I am a teacher in NY State and our school was shut down mid March, and we had to scramble to get distance learning together. I was lucky to have a couple of students help me set up YouTube! I am a person who is never ever bored at home. I usually love my summers off, but they are always just a bit too short. This being stuck at home thing, though, has given me all the time in the world to do my thing. I was able to get a jump on my perennial gardens, I have been cooking more at home, I have had the opportunity to weave, sew, knit, and garden. I have also had time to market my wares. I feel so fortunate, and so lucky, and despite how difficult and sad and horrible Covid-19 is for the world, for the country and for my students, I am deeply grateful for this time to heal, reflect, grow, and work. If you would like to visit my Etsy shop for hand woven and hand knit items, and a few of my Mom’s gorgeous quilts, go to Breezy Day Handmades, or you can visit Meg Gregory Artist on FaceBook. I prefer the latter because Etsy is fee rich and artisans get poor. I do have some salves and handcrafted oils for sale as well. (Lemon balm, peppermint, oregano, spearmint, yarrow etc.
I hope to hear from you.
A couple of weeks ago I agreed to teach a Zoom painting class to some girls scouts, most of whom were former students. I was a Brownie, a Cadet, Junior and then went back not officially as. Senior, but as a volunteer with the younger students. The Girl Scouts were absolutely formative to my upbringing and philosophy. I volunteered, though the troop offered to pay me, and decided to do some stylized flowers.
This started me on a journey., actually now that I think of it, I am repainting a solid maple desk, my plan is to turn it into a cave to get to a fairy grotto in a closet, that’s why I wanted to paint that with the girls scouts.
I had an old gesso board I had drawn on and discarded and decided to play with the idea.
I liked it but wasn’t sure I loved it.
I also had a stretched canvas, I don’t even remember what was on it to start, but long ago I had guessed over whatever it was. I then started working with Golden Acrylics both some older thick paint and some liquid acrylics and some 100 medium. As I worked I began to add in some Micron pen designs, which is eventually how I finished with a doodle on top of the paint.
final result is a 32”x22”x1.5” stretches canvas painting, titled Calamity Joy.
I named it this because although the Covid-19 virus, and resultant isolation has been a calamity, it has been a source of joy for me. The solitude, and freedom to work on art while getting paid, to work on my perennials while getting paid, and to have time to volunteer my time, while getting paid has been tremendously positive.
My style is a kind of stylistic realism, realism when en plain air. But the doodles are a 32 year passion. The years of teaching drawing to primary school students has increased this tendency for simplistic stylization, lending a cartoonish quality to my work, which is enhanced by the black marker I prefer for doodling. The subject of flowers most from my gardens, is deeply symbolic. The daisy a reference to my favorite flower, echinacea to my best friend and herbal healing. The yarrow a medicinal used to stop the flow of blood from open wounds the poopy to numbing the pain of , the lotus to my spirituality, dogwood strength and resilience, and finally black eyed Susan, encouragement and motivation all spiraling inwards, on life giving waters bordered by solid rock as protection.
For sale 350$.
“Received my poncho today. The picture in no way does this justice, it’s so rich looking in person, I live it! Soft, falls beautifully, really will be good for year round use!“ – Anne who works at a children’s clothing manufacturer.
100% cotton handwoven peach and grey color block poncho with rustic daisy embroidery.
please visit my FaceBook Page @MegGregoryArtist
or Breezy Day Handmades on Etsy
If you click on an item it will give you the dimensions.
Christmas custom orders should be in by October 30th. But if I have time I may be able to squeeze you, just don’t rely on it!
Custom Paintings take at least two weeks just to dry, please give me six to eight weeks to complete.
Please do not steal or copy and sell.