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186. I was invited to draw at a wedding
wedding sketches, giving away my drawings, and a new substack offering.
Sometime last year, Jill got in touch to ask if I would draw at her wedding. The date was undecided, the venue was undecided, but she was sure about having me draw there. What a special feeling.
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It was a short and sweet ceremony
… which is a wonderful thing, except that I had to hurry to finish in time!
I arrived at the venue a few minutes early. Knowing that I would have less time with the final drawing - and that it had to be just right! - I was a little nervous.
To calm my nerves, to warm up the drawing muscles, to get the ink flowing in a manner of speaking, I began to draw the tiny guests as they arrived.
When the ceremony was about to begin, I stood in a corner of the room behind the seated guests. The tall windows made a ‘natural frame’ for the composition. Drawing in a vertical orientation also offered another compositional advantage - I was able to draw guests below who would look up at the couple.
(I spoke about using natural frames for composition in last week’s Insider Hangout.)
Next week, I will send them a sneaky art wedding package consisting of -
🖼️ the original drawing, for them to frame
🖨️ high-quality prints on fine art paper, to gift to loved ones
💌 digital files, to print thank you cards
🤳🏼 and the reel I made on location.
Below is the special moment.
📭 A Free Little Art Gallery
When the sun emerged from behind grey clouds today, I decided to leave some art in a nearby Free Little Art Gallery.
One of my resolutions as an artist is to give away as much art as I can.
Art brings joy to people’s lives. And our right to experience that joy should not be tied to economic transactions.
It has been a year since I started doing this. I find that it empowers me. To cast my work into the universe, to let it find a new home, gives me more agency over my career, my work, and its value.
Perhaps, this tiny drawing will bring a tiny amount of joy to another person’s life?
If so, that will be enough. If so, it will be worth being an artist.
🗓️ You should…
❤️ Become a SneakyArt Insider to support my work, so that I can keep giving away art for free!
🎙 Catch my interview on the Science Friction podcast (ABC Australia), to learn more about me.
🎉 Check out my drawings from the family wedding I attended in Jaipur (India) this February.
🖋️ Read last month’s Tiny Stories for Tiny People thread.
🎙 Listen to Episode 57 of the SneakyArt Podcast with naturalist and artist John Muir Laws.
🎥 Watch my ink drawing demo from February on YouTube.
💻 Sign up for my "How to Draw Tiny People" workshop this Sunday.
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