Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Purple Meerkat


"Purple Meerkat"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

This guy is my favorite piece from the body of work I completed this summer when I worked as a visiting artist at a local art center. I not only had a lot of fun putting together the meerkat, but I enjoyed playing with the textures in the background as well. And yes, this is another piece inspired by a trip to the DC zoo. I have to admit, those meerkats at the zoo are possibly my favorite animals there - they are just too cute!

At the moment I'm working away on a commissioned portrait, putting together a proposal for a couple of projects for a craft book, and continuing to write my first children's book. Also, I'd like to thank Ann for featuring my work in her blog All Things Paper, and Beth for featuring me in her Featured Artist Tuesday post.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great month of August!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bosty goes to Cambridge

Bosty in Cambridge by collage artist Megan Coyle

After a trip to Brighton, Bosty decided to head over to Cambridge to take a look at the sights over there. He saw some tourists going on boat rides as we walked over to check out Cambridge University. Bosty was more in the mood for boat rides or watching boat riders than wandering the streets.

Bosty in Cambridge by collage artist Megan Coyle

Once we made it to Cambridge University's campus, Bosty wanted his picture taken. Another tourist shot? Don't mind if I do!

Bosty in Cambridge by collage artist Megan Coyle

And then he walked down the streets to do a little window-shopping.

Bosty in Cambridge by collage artist Megan Coyle

And ended the day by running around the evening market. He grabbed a few bites of the pastries that were for sale as a snack. And he was quite content greeting all the strangers gathering at the market until it grew late - and was time to go get some shut eye.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Travel for Inspiration: Charlottesville

Photo by Collage Artist Megan Coyle

After working just about every day of the week for two months, I finally went on a little weekend getaway. Traveling is often a great source of inspiration for me - I take lots of pictures that I often use as references for future collages.

Photo by Collage Artist Megan Coyle

Ben and I stayed at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia. The scenery was pretty and so was the inn itself. In our room we got a complimentary bottle of wine and fresh fruit.

Photo by Collage Artist Megan Coyle

Our room was part of a larger house with a common room for other guests as well as a kitchen and dining area. I liked the rustic look of the decor.

Photo by Collage Artist Megan Coyle

The dining room table had a bowl of fresh fruit every day and in the background there's a cookie jar on the shelf that always had fresh cookies. They were delicious - and just the thing I needed for my sweet tooth.

Photo by Collage Artist Megan Coyle

We had lovely weather this weekend - and I took plenty of pictures of the green scenery.

Photo by Collage Artist Megan Coyle

Ben snuck a few pictures of me when we were strolling about.

Photo by Collage Artist Megan Coyle

We stopped by a couple of vineyards for some wine tasting.

Photo by Collage Artist Megan Coyle

And it was nice relaxing in the great outdoors...

Photo by Collage Artist Megan Coyle

On the way home, I took plenty of pictures of the fields we drove past.

All and all, it was a very refreshing weekend. I hope everyone else had a great weekend as well!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Crane

Crane by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Crane"
Collage on paper
16"x12"

This piece is currently hanging in the Goodwin exhibit. I enjoyed working on the background and creating a blend of abstract shapes and color as well as more defined objects like the shrubs. This crane turned out to be quite the character - he seems to be almost smiling.

Anyway, at the moment I'm working on drafting my children's book. Once the storyline is cleaned up and where I want it, I'll work on some sketches for the illustrations. It's quite an exciting process - I can't wait to get started on making some collage illustrations!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tabby Cat

Tabby Cat by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Tabby Cat"
Collage on mat board
5"x7"

Yet another collage completed during my visiting artist work and it's the second piece in a cat series. While working in an open studio, and being away from the computer, I was able to get quite a bit of work done. However I was working about seven days a week for a couple of months, and I think at the moment my body is telling me to cool it. So I've been doing quite a bit of relaxing these past couple of weeks. Yes there's also been a lot of work involved, but I haven't been as intense about it as I have been in the past. I've decided I need to take it easy before diving back in.

At the moment, aside from "taking it easy," I've also been dabbling in some brainstorming, story boarding, and working on art-related work in the digital sense. I think in a couple more weeks I'll make myself sit down every week and complete at least one mini collage. While working with art that involves the computer, I don't want my studio art skills to grow rusty - so I'll have to keep at it on the side.

I've also been feeling very thankful for having so many supportive people in my life. When it comes to being an artist, there are always people who try to drag you down and discourage you from your dreams. But at the same time, the smaller group of people who are rooting for you from the beginning are the ones who are much more memorable and important than any negative talkers. I'm happy to have those positive supporters in my life.

Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend! I'll be spending mine taking pictures for future Bosty adventures.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Piece of the Ocean

A Piece of the Ocean by collage artist Megan Coyle

"A Piece of the Ocean"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

Here's another collage that I made for my animal series on display in The Animal Kingdom exhibit. I haven't really explored underwater creatures with my work, perhaps I should? The Baltimore Aquarium isn't that far away, and I'm sure I could find plenty of inspiration there...

