Smirk

Smirk by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Smirk.” Collage on paper. 24″x18″
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I finished the portrait and just made a few small changes from the last progress picture. Anyway, I’ve begun a self-portrait piece, and since I always struggle with those the most, we shall see how it progresses.

Charlie

Charlie by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Charlie.” Collage on paper. 9″x12″

I just finished this one–and stayed up a little too late working on it. Anyway, I’m actually doing a series of dog portraits for commission work. There will be a few others in the future scattered here and there in my posts.

Pink Flowers

Pink Flowers by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Pink Flowers.” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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I saw these funny looking flowers in the butterfly garden on the mall in Washington, D.C., and I thought I’d do a collage of them. For my next piece, I think I’ll create another animal collage.

Lily

Lily by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Lily.” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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I finished the commissioned dog collage tonight–much to my surprise. I thought it would take me at least another day, even though the piece is fairly small. Now I’ll have some time to work on the portrait collage tomorrow.

A Day in the Park

A Day in the Park by collage artist Megan Coyle
“A Day in the Park.”
Collage on paper. 12″x9″
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A lot of the people in the area are obsessed with their dogs–on a busy street a couple blocks from my house, there are two (not one, but two) dog bakeries. It was only fitting that I’d do a park scene that included a little dog.

And I’m done with this series for now. I’m off to work on cutting paper for my next projects. Perhaps another portrait? A flower? Another animal piece? We’ll see where my inspiration leads me.

The Torpedo Factory

The Torpedo Factory by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Torpedo Factory.” Collage on paper. 12″x9″
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This is a collage of the Torpedo Factory, which is a well known art gallery/artist studio community in Old Town. I’m thinking about making two more collages in this series. Then it’ll be back to working on art for the festival, and perhaps even working on another portrait.

In other news, the Alexandria Times published a little blurb about my work being exhibited in the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center, which I discovered today although it was published a month ago. The exhibition ended yesterday and I’ll pick up my piece later this week.

Swan and Flower Collages

Here’s an update on the collages I’ve been creating this summer. I’m about to begin a coffee cup series as well, and once I finish the first piece I’ll post that as well.

Green Swan by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Swan Series – Green.” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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Orange Swan by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Swan Series – Orange.” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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Pastel Sawn by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Swan Series – Pastel.” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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Purple Pansy by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Purple Pansy.” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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Blue Pansy by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Blue Pansy.” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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Warm Color Pansy by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Warm Color Pansy.” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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Sunflower by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Sunflower.” Collage on paper. 12″x9″
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Scott

Scott by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Scott.” Collage on paper. 18″x24″
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Here’s the completed collage for my senior thesis exhibition. This portrait was inspired by my cousin Scott, who passed away from cancer back when I was in high school. He was thirteen at the time, but now he lives on in our memories and the artwork made by my family (there are a lot of creatives in my family).

Senior Thesis Planning

I’ve been trying to work on my senior thesis a bit by creating a few pieces for my next committee meeting. These pieces probably won’t make it to the actual show–I’m pretty sure they’ll be butchered at my next meeting. Nevertheless, I’ll continue onward.

Jean by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Jean Reading.” Collage on paper. 18″x24″

Anyway, for my show, I’ve decided to do collages, with portraits as the subject matter. During my winter break, I took advantage of the free time I had and got started on a sample piece to show my committee. This piece below is how far I got along with the portrait of my mother. It isn’t finished because it needs more shadowing on her face and better work with the wall in the background. I’m not satisfied with the composition either–I’ll probably have to take new pictures of my mother the next time I see her so I can make a better portrait of her.

Sketch of Ali by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Ali (Sketch).” Graphite on paper. 18″x24″

Today, I worked on a sketch for one of my future collages, of my cousin Ali. I like this composition a lot better and I hope to get started on it later this week.

And that’s everything for now. I’ll probably work on a few more sketches tonight of other portraits I plan on collaging.