Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bosty goes to Chicago

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
Bosty decided to spend his summer vacation in the windy city - Chicago. He was really excited to see Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. He's so cultured.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
Then he had to stop by the "bean" because he thought it sounded tasty. He was disappointed to see that it wasn't a real, edible bean.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
He spent the afternoon wandering through Millennium Park dog watching and people watching, while admiring some of the park's sculptures.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
For dinner he had to stop by Giordanos for some deep dish pizza.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
He even had some leftovers that he boxed up and had for a late night snack and breakfast the next day.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
Up next? A visit to the impressive Art Institute of Chicago.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
Bosty liked the modern wing - he's a big fan of the architecture.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
He also visited the special exhibit on Roy Lichtenstein. Bosty loves comics so he's a big fan of Lichtenstein's style.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
Here's one of his favorites in the exhibit - I think he just liked it because he could recognize Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
He was pretty excited to see Edward Hopper's Nighthawks in person.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
That night Bosty decided to live it up and do some fine dining at the famous Charlie Trotter's restaurant. He heard it was closing soon, so he wanted to make sure he had a fancy multiple course meal there.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
The next day he wanted to check out the view of the city from the Sky Deck at the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
After pushing through a lot of tourists at the top, he was able to get a few snapshots of himself in front of the view.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
Next we wandered around the city - it was such a beautiful, sunny day. Bosty got excited when he saw this parade float drive by - such colorful seahorses!

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
Here he is posing for another one of his tourist snapshots.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
Later we stumbled upon the Buckingham Fountain - Bosty was very tempted to swim in the water. After all, it was an unusually hot summer day.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
The word hot reminds me of...hot dogs! We stopped by Hot Doug's for lunch.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
After waiting in line for about an hour, Bosty tried not to be a piggy while eating several Chicago style hot dogs (he worked up quite an appetite).

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle
 We ended our visit with a stroll through the city at night.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bourgeon Book Project

The Bourgeon Book

I am looking forward to the release of this upcoming anthology that will include one of my articles. The project was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter. Thank you to everyone who was able to support the project - we wouldn't be able to publish this book without your help.

What is Bourgeon?
Bourgeon is an online arts magazine that has published over two-hundred articles by artists about their work since 2005. The articles document the artwork and personal and artistic journeys of the authors as professional artists. The Bourgeon Book is a compilation of a selection of articles published in the magazine's first five years. The book's Editorial Committee read through the magazine's entire archive to select articles for the anthology.

Which Artists are featured?
45 DC area artists that include yours truly. Visit the Kickstarter page for a complete list.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Scarlet Macaw


"Scarlet Macaw"
Collage on paper
18"x24"

And the collage is complete! Next up? A landscape/cityscape series inspired by scenes around DC and neighboring areas. My goal is to complete one collage each week so I'll be able to finish a new body of work in time for a solo show in February 2013. I've got quite a bit of collaging ahead of me...

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw by collage artist Megan Coyle

Here's the sketch for my parrot collage. This is based off of a few pictures I took of the Scarlet Macaw at San Diego zoo. I was able to get pretty close to the bird - and boy can they squawk loudly!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Red Ruffed Lemur

Red Ruffed Lemur by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Red Ruffed Lemur"
Collage on paper
18"x24"

Lemurs are such unusual critters. I just love their eyes - they always look somewhat cartoonish. And I had a lot of fun putting this piece together.

Lately, a lot of my animal collages have been in the larger size I work in - 18"x24." I decided that I really needed to create a series of bigger animal collages. It helps if you have a variety of sizes to pull from when working on an inventory for an upcoming exhibit.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Red Ruffed Lemur

Red Ruffed Lemur by collage artist Megan Coyle

This is another piece inspired by the National Zoo. Recently I made a trek to San Diego and had a chance to take plenty of snapshots of the zoo over there. So in the future, you'll see some artwork inspired by that visit.

I'll post an image of the completed lemur collage next. This is actually one of my favorite pieces from my recent animal series. There's just something about this little guy's face that really drew me in. I also had a lot of fun working with the color scheme. Plus, lemurs are pretty intriguing creatures.

Anyway, I'm off to do some late night collaging...

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Turtle that thinks she's a Giraffe

Turtle that thinks she's a Giraffe by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Turtle that thinks she's a Giraffe"
Collage on paper
18"x24"

Here's the finished collage! I really enjoyed collaging her shell - I used quite a mix of texture for it. And with the background I wanted to make it look somewhat abstract and out of focus so that you could hone in more on the actual turtle.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Progress Picture #2: Turtle that thinks she's a Giraffe

Turtle that thinks she's a Giraffe by collage artist Megan Coyle

Here's the next stage of the collage. I'll post an image of the finished piece next.

And now I'm off to continue working on my new landscape/cityscape series. And plan for an unexpected upcoming solo show. It's always nice to get unexpected invites to show your work - it's just a lot of work getting everything organized!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Turtle that thinks she's a Giraffe

Turtle that thinks she's a Giraffe by collage artist Megan Coyle

Inspired by a long-neck turtle from the National Zoo. I've never seen one of these swimming around in nature, thus I was drawn to this unusual creature. Reminded me of a giraffe...if giraffes came in turtle form. I had a lot of fun working on the texture in this piece. More images are coming soon...

I'm currently getting ready to work my way through around twenty or so new landscape/cityscape pieces inspired by sights in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. I've got my work cut out for me!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Help Create an Arts Anthology Written by Artists



I'm excited to be part of this upcoming project - an arts anthology of 40+ Washington, DC area artists. The book includes articles written by artists accompanied by images of artwork like my collages.

Right now we're trying to raise money to fund the project. If you pledge $25 dollars or more you'll get a free copy of the book once it's published. If you're able to contribute, any amount would be greatly appreciated!