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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!

Fine art collage artist finishes new contempoary collage painting
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Contemporary abstract collage painting receives final touches. I love being a fine art collage art.

Contemporary collage painting has its ups and downs. As this new collage painting is taking shape I wonder whether the t-shirt and shorts of the painting’s figure is getting the proper attention. Fine art collage artists experiment as they go along and routinely add new paint and mixed media materials as new paintings grow.When the subject happen to be abstract collage this process can take unintended, but fun directions.

Growth is an interesting topic to discuss in contemporary abstract collage. Each painting I embark on grows as a flower - unexpected directions, shapes, and more, while at the same time they all maintain subject awareness and point in the direct I want to take it as a fine art collage artist. Abstract collage takes on a life of its own as the mixed media materials are placed on the collage canvas.

I decide to freshen up the body of the T-shirt on the figure and so I repaint the stripes with yellow and orange just like I did to the arms previously. I like the effect. I am devastated by the legs. Nothing I do seems to help. It is almost like everything I try leads to very bad vibes and results. So, I paint the legs again with gold paint. Something has to work. I add shiny orange foil paper to the edges on her shorts. Now her outfit is complete.

With yellowish tan paint, I add bricks to the wall on the right and left side of the window and also above the window.

I am super starting to like this painting. But what to do with legs????

Fine art collage artists have to think on their feet, especially if a new collage painting is giving you creative troubles. I add go-go boots to her legs. They come up to her knees. It’s a good idea but not executed well. What to do? The glue has dried and now the boots are stuck. They seem too big and there is only a very little separation between the two. Now what do I do?

I add tassels to the boots! A brilliant idea. Then I separate the boots by painting a dark blue and brown strip between the boots. I also add paint to the outside edges in order to trim down the width of the boots. I paint the boots with white gesso. I have a hard time doing this because it seems like the paint absorbs very well into the paper I used for the boots. It becomes a real problem, but now that I have started to paint, I need to finish.

I paint the tassels and little designs on the front of the boots with a light yellow. Then for the final note on this collage paintings clothing, I dab more yellow paint for the light coming out of the sconces.  

The way I see it, this young girl needs shades - pink ones. I draw the outline of the frames with pencil and then using pink paint, I create the frames. I measure for the lenses and cut those out of shimmering paper and attach with gloss medium and varnish.

Now this girl can see the way I see it. She is complete. I hope you enjoyed the creative process of this new contemporary collage painting. As a fine art collage artist it seems as if each new painting’s completion completes a journey of my conscious!

Collage painting gets the finer points
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Collage paper is added to a collage painting

As my collage painting comes to life I add some finer points to make the collage painting whole. As a fine art collage artist, these finer points can seem like they never end! However it is important to see this through in order to fill the gaps and bring all areas of the canvas to life.

I add collage paper in vertical strips to the right hand side of the collage painting. I use three different colors and textures. I also add decorations to the side of the table with small round disks; the bowl is covered with a silvery/gold paper; and her legs are padded with paper towels and covered with some netting. Net effect of the latter effort is the legs still look awful  But not to worry. A solution will be discovered.

I decide to use colored shiny paper in the trim around her neckline on the shirt and also around her wrists. I have made the decision to use shiny paper in at least two or three places in each of my figure collage paintings.

The purple sconces still remain and are becoming a problem/eyesore for me. I am not sure what to do with them. Questions remain about color and texture.

Finally in this step, I find large gold leaves on a piece of collage paper. I carefully cut them out and then apply them to the two trees in the window.  Even though the leaves are really, really too large for the tree, I like the accent they bring to it.

I am very happy with the results. Collage painting is always a series of experiments and so far this is turning out successfully!

Contemporary collage artist creates a new figurative collage
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Fine Art Collage artist creates a figurative contemporary collage painting!

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Since becoming an artist I have created many figurative artworks. I am very excited that this current figurative artwork will be my first figurative contemporary collage painting. I am looking forward to creating a new fine art collage using contemporary art styles to depict a traditional artistic style.

