Monday, January 31, 2011

Experiment 1: Non-Objective Art

Experiment 1 - Nonobjective Art by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Experiment 1: Non-Objective"
Collage on paper

These past couple of days I've been doing some planning for my workshop in April. Part of my prep work includes coming up with projects that the class will work on and creating my own samples to share with the students. I've decided that one technique I'll share is creating non-objective art with magazine strips. I never create abstract pieces myself, but I decided to give it a go with this small collage.

At the moment, I'm also working on a small portrait piece. I'll share an image of that collage once it's complete.

Hope everyone had a happy January! Can't believe it's already been 2011 for a month!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Nancy Pelosi"
Collage on mat board

And here's the finished piece - as you can see it's much different than the first progress picture. When my client reviewed progress images of this one, she decided she wanted Nancy wearing a dark jacket instead of blue. She also made a few suggestions here and there. Her feedback was pretty helpful with shaping this into a Nancy portrait that looks more like Nancy.

I'm kind of excited about the idea of making a series of political leader collages, especially since I live in the DC area. We shall see how that goes when I get to it...

And now I'm off to work on my children's book illustrations as well as another portrait for a client. It's snowing like crazy outside - good weather for staying in and making artwork!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Nature's Human Exhibition

Into the Woods by collage artist Megan Coyle
Today the exhibition "Nature's Human" opened at Eastern Kentucky University's Giles Gallery. Two of my pieces are currently on display there - "Into the Woods" (pictured above) and "Riverside Loungers" (see below). Both pieces were initially created for one of my solo exhibitions last year - "Stories in Paper." The artwork in this national juried exhibition comes from a variety of artists and was created from quite a range of materials. All the pieces focus on the theme of humans and nature.

Riverside Loungers by collage artist Megan Coyle

A couple weeks ago I made the trek to Richmond, Kentucky to drop off my collages. I wanted to check out the gallery space and get a feel for the area. I'm glad I did, but I'm also glad I made arrangements to have the work shipped back to me after the show. It was a fairly long trip after all.

I was a little nervous about making the arrangements for shipping since I'm always concerned about the safety of my artwork. My "Nature's Human" collages are the largest size I currently work in - both are 18"x24" - and I have never shipped a piece that large before. However, after dropping by the UPS store, buying lots of bubble wrap, and getting a prepaid label that included insurance to cover the value of the collages, I felt a little more comfortable.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Progress Picture #1: Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi by collage artist Megan Coyle

Here's the first stage of a Nancy Pelosi portrait I did a couple months ago. As you can see, the piece is a bit abstract and doesn't look exactly like her quite yet. When I start collaging portraits, I first block out the color and then come back in with layers of paper to work in more detail. I'll post the finished collage in a couple of days so you can see how much different my work looks once it's complete.

I'm thinking I might do a series of politicians sometime in the future. Looks like yet another item to add to my "to do" list.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Megan Coyle Collage Thoughts

So many ideas and so little time! I better hurry up so I can capture them all on paper! Or should I say "in" paper?

My desk is covered in slips of paper - all my "to do" lists. I'm anxious to start quite a few projects and finish them soon, but there's only so many hours in the day. Thus I'm focusing on just a couple of things for now.

I'm continuing to work away on my book but I have a couple of other projects coming up that I haven't mentioned before. A client of mine contacted me about donating my services for a silent auction for an organization called The Cure Starts Now. TCSN raises money for pediatric brain cancer research. I've lost a few family members to different types of cancer, and I couldn't think of any other type of organization I'd want to donate my work to. So it looks like I'll be donating a custom work of art for the first time in the next few months.

Anyway, I'm off to turn my collage thoughts into actual collages.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Kentucky Exhibition

Photo by Megan Coyle

This weekend I took a long trek to Kentucky to check out Giles Gallery for the "Nature's Human" exhibition where a couple of my pieces are going to be on display. Above is an image I took out the car window as we drove towards Richmond, Kentucky.

