Happy Easter! Today is the two year anniversary of my watercolour blog! I know I haven’t posted recently, but I made a special effort to finish this piece in time for today. I really liked the dramatic sky in the reference photo I used, and I wanted to see if I could capture the same atmosphere with watercolours. It was a challenge to make the mountains fade out into the clouds on the left, but I am pleased with the result.
I’ve been working on some other projects lately, which have distracted me from painting. I took apart two second-hand leather jackets so I could repurpose the leather for a couple projects. I salvaged the lining of a worn-out faux-leather purse, and I plan to make a similar purse from leather. The other project I hope to work on soon is a leather wrap to contain a compact sketch kit. It will hold pens, waterbrushes, and paint, as well as a pad of watercolour postcards or a small sketchbook. Hopefully I will take sketching supplies with me more often if they are in a secure bundle that I can toss in a purse.
I have also been thinking of getting a fountain pen, both for sketching and to learn Spencerian penmanship. I haven’t used cursive writing since high school, because while my handwriting was always neat and legible, it was slow and took up a lot of room. Printing has always been faster and more compact for me, but not overly attractive. I think the cursive method we were taught at school was probably designed to make the teachers’ lives easier. It certainly wasn’t efficient or beautiful. I’ve always admired people who write beautifully, and I’d like to see if it is something I would enjoy learning.