My friend Kris let me come over to her beautiful eclectic home and photograph it for my art. She’s got amazing taste. It’s the perfect sort of boho-chic style that goes so well with my florals and abstracts! I’m so thankful for friends like her!
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I Forgot to Weed, 24x30” Abstract Floral Painting by Megan Carty | Cascadia Blue Sofa | Amoeba Wild Walnut Wide Coffee Table | Lanna Ivory Sheepskin Throw | Conico Pink Floor Lamp | Luxe Velvet Striped Teal Pillow | Knife-Edge Pillow in Sunflower Yellow (Set) | Kazak Orange and Pink Pillow | Taza Rug
I realized recently that sharing my artwork with you is great, but showing HOW it can work in your space is even better! Each month I will post as part of a new series I’ve created called “Artist’s Edit” where I take one of my paintings and style it for an imaginary space using furniture and accessories I think would go well with it. If you like it, I hope you’ll consider pinning it to your Pinterest boards!
First up: this featured art piece is one of my favorite modern abstract floral paintings called “I Forgot to Weed” and it comes FRAMED in an awesome golden floater frame. I think it’s the perfect complement to a den or office; much (but not ALL) of the furniture and accessories I suggest here are by Article.
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My art studio space is almost done! We still need: The heater, the lights and outlets, and the granite detail by the window-seats. I can't wait to move in and create amazing new paintings! Here's a video of how it looks at this point. Enjoy!
I finished this huge 48x48 inch painting (and it's for sale in the shop!)...I decided to style a fictional family room around the painting just to show what it might look like over a couch...what a fun little project this was to make! I definitely can see myself doing more of these in the future. Although I'm not an interior decorator, it can be fun to see what my paintings can look like out in the world!
I've been busy caring for the kiddos and squeezing in my paint time wherever I can! The coastal pieces I'm working on are a bit more time consuming than some of my other work; but I'm so excited by them. They have so much fun color and pizazz! Does anyone use that word anymore? I just did! Owning it!
I've got a few small pieces finished and now I want to work on some larger ones for variety. Challenge can be the spice of life, right? I'm planning to release just over a handful of these at the beginning of December; be sure to get on my newsletter list for the exact time and date! These are originals and once they are gone...they're gone!
Hi friends! I didn't get home from a meeting I had yesterday until super-late at night; so I never updated my blog with the painting I did, so here it is! This one was an experiment with really filling the canvas with an interesting floral composition. I don't normally love purple, so I wanted to try it out to see...and I kinda like it! It's a small 8x8 canvas and it's about 1.75" thick. Classy!
Halfway there!!!! Today's piece was started yesterday and finished today. It's large at 36x36 inches square. Another focal piece! This one is my favorite so far...I love the colors and how stylish it looks. I also embellished this one with Swarovski crystals (on the blue vase). They are SO sparkly and add another touch of glamour to the piece. This time, it's more like "Jewelry for your walls" than ever! Painting florals has been so much fun; I seem to be endlessly inspired by the different color and compositional possibilities. I've found my thing! And now, to sleep. Zzzzzzzzzz....
I'm really happy with today's piece. I just love the colors and the style of this one. I'm bummed the photo isn't quite as vibrant as the actual painting...It's a lot darker/deeper than it looks here. I wanted a bit of a nautical flair, so I added the yacht stripes for some extra style. I've never been one to do much with pattern, but I'm dipping my toes in a bit.
This challenge is about half way done; thank GOD! It's so hard to complete paintings every single day and be a full-time Mom to three. I get pretty darn grouchy by the time 3:00PM rolls around! So far, I'm learning how to plan my paintings to make the most of my little bits of time. I'm also learning that I can fit a lot more in the day than I thought I could! OK. Off to bed I go!
I've completed today's painting! With her permission, I used Jenna Griffin's (of Gold & Bloom) floral arrangement as inspiration. (follow her amazing feed on instagram @goldandbloom). It's 16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas. I'm thrilled with how this one came out; I just love these colors. So soft and nostalgic. Although interestingly,it came out a lot more "tight" than I'd planned. I had originally wanted to do something more abstract, simpler strokes, and much more painterly. But, it didn't feel right to do that at the time and here's how it came out.
I think I'm going to try another version that is much more loose and see how it goes. Stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by! As with any of my paintings, please feel free to inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing a piece!
Why are we here? Like a lot of people, I've spent a lot of time in my life wondering what my purpose here in this world is. I've read lots of books on the topic and have explored this issue with my church clergy (we're talking years and years of exploration). Now I know that I've served a lot of different purposes for different reasons at different times. But, I always wanted to connect what I do for a career with a greater way to impact the world in a positive way. It took a long time for me to really embrace the idea that my love of creating art is a gift from God and I'm meant to use it for good in my own unique way. I don't have a drive to create for no reason; and I've spent a lot of time digging around my memory banks to connect what the reason could be. And one day, not too long ago, it clicked with me. The shade snapped up and the answer was clear!
I've suffered from the disease of depression since I was 16 years old (I'm almost 37 as I'm writing this). I've spent many years up and many years down as I've worked to figure out how to get the chemicals in my brain to balance correctly so I can function in a nice normal and even capacity. (Otherwise I'm an unmotivated, stressed, guilt-ridden, overwhelmed mess.) After I had my first child (my daughter, Paige) I suffered from postpartum depression and found treatment through speaking to a therapist and taking a basic medication. I was ok for a while (sort of just "meh" if you know what I mean) and then suffered severe depression during my pregnancy with my second child (my son, Noah). I also suffered the same during my pregnancy with my third child (my son, Liam). Long story short, I am doing great right now...thanks to the right medication and the right support from my family and my psychiatrist. This illness is difficult because not a lot of people are open about it and it's also not easy to see when someone is sick with it. You can't visibly see someone is sick with depression as if you would see someone with any other disease. It can be hard to recognize due to a lot of misconceptions about it. All this was going on after I spent years trying to have children and we suffered 4 miscarriages before I had our daughter. It was such a sad and challenging time; but it was a time I learned a lot about myself and about how important having a positive mindset is. I share all of this to say: I've been through my deal of hard times. I know what it is like and how it feels to be overwhelmed, grieved, stressed, unmotivated, exhausted and lost.
Now, I want to show other people like me that it's possible to manage and conquer depression. I believe we have to share and help each other out! So, how does this relate to my work? Well, I want to create work that is uplifting. It's my mission statement...my work is made to uplift you, to bring you joy, to bring you peace, to bring you comfort, to help you retrieve a happy memory. I see that in my own small and special way, I can take the love I have and share it with others. I can share what brings me joy and spread it around. THAT is my real purpose. To love others. To care for others. And I can only do that in the only way that I know how. And YOU can too! What can YOU do today to show someone love and support in your own way? I challenge you to ask yourself this each day and it will bring so much more joy into your life. It has worked wonders for me; so I urge you to give it a try! With every new painting I complete; please know that it was made out of love, nostalgia, positive energy, and the hope it will find a match in its owner...that it will bring them the peace, comfort, and joy it was made for.