This black and white study on greyed tone paper is done with charcoal, charcoal pencil, and white charcoal pencil. I imagine and then use parts of me in reality to pose for this girl sitting at a table looking forlornly at a mostly eaten apple and completely devoured banana.  

I have decided not to put a face on this figure because this way, more people can identify with her. I will be painting her face, later on, with gold paint.

I enjoy slanting and skewing some of the elements in this study. The table is awkwardly oval with curved sides. The bowl of fruit is irregular in a nice way. The figure is slanted and skewed in one direction. The window and sconces on either side of the window are crooked. Even the light emanating from the lit sconces is wavy and inexact.   

This canvas, 36” x 24”, is partially covered with sawdust planned for another painting which never materialized. I coat the canvas with a pink underpainting and am ready to go with my drawing.

I start at the bottom of the page and work upward. I am drawing with a paintbrush with medium valued blue paint. I am not using a pencil or any dry marking tool. Instead I draw with a brush by picking a point on my drawing and then determining the rise and run of this point. I can draw from point to point by measuring this way. It takes a long time to utilize this method. Interruptions are a bad thing at this point. What is the rise of a point? It is a measurement in inches of how high above the bottom of the paper the point is. A run is a measurement in inches of how far across (horizontally) the point is from either side.

Drawing the legs of the girl and the legs of the table and chair, became a challenge, but I feel I accomplished what I set out to do. I see the remainder of the drawing to be easier than this bottom part.  

Adding more detail to my new collage painting
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Fine art collage artist is adding some additional pieces to a new contemporary collage painting

Now I am “brave” enough to tackle the whole collage painting, so I begin to add paper to the right side. The same kind of tactics I used on the left side, I now use on the right side.

At the top of the collage painting above the door, I add thin strips of black paper to outline part of the storefront. I used this method as I created my new contemporary collage painting because it helps to ground the building so the eye does not escape past those black lines. As a fine art collage artist it is important to lead the viewer along the lines that tell the painting’s story.

More paper continues to be added to the flowers in the sidewalk flower pots. Green leaves and twigs are added.

After I have completed adding more paper to the collage painting, I add white paint to some parts of painting. Creating new collage paintings is always a back-and-forth process between different mediums. I learned this through studying underneath talented, famous fine art collage artists.
The flower pots get more defined flowers by the addition of white outlines of flowers and leaves. The door is painted white in some areas. The two right hand reflections receive a touch of white.

I also add grey paint to the white paper on the sidewalk. I like that it has been hidden because it attracted too much attention. Now there is just a hint of the texture which does not pull the eye there. Black paint is added to the shadow side of the lamp post.

More textured paper is added to the window in the door to make it look like it might be a screened door.

The biggest thing which is added in this step is the name of the gallery to which this door belongs. Two signs are made - one saying “Reflections” for the top of the door and another one saying, “Gallery” for the area just below the screen/window of the door. To make these signs, I printed on solid xerox paper the words for the signs. Then I placed sewing pattern tissue paper over top of the words. I traced the letters onto the tissue paper using a thin blue magic marker. Then I glued the letters with the tissue to the door.

More paper is added here and there until I am beginning to feel like I am nearing completion.

Adding collage paper to my newest contemporary collage painting
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Collage painting has many elements to it. Applying different mix media materials at different times can create completely new collage paintings. Being a fine art collage artist I love playing with this layering process in my contemporary collage painting.

I use all sorts of textured papers. I have fun glueing pieces of paper very randomly and quickly to the canvas. I follow somewhat the architectural lines, but at times I overlap my paper across two different areas. Sometimes I feel like I am “painting” with paper. I apply it like I have a paint-loaded brush that I quickly sweep on the color with great abandon. I apply glue to the canvas, quickly attach the paper, and then apply glue on top.

My favorite papers are becoming the tissue paper from sewing patterns which has a light yellowish cast to it. I also like purple tissue paper which creates a very dark tone to the canvas when applied with the gloss medium and varnish.  It makes a nice shadow area.

