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Megan Williamson + Best of the Web

by Grace Bonney

It’s incredible how much environment can shape and inform the work we do. Since moving to a small town upstate, I’ve found myself less interested in the highly linear and graphic artwork that I typically prefer and more interested in watercolor, pastels and gouache in a way I never was before. I feel like my mind is adapting to a bit more open space and no matter what the reason is, I’m happy to be exploring work that feels fresh and new to me.

Megan Williamson is a Chicago-based painter whose work reminds me of my favorite Fauvist painters combined with a nod to contemporary pattern and textile design. I love the way she uses bold brushstrokes, big swaths of saturated color and works in bits of pattern here and there. (Her work has even been turned into wallpaper!) I thought it would be a beautiful way to end the week, surrounded by so much color and life. Click here to check out more of Megan’s work (you can buy her originals online). Until Monday, have a safe and happy weekend! xo, grace



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  • Those are beautiful paintings. I’m really enjoying the expanded Friday roundup.

    P.S. I think you mean “gouache” and not “gauche”. Being gauche is totally not you. :-)

  • Dear Grace – thank you for sharing my work and your thoughts on it with your readers. Fauves, textile design and color are all important to me and I am glad that you could see that. Beauty is another touchstone for me. I want to put more of it into the world – we can use as much as we can get.

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