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Saturday:) Sanctuary Sketches

9 Jan

“All sorrows are less with bread. ”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


With the holidays, traveling, and trying to get back into the swing of things, it’s been good to get back to church to do some quiet meditative sketching.

Sharing bread.
A simple sketch. It looks simple, but about five or six or seven hours later, erasing, frowning, smudging, with a dose of total dissatisfaction…
Done… now the fun part, playing with my Artisto app…
Just a few of my favorites. Which do you like best?

Happy Saturday, my friends. ❤️

Tuesday Time-lapse Video:)Painted Ornament Gift Box

1 Dec

“The human soul can always use a new tradition. Sometimes we require them.”
― Pat Conroy


It has been my Christmas tradition to paint ornaments for many, many years, maybe 25 or 30, maybe more. This has been a crazy year and I painted just a handful of ornaments for close friends. I don’t like to ship them because they are so delicate. Therefore, when I have gone back home to visit family at Christmas, I usually would paint them there. This year may be a little different. I may not find all the supplies that I need. Fingers crossed. Maybe NO ornaments this year. Maybe time for a new tradition.

A few weeks ago, I posted the time-lapse video of the ornament I painted. (I’ll replay that too. In case you missed it.) So, today, I’m sharing the video of the gift boxes that I hand-painted for each ornament.

Video below… only takes a few seconds…



Well, that’s all folks!

Friday Friends at Towne Creek

20 Nov

“Old friends are the best friends. And yes, we are all pretty old.”



Today was our Young At Heart group over at Towne Creek. As usual, Helene and I prepared all kinds of goodies for our monthly meeting. I recounted how I’ve been volunteering there around 15 years now. And every time I go. It’s a fun new adventure.

Today’s menu was turkey sandwiches, tomato shell soup, snacks, mini cheesecakes, ice cream sandwiches, and more.
Fun crafts and projects and Christmas and holiday gifts.
Hard at work, creating fun crafts and gifts to share with friends and family.
A lot of cool projects.
Our Friday feast is always the highlight of the evening.
That’s all from the Elf as herself. (Yes, Helene and I wore our goofy elf hats all day.)

Happy Friday, my friends!

Thankful Thursday:) So Much to be Thankful for

19 Nov

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

Meister Eckhart


Every day is a blessing when you see the blessing in every day. I think that’s a quote, but I don’t remember who said it… besides me.

My day started off slowly by waiting for a service call from Bill Joplin’s Air conditioning and Heating. It was just my bi-yearly check up before winter. You know what’s cool. They send you a reminder, and then a call when the technician is on the way. But wait… they send you a photo with the man’s name. Great security idea.

This is Jeff, a very nice and thorough technician. I even asked him if while he was crawling around up in my attic, if he could keep a look out for any mouse droppings, wasp nests or unusual activity, as I don’t go up in that creepy cold attic. He said my furnace looked great and no sign of unwanted creatures great or small. Great news! When he was done, I signed my papers and sent him off with some brownies and a bottle of water.

After that, I met Helene at Tom Thumb to buy some last minute supplies for Towne Creek tomorrow and get that great sale on butter, only 99cents a pound, limit two. Cool! We walked over to McDonald’s to get a quick hot chocolate and a chat. Good friends, time to laugh and plan our art class menu and crafts.

Then, we stopped to visit our buddy JERRY, still recuperating from back surgery. I brought one of my tamale casseroles for his dinner. We did a lot of laughing, and I always manage to burst out in spontaneous song. I also honored them with the latest rendition of my newly composed Country Western Song, entitled, “I’ll Just Have Another Beer.” Both agreed that I shouldn’t quit my day job… actually, they thought it was a pretty fun song.

Afterwards, I stopped at Walmart and bought way too much stuff, like more paint, snacks and ingredients for tomorrow’s art group.

My friendly furry feline neighbors helped me bring in my groceries.
Now, I’m putting together little Christmas Craft goody bags for my seniors to work on. Then do some baking, and in the morning, make my sandwiches and snack mix. Busy, busy!

Later, I have to gather up supplies for glass painting. Miss Kathy asked if we could paint some wine glasses. Great idea for Christmas gifts. A few examples…

Now, you see why it is a Thankful Thursday. Much to be thankful for.

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Video:) Christmas Ornament

17 Nov

“It’s that time of year when the world is filled with festive lights, love, and glitter. Lots of glitter.”



It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a time-lapse video. I’ve been struggling with an idea for my yearly Christmas ornament. I’ve been painting them for so many years that I’m running out of ideas. So, I’ve been playing around with some new patterns.

