Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Flowers in Art: Contemporary International Artists

Flowers in Art

I recently received some info on one of the upcoming books that will feature images of my artwork – Flowers in Art: Contemporary International Artists by Cindy Ann Coldiron. I’m excited to see the final product once it’s released in January 2013. Above is the cover art for the book, which looks pretty fantastic (not sure who the cover artists are just yet). Below is some additional info.

Book Description
Observe a quiet explosion of beautiful, humorous, and contemplative colorful images of two- and three-dimensional floral-themed artwork. Stunning pieces from more than fifty artists and designers, both well known, established, and emerging, from Ireland to Hungary, Finland, and Canada, and from coast to coast in the United States. This vibrant overview of the floral world includes photography, watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, botanical drawings, pop art, glass, wood, ceramic, collage, Ikebana design, cutting-edge fractal art, and much more. Perfect for flower and art lovers, interior designers, museums, galleries, art collectors, art educators, artists, and for individuals needing inspiration from splashes of color.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lipstick Lizard

Lipstick Lizard by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Lipstick Lizard"
Collage on paper
12"x16"


And the collage is finished! The lizard that inspired this collage lives at the National Zoo, and I noticed that its skin was a little pink around its lips. Thus the way it looked inspired the title.

And now I'm off to work on a turtle piece. The photos will be posted shortly.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Lipstick Lizard

Lipstick Lizard by collage artist Megan Coyle

This piece is inspired by one of the lizards that lives in the National Zoo. Once I start collaging down magazine strips, you'll have a better idea why I felt like the title "Lipstick Lizard" fitted this particular critter.

Anyway, I'm off to finish a few details for a couple of upcoming shows. And I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Jellyfish Club

The Jellyfish Club by collage artist Megan Coyle

"The Jellyfish Club"
Collage on paper
18"x24"

 And it's done...for now. I might revisit this one in the next few weeks. But in the meantime, I need to move forward and complete the rest of the critter collages in time for my July and August exhibits. Busy, busy!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Progress Picture #1: The Jellyfish Club

The Jellyfish Club by collage artist Megan Coyle

This is the sketch for one of the more abstract critter collages that I recently completed. I'll post the finished image shortly. I'm getting close to finishing the new work for my upcoming animal exhibits, and up next will be a series of landscape/cityscape pieces for a show at the beginning of next year. It's never too early to begin work for an upcoming show...especially with all the planning involved. Whew! It's going to be a busy next couple of months.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bosty goes to San Diego

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
Bosty hasn't been traveling much these days. He's been hibernating because of the cold weather but now that it's spring, he doesn't have any more excuses. So he headed west to wander around San Diego, CA.

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
He was a little sad that he was too early for Comic-Con at the convention center. Better luck next year...But he did like the way the building looked at night.

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
Since he couldn't spend the next day reading comic books, he headed over to San Diego Zoo to catch some sunlight. He thought this sign was very misleading - "I didn't even see one hippo lifeguard!"

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
He got to see lots of colorful flamingos.

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
And a peacock that got loose on the grounds (Bosty later complained that my picture of the peacock cropped him out too much. He's such a critic).

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
He thought about joining the panda for lunch, but didn't think bamboo would fill him up enough.

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
Although it seemed like the birdies had quite a feast of...well, he wasn't quite sure what they were eating. So he gave in and stopped by one of the zoo's cafes for a snack.

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
Later, he wanted his picture taken in front of a warthog so he could look all the more handsome.

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
And he liked comparing his pointy ears to the hyena's.

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
After San Diego, he decided to drive to the countryside to see all the modern-looking windmills.

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
The fields weren't too bad either.

Bosty goes to San Diego by Megan Coyle
Then it was back to San Diego to relax by the water and watch people fly kites in the park before heading home.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Toucan

Toucan by collage artist Megan Coyle
"Toucan"
Collage on paper
9"x12"

So the finished composition turned out a bit simpler than an earlier toucan collage that I completed a couple years ago. I seem to do quite a few bird collages. I think it's because different bird species can be really colorful and are thus more interesting to use as subjects in my work. Anyway, I'm off to get started on a new lemur piece...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Toucan

Toucan by collage artist Megan Coyle 

Another day, another sketch. I'll post the completed image of this one next. I'm having a lot of fun working on all these animal collages. I must say, animals are one of my favorite subjects to collage. There's so many colorful and exciting species out there. I'm about to visit a different zoo (and by different, I mean not the National Zoo), so I hope to gather a lot more inspiration for future animal pieces. I hope everyone's week is going well!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Collage in the Classroom: Venezuela

A few months ago I received emails from several students who attend the British School in Caracas, Venezuela. The students were assigned to do a project on my work. This included writing a biography on my life, analyzing three of my collages, and then making three collages - one of which had to be a copy of one of my pieces, while the other two were their own creation that used my collage technique.

The Enrichment Circle

In April, several of the students' collages - that copied my work or were inspired by my technique - were published in The Circle Gazette. The Circle Gazette is a publication that prints stories and artwork by students from around the world. The collages appeared in the center-spread of their April issue, which is pictured above and below.

The Enrichment Circle

It was great getting to see what the students did after exchanging emails with several of them about the project.

Here are my original collages alongside the students' copies:

Brown Bear by collage artist Megan Coyle

Figure Posed in front of Pink by Megan Coyle

Guitar by collage artist Megan Coyle

Lounging Panda by collage artist Megan Coyle

Washington Monument by collage artist Megan Coyle

It was pretty impressive how close the students were able to get to the originals - especially with collage, which is such a hard medium to copy since you can never recreate the exact textures and fragments of photographs used. But I must say, they got pretty close!

All in all, it was fun getting to see their work. One of the things I enjoy most about being an artist is being able to inspire others. And it makes my day every time I hear from students and teachers that are using my collages in their classroom.