Sunday, April 29, 2012

Watchful Lion

Watchful Lion by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Watchful Lion"
Collage on paper

 Here's the finished lion - you can see I added a lot of texture to his mane and reshaped his face a bit. He was inspired by another trip to the National Zoo. I'm lucky to live so close to the Smithsonian museums/zoo - I can always find something there that inspires me for future works of art. I should probably swing by some of the museums sometime soon - I have a tendency of spending most of my time at the National Zoo when places like the Natural History Museum also have a variety of exhibits that are useful references for animal collages. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I'm off to enjoy the sunshine!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Progress Picture #2: Watchful Lion

Watchful Lion by collage artist Megan Coyle

The next stage of the lion piece. I'll post the finished image soon. I ended up having to reshape his face slightly since the eye is a little too high up. And I had a lot of fun adding texture to his mane. I find that my favorite parts of collages are the ones where I can incorporate lots of bits and pieces of texture. Makes the whole process more interesting since you can find some pretty unusual fragments in photographs. Anyway, hope everyone is having a happy end-of-the-week!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Watchful Lion

Watchful Lion by collage artist Megan Coyle

The sketch for my next animal piece. Whew, I've been working on quite a few of these. Once I'm able to put together about four more of the large-sized animal ones, I'll change gears a bit and get started on a landscape/cityscape series for another upcoming show.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Childhood Memories Exhibit

Girl with Glasses by collage artist Megan Coyle

My "Girl with Glasses" collage is currently on display in the Del Ray Artisans' "Childhood Memories" group exhibit. The show displays artwork inspired by the artist's childhood. This particular piece is something I made a few years ago and was actually on display at the Smithsonian's Ripley Center back in 2008. 

The "Childhood Memories" exhibit opened on April 6th and will run until the 29th.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tranquil Plains

Tranquil Plains by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Tranquil Plains"
Collage on paper

To change things up a bit - since I've been working on so many animal collages - I decided to put together a landscape piece. In the next couple of weeks I should probably get started on a new series of landscape pieces. I have a solo show next year where I'd like to exhibit landscape and cityscape collages of various sights around the DC area. And since landscape isn't an easy subject for me to tackle, because I'm more interested in figures and animals, it will be quite a challenge. Thus I figure it's better to get started early on that project so I can ensure that all the artwork is a consistent quality for the show.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Barn Owl

Barn Owl by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Barn Owl"
Collage on paper

Above is the finished "Barn Owl" collage. The client gave this piece to her sister (who is expecting) to go in the baby's room. The color scheme I worked with matches the colors used to decorate the room.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Barn Owl

Barn Owl by collage artist Megan Coyle

Here's the sketch I did for a commissioned animal collage. The client wanted a collage of a barn owl using browns, creams, and tans with a red barn in the background. The sketch gives you an idea of the composition, but this little guy changed quite a bit once I started layering the paper. I'll post an image of the completed collage soon

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Curious Penguin

The Curious Penguin

"The Curious Penguin"
Collage on paper

It's been a while since the last time I made a penguin collage. This guy was inspired by the Natural History Museum in D.C. I wasn't able to find inspiration from the National Zoo (like I usually do) since we don't have any penguins there. The Natural History Museum has quite a selection of rocks and minerals and of course, taxidermy. And their animal collection has definitely helped me out with quite a few collages. I usually need some sort of point of reference in order to make a work of art. When it comes to exotic animals or even just ordinary animals, their collection helps me out a lot.

Monday, April 2, 2012

My Artwork is Now in a Museum's Permanent Collection

I'm pleased to announce that two of my collages, "Mallard Duck" and "Flamingo Dancers," have been accepted into the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art's collection. This is the first time my work has become part of a museum's permanent collection.

The Ward Museum is located on the Eastern Shore in Maryland. It promotes wildfowl art and celebrates the Eastern Shore decoy carvers, Lemuel and Stephen Ward - the artists that the Museum is named after.

So what does a permanent collection mean?
This means that the museum owns the accepted collages. A permanent collection doesn't mean the work will be on display at all times - it means the artwork is part of the collection curators pull from when designing future exhibits. All museums have changing exhibits where they have a chance to rotate and share the artwork they own.

The two collages will also be in an upcoming exhibit at the Ward Museum called "Subject to Interpretation," which runs from April 13th to July 8th, 2012. And Duck & Fish will be available for sale in their gift shop.