2015

Not a blue Christmas. 

I’m in the middle of my annual Christmas season painting slump. I don’t like that this happens every year, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to avoid it. 

There’s a multitude of reasons behind it, really. It’s colder, which makes my basement studio colder (brr!) and my paint dry slower. My studio is also a disaster (shocking, I know) because it’s the only place in the house I can hide presents from ALL of my family members. I also don’t miss painting as much, because I’m feeling creatively fulfilled by hand making presents. Being sick doesn’t help either. 

But with a single email I suddenly have greater motivation to paint more:  

Meghan MacMillan gets some good news 
As it turns out, I’m practically out of stock. 13 paintings sold, just like that. It’s pretty encouraging, to say the least, considering I hadn’t sold a single work from that series AT ALL before then. I had almost decided to give up  painting on birch. 

My studio is still a disaster. I’m still sick. But as soon as I get the chance I’ll be cleaning up, stocking up on birch panels, and stretching some canvas. 

It’s time to get down to work. 

 

You can still see these 13 SOLD paintings until January 3rd as part of Mighty Chroma! in the Naess Gallery at The Paint Spot in Edmonton

 

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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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Upcoming events

Just a quick note on where to find me next!

I’ll be setting up a booth THIS Saturday (September 12) at the Strathearn Art Walk. I have new cards in stock and new necklaces available. And, of course, I will have my original paintings with me, including a couple that I started at the Whyte Avenue Art Walk. Please come by and say “Hi”!

On September 26 I will be at the Shake At The Lake & Art Walk in the Greisbach neighbourhood. It promises to be a fun family event with music and games and inflatables. Hope to see you there!

Meghan MacMillan, Artist

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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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2015 Whyte Avenue Art Walk Wrap-Up

So it’s been over a week since the end of the 2015 Whyte Avenue Art Walk, and I think I might finally have recovered from the whirlwind weekend.

Meghan MacMillan's 2015 Whyte Avenue Art Walk booth, day 2
My booth, on day 2 of the Whyte Avenue Art Walk

And what a great weekend it was! Despite the heat and the smoke there were lots of visitors. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and bought a necklace or some cards. A big thank you to those who stopped just to say how much they loved my work! It was so great to see so many of you, both old and new friends. I sold so many greeting cards I had to restock! Many of you asked who makes my cards/business cards/stickers. I get them all at Moo.com. If you want to learn more, please help out an artist and use my referral link: http://www.moo.com/share/9qcgjb

Speaking of business cards, I handed many of them out with the reminder that “Yes, I do commissions!” and I hope to hear from some of you soon. I am also excited about the potential opportunity to collaborate with a local clothing company, Hot Dame. Check out their website at www.shophotdame.ca.

I made wonderful progress on some paintings thanks to the heat drying my paint layers so quickly and I hope to have some new work on the website soon.

Meghan MacMillan at 2015 Whyte Avenue Art Walk Photograph by: John Lucas, Edmonton Journal
Photo credit: John Lucas, Edmonton Journal

It was so nice to see some Twitter friends in person. I know I’ll miss some if I try to name them all, so I apologize if I miss you (comment, and I’ll add you in!). I met Dave with Bleeding Heart Art Space (and his kids), Jay (check out the mural he’s painting!), Kevin (glad you had a great first Art Walk!), Marie (thanks for the photo!), and the genius behind the @OldStrathcona twitter feed (so sorry I can’t remember your name!). I was so busy I missed being able to visit other Twitter friends like Crystal and Cryssie and others.

Meghan MacMillan at the 2015 Whyte Avenue Art Walk https://twitter.com/MarieIwanow/status/620311964397408256
Photo credit: Marie Iwanow

Up next for me: Putting some finishing touches for some gallery proposals for the upcoming year(s), and getting ready for the next art walk event: The Strathearn Art Walk, September 12th. Hope to see you there!

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Getting ready…

…for the 2015 Whyte Avenue Art Walk! I can’t believe it’s just over a week away.

I’ve been scurrying to finish work in progress, and am happy to show you FOUR new paintings!

"How Sweet (the Sound)" by Meghan MacMillan, acrylic on birch, 12x36", 2014-15
“How Sweet (the Sound)”,  acrylic on birch, 12 x 36″, 2014-15   –   $525
"Revolutionaries Wait" by Meghan MacMillan, acrylic on birch, 12x36", 2014-15.
“Revolutionaries Wait”, acrylic on birch, 12 x 36″, 2014-15   –   $525
"Save It For Tomorrow" by Meghan MacMillan, acrylic painting on canvas, 20 x 60", 2014-15.
“Save It For Tomorrow”, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 60″, 2014-15   –   $880
"Fly Up To The Surface" by Meghan MacMillan, acrylic on canvas, 36x48", 2012-15.
“Fly Up To The Surface”, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48″, 2012-15   –   $925

My Art Walk tent will be set up on 83rd ave, just south of McIntyre (Gazebo) Park, near the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market. I hope to see lots of people there… Looks like it’ll be an event to remember!

Learn more about the 2015 Whyte Avenue Art Walk here: http://www.art-walk.ca.

I’ll also be setting up THIS SUNDAY at Savour Strathcona County in Sherwood Park. Learn more here: http://www.strathcona.ca/departments/economic-development-and-tourism/tourism/savour-strathcona-county/

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