Bosty goes to Quebec City

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

Bosty wanted to visit Canada the other day, so he could check out Quebec City. He spent the first couple of days strolling around the streets, looking at all the colorful buildings with window boxes filled with flowers.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

Since it was his first time visiting the city, he just had to pick up a few souvenirs at some of the local shops.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

Then he went off to enjoy the sunshine while looking at sculptures and fountains in public spaces.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

Bosty especially liked the public art he ran into, like this art installation of woven boats that were suspended above the water.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

It was such a beautiful day to admire the area’s architecture and parks.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

And he had a chance to get close to the Salvador Dali elephant sculpture.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

Next he walked along the boardwalk to enjoy views of the city by the water.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

The Quebec City Film Festival was going on during his visit, so he had a chance to watch a few films that were being screened outside.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

Then he was back to wandering around the streets to take a look at the street art. He really liked the intricate murals that were painted on this overpass.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

And he enjoyed how every now and then he’d run into an incredible mural that was painted on what would otherwise have been just a regular and plain building.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

Before ending his trip, he went whale watching in St. Lawrence, Quebec. It was actually a pretty foggy day, where he couldn’t see very much in front of him.

Bosty the Boston Terrier by Megan Coyle goes to Quebec City

While riding the boat out on the water, he got to see lots of whales. Unfortunately they moved too quickly for Bosty to pose for a touristy photo.

Overall, Bosty had a wonderful visit where he had a chance to see lots of beautiful murals and public spaces.

Golden Girl

Golden Girl by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Golden Girl” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I’ve always been a bit of a dog person. I grew up with a dog, and I always appreciate getting to visit my friends who own dogs. This is a piece inspired by one of those furry friends.

If you look closely at the Golden Retriever’s fur, you’ll notice that it looks like the texture of hair. That’s because I cut out fragments of images of blonde hair from models in the magazines I paged through, in order to construct this piece. The background is composed of fragments of landscape scenes, and the nose is made up of a few interesting textures I found.

Overall, I enjoyed making another collage of a grinning dog. Golden Retrievers are such fun dogs, and I’m especially a fan of adorable Golden Retriever puppies.

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

Bosty decided to take a break from the Washington, DC area, and headed up to Hamilton, New Jersey to check out Seward Johnson’s Grounds for Scuplture. He spent the entire afternoon wandering around the sculpture park and museum.

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

Some of the sculptures were fairly abstract, like William Wiley’s “To Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968, Artist, Tool and Die Maker.”

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

There were several sculptures that were recreations of famous works of art and people by Seward Johnson. Bosty was fascinated by Johnson’s attention to detail.

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

Bosty liked Gunnar Theel’s “Nature’s Laugh,” which somehow managed to tie a sculpture to nature. Theel’s sculpture was almost like a large flower pot, with plants growing out of it.

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

After wandering around for a little while, Bosty took a break to admire his beautiful surroundings. He loved the lily pads the covered the ponds in the garden.

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

He was amused by Seward Johnson’s sculptures of people doing common, ordinary activities, like this fisherman.

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

He really liked the life-sized recreation of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.”

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

And he decided to pose next to Seward Johnson’s sculptures of sightseers to make it look like they might be searching for Bosty…

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

Brower Hatcher’s sculptures really caught his eye, with the intricate and interesting way that the sculptor used stainless steel, glass, and iron.

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

Joan Danziger’s “October Gathering” had a whimsical and fun look.

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

And in between wandering around sculptures, Bosty decided to take a break by resting on a bench with a couple more of Seward Johnson’s sculptures.

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

He noticed a sculpture that he had also seen in Washington, DC, George Segal’s “Depression Bread Line.”

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

Some of the sculptors used a lot of movement in their work, like Clifford Ward’s “Jubilant Dancer.”

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

Bosty enjoyed all the sculptures that depicted different animals, like Karen Peterson’s “Beast.”

He was also a fan of simplistic shapes, like the use of line in Roy Wilson’s “Resting Place.”

