Friday, April 16, 2021

Small framed works available!

Hello! I hope you have a happy, sunny weekend planned. 

I’ve just listed six framed small works in my ko-fi shop! All of these have been beautifully framed by Leith framing studio and are ready to hang. These works are 24x18cm and 24x32.5cm framed and are priced at £225-285. Payment plans are welcomed and encouraged, I want you to live with my work. 

Lost moments 21x15cm(framed 24x18cm) mixed media on canvas Signed and dated on the back professionally framed and ready to hang 2018 Megan Chapman £225 includes free tracked and insured shipping in the UK Collect   Happy to work out a payment plan - message me or email megancha at gmail dot com

Try not to forget 21x15cm(framed 24x18cm) mixed media on canvas Signed and dated on the back professionally framed and ready to hang 2018 Megan Chapman £225 includes free tracked and insured shipping in the UK  Collect Happy to work out a payment plan - message me or email megancha at gmail dot com

What is enough 21x15cm(framed 24x18cm) mixed media on canvas Signed and dated on the back professionally framed and ready to hang 2018 Megan Chapman £225 includes free tracked and insured shipping in the UK Collect  Happy to work out a payment plan - message me or email megancha at gmail dot com

Sleep laughing A4 size - 21x29.5cm(framed 24x32.5 cm) mixed media on 280gsm/80oz primed canvas board Signed and dated on the back professionally framed and ready to hang 2019 Megan Chapman £295 includes free tracked and insured shipping in the UK  Collect   Happy to work out a payment plan - message me or email megancha at gmail dot com

What a dance it was A4 size - 21x29.5cm(framed 24x32.5 cm) mixed media on 280gsm/80oz primed canvas board Signed and dated on the back professionally framed and ready to hang 2019 Megan Chapman £295 includes free tracked and insured shipping in the UK Collect  Happy to work out a payment plan - message me or email megancha at gmail dot com

Swept Away A4 size - 21x29.5cm(framed 24x32.5 cm) mixed media on 280gsm/80oz primed canvas board Signed and dated on the back professionally framed and ready to hang 2019 Megan Chapman £295 includes free tracked and insured shipping in the UK Collect  Happy to work out a payment plan - message me or email megancha at gmail dot com  
In other news, thanks to everyone who helped me achieve my goal of raising £105 to pay for my first year with Artwork Archive! This will help me archive 500 works into their online system and get everything in good order. Once I reach 500 works I can upgrade then. I am hopeful that this new system will really help me take my art to the next level and allow me the ability to share even more of my work with you! Thanks again! - Megan

That's all I have for you this week. I hope you are well, happy, and inspired. Take good care, until next time.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Bread and roses


From there to here
mixed media on canvas board
5x7"/13x18cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
£55 with free shipping in the UK

STUDIO FLASH SALE THIS WEEK!
NOW JUST £45 with free shipping in the UK.
Click to buy:https://ko-fi.com/s/a3b4f45a94


Lay it down
mixed media on canvas board
7x5"/18x13cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
SOLD

Thunder and the roar
mixed media on canvas board
5x7"/13x18cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
SOLD

Your wild terrain
mixed media on canvas board
7x5"/18x13cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
£55 with free shipping in the UK

STUDIO FLASH SALE THIS WEEK!
NOW JUST £45 with free shipping in the UK.
Click to buy: https://ko-fi.com/s/9ac8d1ded2

Ties that bind
mixed media on canvas board
5x7"/13x18cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
£55 with free shipping in the UK
STUDIO FLASH SALE THIS WEEK!
NOW JUST £45 with free shipping in the UK.

I wish I could tell you a story about this new little series of works. The truth is, is that I just needed to paint. I needed to move. I needed to have something to show for myself at the end of a bothersome week. I needed to remember and connect with a force that doesn't have time for my horseshit. That's art, and that is how these pieces were born. You might want to listen to Tom Waits' album Rain Dogs while viewing them. Maybe that is all the story you need.

I currently have sixteen original pieces of art in my shop for £45 or less with free shipping in the UK. I also have six prints from my "accidental portrait/tell me how you really feel" series available from £25-40 depending on size.
Please support my work if you are able. I always try to keep a selection of my work in a more affordable price range because I believe in the power of art and the worker. "Bread for all, roses too." https://ko-fi.com/meganchapman/shop (click the tag "bargains £50 or less"). Thanks!

