The Emerald Casket


Overcoming Fear

Okay, so painting isn’t a low-crawl beneath barbed wire with live rounds zinging just above your horizontal body. It’s also not dropping down a 156-foot high zipline gripping bicycle handles into a stagnant pond—both things that I’ve done. However, painting is something I convinced myself I couldn’t do, and therefore, always feared trying it.

Then I began making jewelry and discovered I loved working with color and texture to create something unique and wearable. I began decoupaging dominoes, using mixed media techniques to make fun pieces. Slowly, I worked up the courage with those mini canvases to experiment with paint and ink.

Then, my mother talked me into taking a water color class with her. I went, thinking I was only doing it for fun, but my still life of three pears was actually pretty good. When I went home, I painted a Koi fish, and it was pretty darn good. Since then, I got busy with real job. But I was hooked. When I wasn’t painting, I was collecting books about painting. And I learned to Zentangle (see my blog below).

This past week, I babysat for a day, and rather than taking a notebook to write scene notes for my next book, I took my mini-water color kit, a couple of brushes and paper along with me. This is what I did. All very different. All experiments. I have no control over the paint when I apply water, but I kind of like that too.

Here’s my continuing love affair with fruit. The apple was nice, but kind of boring all by itself, so I flicked different colors of paint at it until I liked the result.

3-apple

The fish didn’t look quite real enough or dreamy enough for me, so I decided to practice some “tangling” on top of them.

2-fish

I do love pears, but this time, I went a little crazy with the tangle.

1-pear

 

Finally, I really liked doing this piece. I like the deep blue sky behind the poppies. I’m not satisfied with the ground below, so I might wet it down again and go to work “fixing” it.

4-poppy

 

So, there’s no real message here, except try new things even if you believe you won’t be any good at them. I wasn’t even sure I’d enjoy painting, but here I am, wondering how soon I can find another day away from my desk to play with my paints. ~Delilah Devlin

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