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!