Oh to be in England, now that April's here ....
The weather has been gorgeous over Easter - unfortunately I've been pretty busy with paperwork and stuff that meant I didn't get out sketching.
I have to put mirror plates on some paintings tomorrow for a group exhibition at the local museum and deliver them on Friday.
There is a pastel exhibiton coming up soon with another group but I've had authorisation that coloured pencils are allowed so that means I can show some of the flowers I did in cp. That takes the pressure off a little and means I can get on with the big canvasses, series of seascapes and hopefully start the rivers and canals project :>)
I think I might treat myself to a nice big new A3 sketchbook for the rivers/canals project - I really do prefer to work a bit bigger. Buying art materials is fun :>) , I like to keep project research stuff together so I'll probably have a one small sketchbook and a large one - apart from any canvasses I do plein air.
The image above is digital - scanned watercolour doodles combined with fragments of poetry. For some reason I never did one for summer but did for winter and autumn, with appropriate fragments of words.
I remember studying Home Thoughts from Abroad, 'oh to be in England, now that April's there, when the lowest boughs on the brushwood sheaf, round the elm tree bole are in tiny leaf - in England now' - written by a homesick poet, Robert Browning in Italy, and deliberately saved to study in April by our teacher. I was living in Malta and of course it was already hot there - it meant a lot more reading it whilst living abroad, with slight twinges of homesickness :>)