One Sketch at a Time

A few months ago, I decided that I would start sharing more of my art work. Sketches, works in progress, good, bad, I am sharing it all. I am at a place in my life where I have many obligations. In order to fit art into my life-which more often than not it is in the form of sketching-it must be accessible. This is why I have decided to invest in a new sketch book, scraps of paper will no longer do! 

sketch book
My sketching seems to serve different functions, much the same way writing does. Sometimes it acts as a quick note to someone, or expresses an emotion that am feeling. For example, the sketch below, was done on an envelope. I sent it in the form of a text, to a friend who has a fairly new baby (two months to be exact). I did this in order to show my solidarity support, i.e. it looked like she was in for a long night.

night time
When I really think about it though, there are always obligations, the scenery and people may have changed, but I still have to practice time management no matter what stage I am in my life. I think what is really happening though, is that I am both reclaiming my art practice as a mother, and becoming aware of the new way in which I practice art.  Seeing it reflected back to me in the growing number of sketches, somehow solidifies that this is not merely an “in between” but rather a new way of practicing art.

simple sketch

Prior to motherhood, I always viewed my sketching/sketch book as a draft or an annex.  Now though, I consider my sketches (within the scope of my practice) as complete. Some of these pieces may evolve, but most will stay as is.  And even though I am not exactly sure where all these sketches are going, I am at least moving forward, one sketch at a time.

normalize breastfeeding


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  • Bry 7 years ago Reply

    Love the art and the written word.

    Renée 7 years ago Reply

    Glad you like it!

  • Wearific! 7 years ago Reply

    Your sketches are beautiful 🙂 Can I share one of your babywearing sketches as a Wearipic on my Facebook page some time? Credits to you for sure 🙂

    Renée 7 years ago Reply

    Thank you! And yes, you are more than welcome to share one of my babywearing sketches. Which one were you thinking of? Just credit the sketch with my full name (Renée Unruh) and a link to my website.

    Wearific! 7 years ago

    I was hoping you’d have more than the one in your blog! Ofcourse I’ll credit you!

    Renée 7 years ago

    Yes, I have tagged them under “babywearing sketches.”

    Wearific! 7 years ago

    can i use the one with the shopping mamma holding her bag with groceries?

    Renée 7 years ago

    Absolutely 🙂

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