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3 Blood Street
Pepperell, MA 01463
United States

Megan Carty is a Boston area contemporary painter who makes uplifting abstract floral paintings for people who have a flair for bold boho statements and tailored style. Through her bubbly personality, her use of bright colors, and her positive healing message she's here to deliver joy for your well-dressed walls!

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Journal

New Floral Art Prints Added!

Megan Carty

pretty floral art print by Megan Carty, teal blue, bright floral bouquet

Hi friends!

I’m excited to have added a whole bunch of new floral fine art prints in the shop! I’m offering them in a wide array of styles and sizes. Simply click on the one you like and choose the size from the drop-down menu. That will update the price so you can decide which one you want most.

These are such high quality printed with fade-proof inks that last more than a lifetime on quality flat canvas…simple frame them up and they look like the real thing!

Shop prints here.

Abstract Floral Painting Depicts Anxiety and Depression

Megan Carty

depression abstract floral painting by Megan Carty

The crippling tangles of anxiety and depression come in waves out of nowhere and try to take root. It can feel like extreme overwhelm and emptiness all at once. But you are also still in there...the beauty, the memories, the love and sweetness of life...but it can quickly get overgrown and crowded and strangled without treatment. Tend to your garden every day.

(My newest pieces are beautiful, airy, and painted on highest quality 2” depth cradled wood panels stained and sealed for a sleek presentation on the wall.)

Art Depicting My Mind with Depression and Anxiety

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My latest work is abstract but has a message. I’m exploring what it feels like inside my brain while living and coping with depression and anxiety. How it isn’t always just black and bleak. It is complicated and full of color, confusion, decay, growth, and beauty. There is optimism, light, and energy. There is fear, desperation and stress. There is dismay, chatter, loneliness and overwhelm and it all exists together in a sort of murky soup. (for lack of a better word). 

I create a tangle of color, shape and line to convey this confusion of life and decay to the viewer in a relatable way. Surprisingly, the end result is something I hope to be pretty and interesting to look at. To be relatable and delightful despite having a morbid undercurrent. Like it has a hidden secret there in plain view…a secret shared between artist and viewer. What we see on the surface isn’t always the end of the story; it’s just the very beginning. 

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What Kind of Art Life Do You Want

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My art practice has required me to decide what I want to do with my time each day. How do I want to spend and experience my energy? There is something to be said for working slowly and deliberately on something that is high-quality and meaningful. This means there isn’t a ton of work made attainable for anyone and everyone like fast fashion. It means I am allowing for precious time with my children. Time to take a walk and watch the leaves dance on their branches. Time to live this one life and NOTICE it while it’s happening. It’s taken me years to understand and embrace this.

Fear and Making Abstract Art

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Making abstract work used to be very intimidating. Back when it mattered to me that people thought I had “good art skills” I wanted them to think “Wow, THAT looks just like a tree!” (you know what I mean) I didn’t want anyone to say things like “My 2 year old could make that!” or “UGH, THAT’S not art!!!” It’s not easy to share and show the deepest thoughts and feelings I have when I am painting a sunny beach scene. I appreciate and am proud of the landscapes I’ve made and often-times I have the urge to make them just for the sheer pleasure of it. There is a place for that! Connecting to others using emotional concepts has required a vulnerability and bravery to make work that isn’t so recognizable right away. It has taken a real sense of personal mission and self belief to make this new work…I’ve had to overcome a lot of stomach aches and headaches! I doubt I will ever get used to the feeling of sticking my neck out on a chopping block that is each new piece. But the sense of personal fulfillment keeps me coming back again and I have to suppose I’m on the right track.

