This is the final page in the yellow section of my Rainbow Art Journal. I reflected on what things I associate with yellow, the things my mind conjures up when I think of that colour, and one of the things I kept coming back to was warmth and of feeling cozy. This illustration seems appropriate for the transition from Autumn into Winter when my thoughts turn to hibernation and my habits become more hermit-like. For me, the apex of feeling cozy is about being indoors, all tucked up in a sweater or a blanket, and drinking a steaming hot mug of tea. That gave me both the idea for the illustration and the colour palette – yellow for warmth and light brown for milky tea. I often use neutrals with a brighter colour but the neutrals I use tend to be black, white, or grey, so this was a useful experiment in using brown in that capacity. I think that, in this particular instance, the yellow might be too bold and the brown too pale for the palette to cohere but I will continue to experiment with using brown as a neutral.
I attended my monthly meet up with some other local art journalers on Sunday which meant I finally got some much-needed art time. I managed to complete two pages in my art journal. The first was a simple collage on top of a Neocolor background. My prompt was borrowed from Art Journal Adventure – the letter T. T automatically makes me think of tea so the page became a celebration of my love of tea. I made a template to keep the teacups uniform and then it was just a case of layering them into a stack. I usually don’t drink this many cups of tea in a day. My average is probably three cups. However, there have definitely been times in my life when I have consumed this many cups of tea, possibly more, such as when I was writing my thesis. Making and drinking tea was a useful distraction. It’s a simple, easy composition but creating it greased the creative wheels and made me feel I was back in the swing of things again.