Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial by collage artist Megan Coyle


"Jefferson Memorial"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

Sometimes I like to walk around the city to find some inspiration for my work - let it be DC, Alexandria, or any city I'm visiting. You can always find lovely sights or interesting and colorful characters in a major city. This piece was inspired by a walk around Washington, DC. I was also motivated to produce some more scapes pieces since that's been an area I haven't focused a lot of energy on. This is another piece that's up at the NIH exhibit.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Maine Coon


"Maine Coon"
Collage on paper
5"x7"

Another collage from my cat series. Pretty soon I should get started on making more animal collages. Or perhaps I'll do a series of small coffee cups? We shall see...

This past Saturday I uninstalled "The Animal Kingdom" exhibit at Goodwin House. Time sure does fly - it feels like just the other day I was hauling nearly forty collages over to the gallery and spending the afternoon making sure everything was hanging just so. It had a good run and I'm excited to search for future venues.

And now I'm off to work on another illustration and do a little commission work. I hope everyone had a great weekend. It went by pretty quickly for me - but I kept busy and had fun.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The City by Day

The City by Day by collage artist Megan Coyle

"The City by Day"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

I enjoyed putting this piece together. It looks a bit different than my other scapes pieces and I liked making this collage a little more abstract. I kept searching for pieces of paper that had a lot of texture in them, and I'm happy with the result. "The City by Day" is another collage that's currently on display in my "Collage Scapes" exhibit at NIH.

And now I'm off to put some finishing touches on a commission portrait I'm working on. I hope everyone has a happy Friday tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bosty goest to Stratford-upon-Avon

The Adventures of Bosty by Megan Coyle

Bosty decided to hop on the train and head off to Stratford-upon-Avon. He wanted to say hello to Shakespeare's neck of the woods since he happened to be in the area.

The Adventures of Bosty by Megan Coyle

He had his picture taken under the "Truly Scrumptious Tearoom" sign after he had his afternoon tea. After all, a traveler has to take a few posed pictures.

The Adventures of Bosty by Megan Coyle

Next he wandered into a garden that had sculptures inspired by different Shakespearean plays. Here's Bosty in front of the one inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream. I think he just liked the fact that the sculpture had a donkey in it.

The Adventures of Bosty by Megan Coyle

After a long dog day, the sky began to turn yellow as the sun set.

The Adventures of Bosty by Megan Coyle

And the night went by in a blur of excitement - with window shopping and enjoying the bright lights.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Koala Bear

Koala Bear by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Koala Bear"
Collage on paper
16"x12"

This piece was inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum (NHM) in Washington, DC. When I can't get great pictures of the animals in real life, I check out the large collection of creatures exhibited at the NHM. It's the next best thing.

I remember when I was working on this piece in the open studio at the Torpedo Factory, a visitor came up to me to chat while I worked. She was seeing the piece from upside-down, and asked me if I was working on a helicopter. That made me chuckle a bit.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sunset in the City

Sunset in the City by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Sunset in the City"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

This collage is currently hanging in my "Collage Scapes" exhibit at NIH. I don't often work on landscape or cityscape pieces, so it was nice breaking away from what's familiar to me. I think I should try to do some new still life work in the future since I haven't really explored it all that much.

Things have been pretty busy these days. Then again, when are they not busy? I'm enjoying the cool weather while working away on my web work and commission work. I'm hoping to begin a few illustrations for my children's book relatively soon.

Anyway, I hope everyone is have a lovely week and a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bosty goes to Oxford

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

So what's next on Bosty's trip? Wandering the streets of Oxford. He figured that after seeing Cambridge, he might as well mosey over to another college town.

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

He spent a little time in the park, admiring the colorful trees of autumn. Hmm, how about a nice fall dip in the fountain?

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

Next he decided to go to a few touristy places. Being the Harry Potter fan he is, Bosty checked out a few areas where they filmed scenes from the Harry Potter movie.

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

Including the Great Hall. He felt like a wizard's hat was necessary for the occasion.

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

Then it was off to admire the architecture...

Bosty by collage artist Megan Coyle

And end the day with an English sunset.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Ragamuffin

Ragamuffin by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Ragamuffin"
Collage on mat board
5"x7"

Another addition to my cat series. This one looks a little silly - but I had fun putting the piece together nevertheless. I really enjoy making animal collages - there are so many animals that look like such characters.

My weekend has gone by quickly and it's been quite a productive one. I'm just about finished with a commissioned portrait and I also had a chance to deliver a piece that sold the other day. And now I'm about to head off to work on making several new magnets to add to my Etsy shop. Hope everyone else is having a marvelous weekend!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Collage Scapes Exhibition

Collage Scapes by collage artist Megan Coyle

Today "Collage Scapes" opens at the East Alcove Gallery at NIH. The show will run from September 10th until November 5th, 2010. It features eight of my landscape and cityscape pieces. Of those eight, seven were completed within the past couple of months - so the majority of the work is fairly new.

I decided I wanted to create new scapes for this exhibit since I have a tendency of focusing a lot on animal and portraiture collages. I wanted to change things up a bit and add a little more range to my portfolio. Landscapes and still life work is something that I don't often do, and I'm trying to incorporate more of these subjects into my work.

With "Collage Scapes," my goal is to capture the color in everyday settings. More specifically, I wanted to capture scenes that are familiar to me and present them in a different light.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Old Town Townhouses


"Old Town Townhouses"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

When I was working as a visiting artist this past summer, I did quite a bit of walking. It was about an hour walk to the local art center from my house - and I tried to make this trek twice a day (to the center and then back home) so I could get some exercise. So often I get cooped up inside making artwork or sitting in front of a computer. I felt it was necessary to force myself to get out and move about a little more.

On my walks, I'd take pictures from time to time to file away and use for future works of art. This collage was based on a series of photographs I took of the bright, colorful townhouses you can find on King Street in Old Town, Alexandria.

I don't typically do landscape and cityscapes (you've probably realized I'm more of a sucker for animal and portraiture pieces), however this was a collage I made for an upcoming show I'm having at NIH - it features landscape and cityscape collages. I'll post more pieces from the series later on.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Brown Bear

Brown Bear by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Brown Bear"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

I used a lot of texture for this one - I'm realizing that some days I'm in the mood to work with a lot of texture/fragments of images, while other times I like to focus on plain colors. This piece was inspired by a trip to the Natural History museum - I took a picture of one of their bears on display in an animal exhibit to use as a guide for the general outline of this bear. The background and shadowing were sort of made up as I went along.

I hope everyone is enjoying the first few days of September. I've been working away as usual, and I'm excited about a couple of commission pieces I have in my schedule. I've been working on a lot of animal and landscape collages, however both of my commissions are portraits. I sort of put portraiture aside after having two solo exhibits back to back this summer that showcased different work for each show. I was a little burnt out on using figures for my subjects, however now I'm rested up and ready to dive back in.

At the moment, my children's book and animation work is put on hold until I finish up my work with clients.