Bad Art School Experience

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Back in art school I once had a professor physically tear up a project of mine into little pieces in front of the whole class. It was a humiliating experience that I let thread itself into the fabric of my being. I felt like I wasn’t worthy of expressing MY ideas. That what I had to say wasn’t important. I felt singled out under a spotlight with a big sign that said LOSER and IMPOSTER. 22 years and a lot of growth after that toxic experience I’ve come to realize that we don’t have to hold on to the things that have happened to us. The energy during that critique was HIS energy, NOT MINE. I don’t have to hang onto the experience like some sort of trophy out to poison me. I gave that energy back. The same is true for all the negative and traumatic happenings in my life…they happened and I learned valuable things from them. And they are safely in the past. Inner peace comes from living in the NOW and embracing who we are HERE in this second. I can choose to LET GO the happenings that aren’t currently serving me and it has made all the difference in my mindset, beliefs, and overall well-being. I urge you to think about the things from your past you might be clinging to with resentment and anger and consider severing ties with that poison that holds you back from being who you are meant to be.

New Abstract Floral Painting

Megan Carty

abstract floral painting by Megan Carty

Hi friends!

I just completed my newest abstract floral painting and titled it "Here, Not Here." I consider this a self-portrait of my brain/personality coping with depression and anxiety. It's not all blackness and despair! I am so blessed and have so much to be grateful for and fulfilled by. And there are days where I feel so dry, sad, unmotivated, desperate and invisible...these feelings co-exist with feelings of joy, love, pride, and gratitude. Some days are better than others and some are absolutely terrible and scary. It's always different. The bottom line is, for me, these thoughts and feelings are always there TOGETHER as a Yin and Yang in my own mind. Harmony and dissonence. Dark and light. You can't have one without the other. 

It is 30x48", acrylic, pencil and charcoal on gallery-wrapped canvas. It's gloss-varnished for protection and has hanging-hardware installed. I highly recommend a gold floater frame for this...it would be amazing! 

Abstract Floral Paintings

Megan Carty

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Now that my solo show of New England coastal paintings is hanging up, I've found my cravings to paint abstracts again have taken over. I'm not finished with landscapes forever; I just like to explore the other side of my creativity. I get such satisfaction from painting scenery I love and recognize; and then I get such a free feeling from painting in an imaginative way that speaks to my soul. 

 

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I have a love for sassy color, line, and shape...and opposites. Dark vs. Light. Massive vs. Delicate. Clutter vs. Open Space. Harmony vs. Dissonance ...making work that evokes botanicals (plants and flowers) really fits the bill. I get to use ALL the bright colors, delicate lines, biomorphic shapes...it's beyond fun. And working abstractly allows me the freedom to make my own choices...to let the painting create itself from my inner muse. It's always a surprise what appears before me on the blank panel! My goal is to make paintings that are statement pieces: sophisticated, unique, tailored, crisp, and PRETTY. (Yes! I said the "P" word!)

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Coastal Conversations Art Show by Megan Carty

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My "Coastal Conversations" art show opening was a true excitement and I'm so thrilled my work is hanging in such a beautiful space! It was amazing to see my landscape paintings hanging all together; you can really see my artistic painting style throughout the work. I am all finished with my landscape cravings for now and plan to revisit them in the future after I explore my abstract cravings for a while!

Visit  1200 Centre St. Boston (Roslindale), MA...The Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Follow the signs to park by the visitors' entrance and the gallery is just inside and down the hall to the left. 

It will hang until August 3rd 2018; check it out while you can! Art is available for purchase in my art shop.

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Megan Carty’s Solo Exhibition opening soon!

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Guys! I’m beyond thrilled and excited that my very FIRST solo show is happening soon in Boston! This is a big deal!!!!!! (Happy dance and jig!)

The show is titled “Coastal Conversations” and here’s the info!  I hope to see you and meet you there!!! 

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You are invited!


the opening reception for:

COASTAL CONVERSATIONS

a solo exhibition featuring the New England seascape paintings of contemporary artist

Megan Carty


Sunday, June 10, 2018

5:30-7:30pm


Claire and Grover B. Daniels Art Gallery

(located just inside the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center)

1200 Centre St, Boston, MA 02131


wine and hors d’hoeuvres (and fun) served!


COASTAL CONVERSATIONS is about the interactions we have with the New England shore. Its colors and moods are never the same twice as WE are never the same person twice. We bring our unique thoughts, dreams, wishes, emotions and burdens with us that impact how we EXPERIENCE the conversation with our surroundings. We take away what we need…impressions of color, light, and details that delight or inspire. It is always evolving; leaving fragments of its beauty in our memories.  As a steadfast loving relationship, these conversations are comforting and call us back again and again as we search for the meaning and peace we need in that moment of time. It never fails to provide for all.

