"Brandon the Robot" by Julie Jacobsen
I just have too much fun doing watercolor washes and then looking at all the squiggles and splotches to see if I can make anything out of them. It always happens. Do you remember in school when your teacher would have you scribble all over your paper with a black crayon and then have you fill in the designs with bright colors? Well, this is similar in the way that nothing is planned. The only thing I did ahead of time was to make bookmarks for friends using swirling colors. I tried different color combinations. This one I happened to really love.
My main intention with this watercolor was to make a birthday card for my grandson, Brandon. After I saw all the creatures that popped out I decided to write a story to go along with the illustration. It just flowed right out of me because I really am an illustrator at heart. It was so fun. The story and card are safely in the mail and, hopefully, will arrive in time for his birthday.
If I look at this painting I can see some color combinations on their own that really look so vibrant together. If you look inside the gray snake you can see a light peach and yellow. Then next to that I love the pink and yellow. I might do something with that sometime. I also love the bright cobalt blue band, the golden yellow inside of it, and the purple/burnt sienna underneath.
It's a very good thing that I take photos of all the art work I do before it leaves my house. That way I can look back on them for even more ideas and fresh approaches.