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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

10 Jan

“Baptism is faith in action.”

~Watchman Nee


A gloomy drizzly Sunday morning, with a 7:30 alarm. I popped out of bed, brushed my teeth, did 100 old lady crunches while listening to an interesting podcast from Dr. Joe Dispenza on mind/body connection. Then, got dressed and out the door, in the car, and on the way to church by 8:20. Win-win.

What a great surprise to find Bishop Kelly was visiting and celebrating the Mass this morning. Bishop Kelly was the original Pastor of St. Gabriel way back when it was first established in 1996. Cool!

Today’s Gospel was the story of John the Baptist and how he had the honor of baptizing Jesus…

From the Gospel according to Luke
Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

The people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”


My take on it… John the Baptist was highly regarded by many, but he knew that he was just a lowly servant who would proclaim and prepare others for the coming of Jesus. Baptism with water is just a symbol of your faith. But, the actual proof is in the way you perform your faith throughout each day of your life.

Today was the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. I was eager to scroll through some of my previous Sanctuary Sketches On my phone to find my pencil sketch of that stained glass window.

My original sketch
A few of the awesome renderings from my Artisto app.

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. ❤️

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff.

19 Dec

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things: wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”

~Eda J. LeShan


This morning was VERY cold outside. Instead of walking to church, my son decided we could drive. St. Norbert’s is a very lovely church, with simple lines and quaint touches.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Visitation and the long journey that Mary takes to visit her cousin Elizabeth, both with child…

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1,39-45.
Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

My take on it…motherhood is such a blessing, to be shared, honored, and rejoiced in, just as Mary and Elizabeth celebrated together.


Another reason I loved this Gospel and homily today was because “The Visitation“ is one of the Sanctuary Sketches that I did earlier this year at my church, St. Gabriel the Archangel. This is one of my favorites because of the elated smiles of the cousins rejoicing in each others babies in their wombs.

(Pencil sketch) So joyful.
Some of my Artisto renderings.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

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.

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!