Since I don’t have much time to steal for painting while visiting my family, I decided to kick off the month with a quick experiment on toned paper. A doodle with black and white pens and a wash of red and Payne’s Gray watercolor. It was super fun to try something a little different and it’s been a super fun and relaxing time so far here in Texas. Right now, Philippe is trying to put together the insidious puzzle my mother had in the garage. It’s a waterfall, which sounds lovely as a photo, but when split into tiny pieces, it all just looks the same with a diabolical pure white center. A descent into madness that I had to take a break from for a moment. I’ve already made a mental note to head to Walmart tomorrow in search of a more colorful holiday puzzle.
Each year, it seems like the Christmas tree in the corner at my mom’s house gets a bit smaller. This is not a side effect of things seeming larger when you’re younger, but a side effect of not wanting to mess with a large tree as she gets older. This year’s tree is the smallest one yet. While, it’s every bit as tall as the previous trees, it’s lacks any girth. I kind of miss the festive feel of the larger tree. But, instead of thinking of it as the world’s skinniest Christmas tree, I instead imagine it as the world’s largest scrub brush, cleverly repurposed for the holidays. Adorned with lights and ornaments, it’s still a lovely sight.
There’s one of those tapestries on the wall, the kind with little lights that appear when you remember what precise area to press. Well, at least, it’s what we all thought it was. Five of us were clamoring around it for 15 minutes, pressing every inch in hopes to find the button when my mother finally walked in and said, “I couldn’t find the one that lights up.” But even with a little less lights and a lot less tree, it’s still a festive time. There will still be wine to pour when we head over to my sister’s house shortly, with great food, and if we’re lucky, even a few candy canes.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Red and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in a Stillman & Birn Nova Series Sketchbook.