Hey there! This is Briget, your resident arteest.
Sorry to have dropped the ball for…six months. I have a horrible sense of time, and have been extremely busy in the rest of my life! Chris and I had a talk and decided that we should really go on an official hiatus until I’ve managed to get a good buffer of pages set up so that we can bash out chapter one like nobody’s business.
I was trying to get a handle on it and finish chapter one, but it quickly became apparent that the rest of my life was just getting too busy/exhausting.
For those of you who don’t know, I work full time at a day nursery, and often work overtime! Even when I don’t work overtime, a lot of my shifts are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and since I rely on public transport, that usually means I don’t get home until nearly seven o’clock most weeks. I’m also doing a QCF Level 3 in childcare, so in addition to my 40-hour work week, I have to find time to research and write papers on child development and teaching strategies to earn a qualification that will give me a very useful and transferable skillset. On top of that, my weekends have been mostly really busy the last six months, between my family visiting from America, going back to my husband’s parents’ house for various familial obligations and friend obligations, and when they haven’t been busy, they’ve been much needed unwind time for my husband and me to just have us-time.
Working with 9-month-old to 5-year-olds is a lot of fun, and really rewarding, but super exhausting.
The painting you see above you was the work of probably about a month — partly because I was a little afraid of starting the painting because I’m a little rusty on my Real Media Skills, and partly because I was just working on it when I had spare time and energy.
In any case, check out our Tumblr, because I will be posting there more often with preview panels of upcoming pages. I’m also working on a painting process post so you can all see how I made it. I chronicled it as best I could, but missed out a couple of bits by accident. Thus is the danger of getting caught up in the moment in a real-media project you’re trying to document.
Painting specs: 300 lb cold-press Arches paper and watercolor. Inked in acrylic black ink, primarily with a #2 Cotman series 111 brush with detailing done with my crow quill pen.
Thanks for sticking with us, and I hope you come back soon!