It’s been a busy weekend for me thus far. I spent some time the other day creating more handmade magnets. There’s still plenty more that I’d like to make, so my Etsy store is going to gradually fill up with them. Below is a picture of working on the acrylic backing for the magnets and what the finished product looks like–packaging and all.

Magnets by Megan Coyle Magnets by collage artist Megan Coyle

Business Cards

My new business cards arrived in the mail. I’m having fun working on improving all my printed materials. I’ve been updating my contact information because I recently changed my website to instead of Although still redirects you to the new web address, in a couple of years the domain name will no longer exist.

Here’s the new design for my business cards:

And for a comparison, here’s the old design I was using:

Website Update: Galleries

Megan Coyle's portfolio websiteI found a great new script that I added to my website where it creates a sliding image menu. I used it to replace the older images that represented each gallery on my site (portraiture, scapes, animals, and still life art). You can see the new feature when you visit my online galleries.

Website Evolution and Updates

I was looking at previous versions of my portfolio website within the past year. I’ve redone it three times within a year, and well, I’m amazed at how much it has changed. I’ve taught myself how to work with html and javascript and all those fun web design methods of coding. I thought I’d share a couple of screen shots of the homepage to give everyone a good idea of how my site’s evolved:

Megan Coyle's website

Here’s the first version I did, my first attempt working with Dreamweaver. I collaged the navigational links and the header, took pictures of them and incorporated the images into the website’s layout. The background was a distorted image of one of my collages.

Megan Coyle's website

I started working in columns, learned how to configure online contact forms (for the mailing list, etc.) and decided to change the background to plain black to give it a cleaner look.

Megan Coyle's website

The current version. I took a night class in graphic design this past fall. I designed a logo for myself and decided to use it for my website. I also decided to get rid of the collaged navigational links and header.

Just the other day I found a great tool that I’ve added to my online galleries. It creates an overlay on the website so it emphasizes the artwork pop-up window.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ve been working on a number of collage projects, so expect updates for my works in progress.

Real/Unreal Exhibition

Jean by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Jean.” Collage on paper. 18″x24″
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My portrait, “Jean,” is currently on display in the Art League Gallery’s “Real/Unreal” exhibition. The portrait was juried into the show by Juday Jashinsky. The Art League Gallery is located in Alexandria, Virginia, and it’s open from Monday – Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibition will run from March 4th until April 5th, 2009.

Zoo Visit

I don’t have a studio update for this post, but I do have some photos for future inspiration.

I went to the zoo today and decided to post my favorite pictures from the visit–my favorite shot is of the hippo sticking his tongue out at us.

So it’s back to the studio for now… 🙂


Papercutting Exhibition

I took a few pictures of the gallery space where my three collages are up in the Papercutting Exhibition.

The exhibition is open from December 12th – January 4th.

Below you can see “Orange Plains,” “Pink Flower,” and “Figure Seated by the Counter.” I’m a fan of the collage that was hanging in between my landscape and flower collages.

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.