I think it’s important to make art every day, by any means necessary—or in this case available.
The other day I went to my massage therapy session. Dick dropped me off because I can’t drive with my right foot in a cast.
I sat in the waiting area. Since there was no one else there and I’ve sketched the interior so many times before I got out Sktchy and did a quick brush pen portrait.
I then balanced my phone (where the photo was displayed) and purse in my lap. I reached into my purse for my waterbrush. It wasn’t there.
I remembered that I’d removed it when moving things around before and after the Minnesota State Fair.
But I really, really wanted to paint this sketch!
There was a paper napkin in my hand. I’d pulled it out when tearing my purse apart after I discovered the waterbrush wasn’t where it is supposed to be. “Maybe it simply fell out of the pocket and is rolling around the bottom of the bag,” I thought. Nope.
I looked at the palette already open and sitting in my lap with the sketchbook and phone. I looked at the napkin.
Pushing my right index finger tip up behind a piece of the napkin I spit on the end of the napkin and ground the now wet napkin into my paint palette. I started “painting” with red.
“Go for it,” I told myself as I smeared the pigment from the napkin onto the page, smiling. I may have even chortled in my glee.
To change colors I had to spit on another area of the napkin. As I worked I found this method wasn’t wet enough. I spit into one of the palette mixing wells. I used it for a water well and continued to work.
I love this sketch so much. Not just the sketch, which was quick and fun, but the color application—both the way it worked and the way it now looks.
Don’t let the lack of water and a brush stop you from painting a watercolor.
And NEVER, EVER put pigments in your mouth!