experimenting with color, mood and texture

I am always creating images for my Instagram account (when too busy i post older work) but this morning began with the usual warmup for the day--playing around with illustrated bits I've created in the past and moving elements around/altering color to evoke mood. I would love for my next book to be in this vein. Here are two recent pieces...

tiny painting

I've made a return to painting again. Back to gouache, where it all started. I still think it is a lot of fun, but not sure if it would be the right medium for picturebooks and all the revisions...but I am enjoying the simplicity of paint and brush.