Happy Easter!

So much for maintaining this blog on a regular basis.

Holy Week means a long weekend for us here in the Philippines. This has no bearing on me since I work at home anyway…and vacation was, well, spent at home. Which sounds crazy to some of you, who are probably thinking that, given the opportunity, I ought to be hitting the beach. Thing is, I’m really not a beach person—much less a summer person. Summer is my least favorite season. I tend to get sick during this time of year, and even grumpier than usual.

Still, I figured this was a good time to be productive. I got some reading done (I am currently rereading Patrick Rothfuss’ The Wise Man’s Fear), did some drawing (ugh, so rusty!)…and even a teeny bit of painting.

I do know what Easter really is about, but what with all the wonderful Easter egg decorating ideas floating around on the internet, I figured I’d do something that features eggs, only in 2D. And anyway I wanted an excuse to paint something—anything.

It’s been awhile since I’ve cracked open my watercolor paints. I don’t know why I keep putting it off (apart from the obvious, which is: work). Admittedly, I am just really bad at prep work. It’s a necessary thing but I find it so depressingly tedious and a time suck.

Then I realize how the act of painting really lifts my mood. Never mind if I’m not a pro at it (this is really just a hobby), or if I don’t do a neat job, or if it’s not the most outstanding thing I’ve ever done. I just like doing it. 🙂

At first I was using a transparent watercolor set but got really impatient when I saw how the colors just weren’t bright enough. The thought of applying more layers drove me to grab this tiny set of Sakura Koi watercolors, which was given to me by a friend. Worked like a charm. I think I like pan watercolors more and more.

I revisited some painting techniques for creating textures: using a sponge, a liner (rigger) brush, and a flat brush (though this was more of a happy accident). The blue egg is a mess…I had no idea what I wanted to do there and ended up doodling on it. I tried using the salt technique on one egg, and the alcohol technique on another, but it didn’t quite work out the way I wanted. Not sure if it’s because the air was too dry (less water to create a reaction) or because the artwork is really small—the resulting effect was just too subtle.

So here you are, a humble greeting from this neglectful wannabe blogger. Whether or not you’re religious, I hope Easter will bring you joy and peace in your lives.

Cheers!