Here’s another one of my artist sketchbooks for you to see. It was finished in May of 2021 but the artworks were done over the previous year or so, I guess. I’ll be showing you page spreads, one each week, for as long as the book goes on.
As you know, I make these books for my own enjoyment. I work on a page as the inclination strikes me and I never have a plan for the book or for the artwork that goes into it. There is no theme, no meaning, other than what each image shows the viewer and the viewer takes away from the experience.
In this book I did artwork on the front and back of each page. There’s nothing written associated with the images, and the images paired in each page spread do not relate to each other in any way except for being side by side.
I hope you enjoy looking at this book!
Here is the page spread for today:
And here are the individual pages.
These are very different pieces but both very fun. The monochrome page reads almost like a photographic negative to me, a scene slightly obscured that makes it even more intriguing to the viewer. I like the way the starkly monochromatic insect really pops when juxtaposed with the colourful location. It makes me think that it dominates the scene despite its tiny size. Or else it is one of those ants from old B movies that is growing in secret and is planning a rampage when it gets large enough.
I love the way you think. Watch out, that insect has plans. The other one is a childhood memory. I used to spend a lot of time with my grandparents when I was young. In the summer they would often visit people after dinner and we would sit on the porch. As it got dark people put on the porch light which was usually yellow as that was supposedly less attractive to moths and night insects. I did not have to sit and visit but usually was free to run around and play in the yard while the adults talked. Long time ago, almost 60 years now, but so clear in my memory.
Thank you for making and sharing these images
Thank you. I enjoy making these books. They give me a chance to try different things and also it’s therapeutic.