Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sketchbook Tuesday - Freshly baked

Well. With all the cleaning and de-cluttering going on around here I thought I'd try on one of the new Blogger templates for size. The birds just seemed so appropriate. I tried out various ways of using my old header but settled on no header at all for a cleaner look. What do you think? I also added the page tabs but that bit is still under construction. I do like the idea of having static pages as a place to store information, just haven't quite worked out what yet. However, I would like to give things a fresher, simpler look around here.

And speaking of fresh and clean, a little while ago I was given this lovely Sunshine Award for "Creativity and Positivity in Blogging" by fellow blogger Pam Johnson Brickell of South Carolina Low Country Nature Journaling and Art. 
A beautiful splash of sunshine from the Low Country is just what is needed to brighten up the place. Of course the hard part of accepting such a wonderful award is choosing who to pass it along to. And choosing folks that I haven't already recently passed awards along to. There are, however, lots of creative bloggers in my blog list over on the side bar. So I am simply asking you to please take a moment and look them over. I am often updating that list too, as I discover blogs that I enjoy. It's a very long list so if you plan on looking at them all you may need to grab a cup of coffee and settle in.

The sketch above is of today's loaf of artisan bread. We've been having fresh bread almost daily since I got this book.

22 comments:

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

That looks INCREDIBLE. Wish I had a nice warm slice with butter, right now!

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--wonderful, I agree! I think your page looks pretty darned good to me. And that bread--awesome!

Alex said...

Looks delicious! I just ate but I wouldn't mind another bread :)

phthaloblu said...

MMmm, fresh baked bread. I can smell it now. Beautifully done sketch of it, too.

Leslie Hawes said...

Perfect theme! And what a great piece of "art"isan bread.

kazumiwannabe said...

Hmm, your bread drawing makes me hungry again : )!
Love all your recent work, especially the "spring snow" painting with its splendid contrasting colors, and the sketchbook page with the snow, awesome! (and the cookie - incredibly realistic!)

E*phi said...

Great bread! I always wonder how people get food look so real! Looking at this, I can practically smell it and hear the crust break!
Also, I really love the birds! Clean look and one of the most beautiful (fast loading!!) headers I've seen! <3

AutumnLeaves said...

I am reminded of the old children's ditty "Hot Cross Buns," and I do believe I see a cross on the top of this bread, yes? Oh to have such a wonderful smell emanating in this place! Looks so yummy!

I love the new page layout, Ann. The colors are nice and set your paintings off beautifully! Love the birds flying off on top right too. I always like trying out new colors on my page.

Jennifer Rose said...

I want to bake bread now, that looks so good :D

and the blog looks good, the birds go perfect with it :)

Jennifer Lawson said...

I love the drawing of your fresh baked bread. I can almost smell its wonderfulness.

nanke's stuff said...

That bread looks wonderfully crisp and delicious! Did it really only take you 5 minutes to make? nancy

Roadchick said...

The bread looks delicious and the drawing of it is wonderful too! Baking bread is something I've always thought I would like but somehow never get around to on a regular basis. Do you use a bread machine?

bendelachanal said...

Great looking bread, and sketch...
I can smell it! I bake bread and it gives me the same pleasure as drawing.
From your drawing I can see that you obtain a better crust with deep crevasses (cracks).

Ramona Davidson said...

Love the new look of your blog. Also love the bread. It looks real enough to pick up off the page and eat. Thanks for sharing.

Also, thanks for your kind comments you have left on my blog.

debra morris said...

Great bread, it's making my mouth water. Like the new look, it makes the pictures stand out more.

Ann said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! I am liking this new template more all the time, I think I'll keep it :-) Your feedback helps a lot so I appreciate all of your comments on that.

Nancy, yes, it really does take about 5 minutes a day to make this bread. It's a pretty easy process.

Roadchick, I have baked bread off and on since college and I did use a bread machine for several years as well, they are nice to have. But this method doesn't require one. It is very easy too :-)

Linisha said...

Wow... your bread makes me hungry.. Nice colors.. and nice fresh look. I am getting inspired to play with templates on my blog too..

Barbara Weeks said...

This is fabulous! I can almost smell it!

ffyrebird.com said...

Wonderful, it looks so yummy! I'm off to check out the book, bread in 5 minutes is just too tempting!

raena said...

I like the clean new look of your blog! And the bread is wonderful. The textures are so well done!

Don't laugh, but I just made my first homemade pizza dough the other day. I've got my confidence up and think I'll be trying bread soon!

Krista said...

Mmmm, looks wonderful! Can almost smell that fresh-bread aroma.

donna said...

Great sketch! These terrific food sketches always make me hungry.

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