This week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Effy Wild and, since the end of the year is nigh, the lesson was essentially reflecting on what we have experienced in 2015, what things we wish to carry forward into 2016, and recording that in a visual way. The exemplar was on a theme of sunshine and roses and reminded me of a lovely piece of stained glass, specifically the panels in the doorways of houses from the 1930s. As lovely as the design was, it just wasn’t me. I, therefore, had to think about my version for a bit and wait for inspiration. When inspiration arrived, it was in the form of zombie bunnies. These wee characters have cropped up time and time again in my artwork over the years so it is probably apt that they should feature in a piece about reflection and development, about progress. I used Inktense block and ink to create it. I wanted it to be vibrant and bright. I then wrote my intentions for the coming year – which arose from my reflection on the year about to end – in gold ink in each of the rainbow stripes. I kept my intentions broad for now. I will generate a list of goals closer to the end of the year.
This week’s Life Book lesson was delivered by Danielle Donaldson. I had really enjoyed her previous lesson – Tiny Story Telling – so I was looking forward to further experimentation with watercolour illustration. The lesson demonstrated a different approach to watercolour hand lettering. The idea was for students to write our individual names and then surround that with illustrations of things that make us happy, bring us joy. However, I took my inspiration from a piece Donaldson showed in her tutorial, an illustrated list of art supplies. Since art makes me happy, makes me feel more balanced, and colour brightens my day, I thought the subject was apt. I sketched a variety of my art tools, painted them with blotchy watercolour, spattered, and added the text. I really like how the piece turned out.