“Rainbows End” is a vibrant and dynamic mixed media on glass artwork by Dave Archer that captures the essence of his unique “art storms” technique. By channeling high voltage from a Tesla coil into acrylic and resin paints, Archer creates a canvas alive with the energy of lightning, resulting in a base layer that is both chaotic and captivating. The colors produced in this process span the spectrum, much like a rainbow, hence the apt title of the piece.
At the center of the composition is a large, red-orange celestial body, its surface rich with texture that suggests topographical variation, similar to the craters seen on moons or planets. This central figure is surrounded by an array of smaller orbs, each one bathed in a different hue, contributing to the rainbow theme and adding to the composition’s sense of depth and space.
The background is a stunning visualization of a cosmic vista, with nebulous clouds of color—yellows, greens, blues, and purples—intermingling to create the visual effect of a distant galaxy or interstellar cloud formation. Flecks of white throughout the piece mimic the appearance of stars, enhancing the celestial theme.
“Rainbows End” is a testament to Archer’s ability to paint over the electrified chaos of the “art storms” with precise and intentional strokes, crafting miniature fantasy universes that draw the viewer in with their beauty and complexity. This piece is not only a feast for the eyes but also an invitation to explore the imaginary worlds that might exist at the end of a cosmic rainbow—worlds that spark the imagination and remind us of the boundless creativity afforded by the medium of mixed media on glass.