Rainbow Art Journal – Nebula

There are so many layers of watercolour on this page. I usually only work in two or three layers so this was a real exercise in patience for me as I waited for each saturated layer to (slowly) dry. The idea was to depict a figure floating inside a nebula. Is that even scientifically possible? No idea! I didn’t bother consulting my astronomy nerd husband because accuracy doesn’t bother me. The spacesuit would possibly set someone’s teeth on edge too as I cobbled it together from various references to spacesuits from different countries and different eras and then simplified the forms.

75 - Nebula

Rainbow Art Journal – If I Had Wings

I was trying to decide what to draw while making my morning mug of tea. I like to look at the birds at my feeder while the kettle boils and I was enjoying the way the light was highlighting the beautiful colours in the feathers of a grackle. Flashes of blues, purples, greens were shining among the rich black. And that was when I decided to draw a figure with wings in those jewel tones. I thought about making the background deep black to better reflect the grackle inspiration for the drawing but decided against it. Maybe I should at a later date? I have annoyed myself by making the wing on the right too stubby. I should have done a bit more pencil scaffolding before I went in with the ink. Apparently this is a lesson I will never learn. Otherwise I quite like this illustration – in large part because I love that Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise so much.

73 - If I Had Wings

Rainbow Art Journal – Rain Cloud

I guess I was still thinking about the personification of stormy weather when I sat down at my art table because what emerged on the page was this figure who I turned into a rain cloud. The idea came from the way I drew her hair all poofy like a cloud so I decided to make the hair even bigger and rounder. I really didn’t think through how to illustrate the rain drops and probably should have made them a bit less dense but I suppose all those dashes and drips add some visual interest to the page. Returning to mixed media after such an extended break, I realise with this piece that I have lost some skill with layering water-based media over acrylic. Hopefully I will see some improvement next time I attempt it.

70 - Rain Cloud

Rainbow Art Journal – Storm Sprite

After a (too) long break from creating art, I am determined to use Summer break to recalibrate my life, get back into the habit of making regular time for art, rediscover my creative mojo in the process, and hopefully restore some much-needed balance to my life. My gears and joints have all seized up through lack of use so I thought a good way of dipping my toe back into regularly creating art without feeling intimidated would be to keep plodding along in my Rainbow Art Journal.

I cracked the pages of the journal open and the first completely empty page was in the purple section. Since I unintentionally started the tradition of having a Sprite figure in each colour section, I decided to create a purple sprite and I thought of stormy skies and lightning storms. That is, therefore, what this figure is supposed to represent. I was actually surprised by how easy I found it to put pen to paper and draw again but where I really observe the rustiness is in my ability to manage proportions – even in accordance with my own wonky style – and my aptitude with drawing hands. I have really experienced a setback with drawing hands. This is frustrating when I had been making good progress in that regard but, knowing I managed to develop the skill beforehand, I trust I will at least catch up to myself again with more regular practice.

69a - Storm Sprite

Rainbow Art Journal – Cool Breeze

This is another illustration I created with the contents of an Art Snacks box. This one was way back in November 2019 but, unlike my feelings towards most of my past art, I still really like this one. I have observed that I seem to draw a lot of female figures cowering or huddling against the cold, their hair blowing in the wind. No idea why. Perhaps because I have a tendency to feel cold?

67 - Cool Breeze

Rainbow Art Journal – Frost

This illustration was created with the contents of an Art Snacks box all the way back in December 2019 – and doesn’t that feel like a different time altogether now? I believe there was a blue brush pen that I used as watercolour and a metallic ink pen – which is what I used for the disc behind the figure. I don’t particularly like this page and had thought I might return to this page and add to it but – given I have not done so in over two years – I am definitely calling this page done.

66 - Frost

Rainbow Art Journal – Among the Trees

This is another illustration in the blue section of my Rainbow Art journal. It was created so long ago now that I cannot recall what my intention was, though I suspect it was an experiment in combining the blues with a neutral, ochre in this case. Normally when I revisit past art, I only see the flaws. However, while my handling of the acrylic is very scrappy, I still quite like this as an illustration.

65 - Among the Trees

Rainbow Art Journal – Moonlight

In an effort to get back into the habit of blogging more regularly, I thought I would write about some pages in my Rainbow Art Journal that were created eons ago. I am also hopeful that writing about my art might inspire me to start experimenting with art supplies in my art journal again and that these tinkerings might get me back into the habit of making time for art.

This page in the blue section of the journal was actually created all the way back in August of 2018 with supplies from that month’s Art Snacks box. It is very puddly and splodgy and full of watery blooms in the blue areas. If I was working on this illustration now, I would probably add another layer of the blue to make it darker, richer, and flatten out some that visual texture.

64 - Moonlight

Rainbow Art Journal – Head in the Clouds

The next page in the blue section of my Rainbow Art Journal was an almost blank slate. Apart from some small scrapings of leftover blue paint, all it contained was a wine label containing the word “Wonderful”. That label became my starting point for constructing a column comprising odds and ends of washi tape. The column then became the herma-esque body form for a female figure. Having painted the background a solid blue, I decided her hairstyle should take the shape of a simplified cloud. I think she has emerged with a bit of a silent screen actress look.

63 - Head in the Clouds

Rainbow Art Journal – Air Sprite

This next page in the blue section of my Rainbow Art Journal was actually created back in February. It was made with the contents of that month’s Art Snacks box. I received blue and green products so I decided to produce an illustration of an Air Sprite. The blue of her clothing is an acrylic ink and the colour of her hair was actually produced by diluting the pigment from a metallic green marker. That same marker has a nib that produces dots of varying sizes depending on the pressure placed on it. As you can see, I had a lot of fun creating those dots.

62 - Air Sprite