Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hippo's Day Out

Hippo's Day Out by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Hippo's Day Out"
Collage on paper

This piece was inspired by Happy the Hippo who used to live at the National Zoo. Aside from the meerkats, Happy was one of my favorite animals to visit there. Unfortunately they moved him to Milwaukee Zoo in 2009, although he must be happier there since he's around other hippos. Anyway, the above collage is inspired by the many times I stopped by the zoo and Happy was outside in his pool. He'd hold his breath underwater for several minutes, as impatient tourists would stand by with cameras ready when he'd resurface. Whenever he did resurface, it was only for a few seconds before plunging back down into the water.

I'm currently working away on several new animal collages. And I've also started thinking about taking a break from exhibiting my work in galleries. I'd kinda like to focus on other projects instead of taking on the workload of promoting exhibits...we shall see what I end up doing...


Crafty Green Poet said...

this is so lovely, the effects in the water are wonderful!

I'm sure Happy will be happier with other hippos, they seem to be quite sociable creatures

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Bella Sinclair said...

OOh! Look how that water ripples around him! Gorgeous colors. Happy sure is a Cutie. I hope he is very, very happy in his new home.

Simon the RP said...

Beautiful colors and textures in the water!