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

One of Bosty’s favorite pieces was Benbow Bullock’s “Pillars of Hercules.” He liked how colorful Bullock’s work was, and his use of geometric shapes.

Bosty goes to Grounds for Sculpture

Bosty ended his day by visiting Autin Wright’s “The Sleep.” Bosty was exhausted after a day of wandering the sculpture garden grounds. He had a lot of fun, and enjoyed posing next to so many exciting and interesting sculptures.

Bosty goes to the Hirshhorn

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Since Bosty lives in the Washington, DC area, he decided to stop by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to check out the latest art exhibit. On his way over to the building, he stopped by the sculpture garden and decided to add a wish to Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree for Washington, DC.” Visitors can write wishes on tags and tie them to the tree – how fun!

 

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

He really liked Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkin sculpture, just look at those colors and dots!

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Some of the sculptures were very visually impressive – like this “Needle Tower” by Kenneth Snelson, that seems to repeat itself infinitely.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Bosty was excited to see that the new exhibit was the work of the contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

He was also pretty amused by the sign with Ron Mueck’s sculpture of a man.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Bosty was mesmerized by Barbara Kruger’s “Belief+Doubt” piece. He liked her bold use of typography.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

And Linn Meyer’s intricate “Our View From Here” wall drawing was incredible in-person. Bosty was definitely feeling inspired!

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Finally Bosty made his way to Ai Weiwei’s exhibit. He thought Weiwei’s complex designs were intriguing.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

And his favorite part were the lego portraits on the ground. He could only imagine how long they took to piece them together!

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

After seeing the special exhibit, Bosty wanted to admire some of the contemporary paintings, like Willem de Kooning’s work.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Jean-Paul Riopelle’s use of texture was incredible. And after a day of admiring beautiful works of art at the modern art museum, Bosty was practically ready to start making his own masterpiece. There’s nothing better than getting to see the work of great artists!

Mark and Sophie

Mark and Sophie by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Mark and Sophie” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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“Mark and Sophie” is a portrait that I was commissioned to make for the wife of a former boss of mine – she wanted to give it to her husband for their anniversary.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a portrait collage, so this piece was definitely a bit of a struggle for me. Usually my collages are relatively flat when you look at the surface – I don’t usually use that many layers. However, for this piece, there are definitely sections where I built up the layers more so than others.

Here’s the sketch that this piece started off with:

Mark and Sophie sketch by Megan Coyle

You can see that it looks a lot different than the final piece. Sometimes my sketches don’t exactly look the way I want the final product to look, but they do give me an idea of how to block out the entire composition.

Anyway, although this piece was a struggle, eventually all the pieces fell into place. Just goes to show that if you keep at it with something, eventually you can accomplish your goal.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

While visiting San Francisco, Bosty decided to check out the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

He especially wanted to see the Matisse and Diebenkorn exhibit.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

So right after he bought his ticket, he went straight to the Matisse and Diebenkorn show. Wow, just look at those bright, beautiful colors that Diebenkorn used!

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Next, Bosty wandered around the permanent collection for hours. He loved seeing some of Chuck Close’s intricate portraits.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

And Ellsworth Kelly’s bright, abstract paintings were another favorite, especially the painting that looked like painted pixels.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

He also liked Ellsworth Kelly’s large, abstract paintings on panel.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Bosty enjoyed seeing all the geometric minimalist work. He saw several pieces by Frank Stella that he just had to have his picture taken by.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

He was also surprised to see that Gerhardt Richter had made some colorful, minimalist paintings.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

And Bosty liked seeing some of Gerhard Richter’s work in his usual style.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

There were some pretty interesting sculptures in the museum too, like Antony Gormley’s “Quantum Cloud VIII,” which conveyed the body as a swarm of chaotic energy, and Richard Deacon’s “For Those Who Have Eyes,” which was a bulb shape based on the anatomy of the human eyeball.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Gunther Forg’s colorful, minimalist pieces were also fun to study for a while.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Bosty really liked Roy Lichenstein’s comic book style art, since it was like looking at life-sized comics.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Bosty ended his visit by walking by Sol LeWitt’s installation art. The simplistic lines and shapes were pretty amazing to see. Overall, Bosty’s museum visit inspired him to want to visit more museums when he heads home to DC.

