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Finding beauty

So I have depression. And I paint beautiful paintings to remind me about the beauty of life beyond that fog of depression. Unfortunately that very same fog makes it hard to get motivated to find those beautiful moments in life. Thanks to some help from my doctor, that fog is slowly clearing, and bringing back my determination to translate the beauty of life into canvas.

Now, where should I find that beauty?

No matter how I’m feeling, being out in nature never fails to help me feel better. For me, there isn’t a more powerful antidepressant than being in the midst of Creation. If God takes such good care of the flowers and trees and grass and birds, how much more does He love and care for me? The feeling of being cared for is unimaginably wonderful in the midst of the fog that tells you that you’re worthless and no one cares for you.

I love finding the Creator’s touch throughout nature. I love to slow down and let my senses guide me. The rush of water, the chirping of birds, the warm sun, or the smell of rain are all inspiring. I love to look at the small picture, finding abstract textures and patterns and glorious colours I don’t see anywhere else. How can I help but be creative when I am made in the image of the greatest Creator of all? Take a look at the work I created while on a Art & Faith retreat last summer:

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I have applied to be a part of the Canada C3 Expedition. I crave the chance to see a part of Creation I may never otherwise see. I plan on bringing a variety of mixed media supplies to capture the beauty of Creation, both visible and invisible. I hope to bring those quick sketches back to my studio and have them serve as a jumping off point for a brand new series of works on canvas. These works will incorporate the new visual language I will develop in nature with the colourful layering I currently use. I hope to use both organic and inorganic mark-making techniques in harmony, reflecting the need for us to live in harmony with our environment.

If I am not chosen to be a part of the Expedition? I have already booked the campsites I’ll need for a solo-car-camping-art-making trip around Jasper National Park later this summer.

I am determined to get into nature and create. I am excitedly for the opportunities my newfound motivation will bring me.

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New show! “Resonance”


“Resonance” opens up in less than one week at Jake’s Gallery and framing! 

Please join me for an opening reception on October 21 from 7-9pm. 

This show will feature the works on paper that I finished on my retreat near Cochrane in June, and how those sketches fit in to the rest of my creative process. There will be new works never seen before, and older works very rarely seen before.

Hope to see you there!

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Busybusybusybusybusybusy

With so much going on I don’t feel like I’ve had the time to update you all on what has been keeping me busy. Here goes, bullet-point style!

– January is always busy in the MacMillan house. Both spawn have birthdays this month, which means parties and hosting and epic cake making.

 

Minions Cake! BOOYAH!
A homemade Minions cake for an awesome 2-year-old
 
– I was also hired to do some mural work for a local preschool this month. A Fairytale Beginning Preschool is moving into their new home this weekend! The place looks great, but I may be a little biased.

 

Mural by Meghan MacMillan
Ever feel like you’re being watched?
 
– I’ve been steadily working on some new paintings, because I need to have some stock for Night Of Artists, March 4-6 at St. Albert’s Enjoy Centre. I’ll also be set up the night before for the St. Albert Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards on March 3.

– I just finished a large painting that is to be scanned and turned into clothing! Very exciting! I will let you know more as I know more.

– I was approached by an Edmonton gallery owner to have a show sometime in the next months! Details to follow.

– Working on some different product for the upcoming festival season! Stay tuned…

– New large public commission in the works…?

As always, you can find out what I’m up to day-to-day by following me on Twitter and Instagram! You can also find me on Snapchat (meghan_art), but I haven’t quite got the hang of it yet… *shakes cane at all the young whipper-snappers*

 

***Post Edited on Feb 2, 2016*** I’m currently having image upload issues, so the photos from this post have been deleted. Sorry!

***Edited again*** Really hoping the photos work this time… Someone please tell me if they’re sideways for you…

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New problem

So this month I have encountered a new problem that I’ve never had before. And it’s not completely unwelcome.

Apparently, I’m in demand.

I’ve had a show booked at the Naess Gallery in Edmonton for some time now. It’s a group show, and we’re starting to finalize what pieces we are each bringing. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue. I generally have a lot of stock on hand. The show would be running through to the end of December.

Then a couple of weeks ago I was called up by my former employer, who also happens to run the local art club. “Could you contribute a couple of pieces to the group show we’ve had booked for ages at the Shell Theatre?” Sure! Why not?

Then I’m contacted by a local business owner with whom I had left a card. “Our current artist’s work is coming down this month. Want to hang yours up?” Um, yes? Sure? I think I have enough stock, hold on…

So I have said yes to all three shows, and the most difficult part will be deciding who gets what.

The Naess Gallery will receive a selection of small to medium-sized works on birch panel. That was an easy enough decision to make, as that is what I showed them when I applied for the show.

The local Second Cup will receive many of my mid-sized work on canvas. These will fit perfectly on the cafe walls.

Lastly, the Art Club gets two large paintings on canvas. Sorry, that’s all that was left. We hung them this morning, and they look good among the landscapes and the quilts and the pottery from local artists and artisans.

All in all, a problem I’m not used to having, but one I will welcome anytime.


Hey look! I finally posted the new works I created during the 2015 Whyte Avenue Art Walk!

"Start Again" by Meghan MacMillan. Acrylic on birch, 10 x 10", 2015
“Start Again” by Meghan MacMillan. Acrylic on birch, 10 x 10″, 2015

"Float Away" by Meghan MacMillan. Acrylic on birch, 10 x 10, 2015
“Float Away” by Meghan MacMillan. Acrylic on birch, 10 x 10″, 2015

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Kind of freaking out…

So I’ve got a rather large project percolating in my brain. It’s been percolating long enough that I actually put together a solid proposal and submitted it to the AGA for the 2017 Biennial of Contemporary Art.

And now I’m kind of freaking out.

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Now I’m not afraid of being rejected. As an artist I’ve felt plenty of that already. I’m freaking out because it’s such a big, personal project, nothing like I’ve ever done before. I’m scared I won’t be able to make it live up to the vision I’ve created in my mind.

It’s personal in the sense that I have never delved so deeply into my faith before as inspiration for my paintings. I’ve only ever skipped along the surface of it, not doing it any justice. This project feels bigger than myself, like I can only complete it through the grace of God.

That’s not a bad attitude to have, though. I’m only here by the grace of God. I paint with the talent He has given me, and only He has given me every blessing in my life. I want to give everything I have right back to God in praise to Him. I am His.

So I might be accepted. I might be rejected. In any case, I feel like this is a good path to start on. I will still have butterflies when I open any correspondence from the AGA until I know for sure, but I think I’ll still get started on this big project anyways. But not for me. For God.

 

"How Sweet (the Sound)" by Meghan MacMillan, acrylic on birch, 12x36", 2014-15
“How Sweet (the Sound)” by Meghan MacMillan, acrylic on birch, 12×36″, 2014-15
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