Sunday, July 31, 2011

Select Works from Duck & Fish

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle
Today was a busy day of installing artwork. The exhibit "Select Works from Duck & Fish" at Arlington Central Library went up as well as a couple of group exhibits. "Select Works from Duck & Fish" features nine of the collages that were created to illustrate my first children's book, Duck & Fish. We managed to install the exhibit fairly quickly. Above you can see an image of five of the pieces side-by-side.

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle
Here's the collage from the first page of the book - "Duck Meets Fish."

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle
"Duck Talks About Flying" next to "Fish Talks About the Ocean."

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle
There's a bit of a glare here, but the collage on the left is "Fish Dreams of Flying, Duck Dreams of Swimming" next to "Duck Goes Sightseeing in the Ocean."

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle
"Duck Meets the Creatures of the Ocean Floor" next to "Fish Runs into a Flock of Geese."

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle
"Fish Flies Over an Airport"

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle
And the last collage in the exhibit, "Duck and Fish Say Goodbye."

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle
It was nice that a couple folks were curious about my artwork as the show was installed, and they asked me a couple questions about the artwork. I was able to tell them a bit more about how the pieces were made and that they are illustrations from my first children's book.

Aside from stopping by Arlington Central Library today, we also made a visit to Touchstone Gallery to drop of my work for the "MiniSolos" show and dropped off a couple of pieces for the Gallery without Walls Del Ray Artisans' exhibit. The Del Ray Artisans decided to extend the "Made in the U.S.A." exhibit by having selected pieces displayed in a local business.

So all in all, it was a very busy and productive day. I'm looking forward to an upcoming week of art making.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Poised Blue Dachshund

Poised Blue Dachshund by Megan Coyle

"Poised Blue Dachshund"
Collage on mat board
5"x7"

Poised Blue Dachshund by Megan Coyle

Here's one of my latest animal collages. After spending a couple months away from working on portraits, it's been a bit difficult getting the hang of things again. So my current portrait has been a bit of a struggle this weekend. I'm hoping to have it finished somewhat soon, but we shall see...

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was unusually hot here in D.C. - I spent most of the weekend dodging the heat indoors but went on a couple of walks. I'm looking forward to the coolness of fall.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Preview of Duck & Fish



I'm pleased to announce that my first children's book, Duck & Fish, is now available for sale in my online store. It is available in two sizes - landscape and square. It's amazing to think that after all that time of revising, editing, and planning, the story is now complete. Above you can preview the first few pages of the book.

And to celebrate the book's release, I'm also having an upcoming solo exhibit that features some of the story's illustrations - "Select Works from Duck & Fish."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Opening for Collage: Painting with Paper

Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening
I just received some photos from the opening of my current solo show, "Collage: Painting with Paper," which took place on July 7th. I'll have to swing by the space again sometime soon to take some installation pictures.

Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening
Some of the guests mingling - I'm in the background here. We had a great turn-out and it was definitely a fun evening.

Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening
Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening
Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening
Here I am talking to one of the guests.

Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening
And here's my artist talk - I gave an overview of my process and then had a Q and A.

Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening
Here are some of the guests listening to the talk.

It was a fun night! And I was surprised to see that my brother made the trip all the way from NYC for the opening. Anyway, now I'm off to get started on planning my next show. Whew, always busy!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Neighing Neighbor

The Neighing Neighbor

"The Neighing Neighbor"
Collage on paper
9"x12"

And here's the completed collage. The other day I got started on another portrait collage which is coming along nicely - I'm hoping to take more progress pictures of it than I did with this one.

Also, recently I heard that several of my animal collages were accepted into a group juried exhibition in North Carolina. It looks like I'll have another road trip fairly soon. Bosty might even tag along.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Progress Picture #1: The Neighing Neighbor

The Neighing Neighbor by collage artist Megan Coyle
I finally got started on a new collage piece - this is a 9"x12" sketch for a collage called "The Neighing Neighbor." After spending a lot of time editing my book and working on upcoming exhibitions, it'll be nice to take a break and actually get cracking on some artwork.

