Thursday, June 30, 2011

Duck & Fish Stickers and the Giveaway Winners

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle
Whew! It has been one busy month! I'm currently waiting to receive my proof copy of Duck & Fish in the mail before I make the book available to everyone - I want to make sure everything looks as it should. Lately I've been giving out Duck & Fish stickers (see above) to my clients. I used moo.com to put together these sticker packs - and they've been great since they give folks a sneak peek of a few illustrations from the book.

And in other news, yesterday I drew the names of the winners of my Duck & Fish book giveaway contest - Rachel from Minnesota and Christine from California are the winners. The giveaway received quite a response from people and I'm planning to run more giveaways in the future - they will be announced on my blog when the time comes. So if you weren't a winner this time, you'll have more chances in the future.

Anyway, I'm off to work on some more planning for my upcoming exhibition. Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer thus far!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Collage: Painting with Paper

Blue Rhino by collage artist Megan Coyle
Front view

Collage: Painting with Paper Megan Coyle Exhibit
Back view

I just received the order of postcards for my upcoming solo show at RedRocks - Collage: Painting with Paper. The show will run from July 1st until the 31st, with an opening reception on July 7th. You can see from the postcard images above that the featured image is a collage called "Blue Rhino." I've probably mentioned how I have a tendency of liking all things blue. And when I'm tired of incorporating blue into realistic scenes, I like to use arbitrary color so I can use blue for all different kinds of animals.

At the moment I'm dealing with the mad rush to get things done for the exhibit. Solo shows can be a bit stressful with all the marketing involved, although at the same time, once you manage to pull off everything it's such a rewarding feeling. But I must admit, it's a bit of a relief that my next solo show won't occur until the beginning of next year (more time for planning it!).

In other news, I'm pleased to announce that I'm putting the finishing touches on my children's book. It should be ready for print this weekend!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Studio Update: Projects and Upcoming Solo Show

The Artist from a Distance by Megan Coyle
I've been itching to begin work on another batch of collages - it's been tough focusing on editing my book, but it will be well-worth it when it's complete. I've especially been wanting to begin work on new artwork since several pieces sold recently - including the above "The Artist from a Distance." It's time to start cranking out more artwork!

Aside from book work, I'm beginning to come up with ideas for future works of art. First I'd like to work on another set of animal collages. Perhaps I'll stop by the National Zoo sometime soon to find some inspiration.

I'd also like to film a collage being pieced together from start to finish. I'll start this project off by testing it out on a smaller collage. Then hopefully I can figure out how to speed up the footage, and ta-da! I'll upload it to the web for all to view. I'm very much interested in sharing more of my process with everyone.

And I'm beginning to work on selecting artwork for my exhibit at RedRocks which is part of the Firebricks & Frames exhibition series. I've designed and ordered postcards for the exhibit (fingers crossed - hopefully they'll arrive in the mail soon!) which I'll post soon. The show will open on July 1st, so it will be here before I know it! Anyway, off I go - there's lots to do!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Drawing Inspiration from the Figure

Drawing Inspiration from the Figure
This weekend I stopped by the Del Ray Artisans to check out the "Drawing Inspiration from the Figure" group exhibition. My collage "Man at the Market" is currently on display at the show. The exhibit opened on June 3rd and will run until the 26th.

Man at the Market collage by Megan Coyle
Above is an image of my collage on display.

Man at the Market collage by Megan Coyle
And here's another angle of it.

Things are slowly but surely coming together with my children's book, Duck & Fish. At the moment I'm working through a few more revisions. Once I'm finished with a couple more rounds of editing, it should be complete. Aside from my book work, I've been busy planning future exhibitions.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great weekend and a Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Firebricks & Frames Exhibition Series

Firebricks and Frames Exhibition Series
Front view

Firebricks and Frames Exhibition Series
Back view

A couple months ago I heard that I was accepted to be part of a new exhibition series in the area – “The Firebricks & Frames” exhibition series. The series is managed by Gallery Thirteen and RedRocks. From June until December of this year, a different artist will be featured every month. The art exhibitions and receptions will be hosted by RedRocks but planned and organized by Gallery Thirteen. Above is the postcard for the series - my "Blue Rhino" collage is the image I'm using to advertise my solo show.

Tonight we’re having a launch party for the series. I’m going to be the featured artist for July, so I won’t have any work up during the launch party, although I will have an opening reception during the first week of July when my work is installed.

In other news, it will be a little while before I have any blog posts up with new artwork. I haven’t gotten around to making new work since I started revising my children’s book and working on marketing upcoming shows. So much to do, so little time…but soon I’ll have some time to devote to art making. More to come later!

Anyway, I’m off to celebrate with other artists at the launch party!

Friday, June 3, 2011

My First Children's Book: Duck & Fish - and a Giveaway

Duck and Fish written and illustrated by Megan Coyle
So here it is folks, the cover art for my first children's book - Duck & Fish. It's currently undergoing some editing, but I hope to have it completed relatively soon. I was pretty excited about putting this all together. It all began last fall with a couple of sketches and a rough draft of the story, and gradually, whenever I had a spare moment in between commissions and exhibition work, I would work on piecing together the illustrations and refine the storyline.

Duck & Fish tells the tale of a mallard duck who meets a flying fish at the beach. The two animals tell one another about the joys of flying in the sky or swimming underwater. Once they go their separate ways, Fish finds himself imagining what it would be like to fly while Duck ponders life underwater. What would happen if they could live such different lives?

To celebrate the release of my self-published book, I'm running a giveaway. You can enter for a chance to win a free copy of my book - the giveaway ends June 28th and the winners will be announced on June 30th. The giveaway is now closed and the winners have been announced.

Megan Coyle with Duck and Fish
And of course I couldn't resist Photoshopping a picture of myself to include the two stars of the book - Duck and Fish.