I add papers to the flowers. Some of it is yellow paper with holes punched in it. I also add red and purple tissue paper.

One of the most significant additions to the collage painting canvas in this step is the addition of gold foil paper. Hinges on the door, plus the flowers see the addition of gold foil. It adds a touch of sparkle. In addition, silver foil is added to the lamp post where the highlights will be on the base of it.  

I find some pink paper which is a different tone than the pink underpainting. I use that around the door frame in order to call attention to that area.

More paper is added all over the left side of the collage painting. The reason I am not yet working on the right side is that there is so much going on the left side, I would feel overwhelmed if I tried to work on the entire painting. I will leave the right side for another work session.

I apply a textured white square paper to the sidewalk.  In a later step I will cover that over because I feel that it attracts too much attention.

One thing which I decide at this point is the creation of some resting points for the eye. I generally leave most of the sidewalk plain without collage paper. Also the windows where the dark blue has been painted will receive very little paper.t6f I feel that it is a good thing to have some places to rest.  Otherwise the whole painting would become so busy that it would be difficult to look at it for any length of time.

My new contemporary collage artwork is taking shape - I love being a fine art collage artist!
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Fine art collage artists have different ways of applying their mixed media materials onto their new contemporary collage artworks. For me I like to mix things up from collage painting to collage painting. For this particular piece I makes passes with paint prior to applying mixed media materials.

I add white to the door and storefront and yellow paint in places where there is trim around the bottom part of storefront. I also start to add flowers to the pots and baskets. The sidewalk is painted a soft grey. I use light blue to create depth and three dimensions to the windowsills. Also there is a light which shines down from a place just above the left hand side of the door. I add a dark blue to the inside of the windows. Finally I add dark lines to the windows and architectural features to show depth in the construction of the storefront and door. These dark lines are shadows on door trim or on the trim around the windows, etc. My first pass with color is complete.

I add more colors to the flowers. I want the flowers to be really colorful.  They will add some interest to the composition. More white is added to the door and walls. Finally the lamp post is defined better with dark lines.

The reason Step Six has a yellowish cast to it and Step Seven does not, is that Step Six was taken with less light. The day is getting long and the light is more subdued here. Step Seven was taken at the beginning of the day.

Next I being to add collage materials!

Collage painting with colors by fine art collage artists
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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!

Adding textures as a collage artist
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Collage artists have all been in positions of having to know when to stop the base layering and begin the textured layers that will be prominent in the final collage painting.

I, contemporary collage artist, find myself at this crossroad. I start adding layers and textured items to my new collage painting. As we begin to highlight segments I try to make use of different mixed media materials in differing sections of the new collage painting. Balance in important - otherwise the eyes will be stuck in one particular section and not wander - which, afterall, is the theme of my highway series.

During this process I try to add layers and materials that increase the amount of visual and textile textures. If there’s one thing I learned from the many fine art collage artists who I have studied under, it’s this - keep things interesting!

Self-made and manufactured collage papers are attached as well as colored papers and paper dollies painted violet.  A dark blue fluid acrylic is then used to make a spiral line around the center circle shape which goes out from the picture plane at bottom right.  Some of the sawdust protrusions within the center circle shape are topped off with an orangish red color, enough to add interest but not be distracting.

Additional light turquoise paint is washed over much of the painting.  Then a dark turquoise is added to two areas on the circle’s circumference.  Red-orange and orange fluid acrylic lines now travel around the circle. This paint is added in drops which often blend together into a solid line.  The tops of the ropes are lightly brushed with orange paint. It is more visible on the dark blue pieces. I try to maintain the lettering of “No Place To Go”.

In the close-up that I have placed in this blog you can see all the fun textures created from papers and colorful paints. A close-up view shows a lot more going on here than meets the eye from a distance.

As a contemporary collage artist - I’m still having fun. I hope you have enjoyed the read. Until next time!

