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Pepperell, MA 01463
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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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The 100 Day Project 2016

Megan Carty

Hi friends! If you follow me on Instagram (@megan_carty_art) you will see I've been participating in the 100 Day Project where I post a small painting study every day for 100 days. I'm learning so much about my art and what I love to make...it's been so eye-opening and valuable! Here, you can take a tour of the sketchbook I filled up the other day. I've had to start another one! Enjoy taking a peek!

Taking time to smell, um, PAINT the roses

Megan Carty

Here's a little sneak peek of my latest floral bouquet painting. This one is a small one at 11x14 size but it really packs a colorful punch if I do say so myself! You'll see that even when a flower is pink you can look closely at the colors and see reds in the shadows. I love that about color. It's so sneaky! I hope to have this one up for sale soon; along with some other smaller pieces. Subscribe to my newsletter if you would like to know when these are going to release ahead of time.

When a painting isn't going right...

Megan Carty

Hi friends!

I while back I found a huge 4-foot x 4-foot canvas on a rare mega-sale and snagged it; excited to do a giant Maine nautical painting perfect for hanging over a couch. Time went by until I found the perfect image that inspired me (it had to have the right colors!) Now, I needed to create the perfect abstract background for my boat to float upon; but I just couldn't get it to look how I imagined. I used several kinds of blues and strokes; different compositions of paint, and I just couldn't get it. This is frustrating as it is, but it's also expensive when you go through so much paint! GAH!

blue abstract painting process by Megan Carty
Maine nautical painting process by Megan Carty
Maine boat painting process by Megan Carty

I felt pretty dejected for a spell as I started to question my abilities and then realized that I was fighting the process. Clearly, my "plan" wasn't working out and I needed to let it go. I didn't really want to since I'd spent a few days of work and a ton of paint just to get where I was at (back to the beginning). But, like anything else in life, you cannot cling to a bad thing just because of the time you invested. I could have kept going and ended up with an ok painting I wasn't proud of. (THAT doesn't sound good!!!!) So, I got brave and simply painted over my work; but was able to let all my different layers show through.  It started looking like a finished abstract painting right away; so I went in a new abstract direction. At this point I could have left it as it was, but it didn't look like my mission where I use happy bright colors to bring joy to a space. So, that's just what I did!

It's funny; but once I got started in the new direction it didn't take long to give birth to a happy finished piece! This version poured out of me in the most natural way and I couldn't be more thrilled with it! 

What a journey! This finished piece titled "In the Fold" is now for sale in the "abstracts" section of the site. It's 48x48", acrylic and pastel on gallery-wrapped canvas that's 1.5" deep. The sides are painted in a deep Prussian Blue. I installed a hanging wire at the back so it's ready to go! Biggest lesson learned: it's ok to cut your losses and start again. It's never too late to start anew! Something good will come of it!

colorful happy large abstract painting by artist Megan Carty
Cheerful Vibrant Floral Abstract Painting by Boston-based artist Megan Carty

Spreading Happiness via Cheerful Paintings Mass Artist Releases Latest Coastal Collection

Megan Carty

A vibrant collection of canvases painted in a bright, almost neon color scheme, was unveiled this week by Pepperell artist Megan Carty. The paintings depict a variety of Maine coastal locations and feature whimsical, abstract backgrounds to evoke the emotions viewers feel when at the seashore. Carty grew up in a seaside community similar to the ones in her paintings, and her pieces are an attempt to modernize what many artists treat in a more serious style.

To that end, Carty sees the mission of her art as delivering happiness to a growing audience. This audience is often enthralled by the scenery in her paintings and the way she substitutes jewels for watercraft in many of her landscapes. Ultimately, the release of this latest collection is the latest step in Carty’s creative journey as a local fine art professional.

“I’ve been painting for more than a dozen years, but with this latest collection I feel that I’ve found my true voice,” said Carty. “I want to spread happiness through my art…especially by sharing beautiful colors and serene visuals. A lot of people don’t appreciate how surroundings can affect mood and outlook. By using beautiful colors and familiar scenes, my art helps people feel less stressed and more cheerful.”

Her colorful acrylic works are composed in an impressionistic style that Carty admits takes a special skill to create. But she says the call to create is definitely worth the time she puts into it and the results make people happy. The images are distinctly different from traditional coastal paintings she’s seen from other artists.

“So many New England coastal paintings out there are beautiful, yet a little traditional, serious and sometimes stodgy,” said Carty. “My pieces stand out from the crowd and target a collector wanting to display more stylish work that has unique color palettes and abstract qualities while still addressing their passion for the coast.”

Carty’s work can be seen online at MeganCartyArt.com and by appointment.

ABOUT MEGAN CARTY ART: Megan Carty received her Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University in 2000 and has been creating paintings in her Pepperell, MA studio since that time. Carty is married with three children. She books custom commissions on a limited basis. Contact her via email megan@megancartyart.com to determine her availability.