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.

Lab Puppy

Lab Puppy is a collage by Megan Coyle
“Lab Puppy” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I’m continuing to work on my dog series. This time, I thought I’d incorporate a lot more texture with the dog’s face. Usually I use more solid colors for the dog portraits, while saving all the texture for the background. It was fun changing things up for this piece.

Feeling Husky

Feeling Husky is a collage by Megan Coyle
“Feeling Husky” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I’ve decided to revisit dog portraits, to tackle a series of different dog breeds. Over the years I’ve had a tendency of tackling the same sort of dog portraits, and I’d like to study a few different types this time around.

I enjoyed collaging this Husky collage. It was my first time collaging a Husky, and I enjoyed working with the shadows for the dog’s eyes and incorporating bits of texture.

Bosty goes to the Outer Banks, NC

Bosty goes to the Outer Banks

Bosty loves the beach, so he wanted to head off to the Outer Banks for the week. It might be September, but that doesn’t mean that the summer weather is over!

Bosty goes to the Outer Banks

He spent hours basking in the sun, and admiring the beautiful blue ocean. Bosty loves looking at all the colorful beach towels and umbrellas in various arrangements on the sand. He enjoyed spending the majority of his time out and about on the beach.

Bosty goes to the Outer Banks

Some days Bosty would wander across lawns right by the shore. He realized that he preferred the soft grass to the sunbaked sand.

Bosty goes to the Outer Banks

To finish his week-long adventure of lounging around by the water, Bosty decided to be a little more adventurous and go boating. He loved feeling the wind in his face as he stared off at the ocean from his perch on a kayak. Bosty definitely can’t wait to have more challenging adventures in the future!

Bosty goes to Chincoteague, VA

Bosty visits Chincoteague by Megan Coyle

Bosty wanted to get away for the weekend, but didn’t feel like traveling too far away from DC, so he decided to visit Chincoteague in Virginia. Chincoteague Island is in Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and is known for its beaches and wild ponies.

Bosty visits Chincoteague by Megan Coyle

Aside from bird watching by the shore, Bosty also did some strolling along the beach.

Bosty visits Chincoteague by Megan Coyle

And when he grew tired of the sandy beaches, he decided to watch the kayakers before doing some kayaking of his own.

Bosty visits Chincoteague by Megan Coyle

He was only able to see some of the wild ponies from a great distance away, so for all his touristy pictures, he had to pose alongside a horse at one of the local farms.

Bosty visits Chincoteague by Megan Coyle

During Bosty’s last night in Chincoteague, it got really foggy outside. He thought it looked almost like an enchanted storybook when he wandered around the town.

Bosty visits the Cherry Blossoms in DC

Bosty visits the cherry blossoms in DC by Megan Coyle

Earlier this month, Bosty had a chance to check out the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC during their peak bloom.

Bosty visits the cherry blossoms in DC by Megan Coyle

It was a dreary and cold day, but Bosty still had fun checking out the views of the Jefferson Memorial by the Tidal Basin.

Bosty visits the cherry blossoms in DC by Megan Coyle

He liked taking a few pictures in different angles before exploring other areas where the cherry blossoms were blooming.

Bosty visits the cherry blossoms in DC by Megan Coyle

He especially liked the trees by the Washington Monument, and how a few of them had kites caught in their branches from the Blossom Kite Festival.

Bosty visits the cherry blossoms in DC by Megan Coyle

Although it had been a chilly day, he thoroughly enjoyed getting to see those beautiful flowers while they were still in bloom.

Bosty goes to Tampa, FL

Bosty goes to Tampa by Megan Coyle

Bosty wanted to take a break from the grind of city life, and spend some time lounging by the beach. So we jetted off to Tampa, Florida to do just that.

Bosty goes to Tampa by Megan Coyle

He had a lot of fun walking down the beach, searching for seashells and hoping to find shark teeth that had been washed ashore.

Bosty goes to Tampa by Megan Coyle

He was fascinated with the palm trees in the area since they are so different than any of the trees back home.

Bosty goes to Tampa by Megan Coyle

Bosty loved how beautiful the sky and water looked during different times of day, like early in the morning, and when the sun would set at the end of the day.

Bosty goes to Tampa by Megan Coyle

And after a relaxing trip of sunbathing and splashing in the ocean’s waves, Bosty wanted to end the trip by admiring one last vacation sunset.

Bosty goes to Harry Potter World

Bosty goes to Harry Potter World by Megan Coyle

Bosty is actually a pretty big fan of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, so the other day he went on a weekend trip to Harry Potter World in Orlando, Florida. He loved visiting their recreation of Hogsmeade.

Bosty goes to Harry Potter World by Megan Coyle

And had to stop by Honeydukes to get some chocolate frogs.

Bosty goes to Harry Potter World by Megan Coyle

Next, he wanted to go to Hogwarts to wait in line for one of the Harry Potter themed rides.

Bosty goes to Harry Potter World by Megan Coyle

Afterwards, we headed to the Hogsmeade train station to catch the Hogwarts Express to the other end of the theme park.

Bosty goes to Harry Potter World by Megan Coyle

He really enjoyed all the recreated storefronts like Screed and Sons.

Bosty goes to Harry Potter World by Megan Coyle

And what do you know? They even had the Knight Bus that visitors could pose in front of!

Bosty goes to Harry Potter World by Megan Coyle

Before ending the day of wandering all around the park and waiting in line for different rides, Bosty wanted to take a look at their recreation of Diagon Alley.

Bosty goes to Harry Potter World by Megan Coyle

One of his favorite parts of Diagon Alley, was getting to see the dragon that actually breathed fire every few minutes.

It was definitely a fun day, filled with strolling by beautiful recreations of settings from the books, popping into magical shops, and getting a quick thrill from theme park rides.

Bosty goes to Montreal

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Montreal

Bosty wanted to escape the winter in Washington, DC, so he jetted off to…Montreal, Canada. I suppose he wanted to swap one cold winter for a colder one. Anyway, he decided to spend a weekend exploring the streets and running through the snow.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Montreal

He also really enjoyed a lot of the street art in the area. Even though it was his first time to the city, he decided to admire the overall environment instead of playing tourist the entire time.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Montreal

Murals even caught his eye at night when he strolled through the snowy streets.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Montreal

He loved seeing all the night lights, especially ones that were strung across the street.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Montreal

And on the last night of his trip, he decided to do at least one touristy thing – ride the La Grande Roue de Montréal, otherwise known as the Montreal Observation Wheel. It was a wonderful way to say farewell to the city by getting a good look at the skyline.

Collie

Collie by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Collie” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I haven’t explored collaging different dog breeds all that much, so the other day I figured I’d tackle a Collie portrait. I decided to use a simplified background with a warmer green, to create more of a contrast between the Collie and the background. I worked in bits of texture as well as solid colors, and I like how this dog seems to be smiling.

It’s always good to explore different ways to tackle a medium. Sometimes I like to work with more patterns and textures in the magazine strips I use, while other times I like to focus mainly on solid colors. Other times I have no idea what direction I’ll lean towards, and that element of surprise is all the more reason why I continue to make collages.