Photo by Megan Coyle

The show doesn't start until the 24th, so I wasn't able to see the work installed on the walls but I did get a chance to check out the gallery space. Above is the front of the building on Eastern Kentucky University's campus where you can find the gallery.

Photo by Megan Coyle

I really liked the contrast of all the dark fences we drove by and the snow covered fields.

Photo by Megan Coyle

We stopped by a distillery where I took a few artsy pictures - I liked a lot of the texture on the walls and floors of the buildings.

Photo by Megan Coyle

Photo by Megan Coyle

Photo by Megan Coyle

After touring the distillery, they had plenty of coffee to warm us up.

Photo by Megan Coyle

And after a quick weekend of delivering artwork, arranging for the work to be shipped back to me in Virginia (because goodness me, it's quite a trip out there!), and touring around the crafts city of Berea, we headed home.

I have a feeling that Bosty might be jealous of my trip and may have to pay Kentucky a visit sometime soon...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bosty goes to Charlottesville

Bosty goes to Charlottesville by collage artist Megan Coyle

Bosty decided to go on a trip to enjoy the vineyards and landscape of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bosty goes to Charlottesville by collage artist Megan Coyle

He stayed at the Clifton Inn

Bosty goes to Charlottesville by collage artist Megan Coyle

and enjoyed lounging around on his room's deck.

Bosty goes to Charlottesville by collage artist Megan Coyle

He liked the rustic decor - although the room was also decorated with a few birdcages. They reminded him a little too much of a pet shop.

Bosty goes to Charlottesville by collage artist Megan Coyle

And after a lazy day, he ran outside to catch the sunset.

Bosty goes to Charlottesville by collage artist Megan Coyle

Later in the week, Bosty decided to take a look at UVA's campus. He dressed up for the occasion in a colonial hat...

Bosty goes to Charlottesville by collage artist Megan Coyle

Bosty sure does love Jeffersonian architecture!

Bosty goes to Charlottesville by collage artist Megan Coyle

He ended his trip by strolling through some countryside pastures.

Pink Coffee Cup

Pink Coffee Cup by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Pink Coffee Cup"
Collage on mat board (coated paper)

Since I have focused a lot of time on my children's book illustrations, I've decided to strive to complete a couple small collages every week. That way I can break up my illustration work a bit and continue to explore other subjects and compositions. The piece above is something I completed last night. Instead of working with magazine strips like I usually do, I used coated paper. The paper was pretty thick which forced me to work with fewer strips and it simplified the look of the finished piece. This exercise reminds me that I should start thinking about projects for the workshop I'm running in April. I know that April seems a ways away, although it will get here before I know it...

Friday, January 7, 2011


Shelby by collage artist Megan Coyle

Collage on paper

Here's the finished piece. My client gave this collage to his wife as a Christmas gift. I was happy to hear that it was well received. This dog sure looked pretty cute - in all the reference photos the client sent me, Shelby had her tongue hanging out.

Anyway, I'm off to enjoy the weekend. I'm going to work away on my children's book illustrations - and I must say, it's pretty difficult being secretive about my book since I'm so used to sharing my progress pictures, etc. The only image from the project I plan to post is the cover art once I've finished it. I'm half-way done with the book - can't wait until it's finished and ready for print. I'm excited to share it - even though it's got a ways to go.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Progress Picture #3: Shelby

Shelby by collage artist Megan Coyle

Here's the next stage: Shelby's just about finished although her background needs a bit more work. Also her face needs to be slightly reshaped and her tongue is just a pencil sketch at the moment. I'll post the finished image later this week.

I hope everyone had a Happy New Year! I had a busy but fun holiday. Lots of food and lots of work. I was happy that I finished all my commissions in time for the holidays in December, although once that was over, I plunged into working on my book.

Any New Year's resolutions? I keep mentioning in my newsletters and blog that I want to do some animation and video work. So I've decided that I'll stop talking about it and actually get started on some video work this year. I'd also like to work on animations, but we shall see. I don't want to bite off too much more than I can chew! (Although I do have a tendency of doing that)