Thursday, December 20, 2012

My Blog Has Moved

I recently decided to tackle the project of updating/redesigning my entire portfolio website. As a result, I had to move the location of my blog. I'm still working on editing the blog's layout, but in order to follow all future blog posts, please update your bookmarks to www.mcoyle.com/blog

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Downtown Shopping

Downtown Shopping by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Downtown Shopping"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

It's always interesting comparing my finished collages to the pictures of the sketches I did. The work of art really does change through the whole process. And it seems to change a little with every layer of paper added. Anyway, you can see that this piece is more colorful than the previous landscape/cityscape collages I've done in this series - which have more earth tones. I suppose I was getting a little tired of working with grays, browns, blues, and greens, and had fun changing things up.

Anyway, I'm off to do some late-night art-making. And happy almost-December!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Downtown Shopping

Downtown Shopping by collage artist Megan Coyle

I enjoy collaging townhouses because I usually get to incorporate lots of color in the compositions. Here's the sketch I did for yet another row of houses, or rather a row of shops. This was inspired by a stroll down King Street in Old Town Alexandria.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful for the Creative Life

Fall Squash by collage artist Megan Coyle

About four years ago I graduated from undergraduate school not knowing what I'd do with my degree in English and Art. I immediately began intensely working on artwork while I experienced the whole job searching process at a time when our economy had seen better days. Working on artwork helped me relax and keep my focus elsewhere.

Now, I'm amazed how far I've come in just a few years. I've had several solo shows under my belt, my artwork published in national publications, exhibits in several different states, and wrote and illustrated a children's book. I'm incredibly thankful that I now have two collages that are in the permanent collection at a museum. And I am so grateful that I'm able to do what I love everyday. I have a wonderful job where I get to work with design and technology, and I'm able to fund all my creative endeavors. As a result, I'm able to experiment more with my work and explore a variety of areas that I'm interested in. I'm thankful that my web presence has helped me share my artwork with people all over the country and around the world.

I'm thankful for my champions - for my significant other who gives me the push I need whenever an opportunity comes my way, and takes vacation days so he can drive with me to my exhibits in other states (so I don't have to travel alone). For my friends and family who have supported and collected my artwork over the years. For my clients who help spread the word of my work.

I'm so fortunate for all the good that's in my life. I am so lucky to have such a busy and creative life.


And I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

National Gallery

National Gallery by collage artist Megan Coyle

"National Gallery"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

My new landscape/cityscape series has given me an opportunity to intensely study my gray color palette surroundings in DC. When I decided to collage the National Gallery, I realized I needed to change things up a bit. Thus I created a composition where you can see bits of the building behind several trees. This added a little more color, and made the layout more interesting to tackle.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Woods

The Woods by collage artist Megan Coyle

"The Woods"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

There's a lot of gray in DC, which has worked its way into several of my cityscape collages. So I decided to change things up in my series a bit by doing another natural landscape. There are clumps of natural landscape here and there around the city, and I based this piece off of a series of photographs I took. I had fun incorporating a lot of texture in the ground.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Paddle Boating

Paddle Boating by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Paddle Boating"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

Inspired by a warmer day in DC when the tourists were out paddle boating. I like collaging water - it's fun using so much color and working with reflection. I also like how abstract water is. It gives me a bit of variety as far as my subject matter goes.

Anyway, I'm off to enjoy the weekend. I hope everyone is having a happy November thus far!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Lincoln Memorial"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

And my DC cityscape/landscape series continues...I'm getting close to the end of this series, just a few more to go. I'm currently working away on a new collage as I hide away from Hurricane Sandy. I hope everyone on the East Coast is staying safe!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian by collage artist Megan Coyle

"National Museum of the American Indian"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

And it's finished! This museum really has a unique look, and I enjoyed working on a collage of it. I had fun incorporating all the colors in this.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Progress Picture #1: National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian by collage artist Megan Coyle

Here's a progress picture of my collage of the National Museum of the American Indian in DC. It's one of my favorite buildings in the area. The architecture is pretty unique and really stands out when compared to all the typical museum buildings - which usually involve pillars, straight lines, and a lot of gray. I'll post the completed image next.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Arrested Development

Arrested Development the Bluth Bunch by Megan Coyle

I like to think of the Bluth family as a dysfunctional version of the Brady Bunch.

Arrested Development was a TV show that aired from 2003 until 2006, and it follows the story of a dysfunctional family. The show is going to be back for another season, and the above collage is my submission for the Arrested Development and Netflix contest.

The Concept
I wanted to make a collage portrait of one of the Bluths but couldn't decide which one. So I thought it would be better to make a collage that included all the main characters. I wanted to find a creative way to incorporate all the portraits, to tie them all together. I thought about how many main characters there are. Then I thought, "there's a bunch of them, sort of like the Brady Bunch." When I remembered Tobias' character Mrs. Featherbottom, I realized Arrested Developement had their own bizarro Alice. So I had to go ahead with the idea...

