South African mixed media artist Veronika Olivier explores the possibility of photographs on canvas.
Her recent work combines photographs of children with mediums used in mixed media art. Her perception of these materials is compatible with her current subject of exploration – fantasy, magic & stories.
Through the process of mixed media painting she creates story-like visual compositions, built upon layers of collage elements, dreamlike textures & paints, and striking imagery of her subject matter. Drawing inspiration from archetypal imagery with fantasy and storytelling references, she uses children with animals in most of her pieces. She explores the intersection of reality and fantasy by combining traditional art techniques, contemporary cultural references, technology and unexplored flights of fantasy in her work. She begins with a digitally manipulated photograph, and then expands upon the mundane acts of everyday life by adding a bit of magic, mystery and fantasy to the photograph by work of her own hand.
Veronika also paints mixed media portraits depicting her South African and specifically Afrikaner heritage and also loves painting angels in a surreal or whimsical style. Because of her intuitive and creative nature and her constant curiosity to explore new things there is great diversity in her painting style.
She is a full-time artist living with her husband in the country south of Johannesburg. She works from her home studio where she does mixed media workshops, paint nights, special events and photography. She is also an online mixed media art tutor.
Her work continues to evolve with rich new subjects and returning magical themes.
Lesson: A thing Called Love – Bless the Rains in Africa (A lesson in mixing darker skin tones – Beginner level)
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280g Mixed Media Paper
Variety of acrylic paints. Use whatever colours you prefer but I used:
Raw Umber Light
Yellow Iron Oxide
For the background use any colours. I used:
A variety of brushes
Posca Pen / Markers
Stabillo ALL Pencil