Owl Be Back

Owl Be Back is a collage by Megan Coyle
“Owl Be Back.” Collage on paper. 7″x5″
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This past weekend I worked on a couple of new collages where I filmed the process so I could put together more time lapse videos. I’ve always liked owls, so I decided to make another Barn Owl collage. I also couldn’t help myself with using a pun for the name of this piece 🙂

Filming my process has helped me set more of a schedule for working on my artwork. I like how I can share how I’ve tackled various subjects with my technique. I’m thinking that up next, I’ll make a few still life pieces, since I’ve worked on so many animal portraits.

Pug Life

“Pug Life.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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Sometimes working on a work of art can be a bit of a struggle. For instance, this piece started out in one direction, but after completing the initial sketch, I ended up erasing it entirely and sketching a different version of the same subject. Then when it came to the layers of paper, it took a bit of reworking the details to get things looking the way I wanted them to.

I don’t know if I’m finished with this piece, but I’m done for now. The wonderful thing about art is that you can always revisit older pieces and rework them when you have a fresh pair of eyes.

I made a time lapse of this piece too that you can view below:

The Soaring Sea Turtle

The Soaring Sea Turtle by collage artist Megan Coyle
The Soaring Sea Turtle by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Soaring Sea Turtle.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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When I was growing up, sea turtles were one of my favorite animals. I’ve only made one other sea turtle collage before, so I figured I’d give it another try while filming my process for another time lapse video. I like how quarantine has gotten me in the habit of recording my process. I’m not always really excited with the finished product, but I was pleasantly surprised with this piece.

The title for this piece was inspired by how I feel like underwater creatures almost look like they’re flying. The ocean is such a magical and strange place.

Since I took several months off from making art last year, I’ve felt a little rusty. And by working on a time lapse video every week, it’s helped me get back into the groove of making artwork.

Art for Coffee Enthusiasts

Coffee Art by Megan Coyle

If you’re a coffee enthusiast or know someone who is, coffee-inspired art can be a great gift (or great way to treat yourself). Coffee-inspired art works well with decorating kitchens or dining spaces. Decorating a room with art inspired by the room’s function, is a creative way you can customize your home.

Over the years, I’ve made several different coffee cup collages with bold, bright colors. I’ve used coffee cups as a subject to experiment with color. As a result, I have made a number of coffee cup collages using a variety of colors, which makes it easier to find original art or prints that work well with your home’s color scheme.

I use a process to make my collages that I call “painting with paper,” where I mimic the brushstrokes of a painting by layering magazine strips. My collages have a unique and colorful style, that would work well with any room with bright decor. My art also works well with adding a pop of color to any room.

You can check our my original coffee cup collages and prints available in my online store.

The Proud Giraffe

The Proud Giraffe collage by Megan Coyle
The Proud Giraffe collage by Megan Coyle
“The Proud Giraffe.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I wanted to make another up-close animal portrait this past weekend, so I decided to piece together a giraffe collage. Sometimes I like to keep the background simple, and sprinkle in pieces of texture on the subject.

This was another collage where I filmed the process and put together a time lapse video:

Rocky the Raccoon

Rocky the Raccoon by collage artist Megan Coyle
Rocky the Raccoon by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Rocky the Raccoon.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I’m having fun working on these time lapse videos. I decided to make a raccoon collage since I have yet to tackle that subject. And I’m hoping that at some point I’ll get the lighting right for these. But in the meantime, here’s the latest:

Berry Nice

Berry Nice collage by Megan Coyle
“Berry Nice.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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It’s been a while since I’ve tackled still life, so this was my attempt after a long break. I definitely felt rusty. I’m liking how I’m trying out more of a variety these days. I think I might take a couple of weeks off from collage-making so I can experiment with some other mediums. There’s no better time to work on getting creative than the present, especially when we’re all staying indoors these days.

Anyway, this piece was also part of my recent time lapse video series. Here you can see the collage getting pieced together from start to finish:

Beauty in the Blue

Beauty in the Blue collage by Megan Coyle
“Beauty in the Blue.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I’m getting in the habit of making these time lapse videos now that New York has been social distancing. I’m normally drawn to making animal portraits, but I figured I’d tackle a landscape since it’s been a while. I’ve taken a lot of pictures over the past couple of years, and I’m thinking I should start a series inspired by my travels.

Cockatoo

Cockatoo collage by Megan Coyle
Cockatoo collage by Megan Coyle
“Cockatoo.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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It’s a strange time right now. I never thought that I would ever experience a global pandemic, and now that I’m currently living in Brooklyn, in a city that’s been hit hard by COVID-19, I’m staying home in my apartment as much as possible and finding new creative projects to distract myself from the news.

I’m lucky that I have a lot of creative interests, and now I’m going to spend a lot of time exploring my art, writing, and coding. I’m looking forward to when this is all behind us, but at the moment, I’m doing my best to make the most of the present.

This past weekend I worked on another time lapse collage, this time I tackled a cockatoo portrait which was inspired by my recent trip to Australia (cockatoos were everywhere there). As I’m spending more time indoors, being creative, I’d like to produce more of these time lapse videos – so stay tuned to see more soon!

Still Life Collages from Wolsingham, England

Coyle Inspired Collage from England
Collage completed by the entire class

Last month I heard from Lisa, a teacher from Wolsingham, England, who sent me images of her class’s artwork. Her Year 4 class was learning about collage. They studied Henri Matisse’s work of “painting with scissors” and my “painting with paper” technique.

Above is a piece that was completed by the entire class, while below are images of some of the student work (their plans and finished pieces).

Coyle Inspired Collage from England by Annabel
By Annabel

I always enjoy hearing from teachers and seeing student collage work. It definitely made my day when I received these images of colorful artwork in my inbox.

Coyle Inspired Collage from England by Emily
By Emily

I really enjoyed seeing how these students incorporated different textures and colors into their work. I was also really impressed with how they layered bits and pieces of paper. I hope they continue to explore collage and work on different compositions in the future.

Coyle Inspired Collage from England by Jonathan
By Jonathan
Coyle Inspired Collage from England by Molly
By Molly
Coyle Inspired Collage from England by Rose
By Rose
Coyle Inspired Collage from England by Sophie
By Sophie
Coyle Inspired Collage from England by William
By William