Queen Bee

I was thinking of using tattoos to give a story line to my mixed media girls. The bee was the start to this process, mixing collage and tattoo design. It was tricky to make a design fit the shape of the arm and at the same time rather fun .I used pastels acrylics collage for the head band and painted over it to make the pleats more realistic… Queen bee in honey colours..

Extravagant hat

This hat was created with a specific shape in mind .I wanted it to be heavy on the right hand side to counter balance the effect of the dress touching the left hand corner.I kept the same colour scheme for cohesion and hopefully achieved a striking look for this mixed media portrait!

Iconic beauty

Today, VE day ,I post this mixed media girl which reminds me a little bit of the fashion in the 1940’s… particularly the head scarf. I did not have a definite plan when I started this project but I wanted to create a dress with a beautiful washi paper that was gifted to me plus a different tissue paper for the scarf. I painted over both papers to create texture and colour. Pastels crayons and acrylics plus collage made this painting a real mixed media girl. Gold gives an iconic feel to this project.

Wild within

This came as a reflection of the need to go within to go through tough times. The lockdown is putting us into an inward mood which allows us to get in touch with our deeper self, the untamed, the wiser intuitive self. This women made me think of a shaman who sees beyond the ordinary reality and wears extraordinary outfit to recover her wild self.

Shimmering dress

I wanted to create a portrait of a woman wearing a striking dress which would reflect the light. At the same time I wanted it to be semi- transparent over the arms.I had great fun designing this outfit out of squiggles..and it was truely a mixed media adventure not knowing how to achieve the end result.So by experimentation I obtain the right effect for this design…