Friday, December 30, 2011

Reflections on 2011

I Heart Art by Megan Coyle
2011 has been a wonderful year, filled with lots of firsts. I'm so grateful that I get to do what I love every day. So, to celebrate the upcoming year, here are 12 things that occurred this past year:

Duck and Fish by Megan Coyle
1) Finished illustrating and writing my first children's book, Duck & Fish

2) Had my first radio interview

Fields by Megan Coyle
3) Was published for the first time in a national craft magazine - Somerset Studio

4) Had one of my collages published in a major newspaper for the first time - the Washington Post.

5) First time having my artwork appear on a celebrity's website - Conan O'Brien

6) My artwork was accepted to be published in a book on Flower Art - which will be my first art book publication.

7) Created an education section for my website. Every year, students and teachers contact me to get more information about my artwork and process, so I figured I'd make things easier for them by creating an education section. I made sure to include process pictures, online lesson plans, and even matching games and puzzles for younger kids.

Meet the Bostons by Megan Coyle

8) First time having my artwork make an appearance on TV - even though it was only shown briefly, and on a local news station in North Carolina, it still counts :)

9) Donated a work of art for the first time to a nonprofit called The Cure Starts Now.

10) Created my first series of text collages called "Art for Everyone."

11) Ran my first day-long collage workshop

Green Coffee Cup by Megan Coyle
12) Lots of traveling for exhibits - solo show in Jasper, IN; group exhibit in Richmond, Kentucky; group exhibit in Lexington, NC

Overall, I'm grateful I had so many opportunities this year. I'm excited to see what 2012 will bring. And I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Grandfather and Grandson

Grandfather and Grandson by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Grandfather and Grandson"
Collage on paper

Here's one of the holiday commissions I completed a couple months ago. My client wanted me to make a collage of her friend with his grandson. Since this piece wasn't the smallest size I work in, it wasn't as difficult to collage two figures on the 9"x12" area. However, since 9"x12" is still somewhat small, it was a bit of a challenge to get the likeness down properly for the grandson. I did have a bit of fun collaging all those colorful badges on the grandfather's jacket.

I have a few more collages that I completed this year that I'll post in the next couple of weeks. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great December!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bosty Gets Pancakes at Chapel Hill

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill by Megan Coyle
Bosty outdid himself this time - he made the trek all the way to Chapel Hill, NC to get himself a big stack of pancakes at his favorite cafe, Crook's.

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill by Megan Coyle
Then he met me for a stroll around town. He liked getting in the way whenever I took artsy pictures. Or any pictures, really.

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill by Megan Coyle
After an hour, Bosty headed back to Crook's for another helping of pancakes. I joined him for a cup of coffee. Brrr, it gets cold in Carolina in December.

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill by Megan Coyle
Later he helped me uninstall my artwork in Lexington, NC from the "Out of the Wild" exhibit. The show had animal artwork and a taxidermy collection. So we decided to pose beside the animals.

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill by Megan Coyle
Bosty wasn't sure if he liked posing around the wildcats. They looked a little too big and fierce.

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill by Megan Coyle
And he wasn't convinced that I looked like I was running when I posed next to the galloping zebra. That Bosty is a tough one to please!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's All About the Little Things Group Exhibit

Its All About the Little Things Exhibit
This weekend I did some gallery sitting for the Del Ray Artisans' group exhibit, "It's All About the Little Things." I took a few pictures of my pieces that are up in the exhibit - above and below you can see images of my "Mr. Quackers," "Scottish Terrier," and "Ragamuffin" mini collages. The show featured small works of art by local artists.

Its All About the Little Things Exhibit
The last day of the exhibit is actually today. And then the next show on my plate is a solo show in Manassas, Virginia in February.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Studio Update: Art Equals Joy

Art Equals Joy by collage artist Megan Coyle
"Art Equals Joy"
Collage on paper

So things have been pretty busy these days. I know I keep saying that - I suppose life keeps getting busier and busier because of all the new projects I start tackling all at once. At the moment, I've finished my last bit of holiday commission work (I'll post images of the commissioned pieces after the holidays). I'm also steadily working on a couple of collaborations and will post images from those projects somewhat soon. And aside from that, I've been busy applying to exhibitions and planning my upcoming exhibitions.

Anyway, I need to start making a few new collages since after all, art = joy. And as always, I'll post progress pictures of those when I get to it.

I hope everyone is having a lovely December!