Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sketchbook Tuesday - snow and cookies

Here's a couple of drawings from my sketchbook that I did last week. We had a surprise snow storm last Tuesday that brought everything to a halt around here. While on a drive to town last Wednesday I snapped photos out the car window. (No, I wasn't driving.) I seemed to have this rule about only doing sketches from life in my handmade sketchbook. But when I realized that this is my sketchbook, after all, and that it can also be a opportunity to try out techniques and materials, I felt much better about using a photo like I did for this sketch above. This is a scene from our neighborhood during the early evening when the light was low, in watercolor, graphite and colored pencil.

However, cookies must be drawn from life, because then you get to eat your subject when the drawing is completed. This cookie was drawn with walnut brown colored pencil, also in my handmade sketchbook.

25 comments:

Patsy Taylor-Craw said...

I love the colors you used in the snow scene - beautiful.
Walnut brown for the cookies :) so appropriate! I don't know if I could wait until I was finished with the sketch to eat my subject.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Both are just lovely. I'm with Patsy re: colors on snow. Hope you had a cookie to nibble on while drawing your subject :)

Lynn said...

The sky is really gorgeous in the first sketch. Hope you enjoyed that marvelous cookie!

nanke's stuff said...

As soon as I got to your blog I could smell that cookie! (You think I'm kidding, don't you). And you snow scene is lovely. I'm with Lynn - the sky is gorgeous! nancy

Dan Kent said...

Oh god, how I want to eat that cookie! The drawing is so good I can taste it. And I love the soft feel of the winter scene. Beautifully done.

Alex said...

The cookie looks absolutely delicious! I am sure if my wife sees it, she'd devour the screen straightaway ^^
The drawing of the trees and the snow and the light blue sky... it's so nice and soothing. I love winter because of drawings like that Ann =)

curiouscrow said...

I could pick that cookie up and eat it - lovely. I like the snow scene too - it manges to both soft and chilly - very well captured.

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AutumnLeaves said...

Ann, I so love your sketchbook paintings. Both of these are exquisite and I am now longing for the luscious smell of baking chocolate chips in the oven. And to eat a few myself!

Louise said...

What a gorgeous little painting of the snow! The colours are spot on for conveying the 'freshness' that new snow exudes. I am not explaining myself well- your picture explains it better!

Sandra said...

Each drawing is a delight. Isn't it funny when we say to ourselves-this is my journal, I can do anything I want. And you can!

MILLY said...

This will be a lovely record to look back on, to both read and to see your artwork.

Jennifer Rose said...

I really want a cookie now lol really great colours in the snow sketch :) looks very desolate and cold

raena said...

I'm off to make my own cookies! Beautiful sketchbook pages; I'm glad you let yourself work from that photo!

Janene said...

Both sketches are excellent. I especially like the colors in the snow painting, how the sky is reflected in the snow.

ffyrebird.com said...

Wonderful journal pages! I love the colors in the snow scene and the cookie looks scrumptious!!

donna said...

The cookie sketch is amazing and makes me hungry. I really like the winter sketch though, you have really captured the feeling of a winter landscape. Wonderful.

Ellen said...

The snow scene is so beautiful! I love the way you positioned it on the pages too. Excellent job!

Now about that cookie...mmmmmmm.

Alissa said...

lovely sketches - I especially like the snowscene and the way you have placed it in the centre of the two pages with white around it. I think that really shows it off.
And now, days later... both the cookie and the snow are gone but live on in memory due to your wonderful drawings

marancat said...

These are beautiful sketches - I especially love the 'stillness' of the snow scene.

Lesley Purcell said...

This is a lovely snow picture... you have really captured the cold, still, quietness of the landscape. I can almost feel my nose chilling as I look at it!!

Krista Meister said...

What a great way to make your sketchbook happy - a sketch from a photo AND from life. Such a serene scene.

And I see I'm going to have to fight everyone else for that cookie - it looks so delicious. You'll have to make more next time and invite us all over.

Barbara Weeks said...

I love the snowy landscape and I can almost smell that cookie!

Ann said...

Wow, thanks all of you for the wonderful comments! The cookies were really good :-)

watercoloredhands said...

Cookies MUST be drawn from life...So true :)

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