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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.

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?


Saturday:) Special Sanctuary Sketches

19 Sep

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”

~Richard Bach


I have been finding great joy and peace during my visits to St. Gabriel’s for Adoration and meditative sketching in the Sanctuary. I started a sketch two weeks ago, but never got around to finishing it until this evening. It’s the stained glass window called, “The Visitation.”

Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, both pregnant. Elizabeth carrying the baby John the Baptist who leaps in her womb when in the presence of Mary and her son Jesus, in Mary’s womb. “Blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.”
My finished pencil sketch. Now, to apply the awesome Artisto applications.
A few of my favorites.

Saturday:) Sanctuary Sketches

5 Sep

“Sketching on a regular basis requires you to pay close attention to the visual world around you. With practice, you begin to see things you never noticed before.” Paul Laseau


My Sanctuary Sketches have become very inspirational. I look forward to the quiet time, but also practicing my drawing skills. I always have to laugh because when I begin sketching faces and hands, the figures tend to look like Quasimodo, and that’s just the female figures. 🤦‍♀️

Thursday, I spent a couple of hours at church. A very nice meditative time.

My friend, Helene, happened to be at Adoration at the same time and captured a photo of me sketching the stained glass window of The Assumption of Mary.
My initial sketch in the Sanctuary.
I I worked about two more hours this evening to finish this sketch. Then, to add some of my favorite Artisto apps to my sketch.
One of my favorites.
Just a few of my favorites.

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Saturday:) Sanctuary Sketches

22 Aug

“Solemnity plus beauty equals inspiration.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yesterday, amidst all the chaos and my scurrying about, my quiet time at St. Gabriel just sketching was wonderful. I spent nearly two hours sketching and meditating.

I never like my initial attempts at my sketches. I really have a hard time with people and faces and hands. But, I don’t give up. I chose this beautiful white marble bas relief of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
I do most of the sketching in the quiet Sanctuary, then finish up the next day at my leisure. I got this far on Friday.
I was packing up and getting ready to leave when two ladies came in. The younger lady went to light a candle and the older lady, in a walker, was getting out her rosary. I stopped on my way out and talked the ladies. I was showing them my sketches and telling them my story of quiet time in the Sanctuary. Jennifer and Marie were very impressed with my drawings. I had them all with me. I showed them a couple of notecards that I had made using my photo app. We chatted a while, then I wished them nice day and started walking out. Hmm… I turned around and said, “OH, I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer you these notecards.” I only had two, so it was perfect. They really appreciated the random act of kindness from a stranger. (Yep! They don’t come much stranger than me.)

This evening, I finished my sketch, adding details, shadows and more pronounced lines. When I was finished, I was pretty happy.

Then, it was time to play with my Artisto phone app.
I think this is my favorite.
These are a few of my favorites.

Saturday:) Some More Sanctuary Sketches

15 Aug

“Truly, sacred rest is soul care. We honor quiet time alone with God. We intentionally step away from the chaos of life. We unplug from noise and distractions. We relish moments of tranquility.”
― Dana Arcuri


As promised yesterday, more on my stop at St. Gabriel for Adoration and Sanctuary sketching. After my fulminating experience and long wait at the doctor’s office, I stopped at the chapel for Adoration then into the main sanctuary for a little alone time with God and my sketchpad.

The stained glass window that I wanted to sketch was in the back of the church, so there was no comfortable way to lean over or sit backwards to face the back. So, seeing as I was the only person in the entire place, I went way back into the vestibule and found a folding chair. I set it up smack-dab in the middle of the main aisle facing the beautiful back window.
Here’s how I started my sketch. I’m never very happy with the initial process. (He looks like a homeless hippie dude, saying , “What’s up, man?”) Plus, it’s hard to get a lot of detail with a pencil and from an object so far away and up near the ceiling. Sometimes “ya gotta wing it.” I have a funny unofficial caption for this one.

CAPTION: “Father, look what they’re doing to this beautiful planet that you gave them. OY VEY!”

I sketched for a little over an hour. I usually get the main details in, then go home and finish the rest with my photograph for a reference. I try not to add too much detail because my Artisto app on my phone creates some awesome images.

Finished sketch, ready for some Artisto app magic.
Just a few of my favorites.
I can’t decide which one I like the best. There are about 15 to pick from. These are my favorites.

Happy Saturday, my friends!

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….