A new figurative fine art collage painting

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This figurative fine art collage painting began with a photo by Will Curry of Chili Pepper Bikes in Moab, Utah, of a daredevil mountain biker leaping over rocks.  This trail could very easily be a trail known as The Whole Enchilada. It begins in the mountains and leads the biker on a treacherous ride down to the Colorado River.  If you do the Whole Enchilada, well, then, you are really something!

As I was thinking of the Mexican dish of enchiladas, I also thought of tamales.  And so somehow, I decided to call the future figurative fine art collage painting of this biker, The Whole Tamale.  This imaginary trail called The Whole Tamale will be filled with mixed media collage materials which will accentuate the features of the basic fine art collage painting.

Before I begin the process of placing mixed media collage materials on canvas, I create a black and white study on grey toned paper.  I want to give the idea of the biker flying through the air (which is what he is doing). In my study I am careful not to “ground” him on the rocks.  I avoid creating any shadows of the biker on the rocks to give the impression that he is truly up in the air.

Next I paint the line drawing of my new figurative fine art collage painting. 

“A simple line painted with a brush can lead to freedom and happiness.”

  • Joan Miro

I am using a 16” x 16” (2”) deep gessobord.  I have put down a cobalt blue underpainting. After that dries I carefully transfer the black and white study to my wood panel with painted lines.  The process is a lengthy one. It takes me approximately 5 hours to measure; multiply my measurements with the predetermined multiplier; and then measure my lines on the painted panel.  I use a mixture of turquoise and phthalocyanine blue for my lines.

I decide, when I begin the transfer process, to distort the roundness of the bike wheels.  So I make them oval and slant them in the direction in which the biker is traveling. This makes me feel like there is action and momentum.  The biker really seems like he is flying through the air.