In other news, I just bit the bullet and subscribed to an online art archive platform,
Artwork Archive
. I have tried it for a month and it really seems to have all the features I need to keep my artwork in check. I went with a cheaper tier plan that will archive up to 500 works. I probably have more works than that (I keep finding new old works all the time) but I can upgrade when I reach that milestone.
Thanks to all my past and current patrons and supporters of my work for giving me a reason to have to keep up with all of this. 😉 Drop me £3 in my https://ko-fi.com/meganchapman if you want to help me cover this expense!
If you are an artist looking to archive your work, keep track of patrons, galleries, expenses, etc. Check it out. Yes, this is a referral link (to help soften the blow of my investment). If you subscribe with my link we both get $10 towards our accounts! Thanks! https://www.artworkarchive.com/?ref=6f381a

I have been knee-deep trying to find images of my work from art school in the mid-'90s and then on up to 2010. It's been a real challenge, a treasure hunt, and extremely frustrating but I am learning a lot in the process. And once all this is ordered I may just paint again! So if I seem more quiet than usual on social media it's just because I am taking care of business so that hopefully I can share a more complete story of my work with you. Some of it is probably better buried and lost but at the same time, it is the path of past work that led me here. Everything informs the next step. Even archiving all of this is part of the process.

Thank you for being part of it.
- Megan

As always if you live with my work or happen to have exhibition photos of my work, I would love to hear from you and see your photos! Email: megancha at gmail dot com

Friday, April 2, 2021

There's no place like home

What can I tell you? What can I share? 

Well, I have had some glorious conversations, affirmations, and put in a lot of hard work this week and so I have arrived here a bit worn out.

Ties that bind
mixed media on canvas board
5x7"/13x18cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
£55 with free shipping in the UK

I learned recently that there is an old house inside me and in the deepest room, there is a kitchen with a long wooden table. I always have a seat reserved there. I can bring whatever I need to bring to this place and I will be received with unconditional care and space to just be. I can see the light coming in the windows and my shoulders drop and I can breathe deeply. I am greeted the same at the table if I am rage-filled, sad, lonely, scared, tired, or happy as a clam. My table is always there in the light in the middle of the house. I carry this place with me. I will forget sometimes, but I do know it is there. Home within.


This scene makes me cry every time...

In other news, yesterday I joined the Granton Hub as a volunteer member of the arts subgroup to contribute ideas and help run events in their arts programme. I attended my first meeting and I am very excited about the ethos and happenings at the hub. I invite you to like their social media pages and posts if you don't already.



And in other, other news, after the computer failure (and thankful replacement) of last week, I realised I really need and want to create a proper archive of my past, current, and future work. I have found an online platform, that has all the features I need to help me manage my art, exhibitions, finances, and patrons in one place. This platform would help me immensely going forward. I am asking my patrons and supporters to invest in my past work and my future by supporting me in this goal over on my ko-fi page. 1 year of this service costs £165. I have 11 days left of my month-long free trial. I have already uploaded over 100 works to the site.

With your support, I could get my archive off the ground and work smarter rather than harder, and easily share even more of my work with you. I am already hard at work getting my files organised. It has been an overwhelming yet empowering experience. I have a long way to go yet, but I think this is the best tool for moving forward. If you have a spare £3 that would be super helpful. Visit: https://ko-fi.com/meganchapman to help me with this goal. Thanks!

Please show up for yourself. Find your home, your room, your space. Find your folders, create your own system. Ask for help, make it happen. Make your mark. There is room for you here too.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Broken computers and new small works

This week started off okay but then went to shite around midweek with a computer failure. It really made me realise how much I loathe computers and all the digital detritus we acquire and create. I take a hell of a lot of photos. Computers end up like journals for me. I often start just writing in the middle of a new notebook, random and cryptic words, notations, thoughts. I circle things, I write down dates and numbers and then I walk away, only to start again somewhere else in the notebook, probably writing the same thing again and again. I imagine my computer files stretched across so many dead or dying hard drives, perhaps across continents and seas.

