Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween

Pumpkin by collage artist Megan Coyle

Hope you're having a Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Washington Monument

Washington Monument by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Washington Monument"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

This is the last piece I'm posting from the NIH "Collage Scapes" exhibition. It was inspired by another stroll around DC in the fall. I'm realizing that I've only ever done collages of three distinct buildings in DC. I hope to do some more sometime in the future. However, for now, it's time to keep focused and finish a few large projects on my plate. If you're trying to do too many things all at once, it's difficult to get anything done.

Anyway, I'm excited that Halloween is coming up. I'm not one who likes dressing up in costumes, however I still think it's a fun time of the year. Lots of fun food and sweets. And hopefully no new cavities. I'm also looking forward to going to the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert rally this weekend. Yes, there's going to be a lot to do in the next couple of days. I might even sneak in a few more hours of art-making.

I hope everyone had a great week!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bosty goes to London

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

Bosty ended his England vacation with a trip to London. First up? A ride on the London Eye.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

Then off to the British Museum - Bosty wanted to pose for the camera in front of the museum. After all, Hitchcock did film a scene there. The building's practically a celebrity to Bosty.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

And he just had to stop by Buckingham palace to say hello to the queen. He felt quite at home at the palace - the longer he toured the halls, the more he felt like royalty.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

While wandering the streets, Bosty would run up to red telephone booths and press his nose against the glass. He'd look inside to see if anyone was making a phone call.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

Piccadilly by night reminded him of NYC. Bright lights and lots of people kept him busy - he liked running up to greet every stranger that walked by.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

Some evenings Bosty would perch by the Thames to watch the London skyline as the sun set.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

While during the day he'd chase after double-decker buses and cars driving on the left side of the road.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

Before leaving the city, Bosty had to say good-bye to Big Ben. Then he walked off, thinking about where he'd head next. Perhaps New York City? London did remind him of that big city back in the States.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kitty in the City

Kitty in the City by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Kitty in the City"
Collage on paper
7"x5"

Had another go at a cat collage. This one sort of fell together, which is always a good sign. I enjoyed putting together this little guy and adding the fragments of images of buildings in the background.

Recently I started watching quite a few animation video tutorials. I'm itching to get started on an animated collage. However, you can't always do everything at once, so I'll have to be patient and wait until I have some more free time to devote to a new project. For now, I'm off to work on a commission and a couple of illustrations.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Downtown Cafe

Downtown Cafe by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Downtown Cafe"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

Like "Old Town Townhouses," this particular collage was inspired by a walk around Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. It's also another piece that's currently on display in my NIH exhibit. I really like using reds in my cityscape pieces - with colorful brick buildings and brick sidewalks.

I'm still working away on my children's book illustrations. I'm almost a third of the way done - I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's all complete. I'm also about to get started on another commission portrait. Things have been busy but good.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Autumn Afternoons

Autumn Afternoons by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Autumn Afternoons"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

This piece was inspired by a walk around a DC park in the fall. It was part of my recent scapes series, however I didn't put it in my current NIH show. A lot of my landscape/cityscape collages are pretty abstract - I like focusing on using a lot of textures and bright colors. This piece is also reminding me that I need to get started on creating a background for the collaborative animation project I worked on with my brother.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bosty goes to Windsor

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

Bosty caught the train to Windsor. He spent the beginning of the day window shopping.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

Then he headed over to the castle to go on a tour. Since it was a dreary day, he thought he'd rather spend it inside and pretend that he was royalty.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

He found some guards marching along one of the pathways. He followed behind them, pretending he was one of them.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

He climbed up to one of the castle's look-outs to take a look at the beautiful sights below.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

And he had to get his picture taken by some of the beautiful architecture.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by collage artist Megan Coyle

And he knew his trip to England wouldn't be complete without an up-close picture of Bosty with a guard.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dachshund Strolling in the Park

Dachshund Strolling in the Park

"Dachshund Strolling in the Park"
Collage on paper
5"x7"

I decided to make another dog collage - another day another dachshund. I really enjoy making animal collages and plan to start creating more narrative scenes with animals. Often I just focus on the little critter and add a plain background. Right now the children's book I'm working on is about a couple of animals. I've really enjoyed creating more narrative scenes for the creatures, and so I'd like to work on expanding this area of my art.

Anyway, I'm off to run some weekend errands, enjoy the lovely weather in DC, and then work on some more artwork. Hope everyone's having a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tree in the Park

Tree in the Park by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Tree in the Park"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

Inspired from a stroll in the park during a sunny summer day. This is another piece that's up at the NIH "Collage Scapes" exhibition. Which reminds me, I'll be stopping by the show to take some installation pictures that I'll post somewhat soon.

Things are pretty busy these days. I recently finished a commissioned portrait and I'll post the progress pictures of that soon. I'm really enjoying the work I'm doing on my children's book - I'm on illustration number three thus far. Unfortunately I won't be posting that work - although you'll get a glimpse of the book when it's nearly complete.

And now I'm inspired to get going with some more illustrations. This cold fall weather makes me want to curl up with some hot green tea and cut and paste away. Hope you're having a lovely week in October.