Fine art collage artist turns to color woes in contemporary collage painting
Many fine art collage artists use the element of color as attraction for viewer eyes. When I use color I use it for many reasons, and this is definitely one of them. That being said it can also prove to be very challenging to work with. When you’re working with different shapes, colors, and materials, deciding which attributes compliment each other requires skill and most importantly patience.
As I work through this process I add more yellow, yellow-green and a speck of white to my circle area on the collage painting. Some greens begin to appear in various areas and I add several yellow dots under the title words.
I am searching, searching, searching for a color which will transform the entire collage painting from one of gaudy vibrancies into a more subdued color arrangement. I admit, as a fine art collage artist who has created pieces before - I am struggling because I am not sure which direction to turn or what color to try.
Finally I add a medium turquoise wash over much of the background and over the horizontal bar extending to the left and right edges.
Famous collage artists have taught me that not all colors have to be present in the collage painting for them to be noticed. I add light and medium blues to the inner circle still maintaining the view of the title words across the top. Much of the yellow has been covered including small dots of yellow. Also, the tone of the red-orange has been made more subtle.
It seems like every step provokes an obstacle. Sometimes I feel like I am taking a stab in the dark. I am apt to try anything, any color at this point.
Until next time!