Recently I had an opening for my solo show "Collage: Painting with Paper." Some pictures and video were taken during the event and I'll post them once they are sent my way.

I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. Today we had such lovely weather in DC - it was a nice day for a stroll.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Interviewed on Creative Mojo

Creative Mojo Logo
On July 6th I got to experience my first live radio interview. I was definitely a bit nervous about going on a show where I had no idea what questions I would get asked. I suppose I have a tendency of liking the process of being overly prepared and have something already rehearsed and ready to go. And I have to admit, I didn't tell anyone when I was going on the air since I wasn't sure how it would pan out. Nevertheless, it was a great experience and I'm glad I did it.

I was on Toginet.com's live broadcast of Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, a show dedicated to the modern crafter and crafting lifestyle. Mark was a pretty hilarious interviewer - can't you just tell from this fabulous photo of him?

Mark Lipinski
Here are some related links:

Mark's blog about the episode
The Creative Mojo website
Download the episode for free from iTunes

Megan Coyle collage artist

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Published in Somerset Studio Magazine

Megan Coyle in Somerset Studio Magazine
I finally got my hands on a copy of the July/August issues of Somerset Studio magazine - it took a little while to find a Barnes & Noble near me that restocked their Somerset Studio magazines with the latest issue.

Megan Coyle in Somerset Studio Magazine
I was pretty excited to see that they featured three of my collages - "The New York Diner," "Commuters," and "Sunset in the City."

Megan Coyle in Somerset Studio Magazine
It definitely made my day seeing my work in print. It's times like this that make me feel grateful and excited about being an artist.

Megan Coyle in Somerset Studio Magazine
Anyway, I'm off to work on planning a few future collages. I've been bad about working on studio art since life has been crazy busy these days, but I'm hoping to start up a few more projects somewhat soon.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Made in the U.S.A.

Megan Coyle Made in the USA exhibit
Yesterday I did some gallery sitting for the Del Ray Artisans. They currently have their "Made in the U.S.A." exhibition on display. The show runs from July 1st until the 22nd, and features artwork inspired by U.S. people, places, and things. As usual, I had to take a few installation pictures of my collages in the exhibit - "Lincoln Memorial" and "Washington Monument."

Megan Coyle Made in the USA exhibit
Megan Coyle Made in the USA exhibit
There's a bit of a funny story behind my two pieces in this show. Apparently the labels got mixed up so that "Lincoln Memorial" was beside the Washington Monument while "Washington Monument" was beside the Lincoln Memorial. Apparently lots of visitors noticed this mix-up and kept approaching the gallery sitters to let them know that the labels needed to be fixed. The curator wasn't sure if I wanted the labels to be this way - if I was trying to prove some sort of point. Eventually they switched them so the collages were properly labeled. It was pretty amusing to hear how many people took note of the mistake and almost demanded that the labels get fixed on the spot.

Megan Coyle Made in the USA exhibit
Megan Coyle Made in the USA exhibit
Above is an image of the gallery with the "Made in the U.S.A." artwork on display.

Made in the USA Del Ray Artisans Exhibit
And this is the ad that is being used to advertise the exhibit.

I hope everyone is having a Happy Fourth of July! The Del Ray Artisans exhibit is definitely very fitting for the holiday.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Published in Somerset Studio Magazine

Megan Coyle published in Somerset Studio Magazine
My artwork is featured inside Somerset Studio magazine's July/August issue - in an article called "Painting with Paper." Wanda Edwards, another paper collage artist, is also featured in the article. Somerset Studio is a national magazine that focuses on paper crafting and mixed media art. You can order a copy online through Stampington & Company's website, or you can swing by your local Barnes & Noble and pickup the magazine at the newsstand. Below is the table of contents from the issue.

Megan Coyle published in Somerset Studio Magazine
I have yet to get my hands on a copy - but once I do, I'll go ahead and post a couple preview images. It was a lovely surprise to hear that I was inside the July/August issue. I'm pretty excited to see how everything looks in print.