The Bluth portraits would be reminiscent of the Brady Bunch opening credits that include blue squares with video portraits of each family member. My collage would mimic the Bradys so the Bluths would look like portraits of a Brady Bunch gone wrong - the complete opposite of the memorable wholesome family from the 70s.


Placement of Characters
Since the Bluths consist of four kids and two grandkids, with only three women, the arrangement would be slightly different than the Bradys. Mrs. Featherbottom would obviously go in Alice's position in the center. Lucille would go above Mrs. Featherbottom while George Senior would go below. The first row would be arranged just like the Brady's by including the mother and the oldest son and daughter. To the left of Lucille would be Lindsay and to her right would be Michael. Maeby would go below Lindsay to follow the Brady's model of having all women in the first column, and also since she's Lindsay and Tobias' (aka Mrs. Featherbottom) daughter, she would be closer to their portraits. Plus her facial expression works well next to Tobias. George Michael would be below his father Michael, but above his uncle Gob. This is so George Michael would be near his father and in the all-male Brady column. He's above Gob since he definitely the more mature of the two. Since there aren't as many women as there are men, in Cindy's space is Buster's portrait. I thought this was very fitting since Cindy had a lisp and Buster has a very distinct voice.

The Process
I cut out nine 5"x5" squares of watercolor paper. Each square was used as the support for each collage portrait, where I used my "painting with paper" technique. With separate squares the composition can now always be rearranged for fun:

Arrested Development the Bluth Bunch by Megan Coyle

Arrested Development the Bluth Bunch by Megan Coyle


The portraits can also come apart and be viewed as separate works of art or put together to form one large work of art.


This idea came to me a few days ago so I only had this past weekend to complete the piece. It usually takes me about a day to complete my smallest portrait size. I don't know how I managed to finish this before the deadline...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Trees in the Distance

Trees in the Distance by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Trees in the Distance"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

This collage is inspired by some of the green scenery you can find around the DC area. I've been working on a couple more urban/building collages, but it'll be nice to find a few more natural landscapes to fit into this new series.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

All in a Row

All in a Row by collage artist Megan Coyle

"All in a Row"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

This was inspired by the many colorful townhouses in DC. I created another townhouse collage a couple years ago that was inspired by the buildings in Old Town Alexandria. Anyway, I think I'll make another one of these somewhat soon. I have a lot of fun working on colorful buildings.

And now I'm off to continue my work with this cityscape/landscape series. I have a handful left to make...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Progress Picture #1: All in a Row

All in a Row by collage artist Megan Coyle
Here's the sketch for my next cityscape collage. DC has a lot of colorful townhouses scattered throughout the city, and this piece is inspired by photos that I've taken of some of those buildings. I'll post the completed collage next.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Air Force Memorial

Air Force Memorial by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Air Force Memorial"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

The Air Force Memorial is one of my favorite memorials in the DC area, so of course I had to create a collage of it for my new cityscape/landscape series. I like how simple and elegant the design of it is.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden by collage artist Megan Coyle

"The Botanic Garden"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

And here's the finished piece! So far, this has been my favorite collage that I've worked on in this new cityscape/landscape series. It came together pretty easily and I enjoyed working with this color palette.

Anyway, I'm off to work on another building collage...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Progress Picture #1: The Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden by collage artist Megan Coyle

I haven't had a chance to take many progress pictures of the series I'm currently working on - however, I managed to remember to take a picture of this one. The Botanic Garden in D.C. has some interesting architecture, and has a beautiful glass sculpture out front that was inspired by plant life. I took a few pictures of the sculpture with the Botanic Garden building in the background, and eventually sketched out this composition. I had a lot of fun working on this piece - I liked working with red and using a bit of yellow for the building. I'll post the finished collage next.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Downtown

Downtown collage by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Downtown"
 Collage on paper
12"x16"

 Another collage inspired by city living. The next few collages that I'll work on will include a few landmarks around DC, as well as a couple basic cityscape scenes.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Strange Glue Exhibit

The "Strange Glue" group exhibit opens tomorrow at the Thompson Gallery in Weston, Massachusetts. The show celebrates the centennial of the appearance of collage in painting. It features a number of different collage styles by a little over 100 different artists. Above is the cover image used for the postcard for the exhibit.

And above is the back of the postcard.

My piece "Morning Coffee" will be on display in the show from September 7th until November 20th, 2012. I'm excited to be a part of this group show - and it will actually be my first time in an exhibit in New England.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

From Fur to Feathers Closing

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston
This past weekend I drove to North Charleston, SC to uninstall the "From Fur to Feathers" exhibit.

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston
The show was at the convention center (a part of it is pictured above).

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston
Just about thirty collages were on display that I had to take-down and pack-up into the car. Ben took a few pictures of me as I worked - and he of course helped out quite a bit.

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston
At night we were driving by the convention center and saw this sign that was advertising different events that would take place there. And then we saw this:

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston
I was pretty excited to see that the show was being advertised this way.

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston
So we got out of the car and I posed a little bit in front of the sign...

