Colour Me Happy

Hi, it’s me! I haven’t been here for a while. Art has not been happening. Music has. I’m sure I’ll be doing a cartoon or two about this situation, but those take time, and time is what I have not got at the moment. So I am squirrelling away random and not-so-random thoughts (I keep a list on my desktop for comic ideas) for the future when I once again am able to get into the studio.

Today I took a brief time in between rehearsal and other tasks to make a quick colour chart of my Prismacolor markers. They were on sale this month down at Opus Art Supplies, and I wanted to get some before the end of the sale. Which was today. How did it get to be the end of the month already?!? Spurred on by the imminent departure of opportunity, I spent about 15 minutes happily putting little labeled swatches on a large piece of paper, folded it up, and headed down to the store.

When I got there, I pulled out my chart and started picking out the colours I didn’t have. Apparently not many people do their shopping that way; I attracted attention from a number of people! One fellow said “now THAT’s organized”! I admit, I preened a bit. But really, I don’t see how I could have done it any other way!

The thing is, I really like to make colour charts. Every time I get new paints or pencils or markers, I make charts. I find it kind of meditative. I’m not terribly organized with the way I structure them or file them, but they come in handy, especially with the markers, which not only don’t have a good colour key on their exteriors, but look different on the paper until the solvent dries.

I brought my colours home, and put them away in my studio before rehearsal. But I could hear them calling me, saying “come play with us”, all through the music. I had other things to do, but I wanted that feeling of putting colour on paper, even if I wasn’t actually making Art. So I heeded the call, marched up to my studio, and spent a blissful, stolen 20 minutes or so getting to know my new colours. Aren’t they beautiful?

Prismacolor double-ended markers on Paper for Pens, a lovely smooth, very white, drawing paper that works really well with markers, enabling crisp lines and bright colours.

Prismacolor double-ended markers on Paper for Pens, a lovely, smooth, very white, drawing paper that works really well with markers, enabling crisp lines and bright colours.

5 responses to “Colour Me Happy

    • Thanks! Though, as I said, I could be better. The next thing I want to try is to make some charts of these same colours, one with groupings according to similarity on the colour wheel, and another grouped according to value, so I can select low and high key palettes more easily. And then I want to make a binder for all my colour charts…

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  1. I am so glad someone else does exactly the same thing. There is nothing wrong with being organized. Wake me up in the middle of the night and I will happily? tell you where is what you are looking for.


  2. HOLY COW… I just found your picture in an image search of PrismaColors because they were ACTUAL colors. What made me laugh was knowing I wasn’t the only person standing at Michael’s scribbling down the color and a sample on my chart. πŸ™‚


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