Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mallard Duck

Mallard Duck by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Mallard Duck"
Collage on paper
9"x12"

I had a lot of fun with this one - I focused mainly on texture and tried to stay away from solid colors (although I still went ahead and added a few solid color shapes to this). I didn't take any progress pictures of the "Mallard Duck," because I was in the zone while working on him. After I completed this piece, I realized that it may have been inspired by all the mallard ducks I collaged for Duck & Fish.

So in my last post I mentioned we had an earthquake here. Then this weekend we had a hurricane alert for Irene. I heard lots of people swarmed the stores for milk and bread, although I stocked up on books and green tea to read my way through the storm. Turns out it only lasted a day, and it wasn't that bad at all. Just got a bit of rain and strong winds. The only casualty was our grill that got knocked over, but no damage was done to anything near us. Hope everyone else stayed safe during the storm!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Red Coffee Cup

Red Coffee Cup by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Red Coffee Cup"
Collage on mat board
5"x7"

I completed this piece a while ago and then I put a stack of magazines on it and forgot about it. While sifting through magazines as I worked on piecing together another collage, I found this one again. It was only made with coated paper, and for some reason the solid colors didn't look right. So I went ahead and started cutting out bits and pieces of texture from magazines until the collage looked like the image above. Temporarily losing this work of art helped me in the end - I was able to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes and make adjustments that made the collage more colorful.

In other news...did you hear? D.C. felt an earthquake yesterday. I thought it was construction and didn't think twice, but when folks started evacuating from all the buildings on the street, I decided I should follow suit. It was strange feeling the floor beneath me shaking. Reminds me of the earthquake we had last year - which was much smaller than yesterday's. Last year, I stayed up until five o'clock in the morning working on a project - felt my chair vibrating and saw my computer monitor shaking, thought I must be hallucinating from sleep deprivation and decided to call it a night and go to sleep. Didn't realize what had happened until I read the news the next day. Craziness.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill
Bosty decided to join us on our trip to Lexington, North Carolina for my "Out of the Wild" group exhibit. He really wanted to check out Chapel Hill - so we were on the road again.

We ran into a bit of traffic getting out of Washington, D.C., which made Bosty a little impatient.

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill
But eventually we made it to Chapel Hill. First stop? Crook's Corner for a bite to eat. Bosty really wanted to go there because of the pig on the roof. He thinks they should call it "Bosty's Corner" with a mini sculpture of him on the top.

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill
We ordered some good 'old shrimp and grits. When we weren't watching our plates, Bosty decided to sample our food. He had quite a few samples by the end of the meal.

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill
He liked the decor of the courtyard - they had lots of bamboo that made him feel like he was lounging in a jungle.

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill
The next day we strolled around UNC's campus. Bosty decided that all my snapshots weren't picturesque unless he starred in them.

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill
He got a little too excited when we walked by a construction site. Bosty really wanted to play on all the trucks and machines. We didn't want him horsing around there, so we decided to call it a day for this dog.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Out of the Wild Installation

Megan Coyle collage artist
The other day we drove down to Lexington, North Carolina to install my artwork for the "Out of the Wild" exhibit. Seven of my animal collages will be on display from August 16th until December 12th at Davidson County Community College.

Megan Coyle collage artist
The artwork is installed in the lobby of the Mendenhall Administration Building.

Megan Coyle collage artist
Five of my collages are on the first floor. Above is a picture of Ben and myself - he was a big help with installing and shipping my artwork.

Megan Coyle collage artist
Then here's the staircase that goes to the second floor where you can find two more of my collages.

Megan Coyle collage artist
Megan Coyle collage artist
Megan Coyle collage artist
The exhibit coordinator is in the process of putting together a display of all the artists' postcards for the show. There's a total of nine artists in the juried exhibit.

Megan Coyle collage artist
After installing the show, I took a quick snapshot of the exterior of the building where the exhibit will be held. It was one busy day!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Purple Beagle

Purple Beagle by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Purple Beagle"
Collage on mat board
5"x7"

Another day, another doggie collage.

Purple Beagle by collage artist Megan Coyle

Lately I've been dabbling with some film work - figuring out how to work with editing, lighting, etc. Perhaps sometime in the future I'll tackle a few collage-related film pieces. We shall see...

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a glorious week - and happy-almost-Friday!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Opening for MiniSolos

Collage artist Megan Coyle at MiniSolos
Last night was the opening reception for the "MiniSolos" exhibition at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC. The exhibit runs from August 4th until the 27th, and features the work of 37 area artists. I was pleased to be a part of this group exhibition. Above is a quick snapshot of myself in front of my artwork in the show.

Collage artist Megan Coyle at MiniSolos
Above and below are images of my artwork in the show. Since all the artwork was hung salon-style, I didn't want to crowd my wall space so I only included three collages framed in 16"x20" frames. The collages in the show included "One, Two, Three Giraffes," "Goldfish Pond," and "Koala Bear."

Collage artist Megan Coyle at MiniSolos
The opening was pretty packed - quite a few folks were perusing the artwork and even mingling right by the main entrance on the sidewalk outside.

It's been a busy couple of days. Soon I'm going to start thinking about different ways to promote my book Duck & Fish - once all my exhibit work is finished up in the next couple of months I'll have some more time. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great weekend!