Friday, May 14, 2021

Are the vitamins working?



Sissy felt sure the vitamins were working. 

Megan on the other hand wasn't. 

This week went by in a flash! I can't believe it is has been a week already since my first vaccination. I don't know what I did this week except for thankfully go to a lovely yoga nidra/meditation session, go to a meeting of the Abstractionistas collective, go to a volunteer meeting, take care of my mental health, take a couple of tiny walks, celebrate mother's day, keep in touch with my pals to talk about art, life, and everything in between- sending lots of love to one friend, in particular, going through a tough time. And I made time to draw Sissy and I sold a couple of prints! Oh and I sold a box of old books (as one does to stay afloat). 

I like Sissy's mouth.

How was your week? Are the vitamins working? 

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Friday, May 7, 2021

One hell of a week!



It's been one hell of a week. 

Monday - An unscheduled bank holiday (£££) appointment for Theo at the vet as he had some worrisome symptoms. Turns out he is fine, and it was a good reminder to me that we are dealing with a chronic ailment that we are managing quite well.



Wednesday - An emergency appointment at the dentist for me for a suddenly broken tooth and a total freak out. Turns out it was easily remedied and it was a good reminder that there are brilliant and skilled helpers in the world and that the NHS is such an incredible organisation. 

It was also election day but thankfully I had already voted by post - but the energy was still palpable. 

Friday - A rescheduled vaccination appointment (as I had to cancel on Wednesday due to my tooth). Another reminder of just how brilliant the NHS is at keeping on schedule and taking exceptional care of folks here. It was fast and efficient and the nurse who gave me my jab was brilliant and kind. 

As you have probably figured out I am playing blog catch-up due to the "one hell of a week." I will say that by Friday night I was exhausted and by Saturday morning I was feeling the common side effects - sore arm, low-grade fever, and body aches - much like having the flu. I am not going to lie - it was pretty miserable, but it beats the alternative! And by Sunday morning, I was feeling almost completely well again. Thank you, NHS!! 


Even with this hellish week, I did manage to fit in some drawing (see above) and filmed a Tuesday Studio Video Visit (Facebook hasn't let me post it yet - I'm still working on it). 

This week I was reminded of how good and caring people are and how interconnected we are. There are so many people who are doing good work, being kind, comforting, and supportive. We don't sing their praises enough. The vet, the dentist, the nurse, the volunteers, the taxi drivers, the delivery drivers, so many people are supporting us and helping us in this life. They aren't just showing up to work, they are making a real difference in the quality of our lives. I am filled with gratitude and reverence. 

Until next week, stay well, and thank you for you putting kindness out into the world. 

If for some reason you are reading this and you are unsure if you are putting kindness out into the world, just know that you are cared for and you are basically good and take it from there. 

If you missed last week's post, I shared a collection of some of the paper works I have done in the past year. I would love for you to go over and view them. You can do that here: https://meganchapman.blogspot.com/2021/04/weve-been-here-before-mixed-collection.html

Thank you.

Friday, April 30, 2021

We've been here before : A mixed collection of works

This week I am presenting a collection of my available A3-sized works on paper completed in 2020. These works are from five separate bodies of work. These are all available in my shop and are for sale at £125 which includes free tracked and insured UK shipping. 

If you would like to break that payment into 3 installments of £41.66 just send me a message to megancha at gmail dot com and we can set that up. The bottom line is that I want you to live with my art and I want to keep doing what I am doing and be able to pay my bills. 

Thank you and please enjoy. 

Memory Serves Original mixed media painting A3 size/11.7x16.5” 200 gsm heavyweight acid-free cartridge paper, 2020 Signed, titled, and dated on the back   Purchase

We've been here before 
Original mixed media painting
A3 size/11.7x16.5” 200 gsm heavyweight acid-free cartridge paper, 2020
 Signed, titled, and dated on the back 


A sequence of webs and sad after parties #3
Original mixed media painting
A3 size/11.7x16.5” 150gm smooth cartridge paper, 2020
Signed, titled, and dated on the back

A sequence of webs and sad after parties #1
Original mixed media painting A3 size/11.7x16.5”
150gm smooth cartridge paper, 2020 
 Signed, titled, and dated on the back 

A sequence of webs and sad after parties #2
Original mixed media painting, A3 size/11.7x16.5” 
150gm smooth cartridge paper, 2020 
Signed, titled, and dated on the back 

Solidly in the centre (not moving)
Original mixed media painting, A3 size/11.7x16.5”
150gm smooth cartridge paper,
2020, Signed, titled, and dated on the back

Rebuilding. Sketches for a new tomorrow #4
Original mixed media painting, A3 size/11.7x16.5”
150gm smooth cartridge paper, 2020
Signed, titled, and dated on the back
Purchase

Rebuilding. Sketches for a new tomorrow #3
Original mixed media painting, A3 size/11.7x16.5”
150gm smooth cartridge paper, 2020
Signed, titled, and dated on the back

At first, our boundaries will be defined
Original mixed media painting A3 size/11.7x16.5” 200 gsm heavyweight acid-free cartridge paper, 2020 Signed, titled, and dated on the back  Purchase 

Lost in the sea
Original mixed media painting A3 size/11.7x16.5” 200 gsm heavyweight acid-free cartridge paper, 2020 Signed, titled, and dated on the back  Purchase

Fresh like spring
Original mixed media painting A3 size/11.7x16.5” 200 gsm heavyweight acid-free cartridge paper, 2020 Signed, titled, and dated on the back  Purchase 

Held captive but the walls soothe you
 Original mixed media painting A3 size/11.7x16.5” 200 gsm heavyweight acid-free cartridge paper, 2020 Signed, titled, and dated on the back  Purchase 

Thank you for being here and for supporting my work. If your walls are full and your budget is tight, please consider leaving me a tip (click the pink button) for the art I provide for your enjoyment. Thank you. 

Until next time, be well. We need you and the gifts you bring.

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.