Monday, June 29, 2009

Progress Picture #1: The Reader

I just started another collage. Here's the sketch:

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mixed Media Multiplied

I have a couple of my older works of art on display in the Del Ray Artisans' "Mixed Media Multiplied" exhibition that is running from June 26th until July 19th. Every work of art in the exhibition was created from at least three or more materials. My artwork that's up, "Fridge" and "Abstract Trees," was created during my last two years as a painting student in college. These were part of a series that I worked on where I took a stretched canvas, painted it, then painted some unstretched canvas that I cut up and stitched into the stretched canvas. I also dabbled in using different materials to create these mixed media pieces--typically using acrylic paint, oil pastels, and collaging magazine cut-outs.

Abstract Trees by Megan Coyle

Although I studied painting in college, my heart was always in collage. Now, only a little over a year out of school, I've been focusing completely on collage. These two mixed media pieces are definitely a walk down memory lane.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hungry Hippo

And it's finished...

"Hungry Hippo"
Collage on paper

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Progress Picture #3: Hungry Hippo

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that all the fathers out there had a happy Father's Day! My weekend was fairly exciting--on Saturday I went to grab a cup of coffee with an old friend. We went to a local coffee shop in Del Ray of Alexandria, Virginia (right by Blueberry Art Gallery). Right before we were about to leave, another customer in the coffee shop called out that Obama was next door getting frozen custard. I went outside, and sure enough, secret service had their black jeeps parked along the street while a few of the service men were standing around on the look out. We waited a few minutes and got to see Obama leave with his two daughters. So, needless to say, that was the highlight of my weekend.

Anyway, here's the next progress picture of my hippo collage:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Progress Picture #2: Hungry Hippo

I'm really liking working on this one--I think it's because I find the subject matter amusing. Hippos sticking their tongues out never fail to make me smile.

Hungry Hippo by Megan Coyle

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Progress Picture#1: Hungry Hippo

Here's the sketch for my next piece. It's going to be a black and white collage.

Hungry Hippo by Megan Coyle

Monday, June 15, 2009


And I've finished it!

Collage on paper

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Progress Picture #3: Hikers

I'm slowly piecing this one together. I think in a couple more sit-downs it will be complete. At the moment I'm beginning work on an animal collage--I'll add progress pictures for that one soon.

Hikers by Megan Coyle

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Progress Picture #2: Hikers

Not much of a change, but it's just the beginning...

Hikers by Megan Coyle

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Progress Picture #1: Hikers

I've finished the sketch for my next piece--it's going to be more of a landscape piece with a couple of figures in the composition. Instead of doing an outright portrait, this will be somewhat of a portrait with more of a mix of the natural world.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Back from NYC

My weekend in NYC was such a nice getaway from my work in D.C. It's all too easy for me to get wrapped up in my artwork and other work, so it was great to get away for a couple of days. I feel refreshed and my camera is filled with a few possible references for future collages.

We did a little bit of window shopping

and found some robots made from old motor parts in an interesting little antique store.

Saturday and Sunday were so sunny and beautiful--I actually got some bad sunburn from walking outside so much.
Ben and I being serious

and spending a lot of time with my brother and his girlfriend. He lives in New York and since it was his birthday too, we decided to visit him for the weekend to celebrate.

Just a photo of one of the bright sunny days we had...

and a lovely night where we walked across the Brooklyn bridge to admire the city lights.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Chow Time

And it's finished for the moment. Later on this year or maybe at the beginning of next year, I'll go back through these possible solo exhibition pieces and tweak them a bit.

"Chow Time"
Collage on paper

Chow Time by Megan Coyle
I hope everyone has a happy Friday! What will you be up to? I'm about to make my way to New York for the weekend to celebrate my birthday. I'll take plenty of pictures and maybe I'll find some inspiration for future portraits.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Progress Picture #3: Chow Time

Here's my latest progress picture--I'm almost there but not quite....

Chow Time by Megan Coyle
I'm also getting ready to work on a couple of other pieces. One will give me a break from my portraiture work - I'm going to create a black and white collage of an animal for an upcoming exhibition. So more progress pictures will be posted soon.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Progress Picture #2: Chow Time

Here's my progress thus far--I've got somewhat of a ways to go.

Chow Time by Megan Coyle

Monday, June 1, 2009

Progress Picture #1: Chow Time

I've started another portrait that might be included in my solo show. Here's the sketch I did:

Chow Time by Megan Coyle