Anyway, I'm a bit relieved that the long trek is now behind me. And I recently decided that this Charleston trip will be the last out-of-state exhibit for me for a while. I need to take a break from all the travel and become more of a homebody. I also need to get more rest!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle by collage artist Megan Coyle
"Smithsonian Castle"
 Collage on paper
12"x16"


Inspired by another one of my walks around the National Mall in Washington, DC. I like the architecture of the Smithsonian Castle - it's a lot different than most buildings you see in the area. So one day I snapped several pictures of it from different angles, which helped me build this collage.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Calm Afternoons

Calm Afternoons by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Calm Afternoons"
 Collage on paper
12"x16"

I've been pretty busy these past few days - August has been filled with trips to Charleston, SC as well as NYC. I'm still working away in the studio, working on a landscape/cityscape series that will be exhibited at the beginning of next year.

The piece that you see above was inspired by the National Mall in Washington, DC - which has nice park areas with trees and benches alongside walkways and bike paths. Every so often when I stroll around the National Mall, I'll notice the way the light hits the trees and the way shadows are cast. This piece was inspired by a series of photographs I took one summer day when the light was particularly bright and the grass and trees looked especially green.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Over and Under

Over and Under by collage artist Megan Coyle 

"Over and Under"
 Collage on paper
12"x16"

Here's another piece that I completed for my cityscape/landscape series. Just an urban scene.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bosty goes to Charleston, SC

Bosty goes to Charleston by Megan Coyle
Bosty decided to head down south to Charleston, South Carolina. Apparently D.C. summers aren't hot enough for him.

Bosty goes to Charleston by Megan Coyle
He wanted his picture taken by some of the area's landmarks. Oh no - no lifeguard on duty? Oh well, Bosty decided to go ahead and wade at his own risk...

Bosty goes to Charleston by Megan Coyle
After some fountain wading, he strolled along the pathways by the water.

Bosty goes to Charleston by Megan Coyle
Occasionally ducking out of the heat for a moment by cooling off in the shaded areas.

Bosty goes to Charleston by Megan Coyle
He liked admiring the flowers and beautiful views of the water.

Bosty goes to Charleston by Megan Coyle
Towards the end of the day, he decided to treat himself to some ice cream. "Giant cone of gelato? Don't mind if I do!"

Bosty goes to Charleston by Megan Coyle
Before he ended his day-long excursion of wandering 'round the city, he stopped by the famous City Market in Charleston. Bosty couldn't believe how big the market was! He hoped to find all sorts of doggy treats there.

Friday, August 3, 2012

From Fur to Feathers Exhibit

From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit
Yesterday I installed my "From Fur to Feathers" exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery, which is located inside of the Charleston Convention Center. I was pretty pleased to see how much foot-traffic the gallery gets.

From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit
Here are the two collages we installed by the front desk - "Brown Bear" is the image that was used to promote my show.

From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit
Here's an angle of part of the space. I have just about thirty animal collages on display there.

From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit

From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit

From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit

And here's a view of the hallway that you walk through to see the artwork. I was pretty surprised to see how much wall space I had. Anyway, it was great getting the show up. I'll be back again once it closes to pick-up my work.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Piece of the Jefferson Memorial

A Piece of the Jefferson Memorial by collage artist Megan Coyle

"A Piece of the Jefferson Memorial"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

And still trekking along with the landscape/cityscape series. I'm doing my best to get inspired by my DC surroundings. I've got to admit, I'm much more interested in animals and people as subjects - they are so intricate and interesting. So it's quite the challenge working on this series. But of course the challenge is much needed - I need to explore and experiment with other subjects.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

DC Reflections

DC Reflections by collage artist Megan Coyle

"DC Reflections"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

And here's the finished version. I might do another angle of this scene for another collage in this series. We shall see...and it looks like I might do more than twenty new collages for this series. At first I was thinking of making the series all the same size, but now I'm thinking about the possibility of making a variety of different sized collages.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Progress Picture #1: DC Reflections

DC Reflections by collage artist Megan Coyle

Lately I haven't been taking many progress pictures of my work. Here you can see a bit of the sketch that's underneath the glued paper. And you can also get a sense of the color blocking that was done with this one as I first started working on it. The next image I'll post will be the completed version of this one.

I've been taking lots of pictures in the DC area that will most likely be used as references for the remainder of the series. My goal is twenty new pieces - I'm about a third of the way done with the series thus far.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Animals in Paper Exhibit

Animal collages by Megan Coyle
Yesterday I installed an exhibit of fifteen of my collages over at Beatley Library, "Animals in Paper." The installation process was quite the experience for this show - I had to climb up a sixteen-foot ladder to latch the hooks into the molding.

Animal collages by Megan Coyle
Here you can get a sense of the height of the walls.

Animal collages by Megan Coyle
Some of the collages were tiered for a couple of the walls.

Animal collages by Megan Coyle
I sort of liked the way this particular one was tiered with everything shifted to one side or another.

Animal collages by Megan Coyle

Animal collages by Megan Coyle

Anyway, I'm off to start planning my upcoming exhibit in August - a two-person show in Charleston, South Carolina.