Friday, June 24, 2022

I am mad as hell


I just can't do the same old song and dance while women's bodies are being controlled and stripped of rights in the United States. Fuck the people in power and those that think this has anything to do with the sanctity of human life. What a world...

So, here are some links:

"Roe v. Wade has been overturned. In these states, abortion access will no longer be accessible."

From Elizabeth Warren: "What Comes Next After Roe: In the face of this dark post-Roe reality, I have three words: Hold onto hope. Do not give in to despair. Here’s how I’m staying in the fight"
Elizabeth Warren Video Link

From the ACLU: "See you in the streets"
Find a rally near you at https://map.wewontgoback.com



Donate if you are able


I don't have much but I give what I can - we have to fight like hell and keep fighting.
Besides supporting pro-choice candidates running for election, consider giving a donation that is split between all these abortion funds and advocacy groups (link below): The New Orleans Abortion Fund, Holler Health Justice, Carolina Abortion Fund, Yellowhammer Fund, Daily Kos Liberation League, Access Reproductive Care-Southeast, Missouri Abortion Fund, New Mexico Religious Coalition For Reproductive Choice, Blue Ridge Abortion Fund, West Fund, Kansas Abortion Fund, Cobalt Abortion Fund, Arkansas Abortion Support Network, Jane's Due Process and The Roe Fund.


And that's all I have for you this week.

Women and those who identify, please take good care of yourselves and each other - this one really hurts.

So, I leave you with solar Buddha- the only thing comforting me right now (besides knowing of the intensity, love, brilliance, and the raw power of women).

Until next week, keep fighting. x

Friday, June 17, 2022

After the way

On an 8-mile local walk this week

There was the blog that I wanted to post today and the blog you are getting. 

I started the first option yesterday, writing about the 10 days on the John Muir Way with my niece Elena, but found it quite overwhelming as I just couldn't focus in the way I wanted. But I have started and will finish it eventually. I decided to just post something for this week and take some of the self-imposed pressure off. I can't believe it has already been a whole week since we got off The Way and took a train back to Edinburgh from Dunbar. 

This week was a return to some sort of normalcy. I hadn't been on a holiday in so long that I forgot about the odd phase right after. So, I tidied up the house, unpacked, did laundry, and watered the plants. I checked in with friends and some family. I caught up on some sleep (I didn't sleep that great while on The Way) and took a few naps. I returned to some work and mentored an artist and took care of business emails, I recorded my Tuesday Studio Video Visit and attended scheduled appointments. I applied for and received my Scot Rail "Club 50" Smart Rail Card (for reduced-priced train travel). I visited a few friends, took myself out for a chai latte, and I made sure to walk daily, anywhere from 2 to 10 miles. I threw in a couple of sessions of aerobics and some yoga for good measure. I realised that it is these more or less daily exercise habits that enabled me to "just go" on the 135-mile (official) John Muir Way (it was 170 miles in total with extraneous walking) over 10 days, spontaneously without too much issue or injury. 

I must admit that right now everything seems a bit dull. I miss my effervescent niece and I miss the task of simply putting one foot in front of the other with a pack on your back and winding up in a farmer's field, a scenic glen, or in a grove of trees by the sea and sleeping somewhere new as you go. The nomadic life (of sorts) appeals to me. Constantly moving forward, exploring, with only a few responsibilities, and all under your own steam seems like a good way to spend time on the planet at least periodically. There are so many lessons and learnings on the way.

Getting out on a few longer walks this week (I even stepped out on a bit of the local John Muir Way again) seemed like a good way to transition and to remember how much local beauty there is that I get to explore each day. I feel very fortunate.

I know this is an art blog - but I also know that walking factors into my art. It certainly factors into my enjoyment of life and allows me the space to listen to my head and heart and to get clear about things. 

I think that is all I have for you this week, a return to normalcy - a simple post about a simple joy. 

Until next week, take good care.

Friday, June 10, 2022

The Holiday Continues!

I am still out walking somewhere between Helensburgh and Dunbar Scotland. Perhaps I am by the sea or in the middle of a farmer's field. Wherever I am, I am loving it.

See you next week.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Holiday!

I am away on holiday walking the John Muir Way with my niece Elena, from the west to the east coast of Scotland. This is the first holiday I have had since December/January of 2017/18. Nature is everything. Normal service will resume when I am back from the trail. 

