Thursday, January 28, 2010

Progress Picture #2: Tiger

Here's my progress with the tiger piece--his face is needs to be reshaped a bit, but he's getting there.

Tiger by collage artist Megan Coyle

I've been busy reading away about the art business - and pretty much finished going through my recent pile of books. I haven't had a chance to work on artwork too much, but I've been working on getting everything more organized around my work space.

Have a happy Friday!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Art with Words and Phrases

I hope everyone had a happy Monday - I've been busy working away with record keeping (so yes, it hasn't been the most exciting Monday ever). I thought I'd share one of my latest pieces that I did for an upcoming exhibition. The show has a theme of words and phrases used in art, so I decided to do a cup of coffee.

"Cup of Joe"
Collage on paper
20"x16"

Monday, January 25, 2010

Taking High-Quality Photographs of Artwork

This weekend I didn't get a chance to work on my portable portfolio that much - I just swung by a few stores to pick up supplies for it. Before I start putting together prints for it, I want to take higher resolution pictures of my artwork. Previously, I used an old point-and-shoot Canon camera to take images of my work. I also went outside on nice days to take images. Now, with my higher resolution Nikon camera and my light kit, I can control the lighting for the images and take much crisper and clearer images.

Below are a couple works of art that I retook images of. The collages are actually back from my high school days in 2004, when I used to incorporate oil pastel into my collages. The images with caption 1 are photographs I took with my older camera while the ones with caption 2 are what I took with my newer camera. It's amazing what a difference it can make when you take better images of your work. So now it'll take me a while to sift back through my work to take better images - but for documentation's sake, the work will be well worth it when I'm done. With better photographs, you can get much better prints and have nicer looking pictures on your website.

Orange Girl by collage artist Megan Coyle
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Orange Girl by collage artist Megan Coyle

Friday, January 22, 2010

Progress Picture #1: Tiger

Here is the beginning of my next piece in my animal series, "Tiger":

Tiger by collage artist Megan Coyle
In the next few days, besides working on more work for exhibitions, I think I'll get started on making a portable portfolio - I got the idea from a book I'm reading called Getting the Word Out: The Artist's Guide to Self Promotion by the editors from Art Calendar. It's an older book, but it had a useful tip that I want to follow up on - creating a portable portfolio with prints of my artwork and other artist materials that I can carry around with me since you never know who you might run into or who might want to see your work.

Anyway, I hope you have a happy Friday and a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mr. Monkey

Yesterday was quite the hectic day - lots of running around doing errands and the gallery meeting went well. Now all I need to do is create enough new artwork for the show in May. I wish I had more time for the deadline, but we shall see what I manage to come up with. I also need to get started with ordering frames for my large 24"x18" pieces.

Anyway, here's another animal collage that I'll possibly use for the August animal exhibition.

"Mr. Monkey"
Collage on paper
9"x12"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Editing Artwork

This past weekend, I worked on revisiting a few of my previous portraits to make a few edits here and there. Tomorrow I'm having a meeting with the curators for my show in July, so I wanted to get my work ready before presenting it.

Collage art by collage artist Megan Coyle
I also worked on framing a previous piece that I was commissioned to do, Snowflakes, which features a quote by Alice Childress.

And I stopped by the public library to pick up a few books on marketing for artists. I've started a book called Taking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist by Cay Lang. Already, I think it's been really helpful. It has tips on putting together your artist packet, legal information, and plenty more.

That's all for now - I'm off to begin a few more pieces for another exhibition that is in the near future.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Turtle

Another animal collage for the upcoming show in August. I took another trip to the zoo for inspiration the other day. I'll post a couple of pictures from the day when I get around to uploading them on my computer.

"Turtle"
9"x12"
Collage on paper

Turtle by collage artist Megan Coyle

Monday, January 11, 2010

Boston Terrier

Here's the last dog portrait I did for my latest mini collage series - I'll probably work on more of these in the future. At the moment, I'm busy getting new artwork prepared for my show in May. I've decided to create a few new figurative pieces so that my two portraiture shows this summer will be a bit different from one another. Since I really like working on animal portraits, I might just have to find time on the side to start a mini cat series. So we shall see...

"Boston Terrier"
Collage on mat board
5"x7"

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Work for a New Year

This weekend I gallery sat at the "New Work for a New Year" exhibition which is up in the Nicholas Colasanto Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Two of my pieces, "Hungry Hippo" and "Goldfish Pond", are going to be on display in the show from January 8th until the 24th.

Here are some pictures I took of the exhibition:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Seal

Another piece inspired by the zoo. This guy always seems lounging about whenever I walk by.

"Seal"
Collage on paper
16"x20"

Seal by collage artist Megan Coyle
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I'm also getting ready to plan out a few more portraits. The first batch I was working on last year was intended for a show this July, and now I've decided to provide some new and different work for a portraiture show I'm having in May. So stay posted, there's more to come...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Poodle

Another addition to my mini dog series. I have one more dog collage to post and then I hope to begin work on a cat series in the not so distant future.

"Poodle"
Collage on mat board
5"x7"

Poodle by collage artist Megan Coyle

Already I have quite a few things on my plate for the New Year:
  1. Create new artwork for my upcoming solo exhibition in May (the first of three for the year)
  2. Take higher resolution photographs of all of the collages that are still in my possession
  3. Go on a magnet-making spree
  4. Start planning out a children's book
Busy? Yes, but art making is so enjoyable that I don't mind all the work.

Anyway, I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to a New Year.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Goldfish Pond

Here's another piece I've done to go along with the body of work I'm working on for one of my solo exhibitions this year - it will focus solely on animal collages, with most of them being inspired by my trips to the zoo.

"Goldfish Pond"
Collage on paper
16"x12"

Goldfish Pond by collage artist Megan Coyle
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I hope everyone had a Happy New Year! I've started off my New Year by quitting my desk job so now I can pursue working for myself in web design and have more time to work on art.