Rainbow Art Journal – Wood Sprite

I have lots of ideas for Sprites in this neutral section of my Rainbow Art Journal so at least one more is likely to make an appearance. My first idea, however, was to draw a Wood Sprite so this character is the result.

89 - Wood Sprite

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this illustration. All of the weird and wonky shapes and all of the tiny linework to create the bark was absolutely what I love most about drawing. This is the type of drawing that really relaxes me. As I have mentioned before, one of the unexpected benefits of having worked on this mixed media project over a number of years is that I have really come to understand and appreciate what media, methodologies, and styles are really the core of “me” as an artist. I am pretty confident that I am going to abandon my mixed media dabblings to focus on ink and watercolour once I complete this particular Art Journal project.

Rainbow Art Journal – Time for Tea

I work on art projects in small parcels of time throughout the day rather than in one big chunk. This is the practice and habit I have been getting back into over this Summer break. My sketching time, where I develop an idea and map it out on the page, is during my morning mug of tea. That, therefore, is what provided me with the subject for this page. The colour palette was suggested by this page being the transition between the pink section and the neutral section in my Rainbow Art Journal. I do incidentally appreciate that this journal is not strictly limited to the colours in the spectrum of the rainbow and I definitely understand that neutral is not even the name of a specific colour group. However, this is just an art journal for my experiments and doodles so rules don’t matter.

88 - Time for Tea

Rainbow Art Journal – Watermelon

This was another page in which I had adhered some wine labels. I seem to always start collage layers in the centre of a page so luckily these two labels were also forming a column so you know what that means: yup, I turned it into one of my herma illustrations. The art work on the Cocomero label inspired the subject matter so I decided to draw a female figure who was the personification of a watermelon. Random fact about me: while I love other types of melon, I absolutely cannot abide watermelon. It just tastes like sugary water to me and I don’t like the fluffy texture on my teeth. I set myself the challenge of drawing a lopsided smile (I have a very wonky smile myself so that was the inspiration) and I think I pulled it off without it looking too much like a smirk.

86 - Watermelon

Rainbow Art Journal – Pink and Gold

This illustration was another experiment in combining different colours. I mixed a deep fuchsia shade by combining two pinks and then set that against a pale and sugary metallic pink and a yellow gold. I also used this illustration as a way to practice drawing hands. They are far too small in proportion to the face but I think I have made some progress with at least suggesting dimension to the hands. Ultimately, I like the fuchsia juxtaposed with the gold but I don’t like the sugary pink against the bolder pink colour as it looks insipid through comparison.

85 - Pink and Gold

Rainbow Art Journal – Indigo and Rose

One of the functions of my Rainbow Art Journal is a place in which I can play around with different colour combinations to determine which ones I really like and which I do not. This page, therefore, is an exploration in a blue and pink colour palette, specifically indigo and quinacridone rose. Since I was working with rose watercolour, I decided to draw a figure holding a rose. Drawing flowers is a real challenge for me but it turned out that it was the girl’s nose that gave me the most trouble. I fussed with it until I really could fuss no more as the pigments were staining ones and were creating mud through all of the painted and lifted layers. It was not quite right at the point of abandonment but it is also not a total wreck. I really do like this colour palette though.

84 - Indigo and Rose

Rainbow Art Journal – Rose and Yellow

This is a “vintage” page in my Rainbow Art Journal. It is an illustration I created with the contents of an Art Snacks box some time back in the Summer of 2019. And doesn’t 2019 feel like even longer ago than it actually is? It is actually interesting to revisit older drawings and to observe areas of improvement. I think I am better at drawing faces in full profile now than I was back when I drew this. I really like that Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose and think I shall use that again soon.

83 - Rose and Yellow

Rainbow Art Journal – Candy Sprite

Since I instituted a tradition of creating a sprite figure in each colour section of my Rainbow Art Journal, I decided upon a candy sprite for the pink section. I was thinking of what I call candy floss and Americans know as cotton candy. I personally cannot abide the stuff – the texture on my teeth makes me spine crawl – but it was what popped into my head when I was thinking of pink things that could inspire the illustration. As you can see, open mouth smiles are still an area of challenge for me. This has turned out as a bit of a rictus grin. Teeth are tricky too. Something to keep working on.

82 - Candy Sprite

Rainbow Art Journal – Pink Herma

This page already had an element of collage pasted into it, specifically the wine label that forms the basis of the figure. I, therefore, decided to extend the collaged area into a taller column to become the basis of one of my “herma” type figures. I was very out of practice with layering media, particularly when it comes to constructing faces, so I am actually pretty pleased with how this face turned out. I was so indecisive about what to do with the background that I decided upon nothing at all, just leaving it as solid pink.

81 - Pink Herma

Rainbow Art Journal – Pink and Yellow

This is another page that I actually completed a while ago as it was created with the contents of the May 2021 Art Snacks box. The pink and yellow are Royal Talens gouache, a medium I am still not that familiar or confident with. This was an experiment in using it in different dilutions. I am definitely more comfortable using it in a way that mimics watercolour but I enjoy the possibility of using it in thicker layers too. The colour palette was dictated by what happened to be in the box but I surprisingly rather like this combination. It’s very summery.

78 - Pink and Yellow

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