I have to confess something. I have a fascination with mushrooms (not the hallucinogenic kind). If I’m walking in the woods and I see a mushroom, I simply have to stop and admire it before moving on. Bonus points if they’re oddly shaped or colourful.
I have no idea why I’m like that, though. I suppose it’s got something to do with their association with magic and fairytales, as well as their overall prettiness. And don’t even get me started on mushroom rings.
… I got sidetracked.
Last winter, Oskar and I were at a shopping centre and my eyes fell upon a beautiful ceramic mushroom figure in a home decor shop. It had the not-so-gentle price tag of about 30 euros, which I was fully prepared to give until he talked me out of it and we left the shop. I have regretted it ever since.
So yesterday, I went out to buy my brother a birthday card (we share the same birthday btw, but aren’t twins), and I came across a smaller version of the mushroom figures in another shop – and significantly cheaper. With no one around to stop me this time, I bought two of them and felt a surge of inspiration as I left the shops. Once back home, I started doodling around a bit and ended up with this drawing.
I’m quite pleased with it (can you see the little mushrooms?), especially since I’m still new at the whole water colouring thing that seems to be all the rage right now. Drawing and sketching was a great interest of mine growing up, but I worked mainly with charcoal pencils and very rarely used any colouring techniques at all. But I’m excited to start using them now!
Does anyone else share my fascination with mushrooms? I’m genuinely curious. Do let me know, will you?
The last couple of days have been rather pleasant. I’ve gotten some work done on my manuscript – I’m currently editing chapter 3 (second draft). I always get anxious when I haven’t looked at it for a few days in a row, and thanks to the tragedy that was my video editing adventure, I fell behind quite a lot on that. So it feels great to be back on track again.
On a different note, I also got to try out my new pigment liner pens. Every since I got Skillshare, I’ve been wanting to develop my water colouring as well as drawing skill, preferably together. I used to be really good at drawing, but it is definitely a skill you need to maintain in order to keep sharp. I have been playing around with the idea of making some concept art for my manuscript using water colours, but I will need to practice a bit before I feel ready to dive into that.
I’ve also been doing some preparations for our upcoming sailing trip! Indeed, we will be going out early tomorrow morning, aiming to be away for about 5 days. We’ve never been away longer than 24hrs on that boat before, so it was kind of tricky to do the meal planning – especially since we don’t have a fridge. But I think I got it covered with lots of whole grain biscuits, fruits and bread with marmelade for breakfast. We do have a small cooker, so we can heat up canned soups or boil water for noodles for lunch as long as we’re docked in a port (would be pretty dangerous to cook while out at sea). Thankfully, we plan on eating out for dinner. And beer, we’ve also bought a lot of beer, so now we know we’re all set.
I’m not sure whether I’ll be updating my blog while we’re away. I did get the WordPress app, so I know I should be able to, but technology is not exactly my forté. I’m also not sure how my internet connection will be once we get to our main destination – the island of Ven between Sweden and Denmark. But I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be a lot of fun with plenty of quality time with Oskar and our dog Niles, with fresh, sea air as well as some island hiking.