Cold nights by a tiny heater, snuggled up on a Victorian style lounge reading Gormenghast. A gothic castle falling into decay and an eccentric cast of dark and sullen characters. I have fallen in love with the imagery of the scenes and Mervyn Peake's hauntingly emotive descriptions.
Given to me as a gift, I cringed at a distant memory of watching the film as a teenager with a friend who was utterly besotted by the young male antagonist. I say cringe because he's quite cruel and conniving. But I'm thoroughly enjoying the read. A delightfully macabre tale of the melancholy and desolate.
I've been dreaming endlessly of illustrating it.... maybe one day :-)
Other than that, I ask you: what could be more thrilling as an artist than new art materials?
With a stationary store closing down nearby, and oh so tempting discounts, I couldn't resist... so I succumbed and spoiled myself to some high quality new watercolour paints and those amazing watercolour block-pads that I've only ever drooled hungrily over.
These cost me a pretty penny, but they're the sort of thing that when full priced, you just gaze longingly at.....With my first Art Trade in the works with an artist whom I admire greatly, I wanted to have some yummy materials at the ready! :-D