Placing the Collage Painting pieces together
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As the collage painting begins to take shape I now have the pleasure of placing the mixed media materials onto the new canvas. Many fine art collage artists and contemporary collage artists use this period of assembly to define their edges and place the “story” of their collage painting on paper.

One of my favorite mixed media materials to work with as a contemporary collage artist is rope. Collage artists use rope to direct viewer’s eyes and to set the horizontal and vertical perspectives.

I have been looking at these huge pieces of rope which I acquired some time ago, wanting to use them in a painting.  Some of the rope is larger in diameter than a man’s thumb. It’s hard to tell what this rope might be used for. It might be used on boats and docks.  It couldn’t be for rock climbing because it is so large and heavy. Anyway, I decide to use it here. I collect samples of different rope sizes. I want to glue the pieces down next to each other in increasing rope sizes.  So this is what I have done on the left side of the painting. I begin with a very small diameter rope on the left and then continue to build up the sizes of the ropes as I moved towards the center of the painting. There are seven rows of different rope sizes here.  I also add a few rows on the right side of the painting in order to balance out the composition.

What a hard time I have glueing the ropes down to the sides of the canvas which is 2.5 inches deep.  The ropes do not bend easily at a right angle to the front surface of the painting. I end up slicing part way through the rope on the underside just where it begins to bend onto the side of the canvas.  After glueing with gloss medium and varnish, I tape down these ropes really well with artists tape. I let dry overnight before removing the tape. The result? Perfect.

Once the rope pieces are placed and dried I commence filling in the background with turquoise. The main circular shape is painted with a light turquoise, then warmed up with yellow and apricot colors.  The background is also warmed with a dark, rusty red. Black lines define the inner track running horizontally across the painting.  Finally the thinner ropes are painted a light turquoise and the larger ropes are painted a dark turquoise.

Collage art creation has sped up and now the new piece is starting to come together!

The Beginning of a Collage Artists creation
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In creating a new collage artwork I always like to visualize the layering of the mixed media materials before I place them on canvas. Painting in contemporary collage art allows me to utilize my creativity and spontaneity from conception to execution.

A simple value study is created with compressed charcoal, charcoal pencil and white charcoal pencil.  I like the lines and shapes and think it is simple enough to be a good candidate for an interesting contemporary collage painting. I decide arbitrarily to make this painting 24” x 36”.

After i have decided on the basic format of my new mixed media collage painting I begin to draw out the primary sketch on canvas. Flowing and easy-going lines and shapes are achieved in this step. I want these elements to be free and easy to look at and not stand out in an unusual way.

There is some overlapping of shapes and there are 3 stacks (or layers) in this particular painting. The 3 stacks look very much like highways stacked one upon the other. In real life, some highways can sport 5 stacks, but that is about the limit on the number of layers in a highway system. Three stacks is probably the limit in what I can successfully do in a painting. I want my painting, to have simple, yet bold shapes without being too intricate. I think this drawing will achieve this.

As the lines and shapes begin to take rudimentary shape on the canvas I get excited about the new contemporary collage artwork that I am creating. Fine art collage requires a step-by-step process of creation and I am thrilled to begin this process once again!

Collage artists' mixed media piece On the Straight and Narrow

Collage Painting Inspirations by a Collage Artist

“On the Straight and Narrow” speaks about falling into line, staying there, and not getting off track. It’s easy to veer off the beaten track and lose sight of where we are going. In this piece the dotted magenta lines show the way while large dark green “bushes” line the roadway.  There is no break in these bushes. All the more reason to stay on the straight and narrow.

Creating the mixed media imagery behind this collage artwork was an interesting experience. One of the questions I had to answer as a collage artist is how to incorporate abstract art lines while maintaining the perspective of a dotted line along the road.

I used circular lines contained within mixed media art materials to create the “bushes” and placed these “bushes” at intervals beginning in the front of the collage painting, working backward slowly, shrinking the “bushes” with each circle until I developed an perspective of retreat.

With this my collage painting had perspective and my dotted line keeps the viewer centered “on the straight and narrow”.

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