Adding color to a contemporary collage painting
The next steps of my new collage painting is when color hits the canvas! As a fine art collage artist my collage paintings have to catch viewer’s attention and the best way to do this is to add color to define the shapes of the paintings’ primary focal points.
I decide to turn the yellow and orange into a more subdued version than what was seen in the previous step. It does not appear to be so harsh on the eyes. Particularly when there are so many stripes, it is better to pull back on the intensity of the colors. The blending of color themes is important on contemporary collage paintings. If a fine art collage artist focuses too much color in one area then this area will define the painting and overshadow the other parts.
I begin to add other colors to the canvas. I decide to use blues and blue-greens for the furniture. I invent the colors because I have no model to observe or copy. I want this painting to be fun and have a high spirit, so my blues and blue-greens are more intense than what I usually use. I also paint the sky in the window with blues and I vary the values of the blues that are there.
Even the colors for the fruit are intense. I use a very bright red for the apples and a bright yellow for the bananas. This yellow is more intense than the yellow of her shirt. I wanted there to be some distinction between the two. So far so good.
Quite a bit is accomplished in this step. Color is added to all remaining areas of the collage painting. I like the distribution of color and how it is used in each area. I am not fond of the purple bowl and purple sconces, but I wanted something different to complement the other yellows in the painting. For right now this color will suffice, but I will go back in with more color(s) later on.
I paint the face, hands, neck and legs with gold paint. I do not plan to put any features on the face, itself, but I thought gold would help it to stand out. Some of the sawdust that was glued down to this canvas as explained in STEP #2, shows on the legs of the figure. It makes it look like she has some terrible disease. I will “fight” with this issue from now until finishing the painting. It is like my Achilles heel. The problem won’t go away until finally the light source from the sconces shines on the wall. I “sprinkle' a yellow light coming out of the top and bottom, by using a small sponge dipped in yellow and gold paint. I dab this sponge lightly all over the wall in select areas.
I paint her shorts a bright orange, rather than continue the stripes used in the shirt. Other small details which are painted include the trees in the window and the white of the apple core.
Now the collage painting is taking shape!