Friday, March 30, 2012

Progress Picture #1: The Curious Penguin

The Curious Penguin by collage artist Megan Coyle

Here's one of the progress pictures of my latest piece - I'll post the finished collage soon. This little guy was a lot of fun to work on. I think there's just something so expressive about penguins.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Karma Chameleon

Karma Chameleon by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Karma Chameleon"
Collage on paper
12"x16"

 Here's my first attempt at collaging a chameleon. Next time round I'd like to play even more with the texture of the lizard, and perhaps have some fun with focusing on what chameleons are known for - changing colors. There are all kinds of possibilities...just think of how many unique backgrounds or settings could be used for the chameleon as it tries to blend in.

In other news, last week my solo show in Manassas ended. It was wonderful getting the opportunity to share my work at the Candy Factory, it's just a shame that the time flew by so quickly. I was pleased to see that several collages now have new homes. As great as it is to sell your artwork, sometimes I find myself thinking "Oh no - I hope I can make something just as good to replace the sold work." There's always the worry of having enough consistent and cohesive work to exhibit in upcoming solo shows.

I'm going to be pretty busy working away on artwork for future exhibits this year and next year. After that, I think I'll take a break from exhibiting my work so often so I can focus more time and energy on other projects like short animations or another children's book.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Karma Chameleon

Karma Chameleon by collage artist Megan Coyle
Here's the sketch for my chameleon collage. While studying chameleons for this piece, I noticed how interesting these creatures really are. They look like mini dinosaurs. So fascinating...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Celebrating Twenty Years in Del Ray

Gorilla by collage artist Megan Coyle
Yesterday I gallery sat for the Del Ray Artisans. Their current exhibition "XX - Celebrating Twenty Years in Del Ray!" includes a variety of artwork depicting all kinds of subject matter. My "Gorilla" collage is in the exhibit and the picture above shows it hanging in this group show.

And now I'm off to gather inspiration for more animal collages as well as a few landscape/cityscape pieces. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Otter Sisters

The Otter Sisters by collage artist Megan Coyle

"The Otter Sisters"
Collage on paper
18"x24"

I have to admit that one of my favorite things about collage is how it's always a surprise how a collage will turn out. Sometimes you can find some pretty interesting textures and patterns in magazines, and when they are cut a certain way - voilĂ , it all comes together. Other times you can end up with some pretty unsatisfactory results, but all in all, it's an exciting process. I was pleasantly surprised with "The Otter Sisters" - at first I wasn't too sure what to think of it. But after setting it aside for a while, then returning to work on it briefly, I was happy with the mix of texture on the otters and in the background.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Progress Picture #1: The Otter Sisters

The Otter Sisters by collage artist Megan Coyle
The sketch for another large animal collage - this piece is 18"x24". It's inspired by another trip to the National Zoo, where a couple of otters were staring out at the tourists walking by. And they didn't seem thrilled to get their picture taken.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hippo's Day Out

Hippo's Day Out by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Hippo's Day Out"
Collage on paper
18"x24"

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...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Hippo's Day Out

Hippo's Day Out by collage artist Megan Coyle
Here's another sketch for an animal collage that I'm going to do. I've got quite a few animal collages that will need to be finished and ready for display later on in the year. I'm looking forward to all the upcoming shows, but whew, what a lot of work I have ahead of me...