Small Artist Sketchbook 2022 – Pages 24 and 25

We are on a journey through another one of my small artist sketchbooks. As with all my books of this type, I take a sketchbook and fill it with whatever I feel like doing at the time. No planning, just enjoyment.

This book was done between August 2020 and February 2022, more or less (I date each page as I do it).

I don’t go through the book page by page in order, though in general the earlier images are at the front and the later ones following – but sometimes I skip pages and come back later, or do some other thing. No reason, that is just how I do it.

Let’s take a look.

Here’s today’s page spread. The first one is from a photo I took in Allentown, PA: the second one is a view from my living room into the dining room, with me standing behind a chair.

Here are individual views of the pages.

If you have any questions as to the materials or techniques I used, let me know. I love to answer questions!

10 thoughts on “Small Artist Sketchbook 2022 – Pages 24 and 25

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    The choice of purple for both pages works effectively as a unifying element for the double spread but I also like the juxtaposition of the exterior and interior drawings. It makes me feel like I have moved through the walls to see what is inside.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I often paint the pages in these books and only a long time later get around to doing something with them. Which is good, by that time I don’t have any preconceived notions about what I am going to do with it. I like the idea of the inside/outside ghost through the walls feeling you mention.

  2. Michele

    Ok, I’ll aSK a question — sometimes I think I remember reading that you use acrylic inks? Is that how you get such intense colors? I don’t think I am ready for another media but if it’s ink and acrylic I can tell myself that it’s not new because I already use inks and acrylic. I had a revelation today that maybe I don’t like heavy body acrylic paint. So maybe I’d be okay with runny acrylics?

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      This is a big subject and I would suggest you look over the websites for Liquitex and Golden (two paints I use a lot of) as to their descriptions of the different types of viscosity and see what hits you. I prefer a thicker paint so I use heavy body. I do use acrylic inks made by a variety of mfrs, but they are a whole different thing from paint in how they behave, how they can be applied, and their appearance (they tend to have a bit of a sheen). The colors I get are mostly from acrylic paints, though in this post I used colored pencils and India ink and a white pen as well as acrylics. I think you just have to think about why you don’t like a heavier paint and let that guide you, and also, try some different options and see what they are like in real life.

      1. Michele

        I looked at the Golden website and maybe I’ll try one acrylic ink. I accidently have high flow medium and sometimes use that with the heavy body. I used acrylic for years, years ago. Not sure why I’m out of the vibe with acrylics these days but I’ll keep at it at least to use them up!

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