I didn't realize until I was browsing Pinterest yesterday that so many other people do this same thing - use book pages to paint upon. Don't judge me badly! The whole point of this painting exercise was not to make a single drawing, but to make a mass of drawings. I've been seeing so many people do things that look beautiful en masse. I want to see if it makes a difference even when my drawing skills are rather ordinary.
So I'm using it without fear now. And when the paper is gone (have I really ever let myself use up anything in my life for fear of running out?), I will be satisfied.
By the way, last night I had to get off early from work for a 5-minute dentist appointment. It was lovely. I went shopping at Costco after that and came home at 7pm to a quiet house. I got all of my art supplies and went into the backyard to paint. The light was perfect. The temperature was perfect. And the most beautiful birdsong was happening. Don't tell me Bakersfield is ugly. I just won't believe you.