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New fine art collage painting inspired by nature
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Fine art collage artist finds inspirations for a new painting!

Mt. Peale, in the La Sal Mountains outside Moab, Utah, is a favorite among mountain climbing enthusiasts.  At 12,721 feet, it offers a hiking challenge for many.

I decided that the fondness hikers have for Mt. Peale could be captured in a fine art painting titled: “The Mountain with Appeal”.  What better way to show this emotional connection and the play on words than having red, paper hearts floating into the sky in my new fine collage painting.

Another attraction I have to this scene is the brown park sign posted at the trailhead that displays the name of this mountain.  As a fine art collage artists all sorts of collage ideas come to mind, so I am anxious to begin this phase of my work.

Prior to creating my new fine art collage painting from mixed media materials I always like to create a black and white study. Many famous fine art collage artists that I have studied under and read about recommend this process and I am more than happy to follow it!

From a photo of Mt. Peale and the grassy meadow below it, I create this black and white study.  I am most concerned with separating each area by color and value so that once I begin applying materials and colors the collage painting has balance.

Since my resource photo does not have figures in it, I need to visualize the size and placement of the hikers.  In relation to their position in the picture plane under the towering mountain, getting their size and shape correct is important.

One of the challenges of any fine art collage artist is creating the proper perspectives on canvas. Because fine art collage artists are using mixed media materials it is important to plan and use your materials carefully.

Soon I’ll have my line drawing complete. I can’t wait to share it!

Fine art collage is never complete!
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One of the amazing things about fine art collage painting is that additions and new features can be added whenever I see a need to enhance a collage painting. The flexibility that mixed media materials provide allows me, as a fine art collage artist, the freedom to add small edits or large reworks.

Something as simple as a trip to the hairdresser gave my collage painting “i’ll See” a ‘new do’! “I’ll See (aka Aisle C)” underwent changes during its development as an acrylic collage painting.

The original black and white study had details of grocery items lining the shelves on the left side of the drawing.  The remaining two figures were rather plain. (See Black and White Study).

As this work evolved, “Mom’s” purse changed from a sling-bak to a canvas purse slung over her right shoulder.  Patterns of color were added to the clothing of both figures using paint and paper. And a butterfly and flower were also added.  The only portion of this work which did not receive any attention was “Mom’s” hair.

This was brought to my attention by several art friends.  They pointed out that the hair pulled their eyes to it immediately.  And they did not consider this to be the focal point. (See 1st Version).

Something had to be done to incorporate her hair into the picture so that it did not stand out so much.  I decided to add thin string onto the brown hairstyle in order to give it the appearance of strands of hair.

This put her hair on the “same page” as all other items in the picture.  All things had either collage treatment or interesting patterns and textures painted with acrylics.  The strands of string (hair) are quite subtle. It’s a nice touch to an otherwise boring hairdo. (See 2nd Version)

“I’ll See” is an amalgam of many collage painting colors and textures.  This is precisely the feeling I desire from the viewer, A grocery store is a lot of colorful and textured products screaming for the shopper’s attention.  The little boy in the painting wants something of this and something of that. “I’ll See!”, says “Mom”.

Finishing my new fine art collage painting
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Fine art collage final touches. Creating harmony between paint and mixed media collage materials.

The final step of creating my new fine art collage artwork is harmonizing the paint and collage to tell the story I want my painting to tell. In my last step, I add splashes and lines of paint on the rocks to define them more.

I change the color of the bike frame from violet to purple, a color of violet which has more red in it.  This color stands out more against the rocks and creates the contrast that I like to add to my figurative fine art collage..

I add curved pieces of white paper to the inside of the tire on the left sides.  It makes the tires look more three-dimensional

I add purple to the rock shadows.  This is the same purple used for the bike frame.  It helps to pull the painting together by having multiple areas share the same color.

Finally, I add soft gauze material and gold sparkly tissue paper to the sky so that it has mixed media collage material incorporated into it.

I think I’m finished! This was a fun action sequence figurative fine art collage. Hope you enjoyed!

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.