Thursday, November 29, 2012

Downtown Shopping

Downtown Shopping by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Downtown Shopping"
Collage on paper

It's always interesting comparing my finished collages to the pictures of the sketches I did. The work of art really does change through the whole process. And it seems to change a little with every layer of paper added. Anyway, you can see that this piece is more colorful than the previous landscape/cityscape collages I've done in this series - which have more earth tones. I suppose I was getting a little tired of working with grays, browns, blues, and greens, and had fun changing things up.

Anyway, I'm off to do some late-night art-making. And happy almost-December!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Progress Picture #1: Downtown Shopping

Downtown Shopping by collage artist Megan Coyle

I enjoy collaging townhouses because I usually get to incorporate lots of color in the compositions. Here's the sketch I did for yet another row of houses, or rather a row of shops. This was inspired by a stroll down King Street in Old Town Alexandria.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful for the Creative Life

Fall Squash by collage artist Megan Coyle

About four years ago I graduated from undergraduate school not knowing what I'd do with my degree in English and Art. I immediately began intensely working on artwork while I experienced the whole job searching process at a time when our economy had seen better days. Working on artwork helped me relax and keep my focus elsewhere.

Now, I'm amazed how far I've come in just a few years. I've had several solo shows under my belt, my artwork published in national publications, exhibits in several different states, and wrote and illustrated a children's book. I'm incredibly thankful that I now have two collages that are in the permanent collection at a museum. And I am so grateful that I'm able to do what I love everyday. I have a wonderful job where I get to work with design and technology, and I'm able to fund all my creative endeavors. As a result, I'm able to experiment more with my work and explore a variety of areas that I'm interested in. I'm thankful that my web presence has helped me share my artwork with people all over the country and around the world.

I'm thankful for my champions - for my significant other who gives me the push I need whenever an opportunity comes my way, and takes vacation days so he can drive with me to my exhibits in other states (so I don't have to travel alone). For my friends and family who have supported and collected my artwork over the years. For my clients who help spread the word of my work.

I'm so fortunate for all the good that's in my life. I am so lucky to have such a busy and creative life.

And I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

National Gallery

National Gallery by collage artist Megan Coyle

"National Gallery"
Collage on paper

My new landscape/cityscape series has given me an opportunity to intensely study my gray color palette surroundings in DC. When I decided to collage the National Gallery, I realized I needed to change things up a bit. Thus I created a composition where you can see bits of the building behind several trees. This added a little more color, and made the layout more interesting to tackle.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Woods

The Woods by collage artist Megan Coyle

"The Woods"
Collage on paper

There's a lot of gray in DC, which has worked its way into several of my cityscape collages. So I decided to change things up in my series a bit by doing another natural landscape. There are clumps of natural landscape here and there around the city, and I based this piece off of a series of photographs I took. I had fun incorporating a lot of texture in the ground.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Paddle Boating

Paddle Boating by collage artist Megan Coyle

"Paddle Boating"
Collage on paper

Inspired by a warmer day in DC when the tourists were out paddle boating. I like collaging water - it's fun using so much color and working with reflection. I also like how abstract water is. It gives me a bit of variety as far as my subject matter goes.

Anyway, I'm off to enjoy the weekend. I hope everyone is having a happy November thus far!