I'm about to get started with some more brainstorming and storyboarding for today. I'm excited to work on some new projects. I'm thinking of dabbling in video sometime soon as well. We shall see - there are only so many hours in the day.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora by collage artist Megan Coyle
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"Turkish Angora"
Collage on mat board
5"x7"

After doing a series of dog collages a few months ago, several people started requesting that I do a few cat collages. While I was a visiting artist at the local art center for June and July, I was able to complete a few cat collages. Here's one of the first ones of the series.

I hope everyone had an excellent week! I've been working on some grant writing lately - it's not my favorite thing to do, but the more I force myself to do it, I sure hope the better I'll get at it. I also hope to work on writing, editing, and revising a few artist statements for the different portfolios I send out to galleries. And once all the paperwork is through, I hope to get started on brainstorming a children's book.

Anyway, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Yellow Bird"
Collage on paper
9"x12"

Another day, another collage. And it's another one inspired by a trip to the zoo. I love the bright colors you can find in nature and other creatures.

So the craziness of all the exhibitions I've had going on this summer has calmed down a bit. The past couple of months I was practically working away on art or art-related things about seven days a week. Now that I have my summer lectures, presentations, and the majority of my shows under my belt, I've been a little lazy these past couple of days. I suppose you can say I'm resting up from all the work I was doing.

Pretty soon I may take a bit of a break from working on original works of art. I want to get started on storyboarding a children's book or perhaps planning out an animation. I'll still work on a few small pieces here and there, although there won't be as much work posted here.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a lovely week!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Bosty goes to Brighton

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

Bosty has been off on another adventure with a trip to England. His first stop? Brighton to run down the beaches. He also spent a good amount of time jumping into the water and doing the doggy paddle to cool off from the summer heat. Here he is taking a stroll down the beach in the early morning.

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

He dropped by Brighton Pier several times to run around on the boardwalk and greet strangers. Especially the ones walking dogs.

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

Out and about on the beach chasing after seagulls and other critters. This seagull seems to be having a staring contest with Bosty.

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

Attacking his head or whispering sweet nothings? Whichever it is, Bosty seems a little concerned.

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

And after a day of running, splashing in the water, and playing with seagulls, Bosty watched the sunset. All in all, it was just another dog day in summer.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Artist Talk at Goodwin House

Megan Coyle collage artist

Tonight I stopped by the Goodwin House to give an artist talk to the residents for my exhibit, "The Animal Kingdom." I did another PowerPoint presentation where I walked the audience through my process step-by-step and also shared images of the other subjects I collage. Afterward I held a Q & A session that lasted for quite a while - I received lots of questions about the specifics of my technique - the type of paper I use, the type of glue I work with, how I work with the layers, and so on and so forth.

I had a pleasant evening at the reception and made sure to take some photographs of the artwork on the walls. I always try to take pictures of my artwork once it's installed in an exhibition just for the sake of documenting my work.

Anyway, here are a few more images from the show:

Megan Coyle collage artist

"Hungry Hippo" is the largest piece in the show (24"x18") and is one of my personal favorites. I probably like this piece because it was inspired by a trip to the zoo where the hippo stuck his tongue out when he saw a zookeeper walk by with a bucket of veggies.

Megan Coyle collage artist

There are nearly forty pieces in this exhibit. Here you can see from the angle view that there are a range of sizes. Since the pieces are smaller than the size I work in for portraiture, it was a bit easier making a larger body of work.

Megan Coyle collage artist

Another angle view - here you can see the collage I used for the postcards.

Megan Coyle collage artist

And lastly, I put together a little spot where I have my artist statement, a stack of artist bio pamphlets, the postcards I designed, my business card, and lastly, the guestbook. I also had some brochures on commission work but they were all gone when I stopped by today.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I've been having quite a bit of fun these past few weeks, although I'm excited that now I can rest a little more on the weekends and take it easy. In June and July I was working about seven days a week because of the visiting artist program I was a part of, and now it's nice not having to be in an office/studio every day of the week. Anyway, that's all for now.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Stories in Paper: Exhibit Ending

Megan Coyle Stories in Paper

This late afternoon "Stories in Paper" will be uninstalled. I had a lot of fun having this exhibition up at the Art League Gallery - and I can't believe the show has run its course already.

Megan Coyle Stories in Paper

So while saying "good-bye" to the end of another show, I thought I'd post a few pictures I took of the work hanging on the gallery walls. Here's the easel sitting outside the Art League with the poster advertising my exhibit.

Megan Coyle Stories in Paper

The postcard collage up on the wall.

Megan Coyle Stories in Paper

The space where I set out a guest book, booklet of more of my work, and other marketing materials.

Megan Coyle Stories in Paper

A shot of one of the gallery's walls (the one with my name and exhibit title on it).

Megan Coyle Stories in Paper

Another angle.

Megan Coyle Stories in Paper

I was really proud of the work that I had in this show - the majority of it was completed last year. I created about twenty of collages for the show, picked sixteen from the group to have in the gallery, and during installation only fourteen pieces could fit.

Farewell to "Stories in Paper" - although with each exhibit, I seem to learn more and more about marketing my work and playing around with subject matter.