My school is weird and has Spring Break way earlier than other schools, but it all works out because it is happening right around the time I am starting a big undertaking: a children's book painted entirely in gouache! I will, admittedly, edit the colors a little in Photoshop for final prints, but I'm really striving to be as in tune with the whole process of painting each page.
I think I forget sometimes as a digital artist how nice it is to not really know where a piece is going until it is 100% done. Right now I still have no clue how each page is going to look because I haven't painted them yet--for all I know, what I sketched on the paper may completely alter in the finish. Normally this would freak me out, but with the help looking at a lot of great artists like Maira Kalman--who literally just paints without thinking and her pieces are wonderful--I am really inspired to do the same. It's freeing and takes a hell of a lot of stress away when you can just say "No way I paint this is wrong. It will look the way it looks."
Other than that, I've been doing some much-needed personal projects to get more familiar with gouache. Message me if you would like more mini paintings featured on this page and on Instagram! I will even take custom requests :)
If you are also needing to loosen up with painting, I highly recommend watching Maira Kalman's TED talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/maira_kalman_the_illustrated_woman