I recorded this week's Tuesday Studio Video Visit from Balloch, the first stop on the path. 


Scotland, you are a magical wonder and your people are golden. I am so proud to call you home. 

And to everyone else, thanks for stopping by. I hope you are well, happy, and inspired and if not today - perhaps tomorrow. Perhaps on a path somewhere in the sun, you will be. Sending love and gratitude your way.

Friday, May 27, 2022

When I go there

Created by master miniature artist 'Ryu Seung Ho', South Korea.

I was waiting to go to a meeting this morning and the news of the world was getting me down and social media was doing no better. I switched over to Pinterest which at times can serve a bit like a weighted blanket for my psyche. The AI curated images filled the page and the above image was one of them. My jaw clenched in excitement and my palms began to sweat. I had to look closer... oh my heaven what is this? For a minute I didn't know what I was looking at - is this a painting? Is this a photo, wait - what is this? I slowed down and realised it was a miniature, a 3D model, and then expertly photographed to imply scale, space, and atmosphere. 

I had to share it on Facebook because to me it felt good, it brought me joy and nourishment. I wrote "...a wondrous image... The light and everything in the space sing songs back and forth to invite you in. What a composition." And then I got on with my day. 

Later (after another superb Scottish Artists Union meeting), I checked Facebook and my friend and patron, Rosa Macpherson (who once inspired a whole body of work simply with a comment) had written under the above image"Could you give a little explanation of your views on your weekly blog? I’d love to know more and what you see in the light that makes it sing songs… how this miniature world speaks to you?"

And so here we are. It is a good exercise to put these feelings and thoughts into words - to slow down and explain myself. 

First, let's go back to my initial reaction to this image. This for me, is a gut punch to the senses because I don't just view this world- I get sucked into it and suddenly I am in the light, I am in the space, I feel the air - I feel the heavy shadows. These lines are crisp- they are talking. The miniature modelling is done to perfection, but the photography and light really bring the scene to life so that we can go there. Viewing this image is like playing with a dollhouse as a child but we don't play with a dollhouse, do we? We go inside it, move the furniture, and live there as long as possible. These types of images have an incredible effect on me. 

For me, the light is sentimental, hot, and harsh. I feel nostalgia for a place I have never been. Ryu Seung Ho's work calls to my mind several of my favourite artists shown below. Can you see or feel a connection?

Wayne Thiebaud (American, b. 1920.) 24th Street Intersection Study, 1978.
Watercolor on paper, 10 x 14 in./25.4 x 35.5 cm. © Wayne Thiebaud.

Richard Diebenkorn’s Cityscape #1, 1963. Illustration:
2014 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Gregory Crewdson, Starkfield Lane, 2018–19,
digital pigment print, 56 ¼ × 94 ⅞ inches (127 × 225.7 cm)

Edward Hopper, Rooms by the Sea, 1951, Oil on canvas
29 1/4 × 40 in. (74.3 × 101.6 cm)
Bequest of Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903
Yale University Art Gallery

I feel that these pieces share a certain lineage and understanding of time, space, and light as well as shadow and line. The artists use these elements to pull us into the image and help us to create a narrative.

Looking back to the original image and the "singing" that I referenced... 

Ryu Seung Ho

This artist knows the power of the diagonal and the photographer and or the person responsible for this crop knows the rule of thirds. The metal frame chair in the foreground pulls you into the scene and then shoots you from the foreground to the desk chair and then up the blue wall to the light cutting across into another diagonal. These are all brilliant methods of encouraging our eye to move through the space which then allows our brain to inhabit it as well. The harsh shadows and lines are pulling and (yes I would say, singing, vibrating, calling, summoning us) to come in in in. I have to write it like that in hopes that it helps you feel the way it might feel in my brain when I see this image. In, In, In, - to this emphatic, yearning, real-time - space. Look at the slant of the shoeshine box - pulling you in. Look at the shadow of the safe, pulling you in. The line across the blue and white wall is pulling you into the back corner. 

Now we have to remember that this is actually a 3D space in miniature, that has then been reduced to a photograph, but it has such painterly attributes that it is very hard for me to not think of it as such. The colour is doing double duty here as well. Look at that orange oxide in the right corner and then skip over again to the warm colour of the wood in the shoeshine box and then the cool grey-blue of the metal desk and then bam! back up the blue wall. In, In, In. This piece serves as a colour study as well, and nothing is an accident. I mean that green box on the corner of the desk - it just makes me want to cry - it works in tonal perfection with the desk. 