New England Contemporary Abstract Landscape Paintings by Megan Carty

Megan Carty

New England landscape painting by artist Megan Carty

Hot diggity-dog! Spring begins soon here in the States! (Of course, it stays snowy in MY neck of the woods until almost the end of April!) I don’t know about you, but I like spring because I start to “awaken” with energy as I leave hibernation mode and start ramping up activities to reach my goals. Are you revving your engine and ramping up too?

The idea of spring has triggered new growth for ME. As you can see (especially if you follow me on Instagram!) my landscape painting style is continuously evolving into my own…more toward abstraction…little by little. 

TICKLING YOUR BRAIN? WHAT’S THE DEAL?

Paintings are more interesting to look at and are more dynamic when you AREN’T given all the information.

*gasp!* 

This “tickles your brain” and allows your mind to fill in the blanks from your own experiences so you can make the piece your own. 

In that way your own memories and emotions allow you become an active participant in the art! 

Cool, right?

I’m not as interested in capturing the New England landscape exactly as I see it (we have cameras to do that!) and would rather challenge myself to capture the gesture, energy and mood of a place in as simple a way as possible (using color, shape, line and value).

You would be surprised how DIFFICULT this is! I’m trained to SEE with great detail and notice every little color shift as I try to record it. Now, I’m trying to turn OFF that fussy tendency and simplify, simplify, simplify. It takes me out of my comfort zone but makes the art more exciting and electric.

I’m trying to SUGGEST details rather than show them. It can be hard to let go, loosen up and trust. Kinda like the advice given to writers: keep it simple and say it in as few words as possible!

New work is flowing along and I plan on releasing all new paintings (both small and large in size) soon. Sign up for my email newsletter "Collector's Circle" to get news and find out about exact release dates in advance.  I’m so excited about these…I can say they are nostalgic, gritty, honest, and show the more fickle side of the New England land. They are close to my heart and I believe they will resonate in meaningful ways for others. 

I’m excited to share this evolution with you! As always, thank you so much for coming along on this journey with me. Please do reach out and comment if you have any questions about my process or the art. I’ll be happy to answer! 

New England Contemporary Abstract Landscape Painting by Megan Carty, grass painting
New England Contemporary Abstract Landscape Painting by Megan Carty, Casco Bay, Yarmouth, Maine

Megan Carty Art for Anthropologie!

Megan Carty

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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.

Unboxing my NEW Case for Making Watercolors!

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!

Thanks for watching!

Visit: http://www.caseformaking.com to see beautiful watercolors and painting accessories

Visit: http://www.megancartyart.com to learn about me and view my work

Social Media:

 

Http://www.instagram.com/megan_carty_art

Http://www.facebook.com/megancartyart

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Http://www.twitter.com/megancartyart

 

Supplies used:

Travel Watercolor case with canteen: https://www.caseformaking.com/cfm-watercolors-1/canteenpalette

Paintbrush: http://amzn.to/2GorwSf

Mixed Media Sketchbook: http://amzn.to/2GpsEVV

Watercolors: https://www.caseformaking.com/cfm-watercolors

 

*We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Thank you!

 

For filming:

I simply used my iPad Pro and my iPhone 6 and edited it all on my iPad Pro using LumaFusion.

Contact me: megan(at)megancartyart.com

Artist Megan Carty: Block Island Painting Demonstration

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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

 

Megan Carty interviewed for Your Creative Push

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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!)

Time lapse painting demo...New England landscape painting

Megan Carty

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.

 

How it feels when you want to end your life

Megan Carty

depression and suicide awareness

Hi friends!

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!!!!!

My art is at Anthropologie!

Megan Carty

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)

Sunday Picnic, art print by Megan Carty at Anthropologie
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New abstract nautical paintings on the way!

Megan Carty

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searching for sea glass on Great Diamond Island, Maine
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hunting for sea glass in Diamond Cove, Maine
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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!