My longtime dream has come true! I year ago Anthropologie (my favorite store!) reached out to me to create a beautiful modern and cheerful abstract floral painting for them to use as a huge 3.5 x 7.25 foot paper tapestry! After a long wait, they are now available online to order! This was a wonderful and exciting experience and a huge honor for me. I so hope they do well!!!! I envision putting one in my daughter's room. Click the link to see the Zing and Swing tapestry art by Megan Carty.
Today’s fun little video shows the unboxing of my new handmade watercolors and travel palette I ordered from Case for Making, a small business based out of San Francisco. I also gave the luscious colors a quick try and am overjoyed at their quality!
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I simply used my iPad Pro and my iPhone 6 and edited it all on my iPad Pro using LumaFusion.
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My cousin, artist Jane Damiani (@jdwatercolor) took a beautiful photo of the dunes at Block Island (Rhode Island) and I just had to paint it. I had this 4-foot square floral painting I had done that I just didn’t love so I decided to paint over it with this scene. This high speed video condenses many hours down to around 2 minutes to show you the process. This time, I explored the use of palette knives as my method for applying most of the acrylic paint. I used brushes here and there, but really enjoyed the marks of the knives. I wanted a very loose, energetic and abstract feel and that’s just what I got! I fell in love with this way of painting and plan to do a whole lot more in many sizes. This particular piece is going to be placed for sale on my website next week if you are interested in bringing the beach into your home! The best part of creating this was how fun it was. I went with the flow and found myself relaxed and in a real state of joy. That’s always my goal, but doesn’t always happen if I’m honest. Thanks for watching!!!! #art #timelapse #artdemo #painting #paintingvideo
I was honored to be interviewed by Youngman Brown for his popular podcast on living a creative life Your Creative Push. I talk about how I got through a life of fear-based decisions and now set goals based on the life I WANT. Listen to Megan Carty's interview on Your Creative Push here!
You can also subscribe to his podcast via I-Tunes...it's a must-listen for any makers, writers, musicians or actors! (or anyone who likes creative stuff in general!)
I recently had the honor of creating a custom commissioned painting for a lovely woman who wanted my art above her fireplace. Here's a video of the process from start to finish! Enjoy!
This latest painting features a little waterfall that is across the street from me. As I sat to meditate on what this painting should communicate the words “everything is going to be ok” came to my mind. I also knew the mood needed to be joyful and uplifting while being soothing and full of hope. I brought those energies into the painting panel (as you will see in the video here and there) and worked with these intentions through the entire process. My hope is that the person who needs these energies will connect with this piece and find ongoing healing.
Today I'm taking a break from painting in recognition of suicide prevention week. As you may already know from my "about" page, I've suffered from depression for 23 years so far and have been suicidal a fraction of that time; mainly in the last few years. This is a big "why" as to what my painting practice means to my self-support/healing and to my collectors.
I've been thinking a lot lately about my friends who have lost loved ones close to them to suicide and my heart aches for them. I see a lot out in the media for suicide awareness that discusses how we need to "know how to look for the signs" and how we need to be there for our loved ones and tell them we love them. And I agree. But I feel called and compelled to weigh in and say that people suffering from suicidal thoughts need to feel EMPOWERED to seek help for themselves. They need to feel like it is ok to tell close loved ones about their feelings and needs, and that they can go get help from a doctor or psychiatrist. People need to recognize the warning signs within THEMSELVES that something is wrong and that the disease of depression has taken root (and can worsen if untreated!) A knight in shining armor will not come save you from a "suicidal cliff"; you have to fight the dragon yourself and you CAN. You do NOT have to suffer in silence and fear burdening someone else with your "issues." You are sick!!! It is an illness that can have severe consequences and outcomes! You cannot sit around and wait for someone to recognize something might be off with you or read your mind. In short, people are happy to help. Especially when they love you. But you have to TELL them about it!
In this video, I discuss very candidly what it feels like when you are in a suicidal mindset so it may shed some light as to a reason WHY. I can only speak for myself, but I wanted to share in case it helps someone else.
I also see a lot of loved ones left behind who blame themselves or feel regretful that they weren't "more helpful" to their friend in some way...that perhaps that person might still be here if they had "done more." I can't imagine the pain of that burden!!!!! And I'm here to say that, in my experience, that is not the case. When I felt like ending my life, it was coming from a place of love and sacrifice (as you will hear me discuss in the video). People say "how can you be so selfish to kill yourself and leave your family behind!?" and I get it. I discuss this in detail in the video and hope it brings a new light and lifts a bit of burden from your heart.
Thinking of you all and wishing you love and light!!!! Let's end this stigma!!!!!
Hey! Good news!!!! I'm excited to have had 2 art prints included for sale at Anthropologie via Artfully Walls! I'm so honored to be able to get my work out to more people and hope it brings you joy and style for your wall! This is a real dream come true for sure. This first print is available NOW, the last photo was available last season but can still be found on Artfully Walls. Click here for that one: (floral abstract art print)
We just spent a week at Great Diamond Island in Casco Bay off the coast of Portland, Maine. It was a truly magical time to watch the kids explore and discover in nature! I will share about our trip over the next few posts but had to share these few images with you! I went with the intention to gather inspiration for my next abstract coastal paintings...they are going to feature colors and line from the crisp Maine coastline.
