Thursday, November 1, 2007

Take Thyme


I joined the discussion group, Everyday Matters, as I thought it would be the inspiration I need to start drawing with more frequency in my sketchbook. They have these weekly challenges, and this week's was to draw an herb or spice. So here is my entry for challenge # 143. This is a sprig of thyme, one of the last surviving herbs, from my woefully neglected herb garden. My plan was to begin with a graphite pencil sketch and then add color with my colored pencils. As I was drawing I became so involved with pencil shading and finding all those tiny little leaves that the colored pencils never appeared. It was fun to draw with just graphite again - haven't done that in a while.

And running through my head while drawing this sprig of thyme were all the associations I could think of for the word 'time'. Weird, I know. There's summertime, wintertime, nighttime, breakfast time, dinner time, time of day, all the time, overtime, out of time, time's up, end of time, noontime,playtime, nap time, standard time, time line, springtime, bedtime, lunchtime, last time, one time,
once upon a time, time out, time to go.

Back to the subject of sketchbooks, I wanted to share this book again, Art Escapes , by Dory Kanter. I just love the way she takes you through the creative process of keeping an art journal. Her book is full of ideas, methods, and helpful tips and her examples of art work I found very inspiring without leaving me overwhelmed. And she has great ideas for making kits for keeping all your art supplies organized and ready to go. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether new to the artistic process or more experienced and needing a jump start of inspiration.

And one final note for today, kiddo collected $50. last evening on her Trick-or-Treat for Food Allergy campaign! You know we are proud parents!

10 comments:

Sandy said...

simply Stunning, simple, pure and pungent! I think I can smell it!

Teri C said...

A beautiful gorgeous job on this. So much dimension! wow

Lin said...

Superb work!!! (Welcome to EDM by the way!) -- Thyme is so challenging to sketch -- all those wee little leaves --- you did an outstanding job here!

gabi campanario said...

awesome, great work!

TaraLin said...

This is just lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Dee said...

Great sketch!! Love the shadow effect.

Ann said...

Thank you all for your wonderfully encouraging comments! I am already having a lot of fun being a part of EDM. Lots of talented folks to learn from there. And I'm looking forward to the next challenge. Thanks again for stopping by, I really appreciate everyone's comments!
Ann

Joan Y said...

Heeey! I love this post! "Take thyme" ... cracked me up. I love the rendering, plus the shadows! What a great EDM post! :)

Ann said...

Thanks Joan! I'm glad someone got it!
I appreciate you stopping by.
Ann

phthaloblu said...

Now you know how I feel. Every time I start a piece, I think, this time I will put in less detail. But, every single time I get caught up in the most minute of details of whatever I am drawing and then I'm lost. It's part of my personality. Your little twig of thyme is a wonderful little sketch and getting lost in the details can be wonderful. Just think, someone can look at your sketch, and with all the detail go out into the wild and locate and identify the plant. :-) Great work!

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