Friday, November 16, 2012

2013 Wall Calendar


Commemorate the Date was featured in the 2012 Minneapois Star Tribune Gift Guide. We couldn't be happier, or more proud, to be featured alongside such amazing local artists. 

Order here!


Calendar

Megan Moore was already painting flowers and dates in honor of wedding, anniversaries and other landmark occasions, so "it just made sense," she realized, to expand the line to include a Commemorate the Date calendar with floral illustrations, $30.

"It's just another way to make the artwork available to everyone," Moore said, who began the Minneapolis company three years ago.

The calendar is 5-by-11 inches on heavy, spiral-bound stock. It features oil paintings she created for clients in her signature bold style, with a short line providing the background story.

This is the second year for the calendar and the third for Commemorate the Date. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a special affinity for painting flowers, Moore's inspiration began when she painted flowers for her own wedding invitations. A few years later, she created a similar motif for a wedding of some friends.

Moore realized other people would be interested in having paintings commemorating special events in their lives. Her paintings generally feature flowers and the date of the event (the date is cropped out of the images on the calendar).

Moore paints with watercolors as well as oils, basing the design on either a requested photo or other reference materials. She can paint in specifically requested colors, or choose colors that come naturally to those particular flowers.

The calendar and other products are available at ArtiCulture in Minneapolis, the Artist Mercantile in St. Paul and on Moore's website, www.commemoratethedate.com.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

South Minneapolis House

This is the first painting I have completed since Asher's birth! This is a 5 x 7 watercolor that was commissioned. I have to admit I feel proud of myself for having it completed ahead of deadline. And I should thank the commissioners for getting me back at the draft table with paper and paint. AND I have to thank Asher too, for taking two long naps yesterday.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

October 13, 2012

This is the last painting I completed before Asher was born on 9.30.12. In fact, I finished it the night before my labor started. I remember thinking to myself: now that this is finished, I am ready anytime. I didn't realize it would only be hours later that Asher would be on his way.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Purple Cala Lilies


I finished two Commemorate the Date paintings this week, just in time for the weekend weddings. This is an 8" x 10" oil painting.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Red Lilies for 10 Years

This recently completed Commemorate the Date oil painting is 11" x 14," framed to 16" x 20."

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

9.1.12

Lilies and Roses for a couple getting married at the end of the summer.
Watercolor, 5 x 7


Monday, July 16, 2012

July 4 bouquet

A second anniversary present, just completed last Friday.
Watercolor, 5 x 7

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Red Wing Art Festival poster

Here's the poster/postcard design they made for the Red Wing art festival, using my painting of Frontenac State Park. However, I won't be at the festival this year. The event weekend is just one week after my due date, so I hope to be at home with a baby boy at that point. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Vietnam Center Mural

The completed mural! It's on the Vietnam Center building at 1159 University Ave, St. Paul. Be sure to check it out when you ride the light rail past it, in 2014.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Patrick the Painter

Here's one more shot of the mural in progress. My husband, Patrick, finished the top edge which was out of reach for me and too high for me to feel comfortable on the ladder with my belly getting bigger every day. He did an amazing job, both in painting and in being willing to take minute direction from me. :) 
The mural is now complete, and I will post photos when I have them! In the mean time, you can always brave the light rail construction and check it out in person at 1159 University Ave, St. Paul.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

New mural


I have started work on a new mural. It is located at 1159 University Ave in St. Paul on the Vietnam Center. This project is funded through an organization called Irrigate. Here is how they describe themselves:
Irrigate is an artist-led creative placemaking initiative spanning the six miles of the Central Corridor Light Rail line in Saint Paul during the years of its construction. Artists collaborate with businesses, organizations and community groups to change the landscape of the corridor with color, art, surprise, creativity and fun.
I have spent a lot of time pursuing grants in the past couple of years, and almost didn't realize that I had attained my goal of grant funded work with this project. I had always envisioned that grant work would be a more personal, in-studio project. But I am pretty proud of this project that will most likely be viewed by many more people than most of my paintings.  
Irrigate works with artists who have a connection to the community in St. Paul. My connection is my framer who is located in the Vietnam Center (NGT Framing—I highly recommend him!).  I worked with members of the board's center to get support for my proposal and define the subject matter, which is the One Pillar Pagoda (a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam) surrounded by lotus blossoms. I am in my second trimester of pregnancy, and the board and Tu, my framer, have been very helpful in making the process as easy as possible for me. I hope to finish the mural in the next couple of weeks, if the weather will cooperate. It's been a bit on the rainy side the past week.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1

Lily of the Valley, painted with oils, for a June 1 anniversary. I actually finished this yesterday, but it might be the closest I've come to doing completing a date painting on the actual date.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

June 9, 2012

This Commemorate the Date watercolor features a white ranunculus, a white peony, a light pink peony, and a pink rose.

