Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Since Bosty lives in the Washington, DC area, he decided to stop by the Hirsshorn 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!

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.