I also realised I don't have to be an expert at all of this. I do pretty well with a few things and that's probably enough. Now, if I could just create a basic rudimentary system that works for me I'll be fine. 

Isn't that what we are all trying to do, just find our place within the frameworks of a basic system. I need wiggle room and a bit of space for wild abandon too. I know I need systems but I don't really like them too much. 

I am sitting in front of the window, the sun is warm on one of my arms, I watch my exhausted daffodils catch the wind, the grape hyacinths are coming up now in the window box. I am listening to concentration music on my computer - drones to keep the brain waves in check. 

I had an order for a print yesterday when I woke up from an old friend in Seattle. Always thankful for the support and delighted for the order. Check out my kofi shop if you haven't in a while. 

And in other news, I happened to paint five new small works this week. Can you imagine? I certainly didn't but somehow I have. These are on 5x7" mixed media on canvas boards. You can see the weave of the canvas in the photos, these wee beauties pack a punch. 


From there to here
mixed media on canvas board
5x7"/13x18cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
£55 with free shipping in the UK
Message me to claim (not in my shop yet)

Ties that bind
mixed media on canvas board
5x7"/13x18cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
£55 with free shipping in the UK
Message me to claim (not in my shop yet)


Your wild terrain
mixed media on canvas board
7x5"/18x13cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
£55 with free shipping in the UK
Message me to claim (not in my shop yet)


Lay it down
mixed media on canvas board
7x5"/18x13cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
£55 with free shipping in the UK
Message me to claim (not in my shop yet)


Thunder and the roar
mixed media on canvas board
5x7"/13x18cm
©2021 Megan Chapman
£55 with free shipping in the UK
Message me to claim (not in my shop yet)

And that's all I have for you this week. Thank you for stopping by and for supporting my work. Take good care of yourself. 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Reflection: Moving forward while staying put

One year this week. 

I basically decided it was all getting serious on March 13th last year and went into lockdown before the government called it.

I have only gone into the post office to post art a few times (thankfully now they come to the house to collect for a small fee). I visited a few small markets for necessities on only a few occasions. I have been into my studio only four times in the past year and mostly when the virus levels were lower last summer and early autumn. I have met with a couple of friends in gardens, a friend a few times in a park, and a friend a few times for walks or a quick walking chat when they were in the neighbourhood. I have worn a mask to answer the door and I still wash the groceries (that are now delivered) and my hands after taking a walk or after handling anything from the outside world. 

Isn't it wild? We have learned so many new ways of being in a relatively short span of time. I am curious how some of us managed to move forward while staying put, how we maintained friendships, careers, and hopefully basic mental and physical health. I know I am one of the lucky ones, my status as a self-employed artist is a weird place to start this journey but in many ways, probably made this whole experience easier. I could more easily follow the rules, I could stay at home. I was eligible for funding and support through government agencies and arts organisations and financial help from my studio building. My patrons and supporters stepped up and helped to keep my studio rent paid, kept me in materials, and the utilities on by supporting my work through Ko-fi and beyond. Thank you!

Some wonderful opportunities have come my way during this strange year as well. I became much more involved in attending events hosted by the Scottish Artists Union of which I am a proud member. I also joined SCAN (Scottish Contemporary Art Network) during this time. I am currently a member of the women's abstract art collective, Abstractionistas, which was founded during the pandemic. I have been interviewed by P3DRO and have been the recipient of the Butterbiggens Prize and featured on their site. 

Of course, exhibitions were different during this time as in-person exhibitions were cancelled and changed to online or partially online depending on the restrictions at the time. Artist talks and open studios were cancelled as well. 

My work has been part of the following exhibitions:

My studio at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall is now part of the Leith Late Virtual Tours culture map of Edinburgh thanks to the commission by Leith Late. Next month, in April, I will join the Granton Hub as a volunteer member of the arts subgroup to contribute ideas and help run events in their arts programme. I am really looking forward to this. 

So while we have been isolated, there has been community, opportunity, more funding and a wider conversation on the importance of mental health and social care. The conversation on Universal Basic Income has inched ever forward as well. This is all good. There was so much loss, stress, and worry during this time and it still continues. It will take a while for us all to be vaccinated so that we can forge a new normal. Things have been added to our lives and things have been taken and have fallen away. 

