As October draws to a close I'm preparing for a trip to Ireland - a chance to rest, recharge my batteries and hopefully do a bit of sketching, painting and photo-taking (weather permitting). A busy time at work, wedding preparations, and - this weekend - a nasty cold, have prevented me from doing much art recently: the underdrawing for my next painting is sitting in my studio waiting patiently for attention. It might turn out to be a straight watercolour; or a pen & watercolour wash; or even an illustration in gouache; I haven't quite decided yet.
I first thought about tackling the subject (Yavanna from JRR Tolkien's The Silmarillion) a couple of years ago, and it's taken me all this time to get anything usable down on paper. This weekend I've had several good ideas about how to proceed, which need a little thought. So I hope she won't feel too neglected if I make her wait a little longer!