series (one pictured above and three below). This will be the first time they have shown outside of my studio since they were created. There will also be several of my wee works on canvas available in the gallery as well. I am looking forward to seeing the work up on the gallery walls. If you are local and can join us, it would be lovely to see you at the preview tomorrow.

Out of my mouth come flowers, come barbs Acrylic on canvas
41x51x4cm / 16x20x1.5"
© 2016 Megan Chapman



The new language
Acrylic on canvas
76x51x4cm / 30x20x1.5"
© 2016 Megan Chapman
All the time it took to remember
Acrylic on canvas
76x51x4cm / 30x20x1.5"
© 2016 Megan Chapman
Faith, optimism, alchemy
Acrylic on canvas
6x8.5"/15x21cm
© 2016 Megan Chapman
The ache at my fingertips
Acrylic on canvas
8.5x6"/21x15cm
© 2016 Megan Chapman
When words escape me
Acrylic on canvas
8.5x6"/21x15cm
© 2016 Megan Chapman

In my hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas I am honored to be included in the impressive lineup of artists in the Fenix & Friends: Art at the Walker-Stone exhibition. My Reconstruction series of paintings will be on show April 8-29th at the beautiful Walker-Stone House just off the Fayetteville Square located at 207 W. Center. Gallery Hours: Thursday and Friday 12-8 Saturday 10-4 Sunday 12-9.

Adrift
12x12" mixed media on panel
© 2014 Megan Chapman

After the fire
12x12" mixed media on panel
© 2014 Megan Chapman

Begin again
12x12" mixed media on panel
© 2014 Megan Chapman

I'll sing my secrets
12x12" mixed media on panel
© 2014 Megan Chapman

In the house you live
12x12" mixed media on panel
© 2014 Megan Chapman

On the brink
12x12" mixed media on panel
© 2014 Megan Chapman

Patch and repair
12x12" mixed media on panel
© 2014 Megan Chapman

To return
12x12" mixed media on panel
© 2014 Megan Chapman


If feels good to be showing the Reconstruction series for the first time in Fayetteville and especially in the historic Walker-Stone house. These 8 works on the panel were the last works I painted in Fayetteville before moving to Scotland. These paintings then went on tour as part of the group exhibition, Abstract ARt, travelling to Kresge Gallery at Lyon College, in Batesville, Arkansas in 2014, The Art Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, Arkansas in 2015, and finally on to the Zarrow Center at The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2016 before returning home in 2017. I could not be more delighted. This will be the first time my works has been shown in Fayetteville since 2014.



In other exciting news, a recent interview I did with Art Scotland has been published on their gorgeous site. The interview covers a lot of ground and I enjoyed the questions. I hope folks will enjoy reading it and learning more about me and my work.

I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to introduce myself to the Scottish art scene in the past year, now with interviews/reviews in three smart publications, Portfolio Oomph, SOGO Magazine, and now, Art Scotland

It feels good to have my art being seen and written about and out in the world again after some initial growing pains from my transition from the US to Scotland. I hope the momentum continues.

While all of this is going on, my latest series of limited edition prints, The Distillation Process are happily now available for sale exclusively through my Etsy shop, Artmaven. It has been a quiet debut so far but expect to see more of them and hear more of the story behind them, as my social media ramps up. 

I am donating 10% from each sale of this particular series to the Scottish Association for Mental Health. Mental Health affects all of us and it’s time to remove the stigma and help those in need, as well as get help if those in need happen to be ourselves.

That’s all I have for you this week. If you are near Edinburgh I hope you will check out the Union Gallery exhibition and if you are in Northwest Arkansas, I hope you will check out the Fenix and Friends exhibition in Fayetteville.

Life is a strange dance and I am glad to be dancing through it with you. Until next week, keep fighting.

Friday, March 31, 2017

New! Limited Edition Prints are here!




They're here! My new limited edition prints have been released to the world! You can purchase them exclusively through my Etsy shop, Artmaven



The Story:

The Distillation Process
- conversations born of charcoal dust, my hand, and heart.

My latest project, "The Distillation Process," is a series of 180 paintings on paper created in January of this year. I wanted to give myself the challenge of creating six paintings each day, using only white and yellow ochre paint and charcoal, over the course of a month. These minimalist pieces focus on movement and gesture, spontaneously capturing my visual language as it is repeated and expanded. The process was a lesson in commitment, structure, and intuition. Confessional and dark at times, yet also quick and bright, the distillation process lead me down a new and vigorous path.

I have carefully selected 19 works from the original 180, that I feel represent the heart of the completed series. The following selections are now available as a series of signed, limited edition prints.

