About the Book
Inspired by "Mr. Tambourine Man" by Bob Dylan, this book of whimsical and colorful paintings brings to life images conceived from this famous song. The poem that accompanies the illustrations expresses the deep and moving effect that Bob Dylan's music has had on so many people. "I will remember to follow the sound of the music that never fails to inspire me... It is eternal like the stars and the sea, and like the waves that crash onto the shore, it awakens me."
Kathy Thompson’s paintings are primarily inspired by the work of such impressionist and post-impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, and Franz Marc, and by the music of Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Her use of vivid and contrasting colors to capture the essence of a scene or of a song can be attributed to her study of these famous artists. Inspired by her study of art and art history in college, Ms. Thompson taught herself to draw and paint by attempting to replicate masterpieces such as “Starry Night” (Van Gogh), “Artist’s Garden at Argenteuil” (Monet), “The Card Players” (Cezanne), “The Dream” (Marc), “Open Window, Collioure“ (Matisse), and “Weilheim-Marientplatz” (Kandinsky). Through this means, Ms. Thompson became familiar with the artists’ styles and techniques. She also has studied and painted in the studio of Washington D.C. artist Dana Ellyn and is a member of Washington DC’s International Arts and Artists, the D.C. Art Center