Friday, May 4, 2012

9 Nights of Summer




This week I finished an illustration for the Minnesota History Center's 9 Nights of Music summer concert series. I painted the two main elements of the composition separately—an eastern bluebird perched on a branch, and the History Center in front of a sunset sky.
Above, you can see the two paintings, and then the composite along with the copy that was designed by Adam Demers, the Historical Society's graphic designer.

Monday, April 23, 2012

July 30, 2011

A new CTD watercolor, featuring a bright yellow dahlia with pink and orange ranunculus. The traditional gift for a first anniversary is paper, so this painting on paper meets that qualification.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mountain Ash


The final scan for Mountain Ash. This piece is available in various sizes, in a limited edition print run of 200, up to 26" x 16." Let me know if there is a particular size you are interested in!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Nandi the Bull


I finished the Mountain Ash painting! But need to get it scanned before posting. Watch for that in the next week or two.
This drawing (china marker on paper) is an idea from two years ago, but I think this is the year that it will evolve into a painting. It is part of what I think of as my Leaves & Fish series, but I need a new name for it, since it is not all fish.
I am donating this piece to Art 4 Shelter. The sale benefits Simpson Housing, whose mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. All work is 5" x 7" and sold for $30. The benefit sale is May 9 in the Burnett Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers Hotel.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Progress


Here, you can see how the painting has really tightened up and I am focusing on the details. I am so close to finished! However, I had to take a break from working on the painting while working a full time contract position (graphic design). Happily, I have found a new part-time design position which will start at the end of the month, giving me a great balance of a stable income and reliable time for studio work. While it was been great to have the past year to work as a full time artist, I'm looking forward to focusing more on my painting and less on how to make money with my art.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Colors added


After getting the composition laid out, I rough in the colors of the painting. Up to this point, I have been working in acrylics. They dry quickly so are easy to work with, especially if I change my mind about a color or an element of the composition. Then I switch to oils, which gives a lovely rich quality to the colors.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Drawing and Roughing In


Here's a snap shot of the final drawing I did, then worked from to rough in the line work for my Mountain Ash painting.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Commission



I'm working on a new commission for one of my favorite clients. This client has a special skill for commissioning subject matter that comes naturally for me. This is the color study I did after we had nailed down the concept for the composition. The subject matter is Mountain Ash.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Frontenac Park



sold, glicée prints available
I am honored to have been asked by the Red Wing Art Association to do a piece for the posters for their 2012 Fall Festival of the Arts event. I wanted to capture something of the season and the landscape that I enjoy when participating in this fair. I typically camp in nearby Frontenac State Park for that weekend, so that became the inspiration for this composition.
I look forward to seeing the final poster design!
oil on paper, 14.5" x 18.5"

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Maple Leaves & Black Birds



$350
My studio group is hosting a group show with the theme of Black & White next weekend. This is a new piece that I did for the show.
15" x 30," oil on canvas

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Martin Everitt




A baby name Commemorate the Date painting. Martin Everitt was born to parents who love gardening, the farmer's market, and cooking.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Waiting on the Stairs



I don't really do portraits—people or pets. Except, apparently I do pet portraits now... I really like these two cats though, so maybe they are just an exception.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lady Slippers


This commission came from an artist I met in Chicago last December. Although it doesn't have a name or date, I am filing it under my Commemorate the Date portfolio since it follows the rest of the standards. This is an 8" x 8" oil painting on wood panel. I plan to make prints for the 2012 art fair season.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

September 18, watercolor


A new watercolor Commemorate the Date. Cala lilies with... does anyone recognize and know the name of these purple flowers?