The Emerald Casket


Quick Pages

I hadn’t touched a brush in a few weeks. After my office was moved out of my art room and back into its own space, the disorder left behind in my art room left me paralyzed. The table I use to paint on is still covered with things that need “homes”. A few days ago, I had the choice of putting those mislaid things away or taking my paint and a notebook to my desk. Guess which I chose. Yeah, I wanted to create, not clean.

I have a very small, thick Moleskin art notebook. The pages are only 2.5 x 3.5. Big enough though to plop down some paint. This was the first thing I did. I only have limited time to play with paint. I have edits to complete for other authors, a book of my own to write… So, I have to wait until the end of the day (night, really) to play. There’s joy in wetting the pans and plopping down shapes. I like watching the colors “bloom”, bleeding into each other. I used Payne’s grey and yellow ochre here. When they dried, I tried out a new Maribu art crayon th make the black spots. That wasn’t enough, so I got a black Dylusions pen and scribbled, just dragging the tip around wherever I wanted. I like it. That’s all that counts.

Played with more colors and made donut shapes. Again, I dragged out the black and a white pen and scribbled and marked. So, fun. And that was all I had time for that night.

The next night, I tried for different shapes to mark all over. It’s very busy. I don’t like it. The colors were from a new pastel paint palette I have that I’d never used. I’m not a pastel person, so I’m not sure what to do with it. I’ll have to try harder the next time. However, the painting did fill another couple of pages of the tiny notebook.

Another night, and I decided I wanted to add a figure. I don’t do portraits or people very well, but I rather liked this. The background needs more detail. I might try a scene like this again on better, bigger paper though. I want to go for something lush and tropical, but I have to build my confidence.

Then I put away the watercolors and got out my gouache palette. I don’t like what I painted. I felt confined by the shape of the paper rather than the image in my mind. The swirly roses are too washed out for my liking.

Back to the gouache last night. I want to try cityscapes, but I think next time, I’ll choose watercolor rather than gouache. I want more blurring and shadows. Still, I like the colors–my favorite Paynes grey and beige. I added windows with white pen. And yeah, I should probably have drawn a straight line at the bottom edge to keep me from slanting upwards…

Anyway, I’m back to painting. Someday, I’ll tackle the art table cleanup, but for now, I’ll doodle on my desk.

2 comments to “Quick Pages”

  1. ButtonsMom2003
    December 6th, 2020 at 2:46 am · Link

    I love seeing your art work? Have you seen any of author R.J. Scott’s “doodles” on Facebook? She has done some really fun stuff, too, and some of it reminds me of what you do. <3



  2. Delilah Devlin
    December 7th, 2020 at 5:08 pm · Link

    I will have to check out her doodles! Thanks for the lead!