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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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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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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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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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“Meditations” show and other things

I took a couple of hours out of my busy mom life at the start of May to hang up my paintings in Fort Saskatchewan City Hall. There is a small space just off the atrium just when you come in the main doors that is perfect for hanging up small works. The City is graciously letting me display my Meditations series there for the month of May! I hope you take the time to check it out.

 

While you’re there you should also pop by the public library and see the painting the library board commissioned me to do for them. It has a lovely home just above their decorative fireplace.

"Surrender Every Care" by Meghan MacMillan
“Surrender Every Care” installed in its new home

 

I’m also gearing up for the 2015 Whyte Avenue Art Walk, July 10-12! Registration is this Saturday, and for the first time I’m lining up to get my pick of spots. I’ll have lots of original paintings with me at the Art Walk, along with my art cards, and my new hand-painted pendants! This year I will also accept credit cards via Square, so no need to hit the bank for some cash before you come visit me. I’ll have more details coming soon.

As a dry run the weekend before Art Walk, I’ll have a booth at Savour Strathcona County. Paintings, jewelry, and art cards will also be there. Details also coming soon!

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Whyte Avenue Art Walk 2014

Meghan MacMillan at ArtWalk 2014
Meghan’s ArtWalk 2014 booth, set up under Edmonton’s famous Southpark on Whyte sign.

What a weekend it has been.

On this lazy Monday afternoon I am recovering from a whirlwind 3 days of art – talking about it, looking at it, making it, and selling it. For the second time I participated in the Whyte Avenue Art Walk in Edmonton, and I have to say, it’s made me want to set up my booth in more places and at more events. Not necessarily because I sold a lot, but because of the connections I am making with interested viewers.

If this is your first time visiting my website, after picking up one of my (almost 200 given out!) business cards this weekend, you may be wondering where the images of the art you saw this weekend are. Honestly, the lead up to the ArtWalk was so busy I never got them uploaded to my website. That is my task for the next few days. In the meantime, take a look around at my other work in the gallery, and remember: I do commissions!

Edit: The Daffodil Gallery has selected my work to appear in the 2014 Off-Whyte Show. Hooray!

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