I found inspiration imagery in droves! Just smelling the fresh sea air was enough to send me to glory; but the sights and sounds (oh, those lapping ocean waves!) were just as wonderful. I'm so excited to get started on this collection and bring it to life for my fellow sea-lovers to enjoy. These are going to be sleek, classy, serene and unique. Unlike anything else out there.
Above are a few pictures from the day we collected glass from Sea Glass Beach in Diamond Cove. The kids couldn't get enough and we went back several times... I fell in love with the views from the beach and the beautiful deep shades of green in the sea water. The seaweed was a bright yellow ochre and there was sea grass in bright greens...all mixed with shells, rocks, and glass. It was hard to leave this spot but we have a lot of colorful souvenirs to remind us of our visit!
Capturing the mood and feeling through paintings will be a fun challenge. Let it begin!
"God doesn't call people to be parents because they are able."--Paul David Tripp
Ok, here are my first 3 finished original embroidery hoop paintings! I styled them for a mid-century nursery style but they can go anywhere, anyhow. I love that you can take an original floral painting and frame it using an embroidery hoop to finish it off...so unique and special! I have them for sale in the FLORAL PAINTINGS section of my site; thanks for looking!
Because I love all things with a whimsical vintage flair, I thought I'd create some paintings on loose canvas and secure them into embroidery hoops as frames for display. Aren't they fun? The hoops add to the vintage charm and give it a unique finished touch. I'm thrilled with how it is coming out! I've got several more in the works... This particular piece isn't finished yet...there's still some last details to include before I glue the canvas to the inside of the hoop. What do you think? These will be available for purchase soon in the FLORAL PAINTINGS section of my shop. Ok, I'm off to go do some more!
I love unique nursery art, so I decided to show what my new floral paintings look like as nursery art prints/kids room art prints. These work great in vintage-inspired decor schemes and add a lot of color and zing!
I made them so they come in many sizes from small to large to suit your space needs. They come printed on flat canvas (so they look like the real thing!) and they come to you rolled in a cardboard tube (they don't come framed so you can pick your own AND it saves money in shipping.) The cost of shipping is built into the price. You can check out all the prints I offer here.
I've updated the desktop and iphone wallpaper freebies you get when you sign up for my free Collector's Circle newsletter. These are so fun! The one on my phone gives me such a lift every time I use it! Enjoy them! And if you aren't a member yet, there is a sign up form up on the homepage (toward the bottom).
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I'm so revived by these new paintings I've been working on! I call them my "Zing and Swing" pieces because they are vintage-inspired, super-colorful, and so fun! If ever there is a painting that really exudes who I am on the inside, it's these.
I know that suffering from depression might make some people want to express those dark feelings in all kinds of ways; but for some reason THESE paintings are what wants to come out of me. I'm convinced it is because my true soul wants to show itself...to bring much needed joy in my outward life and remind me that I'm ok. That I'm still there and happy inside. Those seeds of my bubbly and colorful self are still sprouting and taking root.
For a long time I was worried that creating floral paintings might be considered cliche or cheesy in some way. Like it's not serious art. But, that notion has gone due to the fact that it is needed in this world. It is happy. It is uplifting. And if it can help others the way it has helped me, then it is important and real. These come through me almost like magic and I have to believe God has a hand in that. He has a hand in ALL humanity as he gives us gifts with which to bless the world. So, I'm sharing this here with you and will continue to do so!!!! I refuse to apologize for being bubbly and for bringing hope out in the form of art.
I hope you love them and they bring you light and joy!
Suffering from clinical depression/bipolar disorder means long stretches of normalcy interrupted by stretches of flare ups where I'm overwhelmed, hopeless, empty, exhausted, physically sore, manically angry, confused and frustrated. I'm running through days in quicksand. I talk a lot about this in my Instagram Stories but wanted to share here and help chip away at the stigma of this illness. If you battle this disease, I feel you. I've been through 23 years of this and I know this will blow by. I don't know when, but it will.
I'm maintaining my medication regime and doing all the things I can to heal this episode. This informs my life, my relationships and my artwork...the bubbly person that is my soul wants to stay in joy and show it to the world. My art allows me to do this...it still comes out even on my darkest days. It is always there reminding me that I'm ok and I just have to share my light. Some days it is all I have to give.
Side note: because of this flare up I've had to stop #the100dayproject because I need to focus on healing and stability. But I'm still cheering on those who are participating! I gave it my best!!!
If you suffer from depression or other long-term illness: You are not alone and you can feel free to comment below. I'm listening!
Don't make choices based in fear, if there is something you really want to do, learn all you can about it and do your very best! Make it happen!
I was featured in the March 2017 issue of Maine Home & Design Magazine as "One to Watch" in the art section! Thanks so much!!!!
In this video I discuss how some of our goals can seem overwhelming so we put them off and put them off more!
We've had two large snow storms back to back here...we are now absolutely buried! My painting cravings have moved back to florals for a bit and here is one I've just completed and made available in my shop. Truthfully, I kind of want to keep this one for myself! I'm already itching to make the next one...