I’m not sure if I’ll use this one, but it was good practice.


I guess I’ll keep experimenting till it feels right.

Saturday:) Sanctuary Sketches

31 Oct

“ God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.”

James H. Aughey


My meditative sketches at St. Gabriel have now become a tradition and a personal challenge. Their are only three ways to get better at anything, and that is to practice, practice, practice.

The Baptism Of The Lord.

Because I’m still having trouble drawing faces, and features, and fingers, I try to pick a subject with not too much detail. But, that’s kind of hard to find. So, I sit there for a couple hours to just try and get the preliminary shapes and proportions. All the details take many hours, so I take a picture, and finish the rest at home. (I just finished a few minutes ago.)

I just do a pencil sketch so my Artisto app can create the interesting color schemes for me.
My finished pencil sketch.
A few of my favorites.

Happy Saturday my friends. I hope you are doing the things you love.

Saturday:) Sanctuary Sketches

10 Oct

“They say practice makes perfect, but sometimes it just means you need more practice.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Thursday, I spent a couple of hours sketching in the Sanctuary at St. Gabriel. I just spent a few hours trying g to finish it up. I discovered that I still need a LOT MORE practice with faces. Thank goodness for the cool Artisto app on my phone, because this one needed a lot of help.

Yikes. Sorry Jesus! I need a lot more practice.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Hall of Fame

6 Oct

“Surround yourself with people and things you love.”

-Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today, I finally got around to framing and hanging my two drawings I did of my granddaughters. It was just a simple drawing with a white pencil on black paper. But, I loved it. I have this thing about procrastination and I put things off. Today was the day to get out the hammer.

My little angels.

I have so many of my paintings hanging in my house that I had trouble finding a wall to hang them.

Saturday:) Some More Sanctuary Sketches

3 Oct

“Each sketch, each drawing, each painting brings me closer to the realization that…I’ll never be a world famous artist. But, it sure is a wonderful learning experience.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Thursday afternoon, I drove over to St. Gabriel’s for Adoration and sketching in the Sanctuary. I had started a sketch of the crucifix above the altar the week before, but I didn’t get very far. For some reason, the depth of the symbolism is quite distracting. Could I possibly do it justice? This crucifix reference happens to be the very first in my series of Sanctuary Sketches many months back. I gave that original sketch to Father Don that day when he was giving the new seminarian a tour of the church. I realized that wanted to have an original sketch of my own to keep. Not to mention, I’ve gotten a tiny bit better in my drawing skills since then.

My rough draft and proportions were a bit off. I didn’t realize until I was fully committed that I ran out of room for Jesus’ feet. Oh no. When I sketch, I try and leave white space at the top and bottom for my photos and applications. Oops!
I always take a photo of my subject so I can zoom in on the detail and also to finish up at home. Otherwise I’d be at church all day.
Time to go home and finish up another day.
OK, here’s my funny story. I didn’t like how poor Jesus had no feet. So, I got another sheet of watercolor paper and added it to the bottom, just adding a little extension to the feet and cross. Unfortunately, it left a little line on the photo. I was happy with most the rest of the sketch. But, I was hoping the apps on Artisto wouldn’t make the line too pronounce.
Some of the Artisto applications….
I think this one might be my favorite. Very simple and soft. Which one do you like best?


Friday Friends and Food and Fun Art at Towne Creek

25 Sep

“Friday friends are the best.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I know the days go by fast and the weeks slip away, but the entire month sort of flashed before my eyes. Today was our Towne Creek Young At Heart Art Group.

Helene and I prepared a lot of fun food and beverages and snacks, and I prepared some artsy projects to work on. Seeing as it is Hispanic Heritage month, I decided we could work on the Dia de Los Muertos coloring page. McKinney is going to have their first annual event on the Square this year. I’m very excited because I’m going to be one of The judges for the costume contest. Cool!

Food preparation at my house. Sandwiches, hot dogs, pudding, popcorn snack medley, and ice cream sandwiches in the freezer. Helene brought bags of chips, fresh strawberries and cheese dip and crackers. (We get carried away,)
Miss Kathy’s page turned out so awesome. The dried rose hanger and black ribbon added to the theme.
Miss Bonnie had fun with bright colors. She was so sweet, she gave me her finished project.
We even got Miss Helene to make a funny face.
Miss Linda chose to paint a little trinket box instead of the skull. It kinda made her nervous.
A nice prayer of thanks and time for our feast.Ha

Pay Friday, my friends. I hope you had a fun and fine day too.