A huge part of the original process was very physical, immediate, and included the use of non-archival newsprint paper, and as such, the originals do not exist to be shown or sold. I will keep the originals in my personal archives and these limited edition prints will be the only representation of the process and the pieces that resulted.

Buying these limited edition prints supports mental health charity work:

10% from each sale from my distillation process limited edition print series will be donated to the Scottish Association for Mental Health. As beautiful as this world can be, there is darkness too, and sometimes we all need help. I want to contribute to people getting the help and services they need so they can experience more beautiful days. You can learn more about the charity and the good work they are doing here in Scotland as well as find helpful resources for yourself or a loved one.

Fine Art Print Details:

These prints are of my original abstract paintings created in my studio in Leith, a vibrant arts community in Edinburgh, Scotland. Each print is hand numbered, titled, dated and signed on the front.

These reproductions are professionally printed in Edinburgh with pigment inks on acid-free and archival 190gsm, 100% cotton rag paper. Archival prints should last 70-100 years so you can buy with confidence and enjoy your art for many years to come.

Available in Paper Size A3: 
42x29.7cm / 16.5x11.69 inches are priced at £65 and 29.7x29.7cm square / 11.69x11.69 inches are priced £45 and are limited to an edition of 25

Each print will be packed with a sturdy backing board inside a clear plastic sleeve and then placed inside a non-bendable mailer and shipped through the Royal Mail either track and sign or special delivery (depending on which size is purchased) in the UK or International track and sign depending on your location.

Thanks so much for your support of my work. Until next week, you know what to do (keep fighting and go buy some art!)

Friday, March 24, 2017

New limited edition prints: Soon!

My armor, my solace, my connection
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
paper size A3 42x29.7cm/11.7x16.5"

I was pleased to share the final selections from the Distillation Process with you all last week here and across social media. Thank you for your support and excitement over my latest body of work. It means so much to me, I am quite excited about releasing this series in limited edition prints. 

I visited with the brilliant designer, printer, and now shopkeeper, Jenni Douglas yesterday as we made our final decisions on the best paper for the reproductions. Jenni showed me an artist proof of one of my favourite pieces from the series and I was delighted with the quality and richness of the print. The colour and detail are superb and the finish of the archival cotton matte paper is perfect. I happily gave her the go ahead to print the other pieces on this same paper and I should be able to release them into the world next week.

Until then, I have a few details from my artist proof of the piece, My armor, my solace, my connection, to share with you today. At A3 size (42x29.7cm/11.7x16.5") these prints are a beautiful and strong presence.

Wonderful detail and richness


A good size, I can't wait to have my proof framed

A moment of sun hits the print, illuminating the details

Rich in colour and texture with a border for easy framing

Have a look back at last week's post to see the complete series and start thinking about which piece or pieces might be right for your collection. Until next week, keep fighting. The world needs you.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Selections from the distillation

I am excited to share my latest series of paintings with you all. Out of the 180 pieces from January's distillation process, I have selected these 19 works on paper to represent the completed series. The following selections will be available soon as a series of signed, limited edition prints. I am currently finalizing the reproduction details and will let you know more about their availability soon. Until then, I hope you will enjoy my latest work.
A most perfect obstacle
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
paper size A3 42x29.7cm/11.7x16.5"

Alchemy
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
paper size A3 42x29.7cm/11.7x16.5"

Deluge
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"

In a clatter of teacups and perfectly broken hearts
© 2017 Megan Chapman
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"
signed limited edition print

Just under the surface
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
paper size A3 42x29.7cm/11.7x16.5"

Luxury of darkness
© 2017 Megan Chapman
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"
signed limited edition print

My armor, my solace, my connection
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
paper size A3 42x29.7cm/11.7x16.5"

Of questions and worries
© 2017 Megan Chapman
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"
signed limited edition print

Our stories align
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
paper size A3 42x29.7cm/11.7x16.5"

Paths, ravines, timeless tales
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"

Places to become lost
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"

Resolute
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
paper size A3 42x29.7cm/11.7x16.5"

Solitude, slumber, and heartache
© 2017 Megan Chapman
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"
signed limited edition print

The awkward beauty of what comes next
© 2017 Megan Chapman
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"
signed limited edition print

The best medicine
© 2017 Megan Chapman
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"
signed limited edition print

The scars and damages left behind
© 2017 Megan Chapman
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"
signed limited edition print

To dream the wild
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
Paper size 29.7x29.7 cm/11.7x11.7"

What should have been said
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
paper size A3 42x29.7cm/11.7x16.5"

Your story, not mine
© 2017 Megan Chapman
signed limited edition print
paper size A3 42x29.7cm/11.7x16.5"