Monday, 12 December 2011

What's at the End of YOUR Rainbow?

Rainbows.    *sigh*     I loooooooove rainbows!

To me, rainbows have always been a mystical discovery. A rainbow is just like a sale at my favourite local art supply store: I never know when I'll see one, and when I do, it takes my breath away.

Watercolours in my art journal.
For all you science-types: A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines on to droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.

And about that. I STILL remember Mr. Devereaux's grade eight science class and memorizing ROY G. BIV for a test...

In honour of hosting Rainbow Day on Daisy Yellow's "Building a Rainbow" project, I've decided to not only explore rainbows, but also the "just out of reach-ed-ness" theory of the pot of gold.

Have you ever tried chasing a rainbow to find the pot of gold?

I have found that by the time I find what appears to be the end of the rainbow, it has relocated to a few more blocks away. Or the magical moment has gone and rainbow has disappeared altogether. No matter how fast I drive and how carefully I track a rainbow, I have NEVER found the end of the rainbow.

Determined to find my own "pot of gold," I've been pondering what a pot of gold really is:

joy, excitement, wealth, surprise, magic

The most exciting realisation of all is that I have all of these things. I live in a lovely house with an completely adorable man and a cute-as-can-be kitten. I have a secure job that pays me a moderate wage. I keep myself excited by creating art every day with my sewing machine, in my art journal, or by designing new jewelry creations. And as for surprise, my romantic love keeps me on my toes with flowers for no reason, special messages and notes throughout the day, and new adventures for us to embark upon. I live the pot of gold.

This rainbow was fun; I cut squares of colour out of magazines and then arranged them into a cascading rainbow. The background was made using pencil crayons with a mossy green wash over top. Nice!

A new rainbow mandala in my art journal. I started with yellows in the centre graduating to the darker remaining colours of the swpectrum. Materials: finetip Sharpie and pencil crayons.

Coming Soon - Mixed Media Postcard Swap.

Contact me with your email and mailing address to be included or for more information.

Details will be posted this Friday!!!!!


  1. Shannon, Thank you for your marvelous introduction to the rainbow and for helping us build a rainbow. And I love that you drew a mandala in honor of rainbow!

  2. "I live the pot of gold" - I love that.

  3. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog post, I love your pages, especially the mandala (I've never done a Mandala!) you've been very productive!

  4. Beautiful post. I really like the magazine rainbow that you made! Thanks for sharing this happy post!

  5. So true about the pot of gold! Fantastic colors on your post!!!!


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