“GET YOUR SKETCH ON”
First and foremost have a Happy and Safe New Year from all of us here at Angela Bruch Art!!! 2021 a new year and time of possibly setting goals or resolutions. Perhaps you want to be more creative or sketch daily. Sketching daily for at least fifteen minutes has been on my list of goals regularly. It also has been one that is frequently not met! So what better way than setting up an accountability group.
I know sketching regularly will help improve my drawing skills, help me to loosen up and can also be good for stress reduction. Lets face it who doesn’t need stress reduction?! Sketching in a community setting was also fun to me. One of my favorite thing to do with the grandkids is go to a coffee shop each with our own sketch book and sketch or doodle with color or without. Who else misses sketching in community?
January 4th on Angela Bruch Art FB page Mike and I will be kicking off “Get Your Sketch On”. To participate commit to sketching daily for at least 15 minutes every day during the month of January. I picked this time because lets face it all of us have an extra 15 minutes. You can certainly sketch longer than that if you would like. Sketch during church worship and see what that leads to . It’s okay to sketch days a week. Each Monday I will post on our FB Angela Bruch Art page a greeting and encouragement. This will be the place to post any sketches throughout the week if you would like and encourage each other.
Intentionality is a favorite word of ours. Most good things in life just don’t happen but take repeated daily acts of creating greatness. If you have the best intentions and for whatever reason skip a day or two it’s okay. Try to learn what stopped you from sketching and just draw the line and restart the challenge.
So what is the difference between drawing and sketching? Drawing is done on drawing paper which is heavier than sketch paper. Drawings also may takes hours and have proper shading and details. They are also considered sellable works of art. Sketching is quick drawings of rough ideas usually with minimal details. They can contain textures are actually a great place to find lines that you like. Sketch paper is thinner and also less expensive than drawing paper.
Do you ever get those little “nudgings” a passing thought, something that you feel like you should do even if it doesn’t make complete sense? I may not always be perfect at seeking time with the Lord but he is still forever faithful. During some quiet time felt like we were supposed to hire some professional help for marketing Angela Bruch Art. I was further discussing with a trusted friend about where a person like this could be found she said “ask your Pastor.” That sounded like a great idea so emailed the Associate Pastor (we go to a fairly large church) and he very quickly emailed me back the name of Julie Ross and her contact info.
Julie very promptly responded back via email with an explanation of her services of helping small business owners find their voice and what makes them unique. She was not pushy but forthright which was refreshing. We set a date for her to come to my home studio with her son who is a photographer.
We had recently moved to Chapel Hill from another state so I went to being in 2 galleries to now none which was okay but left me with lots of art work. So our home is decorated with art all different sizes of paintings from other artists, me, my husband and our grandchildren. Julie was taken aback with all of the art and started asking me questions in that loving way she has of gathering information.
In addition to painting there are art journals and the supplies used to create in the studio. An art journal stays open near my easel where leftover paint becomes the beginning of a page. Julie was drawn to the journals and said she is not a painter but she wanted to know how to do this! I told her I had been teaching art journaling for about 2 years but had not started since moving here. To which she replied it was time!! Little did I know what greatness this would lead to.
I wanted to wait until Spring “someday” will restart classes. How many somedays are you wasting away? The little nudges or ideas from God which often come through others and can lead to greatness. Yet when I someday it away the blessing from that obedience never gets a chance to come. Just think if I would of waited! Due to COVID 19 we went into isolation!!! At this point we are not sure when we will be able to have traditional classes again. The skills learned from the retreat helped during these times of social distancing. What are you glad did not wait to do? What do you miss the most during these crazy times?