These lines and shadows are songs, these are stories, and these colours are sensibilities served with particular punctuation. Composition is key in this world yet just dishevelled enough to be believed but also meticulously planned so that it hits all the sweet spots in our brains. Well, in my brain. But also can't you just feel it? Or hear it? 

Singing, crackling, and dynamic - in this work I have gone somewhere unexpected, and through it, I can see my own world anew.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Things are getting clear

Thanks to all my Arkansas and Southern United States supporters. I am delighted that 5 originals and 4 limited edition prints sold during my special 2-week online sale. 

These are the pieces that sold. 

A most perfect obstacle
signed limited edition print
11.7x16.5"
© 2017 Megan Chapman
1/25
Sold

What should have been said
signed limited edition print
11.7x16.5"
© 2017 Megan Chapman
1/25
Sold

Just under the surface
signed limited edition print
11.7x16.5"
© 2017 Megan Chapman
1/25
Sold

Deluge
signed limited edition print
11.7x11.7"
© 2017 Megan Chapman
1/25
Sold


Tomorrow's mysteries

Mixed media on canvas
5.75x5.75"
© 2017 Megan Chapman
Sold


To unwind the darkness

mixed media on canvas
6x8.5"
© 2016 Megan Chapman
Sold



To return

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


In the house you live

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


Adrift

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

Thank you so much! You all made my month and raised funds for AbleTalks and the important work they do! Special thanks to Jeanne Parham and Barbara Jaquish, and a huge extra thanks to Maggie Ivy for helping me with this sale. 

If you missed my Tuesday Studio Video Visit you can catch it below. I had a bit of fun and painted just for the joy and expression of it and had a few laughs. Perhaps you would like to do the same. 


Next week I will have new stories to tell. I hope you will join me. I love communicating with you about my art, life, and process. Thank you for being part of the experience. Things are getting clear and will be changing and I am excited. Stay tuned... 

And until next week, keep fighting. 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Arkansas Sale! Last 2 days!

Oh Arkansas, I am still looking at you...

These are the last two days of my special sale of original works and limited edition prints. I am delighted that seven pieces have sold already but there is still time to find the perfect work for your collection, support my work, and support the work of AbleTalks too! The sale continues until Saturday at midnight. Visit the sale here: https://www.artworkarchive.com/rooms/megan-chapman/79a12b

Please know that while this sale is pointed towards locals in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas if you are further afield and need a piece posted to you elsewhere in the United States we can make arrangements. Shipping will simply be an additional charge. Hit the purchase button under the piece you are interested in on the sale site and it will send me a message with any questions or concerns you have. Here are a few of my favourite remaining pieces still available in the sale. 

Listen to the wind
Mixed Media on Canvas
15 x 21 cm
(5.91 x 8.27 in)
£60.30

Dissonance
Mixed Media on Canvas
15 x 21 cm
(5.91 x 8.27 in)
£60.30

Conversation at 3 a.m.
Mixed Media on Canvas
15 x 21 cm
(5.91 x 8.27 in)
£60.30
Our stories align
Giclée print on heavyweight archival matte paper
41.91 x 29.69 cm
(16.5 x 11.69 in)
£44.22
Click here to see this piece on the sale site
Places to become lost
Giclée print on heavyweight archival matte paper
29.69 x 29.69 cm
(11.69 x 11.69 in)
£40.00


Adrift
Mixed media on deep edged wood panel
30 x 30 cm
(11.81 x 11.81 in)
£160.80


Patch and repair
Mixed media on deep edged wood panel
30 x 30 cm
(11.81 x 11.81 in)
£160.80

Thanks again to my Arkansas patrons and the good folks in Georgia and Louisiana who have purchased works from my special sale. It really warms my heart to hear from you - even just notes of support or a quick hello in reaction to my sale posts on social media and through email.

You all really are a tough act to follow and you must know that when people ask where I am from, I proudly say Arkansas. Your spirit is in my heart and shines through in everything I do.


Let me know if you have any questions - use my contact form on my website (meganchapman.com or hit purchase on the site - no fear it just sends me a message at first).

Visit the sale here: https://www.artworkarchive.com/rooms/megan-chapman/79a12b

Thank you again for your continued support of my work, past, present, and future.

In other news, I have been recovering from the weekend spent at the palace for Inception. I wish you all could have been there. Thanks to the locals who came out in support of the artists. It is always an experience...

