September beach girl

The last hot days are nearly over on the Riviera and I was inspired to create this mixed media painting to mark the passing of the season. This portrait was done with pastels,acrylics, ink and finally for the swim suit I used collage with my own prepared paper. The tattoo came as a final detail and was done with crayons.

Duck family collage

I present you today a little duck family in my collage collection of cute animals. I find the colours in animals so inspiring. I add my personal touch keeping my imagination going looking for bits of paper to match more or less the reference picture… I always end up with something quite different!

Puffins mixed media collage

These amazing birds are a work of art with their fabulous colours. A great subject for a mixed media collage. Puffins breed in large colonies  on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil. I used a mixture of different papers to do the rocks in the foreground adding a lot of texture to the painting.

Thinking beauty

To continue this series of mixed-media girls with tattoos, I had to buy 1 particular pencil from the polychromos Faber Castell range to get that very specific blue that you often see on tattoos, namely, dark indigo. As these pencils are quite expensive it is great to buy them individually if you happen to have a small standard set.

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..