Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sketchbook Tuesday

Here we are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday already. I have been thinking about just how much I have to be thankful for this year. Family, friends, pets, a home to enjoy, the list goes on. But what I want to mention here is that I am thankful for you. It is because of your visits to my little blog, over here in my corner of cyberspace, that I am encouraged to keep creating. Your comments bolster me and keep me going. So in this time of year with its celebrations of the harvest, I am thankful to have found all of you. May you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
These are two more gouache studies in my hand.book journal. They are fun yet challenging to do, quick and spontaneous reactions to shape and value, without the aid of color for defining form. The second image is inspired by a photo taken by my friend Beth. Thanks Beth for the lovely image!

17 comments:

Sandy said...

Very soft and soothing sketches, I like the simple one color studies. I agree totally about everyone's support, a blessing for sure!

Alex said...

Yay Thanksgiving... hmmm.. but I still don't understand the concept yet. I will someday I am sure :) But I'd like to thank you Ann for keeping my blog active and alive too. You've always been supportive and generous of the work I do there, and to be getting that from a professional such as yourself... it's just like winning an Oscar or something, *Bows bows*
I really like this monochrome series with gouache. I haven't tried this media yet(actually I've only used pencils, color pencils, water color, and poster color), and hopefully someday I'd be able to experience this wonderful looking media, and just to be greedy in learning more, acrylic and oil too! That's why I desperately need to go through a proper art class >__<

Jennifer Rose said...

enjoy your thanksgiving! :D

really nicely done studies, great job with all the foliage texture

Shirley said...

These are lovely - what color gouache are you using for them?
Shirley

donna said...

Really well done. You are making me look forward to Tuesdays!

Dan Kent said...

Good value sketches. You can really see the depth in the second on especially.

marancat said...

I do like these limited palette sketches - so much depth in them.

kazumiwannabe said...

New style? It looks great! You manage the shadows and light so well, always!
I've been trying to draw trees and bushes recently... with not much success. I'm studying your work very seriously : ) !

Ellen Read said...

Dear Friend,
And I am thankful that we were able to connect through cyberspace. I remember with lots of gratitude the times I got to spend overnight at your house as a girl and the spring break trip to Myrtle Beach (!) and the music I learned to love (Jim Croce goes with your name). I also have an 'Ann Thompson' picture that I love. I am so blessed! Thanks for being my friend!
Love,
ellen

raena said...

These are terrific value studies! And something I desperately need to start doing!

We are thankful for you too, Ann!

africantapestry said...

I love th sepia of these sketches and the nice contrasts.
May your thanksgiving be happy!
ronelle

Alan said...

Great sketches for putting one in the mood for the holiday.

Laurel Neustadter said...

These are lovely sketches. Very inspiring.

MILLY said...

Thank you Ann for letting me know you got your cards, glad you like them.

Krista Meister said...

What great things to be thankful for, Ann! I always look forward to your art and can't wait to see more of your creative artwork in the future...

Possum Patty said...

I haven't used gouache yet either. You did some lovely sketches with it! Very inspiring.

Ann said...

Thank you all for your kind comments!
Shirley, it is white and burnt umber gouache, that's all.

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