I know today I am bone tired and weary as I look back and yet I am so fortunate. I also know that I have walked for miles and miles and have seen beautiful things and all the while I made art. This curious compulsion that continues to see me through, this practice that gives me voice and identity through thick and thin. I am so grateful for charcoal, paper, and paint. I am so grateful for my hands, heart, and for you. You, the ones that are still here and the ones that have faded away from my life or are on another plane. I am so grateful to you.

The sun comes in the windows as I type, I have a big glass of water - my body says it needs about twenty more and a lot of quiet time. Soon the paper and charcoal will be calling me again and we have a lot to say. 

Until next week, take care. Keep fighting, we need you here and all the gifts you bring. 

Thank you. 

Friday, March 12, 2021

A line is better out than in


I had a lovely birthday last Saturday and so I decided to continue the fun and take the past week off. As much as an artist takes a week off. It was more a timeout from walking and running. Perhaps taking off from the outside world just a bit. I still took a few gentle walks and did a bit of yoga. I attended an art collective meeting and had in-depth and meaningful conversations with other artists in my circle. I applied for a volunteer position, started a bit of art, posted some art to a buyer, promoted my work across social media, bought a bit of art, cheered some artists on, signed a petition for Universal Basic Income, and here I am writing my blog. 

This week I also cried and was angry over the fear and danger women face in the world. I will hold vigil tomorrow for women everywhere.

 I'd like to run through the forest and throw rocks. I'd like to smash and kick the air. 
I'd like to scream from my guts until it shakes the trees.


A line is better out than in...




That's all I have for you this week. Thanks as always to my patrons and supporters.

Take good care out there.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Our family tree made of charcoal dust. Interview out now!


Accidental portrait #16
mixed media
20x16" on heavyweight 250gsm linen textured paper. 
The original has sold. 
Prints of this piece are available in my Ko-fi shop: https://ko-fi.com/s/c157f20e2f

Last week I wrote in my studio blog that an interview was imminent, well it was published on Monday night! 

READ

I am very fortunate to have been interviewed by Peter Goodbody for P3DRO, a wonderful music and culture site based in England. A simple interview of 13 questions turned into something much more far-reaching and personal than I expected. I have to say this is one of my most favourite interviews to date. I really enjoyed knowing that it was going to be published on a mostly music-driven site, as music is so important to me and my process. I felt like I could communicate more effusively about the music connection to my art and be more completely myself- it was a more holistic interview. It all came together so well, it felt like a gift. 

I spent Monday night sharing it across social media accounts trying to reach the near and far. If you missed it or haven't read it yet, please do. This one is special to me and it would mean a lot. 

Read it here: https://p3dro.net/2021/03/01/megan-chapman-this-is-our-family-tree-made-of-charcoal-dust/

Thank you, Peter, for your brilliant questions and for this wonderful opportunity. 

Accidental portrait #17
mixed media
20x16" on heavyweight 250gsm linen textured paper. 
The original has sold. 
Prints of this piece are available in my Ko-fi shop: https://ko-fi.com/s/4704f6c20c


In other news, I have updated my ko-fi shop with new descriptions for many of my affordable works on paper. I'm trying to give you more of an experience as you view these works online as if you were talking to me at an open studio event. I hope you will take another look if you haven't visited in a while.

Gutless sketch #5/ Tell me how you really feel print #3
A3 size/11.7x16.5”
200 gsm heavyweight acid-free cartridge paper
2020
Both the original and prints are available in my Ko-fi shop. 
Print: https://ko-fi.com/s/63af21620b



Tomorrow is my birthday. It is the last one in my 40s and it is during lockdown. I am looking forward to taking a walk and speaking with friends and family near and far on the computer. I have a fresh bouquet of daffodils about to bloom in the house and my window boxes are exploding in the same fresh yellow. The Forth wildly crashes on the wee beach across the road. My cat, Theo sits by me looking out the window and I have plenty of tea. I am so very fortunate. 

Okay 49, I am looking at you squarely. I set an intention to live in compassionate simplicity along with forward movement peppered in joy. This sounds good to me.

Thank you for being part of all of this.