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

Bosty goes to Seattle, WA

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

It’s been a while since Bosty has gone on any adventures. He recently moved to NYC, and thought he’d head over to the West Coast for a bit of a break from the city. Seattle sounded like a fun place to explore.

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

He started off doing some goat yoga in the morning in Snohomish, just outside of Seattle.

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

Bosty heard great things about the national parks nearby, so he decided to take a look at Mount Rainier National Park. There were so many large fir trees in the park. Bosty couldn’t get over how green everything was – no wonder they call Seattle the Emerald City!

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

The park had quite a few beautiful waterfalls.

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

Bosty’s favorite part about Mount Rainier National Park was getting to hike in the snow around Mount Rainier. What a beautiful mountain!

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

The next day, Bosty wanted to check out more of the city. His first stop? The Chihuly garden and glass museum.

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

Bosty couldn’t stop looking at all of Chihuly’s beautiful, bright glass sculptures. He was feeling very inspired by all the artwork!

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

Next, Bosty strolled around the Public Market and made sure he got some very touristy snapshots of himself in front of various landmarks.

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

Some people might think the Gum Wall is gross, but Bosty thought it looked beautiful – just look at all those colors!

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

He decided to swing by the Seattle Aquarium to admire all the underwater creatures.

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

And he had to take a look at the first Starbucks, so he could get another touristy picture.

Bosty goes to Seattle by Megan Coyle

He ended his adventures at Kerry Park, where he could get a great view of the city’s skyline with the iconic Space Needle. Bosty had so much fun getting to know such a beautiful and green city.

British School Caracas, Venezuela

The other day I heard from a teacher in Caracas, Venezuela, whose grade 6 class was studying my work and then made their own collages. Here are a few images of their artwork that she sent my way:

I really enjoyed seeing the creative compositions that the students came up with this time.

Did Somebody Say Walk?

Did Somebody Say Walk collage by Megan Coyle
“Did Somebody Say Walk?” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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The other day I completed an Australian Shepherd collage, as part of my dog portrait series. I have a tendency of being drawn to animal portraits for my collages, so I feel a need to try to change things up this year by exploring landscapes/cityscapes and still life work. We’ll see what I end up piecing together next!

An Otterly Good Day

“An Otterly Good Day” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I made this collage back in October since I decided to be Hermione for Halloween. I wanted to make an animal collage related to my costume, and since the otter is Hermione’s Patronus, it only made sense to make an otter collage.

Corgi in the Wild

“Corgi in the Wild” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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It’s been a while since I’ve made any new work. Life has been difficult for a number of reasons these days, and as a result, I’ve had to put my art on hold. Luckily my time has freed up a bit lately, and I felt a need to dive back into art-making. I figured what better way to get back into my creative routine than by making a collage of one of my favorite types of dog?

Anyway, stay tuned for more art. Previously I used to make something new just about every month. I’m thinking that I’ll alter this frequency a bit as I start exploring different creative outlets. After all, a big part of being an artist is exploring and experimenting with different ways of being creative. It’s good to change things up.

The Distracted Pit Bull

The Distracted Pit Bull by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Distracted Pit Bull” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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Life has been a little hectic and chaotic for me lately, so I haven’t had a chance to make that much new artwork. However, I still managed to find some time. This is a commission that I completed the other day for a friend from high school. I used a pretty limited color palette for this piece, which was challenging and fun in it’s own way. I tried to incorporate a decent amount of texture in the background as well as for the dog. This collage was also a challenge in the sense that the dog’s head is tilted at an unusual angle. Anyway, I enjoyed tackling this pet portrait of a dog from Peru.

Still Life Collages from Tucson, Arizona

Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages

A class of K-8 students from the St. Cyril School in Tucson, Arizona studied my collage art and made their own still life collages.

Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages

The students did a wonderful job of incorporating solid colors, textures, and text into their collages.

Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages

It was fun seeing how they tackled subjects like coffee cups, like the piece above.

Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages

It was fun seeing the different styles of the students. That’s one of the things I love about making art – every artist has his/her own unique voice. And it’s absolutely wonderful seeing the voice that artists have at all levels.

Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages

Overall, I was impressed with what this class came up with. I hope the students continue to make collages in the future.

Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages
Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages
Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages
Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages
Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages
Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages
Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages
Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages
Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages
Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages
Student collage from Tucson inspired by Megan Coyle's collages