Posts in figurative fine art
Finding Collage Materials for my fine art collage painting
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This step is one of my favorites in my artistic process of creating fine art collage paintings.  I love searching for textures and colors that I can use to enhance my painting. This is what fine art collage painting is all about - digging into my collage box and surprising myself with mixed media materials that can be repurposed into a cohesive collage.  I hope to continue improving my painting. I need to be careful not to go overboard; not to smother the painting with mixed media collage material, but to find a happy middle ground where paint and collage can exist in harmony.

I find a lot of paper and fabric that I can utilize.  In about 2 hours I glue down a considerable amount. I do some additional painting by adding highlights to the bike.  Also, by using spots of black paint on the edges of the tires, I add tread so it will look like a mountain bike.

I add yellow tissue paper and small bits of red and orange paper.

I add a textured backpack to the rider.  I think it makes him look like he’s in a race.  Finally I add black racing goggles with a shiny green lens.

I feel like I am almost finished!

Adding paint to my new fine art collage painting
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Paint inside the lines! Sounds familiar? This step reminds me of when I was a child coloring in coloring books and trying so hard to stay in the lines.  I stayed within the lines then and I do now!

For the next step in my new figurative fine art collage painting I add color to areas between the lines that I have drawn on canvas. Fine art collage artists all have different methods of painting their collage artwork.  For me, on some collage paintings, paint comes before mixed media materials. 

I follow my green outlines and paint in each area.  Most of the areas are flat shapes and do not show any highlighting or shading.

The way the sky is painted is the only exception to this.  Here I use a light greyish purple and almost a white tint of this color.  I paint in fluffy clouds and give the sky dimension. Some of the blue underpainting remains to be seen.

All fine art collage artists have differing studios and workplaces.  As I write about my creative process in painting new fine art collage paintings I realized that I have never mentioned how my workplace looks! Well here is it!

I work with the panel flat on a plastic covered table.  I sit up high so I can view my fine art collage painting with a bird’s eye view.  Doing this helps the painting process as it creates better perspective and less foreshortening than if I were in a regular chair pulled up to the table

I also am showing my palette of red rock colors.  I like to mix my own brown paint. I use equal amounts of pyrrole red, permanent green light and indian yellow.  These three paint colors can be seen in the middle of the plate (my palette). I take some of this mixture and add orange to it.  I create its tint by adding white. I also make another pile of my original brown mixture and add cadmium red to it. I create its tint in the same way - by adding white.  Finally I add some white to my original brow mixture to make its tint.  

My resulting palette has 3 different kinds of red rock colors with a range of each kind of color - from the hue itself, all the way up to a very light, almost white version of it.

I hope you are enjoying the process of my new figurative fine art collage painting. See you next week!

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.

Fine Art Collage in New York City
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I was incredibly honored to be selected as an exhibiting artist at Agora Gallery in New York City with my abstract fine art collage artworks.

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Champagne!  Art! People!  New York! What better combination to celebrate the creativity of myself and 18 other contemporary artists.  The opening reception happened on Thurs. June 27th, 2019, at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, NY. I showed three abstract fine art collage paintings of my highway series , namely, “Turn Around”;  “Shortcut to the Party”; and “No Place To Go” (see these under “Abstract Fine Art Collage” on this website).

While drinks and sweet morsels were passed around freely, many people came to see the magnificent art hanging in this wonderful space called Agora.  Many favorable comments were received not only about my own fine art collage art work, but also of the other artists showing. It was a well rounded grouping of mostly abstract art.  The title of the show, being “Summer Idyll”, spoke of the happy, yet peaceful and satisfying aspects of a summer day. Most of the art had a way of portraying that happiness.  There were no overly shocking pieces to disturb anyone’s senses. It was a happy event, indeed!

It was an exciting and thrilling experience for me.  To be here in New York City among the tall buildings, the hustle and bustle of the city, and the noisy street sounds was overwhelmingly amazing.  It was an honor to be at this gallery and to taste a bit of the art scene in this huge city.

Now it’s time to get back to creating more contemporary fine art collage paintings!