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Saturday:) Some More Sanctuary Sketches

13 Feb

“Your life is a beautiful blank canvas. You have the choice of splashing it with the most gorgeous and spectacular colors, by doing what you love.”
― Hiral Nagda


My life has been a beautiful blank canvas. My drawing, painting, writing, singing, dancing, and other creative endeavors are all amazing gifts and blessings. One thing that keeps me grounded and appreciative has been my quiet time sketching stained glass windows or statues at St. Gabriel the Archangel. The empty Sanctuary is an inspirational source for meditation and creativity.

I am doing what I love in a place that I love. That makes it so special.

My finished pencil sketch. Now to add my Artisto applications.
These are just a few of my favorites. I can’t decide which one I like the best. I do love splashing it with spectacular colors.

Your life is a beautiful blank canvas. You have the choice of splashing it with the most gorgeous and spectacular colors, by doing what you love.”
― Hiral Nagda

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 For The Soul

8 Aug

“The most sacred time is spent alone with my quiet thoughts, my sketch pad and my Lord.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I started a new tradition for myself a few months back. When I have a chance to go to St. Gabriel for Adoration on Thursday or Friday, I take a sketch pad and a pencil with me. First, I visit the chapel for Adoration, kneel beneath the crucifix, with the Eucharist displayed in the beautiful gold monstrance. I say a few prayers, then sit quietly with my thoughts.

Later, I walk through the chapel door which leads to the corridors behind the altar and into the main sanctuary. I light a candle, put an offering in the St. Vincent de Paul poor box, then walk straight up to the first pew and sit. Pretty much every time I’m there, there isn’t a single solitary person in the entire huge beautiful church. It’s an awesome feeling.

Yesterday, I worked on a sketch of the beautiful glowing dove above the altar.

It was pretty far away, so I had to use artistic license.
It seems like a pretty simple dove, but I spent well over an hour lightly sketching, adding details, darkening, erasing, and smudging shadows with my finger. The quiet contrast of the massive empty sanctuary was a perfect contemplative setting for the soul.
When I was finished, I knew that my cool Artisto app on my phone would create some amazing colorful renderings. I was not disappointed.
Just a few of my favorites.

I’m sure you can see why this is such a special time. Just a sketch pad, a pencil, and my Lord.

Sanctuary Sketch:) Adoration and Sketching Meditation

20 Jun

“A quiet sacred sanctuary is the perfect place to sketch for the soul.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yesterday, I went over to St. Gabriel for Adoration, to light a candle, and some quiet meditative sketching. This is my new favorite pastime. I started the sketch yesterday, and finished it today, referring to a photo.

I’ve been fascinated by my pencil sketches that I transfer into the Artisto app on my phone.
My favorite. It reminds me of a woodcut.

So, a few of my favorites….

Tuesday:) Take a Class, Learn Something New.

8 Apr

“There are so many free classes, workshops, and learning possibilities out there. It’s a shame not to take advantage of them.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yesterday, I noticed there was a free drawing class on YouTube sponsored by the Artistnetwork. I texted Sherri Murphy to remind her, so she could watch and practice drawing. I just grabbed some printer paper and a #2 pencil, and did the best I could. I haven’t done pencil drawings in decades. I could use the practice.

This particular video was on drawing a clear glass with water in it. Yikes! I never did that before, but I was up for the challenge.

I tried to follow along. The artist was using graphite, charcoal, white pencils, blending sticks, etc. I had only my trusty #2 pencil.

It didn’t turn out great, but I learned something new. Who said you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?

Friday Friends: Young At Heart (YAH-YAHs)

10 Aug

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
― C.S. Lewis

Friday afternoon is my special day with special senior artist friends. Miss Della, our guest artist, surprised us today with a beautiful still life set up, complete with illuminating spotlight for an artistic flair. We first practiced gradations on paper with pencil, watercolor and crayon. Then, pencil sketches of the still life. We all did our sketches and used our newly acquired sense of lights and darks to fill in the drawing. The results were amazing.

Miss Marie

Miss Nelma

Miss Kathy

Mr. Angel

Miss Toni (That would be me)

Our beautiful still life. Thank you Miss Della. Sorry, I forgot to take your picture.

Friday friends forever!!!!!