Bosty goes to San Francisco (Again!)

Bosty goes to San Francisco

Bosty went to San Francisco again so he could escape the humidity on the East Coast. He decided to start his trip off by visiting the seals at Pier 39.

Bosty goes to San Francisco

Then he stopped by the Aquarium of the Bay to see all the underwater creatures. He’s always curious about what other critters look like.

Bosty goes to San Francisco

Next, he strolled around outside and got to see Alcatraz Island in the distance.

Bosty goes to San Francisco

Then he walked along the Embarcadero, where he stopped by the huge Ferry Building.

Bosty goes to San Francisco

There were all kinds of food stands to take a look at. It sure made Bosty feel hungry!

At the end of the day, he sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the view of the bay. The sun looked beautiful as it was getting ready to set.

Bosty goes to San Francisco

The following day, he got to ride a trolly car across town.

Bosty goes to San Francisco

And after being lazy on the trolly, he just had to hike across the Golden Gate Bridge again. Just look at those views!

Bosty goes to San Francisco

Next, he rode one of the cable cars across town to see the San Francisco Zoo. He was really excited to see all the giraffes there, but didn’t know what they were looking at just now. Are you trying to find me? I’m right here!

Bosty goes to San Francisco

After wandering around the zoo for a few hours, he walked up the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps to enjoy the gorgeous view of the city.

Bosty goes to San Francisco

But why stop there? Bosty wanted to take a look at a few museums, so he stopped by the de Young Fine Arts Museum to see the Stuart Davis exhibit.

Bosty goes to San Francisco

And since he was so close to the Golden Gate Park Japanese Tea Garden, he figured he might as well take a look at all the beautiful plants and flowers there.

Bosty goes to San Francisco

He ended his excursion by heading over to Ocean Beach . He noticed that he could see one of the Golden Gate Park windmills from the beach, and just had to get his picture taken in front of it.

Overall, he had one exciting West Coast visit. And he was pretty exhausted after checking out so many touristy places in the city.

Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Bosty wanted to explore one of the museums in the Washington, DC area, so he decided to stop by the National Gallery’s East Wing. He was excited to see artwork by famous artists like Pablo Picasso.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

As he wandering around the museum, he was drawn to Piet Mondrian’s simple geometric shapes and bold colors.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Wassily Kandinsky’s colorful abstract work also caught his eye, and he enjoyed seeing one of Gustav Klimt’s figurative and patterned paintings.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Wayne Thiebaud’s cake painting made Bosty feel a little hungry. Cake, anyone?

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

He spent a little time staring in awe at one of Jackson Pollock’s large paintings that was part of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Wow, is that an Andy Warhol? Bosty is a big fan of pop art.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

He also enjoys Impressionist paintings, and was excited to see some work by Claude Monet.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Bosty took a final look around and enjoyed seeing Alexander Calder’s large mobile pieces. He was a little worn out from wandering around every floor of the museum, so he went outside to enjoy the sunny spring weather.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Before leaving the National Mall, he strolled around the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden. It was a beautiful day outside, and it was a wonderful day to see some colorful works of art.

Malachi

Portrait of a Dog by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Malachi” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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Animals are one of my favorite subjects to tackle when it comes to piecing together my collages. Here’s a piece where I was commissioned to collage a dog that has two different color eyes. I’m thinking my next couple of collages will involve some more wildlife.

In other news, I’m planning to get started with exploring a couple different mediums. As much as I enjoy making collages, it’s always good to change things up every once in a while.

Purple Beagle

Purple Beagle by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Purple Beagle.” Collage on mat board. 5″x7″
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Another day, another doggie collage.

Lately I’ve been dabbling with some film work – figuring out how to work with editing, lighting, etc. Perhaps sometime in the future I’ll tackle a few collage-related film pieces. We shall see…

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a glorious week – and happy-almost-Friday!