Midsommar

I have not been creating any art for a month now which, for me, is quite a long time.  Partly this was a consequence of needing a break after several months of near daily drawing and partly it was a symptom of just being burned out from everyday life in 2020.  My creative mojo had temporarily departed.  Not wanting rust to settle into my artistic joints, I decided to try the December Art Snacks challenge as a way to grease the machine.

In order to avoid overwhelm, I opted to work on one of those small, narrow samples of paper I have that I have been turning into bookmarks.  When I looked through the media contained in my Art Snacks box and thought about the colours, I immediately thought of summer flowers.  Summer flowers made me think of the May Queen from the horror movie ‘Midsommar’ and so that became the basis for my illustration.  I did cheat a wee bit in that I used a micron pen for the outlines of the face and the very loose flower shapes.

Art Snacks - Dec 2020 - Midsomar

Art Snacks - Dec 2020 - Midsomar May Queen

Now that I have broken my creative drought with this small illustration, I hope to get back to at least pootling around in my art journals over winter break.

Sunshine and Lavender

Between completing my Star Wars illustration challenge and participating in Drawlloween, it took until mid-November for me to find the time and motivation to experiment with the supplies in my October Art Snacks box.  Even when I did break them out, I kept things very small and manageable.  This illustration is the scale of a bookmark.  Indeed, I have a number of these skinny drawings now and I think I am going to laminate them so they can all become bookmarks.

I think this drawing ended up with a bit of a 1910s vibe to it.  The combination of the lavender paint pen, which I watered down as well as using straight out of the barrel, and the bright sunshine yellow of the ink brush is quite a pleasing colour combination I think.

Art Snacks - October 2020 - 2