Soon, new paintings and drawings will be born from a place of mystery and hope. A rebirth is imminent.

Form your own mutual aid societies (maybe it only takes 2 people)
Make your own syndicates, apply for grants or aid and spread the wealth
Give things away but don't work for free
Talk to vulnerable people in the street
Be prepared to get it wrong
Give your radical thoughts voice
Join your union

Friday, May 6, 2022

Inception this weekend at Dalkeith Palace!

Paintings from my " A Delicate Balance" series at the Dalkeith Palace

Another work from my series "A Delicate Balance" in situ for Inception at the Dalkeith Palace

I love the juxtaposition of modern art lining the walls of this gorgeous stately manor. I am pleased to be back at Inception for a second time at the Dalkeith Palace and this time with my fellow Abstractionistas! We have a gorgeous room on the main floor just before the grand stairs and we are excited to share our works with you. 

There is so much art to see, experience, enjoy, and purchase in such a beautiful setting. 

Come see the Abstractionistas:

Megan Chapman
Susan Elizabeth Wilson
Judith Shaylor Art

Susan Wilson's work on the left wall and Judith Shaylor's on the right

Judith Shaylor's work

Don’t miss this exhibition, folks! See you at Inception, Friday - Sunday, May 6-8. Get your tickets here: https://www.dalkeithcountrypark.co.uk/.../inception-art-show

Please note: If you are coming to say hello to me specifically, on Friday, I will step away from my art from 11-12:30 for a union meeting via Zoom that I can't miss. But I will be on the premises and available for the duration of the exhibition all three days otherwise. I would love to see you.
Congratulations to the organisers and all our fellow participating artists! I am really looking forward to all the spirited and intimate conversations about art over this long weekend. Please do come and say hello!

In other news:
If you missed it here's the Tuesday Studio Video Visit: Here
And here's the Arkansas local's sale information: Here

Friday, April 29, 2022

Northwest Arkansas, my art is with YOU!

Dissonance
mixed media on canvas
6x8.5" © Megan Chapman 
$75.00

Listen to the wind
mixed media on canvas
6x8.5" © Megan Chapman
$75.00

Dear Northwest Arkansas Friends and Art Lovers,

I may be miles from Arkansas living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland but this special collection of original works and limited edition prints are with you in Fayetteville and available now to purchase for two weeks only! This special online sale runs from April 29th to May 13th.

These works once reserved and pre-purchased online will be available for collection from the Ozark Natural Foods outdoor dining area from my friend and fellow artist Maggie Ivy on Saturday, May 14th from 12-2 pm. There will be no work for sale at the collection site - only pick up of presold/paid for works.

20% (after PayPal fees) will be donated to Northwest Arkansas charity, Able Talks "providing high-quality learning experiences for young adults with autism."

If you have any questions regarding the sale or collection of these pieces click the purchase button, this will send me an email to simply start the conversation. To finalise your purchase I will send you a PayPal invoice.

Currently, my archive only allows me to post in GBP (£). Here are the conversion rates (these can vary slightly).

Works on deep edge wood panel: £160.80 ($200.00)
Small rectangular slim profile canvases: £60.30 ($75.00)
Small square slim profile canvas: £52.26 ($65.00)
Limited edition prints - square: £40.00 ($49.75)
Limited edition prints - rectangle: £44.22 ($55.00)

Thank you for your continued support of my work, you are a rare and wonderful community of art lovers and a tough act for any city to follow.

Sincerely yours,
Megan Chapman

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AVAILABLE WORK

In the house you live
12x12" mixed media on panel
© Megan Chapman
$200
Our stories align
signed limited edition print
11.7x16.5"
© 2017 Megan Chapman
1/25
$55.00
A most perfect obstacle
signed limited edition print
11.7x16.5"
© Megan Chapman 1/25
$55.00

I have only shared a few of the available pieces here in my blog. There are 11 original works on panel and canvas and 11 limited edition prints to choose from. When you click the purchase button it will send me a message with any questions or concerns you may have and we can go from there. Reach out - there are no silly questions, I just want you to live with my art and support a great organisation in the process. 

Thanks! 
- Megan 


In Scottish art news, I will be setting up my work along with the Abstractionistas and many other talented artists at the Dalkeith Palace this next Wednesday for the Inception exhibition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 6-8th. Get tickets to attend.