New Challenge for you.. the 2 Minute Kitchen Sketch


Making myself a cup of coffee, I find myself always looking around my kitchen at all the wonderful “shapes” are around me.

The shape of the coffee pot, the negative space between nooks and crannies…all that stuff.

So I figured I’d sit in the kitchen to do some fast and furious sketching.


I used regular drawing paper, 2B pencil and no eraser.  Set the timer for 2 minutes for each subject, one was a teapot and the other a bunch of apples.  Told Joe to be quiet and prayed Chaos would stay sleeping in the living room.

Looking at just shapes makes the drawing experience so much easier, instead of thinking “I”m drawing a teapot or I’m drawing an apple”.

When you’re drawing shapes, you draw what you see and now what you think you should be seeing. Not all apples are round… we think they are, but they aren’t.  They also don’t always sit perfectly level. 

That’s what makes it so interesting when looking at shapes, how they related to something close by, in this case, the towel underneath which was on top of a few weekly flyers.

What's on my kitchen table

Maybe I should make coffee more often!

Here is a challenge:

  • Grab a chair and put it in your kitchen.
  • Find an apple or teapot.. anything that belongs in the kitchen and put it on the counter.
  • Get a timer or use the clock timer in your smart phone or tablet, set it for 2 minutes.
  • Get your sketchbook and a pencil, sit down and turn on the timer.
  • Sketch the subject until the timer goes off.  No cheating.  Stop when the timer goes off.
  • When you’re done, take a pic and post it in the Facebook group and post in the comments below how you felt doing this fast sketch.

Tip:  practicing this exercise, sketching for 2 minutes many times a week, will help you develop your drawing skills which benefits you regardless of what type of art you love to do.

Until next time…Stay Inspired.