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. Flowers on one page, Bewilderment on the other.
Here are individual views of the pages.
I love the bewilderment piece – you totally captured the feeling in your composition!
It is amazing that so much can be expressed in just the gesture, even when you can’t see a person’s expression, I think.
I love the joyful colours in the flower piece and I think your “Bewilderment” page communicates exactly that feeling of being overwhelmed to the point of being lost. It actually made me think of something an East German friend told me about his mother and aunt being crippled by anxiety and needing to leave the store not long after the Berlin Wall came down because they had never experienced so much choice before and didn’t know how to process it.
I love the colors of those flowers. I just can’t get enough pink and red and yellow. As for the bewildered person, your story is quite vivid to me. I visited East Berlin before the wall fell, early 80’s, and remember being stunned by how sparse the offerings were in stores (I remember a food store where the wares arranged like art on shelves, it was so skimpy). Being easily overwhelmed myself, I sympathize with those two women very much.
That must have been a very interesting trip.
I was there for one day and left thoroughly shaken.
Love the colors