I’ve Got Your Back

I've Got Your Back collage by Megan Coyle
I've Got Your Back collage by Megan Coyle
“I’ve Got Your Back.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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A couple of my followers on Instagram suggested that I make a spinal cord collage, so I decided to make a piece that focused on a section of the spine (since the entire cord would be a little too intricate for the size I was working in). This piece was challenging for a number of reasons – it was my first time working on this kind of subject matter, and the pieces I cut for it were extremely small. Even the outline of the spine consists of small strips of paper.

Overall, I really enjoyed the challenge of working on something new. I’m having so much fun this year working on art. And I’ve surprised myself with how much work I’ve been able to complete within a short period of time.

You’re an Animal…Cell

You're an Animal...Cell by collage artist Megan Coyle
You're an Animal...Cell by collage artist Megan Coyle
“You’re an Animal…Cell.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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One of the most challenging things about working on this piece was working with all the tiny pieces. Since this animal cell collage is in one of the smallest dimensions I work in, often enough the pieces I cut would stick to my hands when I tried to glue them to the surface. I could work with tweezers, although I think I prefer gluing pieces of paper directly with my hands. For whatever reason, it makes me feel closer to my work. And thus I’m fine with the challenges involved with the process.

Again, this is another collage in my anatomy series. It really has been a breath of fresh air working on something new. I’m looking forward to continuing to tackle this series.

I Beleaf this is a Plant Cell

I Beleaf This is a Plant Cell by collage artist Megan Coyle
I Beleaf This is a Plant Cell by collage artist Megan Coyle
“I Beleaf this is a Plant Cell.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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When I was a kid back in school, I was always drawn to art and being creative, but I was equally drawn to science. I was fascinated by how things work and all the cells that make up various organisms. This plant cell collage is another piece in my anatomy series, and I’ve really enjoyed tapping into that love of science that I had as a kid.

I am having so much fun exploring anatomy with art. And if anyone out there has any suggestions for what I should try to tackle next, let me know. I am always looking for new ways to push my creativity.

You’re Getting on my Last Nerve

You're Getting on my Last Nerve by collage artist Megan Coyle
You're Getting on my Last Nerve by collage artist Megan Coyle
“You’re Getting on my Last Nerve.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I’m really amusing myself with the titles I’m coming up with for my anatomy series. This piece was especially fun to work on. I like how cells look so abstract. This nerve cell was inspired by a recent injury I am recovering from. It made me think about how complex our nervous systems are, and how fascinating nerve cells look.

I think I’ll have to do some more cell collages. This has been a fun change of pace from the usual portraiture and animal pieces that I do.

The Serious Flamingo

Flamingo by collage artist Megan Coyle
Flamingo by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Serious Flamingo.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I decided to take a break from still life and anatomy pieces and worked on completing this flamingo piece the other night. This was another collage I worked on while live streaming my process. I’m having a lot of fun answering viewer questions while I work. I also previously made three other flamingo collages, and since all of them have sold, I figured I might as well tackle this subject once again.

I focused more on using solid colors for this one, while mixing in a few fragments of texture. Sometimes I feel a need to incorporate more patterns and textures into my pieces, but for this one, I was more interested in mixing solid colors of pink.

Dolphin

Dolphin by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Dolphin.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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This was another composition suggested by one of my followers during a live session on TikTok. I’ve never done a dolphin collage, so I enjoyed tackling this for the first time. I struggled with this one for a bit, and I don’t think I’m entirely convinced that this is finished, but for now it is. Sometimes you need to set your work aside and tell yourself it’s finished, so you don’t overwork it. We’ll see if I revisit this one again in the future 🙃

You’re a Breath of Fresh Air

You're a Breath of Fresh Air by collage artist Megan Coyle
You're a Breath of Fresh Air by collage artist Megan Coyle
“You’re a Breath of Fresh Air.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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This is part of my new anatomy series. Previously I made a heart and brain collage, and this was another fun challenge. I like how abstract and interesting different organs are, and I enjoyed figuring out the composition for this one. I also like coming up with interesting titles (like figures of speech and puns) that go along with these pieces, instead of titling them they are and leaving it at that.

Lately I’ve been feeling really inspired. It’s amazing how one month you can feel so uninspired and then the next you can’t seem to have enough time in the day to make all the things you want to make. Even though I have a really small following on TikTok, the community there has helped motivate me to constantly work on new projects every week. I’ve been enjoying going live and streaming my process as well.

Cherries

Cherries by collage artist Megan Coyle
Cherries by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Cherries.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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Earlier this month I made a “Citrus” collage, which made me realize I should tackle more interesting still life compositions. Completing that piece inspired me to work on this “Cherries” collage. I enjoyed the challenge of working with variations of red within the entire composition. I also worked on this piece while live streaming my process on TikTok, and I had a blast answering questions while working on various stages of the collage.

Lately my color palette has been really bright, and I’m enjoying how my live streaming sessions have inspired me to make so much new artwork this month. “Cherries” is my eighth piece completed so far in 2021.

Dino-Mite

Dino-Mite by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Dino-Mite.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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This collage was another request from one of my art followers. This was my first time making a dinosaur collage, and I think it looks a bit rough, which means my next one can only get better. I like sharing a lot of my art, even the pieces I’m not really proud of. I like to share how not every work of art that an artist creates looks completely polished or perfect in their eye. I also like how sometimes some of my work that I’m not terribly excited about is actually work that other people love. You never know, we all have so many different preferences.

Hummingbird in the Woods

Hummingbird in the Woods by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Hummingbird in the Woods.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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One of my art followers suggest I make a hummingbird collage. I made one last year that sold pretty quickly, so I figured I’d make another one this year. For this one, I focused on using fragments of trees from a few images so that the background would have a more uniform look. I enjoyed mixing a little texture for the hummingbird and decided to outline the bird to make it more visible since the background is more complex than what I typically do.