Monday, March 22, 2010

Off to the Midwest

A Purple Cow's Paradise by collage artist Megan Coyle

I'm leaving for the Midwest tomorrow. I'll be gone for a week in cow country so I won't be posting again until April. I'm looking forward to taking lots of pictures and looking for inspiration for future projects. Sometimes it's nice to get away from the grind. I have a habit of getting caught up in my routine, and it will be nice to get away and not be as connected (to the internet that is).

I hope everyone has a happy end-of-March.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Penguin Feeding Time

And it's finished (at the moment). Sometimes I like revisiting previous collages to do a little bit of editing/touching up here and there.

"Penguin Feeding Time"
Collage on paper
24"x18"

Penguin Feeding Time by collage artist Megan Coyle

I've always liked penguins so naturally I wanted to squeeze one in to one of my people collages. I like how penguins look like miniature people in a way - and they always look so dressed up like they're wearing suites.

Although I like making portraits/people collages the best, I am looking forward to working on some animal collages for my show in August. It will be a nice way to change gears a bit. I'd also like to work more on still life and landscape work since I haven't had much time these days to really delve into those areas.

It's crazy how quickly this weekend is going by - and now I'm off to take care of a few errands before enjoying the nice weather.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Progress Picture #2: Penguin Feeding Time

Here's the next stage:

Penguin Feeding Time by collage artist Megan Coyle

You can see that I'm tackling the background first. Sometimes I prefer working this way--that way the background really is in the background and I can collage the foreground on top of it. Other times I work on the foreground and background at the same time, just switching back and forth as I put down the pieces of paper.

I'm getting really excited about my upcoming shows this spring/summer. There's just something about the whole process of getting ready that I really enjoy.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Progress Picture #1: Penguin Feeding Time

Here's the start of my next piece:

Penguin Feeding Time by collage artist Megan Coyle

It's another piece inspired by the zoo - I find a lot of inspiration there since I'm a big fan of drawing animals. Even though I wanted this to be a figurative collage, I decided to fit in a little penguin as well.

Hopefully within the next couple of weeks I'll start changing up my posts a bit. I've gotten a little tired of this format of posting works in progress and finished art. I'm working on figuring out a way to make things a little livelier/interesting.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Reading Room

Another day, another collage.

"Reading Room"
Collage on paper
18"x24"

Reading Room by collage artist Megan Coyle

With this particular collage, I was interested in making the piece look like the viewer's walked into the same room where the sitter is. Perhaps they interrupted them while they were in the middle of a book? I like making narrative scenes, partially because they're fun to make, mainly because different viewers can come up with so many different storylines or ideas of what's going on in a scene.

Anyway, this week I'm going to try to finish another figurative piece and hopefully get started on a few more mini collages. It's been a while since my last mini collage and I'd like to have some new work posted on Etsy. I'm thinking a cat series will be in the making.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Women in Art: Body of Work

A few days ago I gallery sat for the DRA's "Women in Art: Body of Work" exhibition. I took a few pictures of the show as well as some images of my work on the wall.

Megan Coyle collage artist

Megan Coyle collage artist
My collages, "The New York Diner" and "Jean," framed and hanging on the gallery walls. "The New York Diner" was made for an upcoming solo exhibit that I'm having in May and "Jean" is a piece I finished in '08 for my senior thesis exhibition.

Megan Coyle collage artist

Megan Coyle collage artist

Megan Coyle collage artist

The exhibit had quite a variety of artwork, with metal sculptures, photographs, paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces. I always like seeing the range in artwork hanging in themed exhibitions - it's interesting how different artists approach the same subject matter with a different style, idea, and medium.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Progress Picture #2: Reading Room

Here's the next progress picture for the piece, "Reading Room" :

Reading Room by collage artist Megan Coyle

And now I'm off to take care of a few art-related things before going to sleep. I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Progress Picture #1: Reading Room

I've gotten started on another figurative piece. My goal is to finish at least sixteen new pieces before the first exhibition so I can have a different body of work on display for each figurative solo show. So I've got quite a bit of work ahead of me. Here's the first progress picture of the latest piece, "Reading Room":

Reading Room by collage artist Megan Coyle

I also had a chance to work on another batch of handmade magnets. I'm going to take pictures of different sets of magnets so I can add them to my Etsy shop. All my exhibition preparations have been keeping me pretty busy and I haven't been as attentive as I'd like to be with my Etsy shop.

Magnets by collage artist Megan Coyle

And yesterday I woke up and managed to pull a muscle in my neck. I was a little frustrated about that because I wanted to get some work done and go out to a couple of get-togethers that were going on. So instead I had to force myself to stay in and hobble about, trying to take it easy so my neck can heal. Ben made my night by running off to the store and showing up with Easter candy, a heating pad, and some take-out from my favorite Chinese restaurant.

Photos by collage artist Megan Coyle

Hope everyone is having a great weekend - I'm off to do some volunteer work now, and then of course, there will be lots of resting.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Collaging the Figure

Here are a few images of the exhibit I installed the other day (there's a bit of a glare from the lighting):

Collage artwork by Megan Coyle

Collage artwork by Megan Coyle

Collage artwork by Megan Coyle

Collage artwork by Megan Coyle

All of the work, with the exception of one of the smaller pieces, are collages that were completed either several years ago or a couple of years ago. I wanted to showcase the work that's led up to the direction I'm moving in now, where I'm exploring different ways of depicting the figure. I'm not just doing portrait pieces where the sitter sits prominently in the center of the composition, but collages from all angles.

Looking back at the work I've created over the past couple of years makes me want to start experimenting more with trying to find different ways to develop my style. I think spending a few minutes every day brainstorming could be pretty helpful.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Cafe

And it's finished - another cafe/restaurant portrait with a yellow background:

"The Cafe"
Collage on paper
18"x24"

The Cafe by collage artist Megan Coyle

This afternoon I installed my show at Arlington Central Library's East Gallery space. I'll post a few pictures of the exhibit when I upload the pictures from my camera. Luckily I didn't need to nail holes in the wall when installing this show - which is always a challenge for me. I typically find myself trying to cover up mistakes I've made from hammering by hiding holes in the wall with the frames of the hanging artwork. So it was nice that the library used metal rods for their artwork which made the installation fairly easy and straight forward to do.

I also received a pleasant surprise today - a letter from the Washington Art Association regarding the portfolio I submitted to them for a work on paper show. They're interested in the piece I did, "The Commuters," and would like to see a series of work that looks like that particular collage. So it was nice not to receive a generic rejection letter - and instead receive a somewhat lengthy letter wanting me to resubmit more work.

Anyway, I'm off to do some late night studio work. I hope everyone had a happy first day of March! (and Monday too of course)