Sunday, June 28, 2015

Y is for Yearnings

In my humble opinion, "Yearnings" are what keeps a person thriving in life.  Without personal yearnings, I believe a person can go into deep stages of depression, age, and possibly even die.  As a husband, parent, teacher, artist, and writer, I have a plethora of yearnings that keep me going on a daily basis.  I yearn to make a better life for my family.  I yearn to meet my students' needs.  I yearn to improve my problem solving and creative skills on a daily basis.  As I was researching the theme of yearnings for this post, I ran across 3 quotes that truly spoke to me: one as an introvert, one as an intuitive person, and one as a spiritual person.

Mother's Wisdom
Commissioned Watercolor Portrait
Kim's Art It Friday - Show Your Face
Piarom's Mix It Monthly - The Facial Profile
Kristin and Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 17 Year 5
Goat Hearding (Work In Progress)
Commissioned Pastel Painting
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
As an introvert, I relate to Albert Einstein's quote, "Be a loner.  That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth.  Have holy curiosity.  Make your life worth living."

Smash Folio Pages
Photographs, Hand Lettering, Smash Envelope,  Ephemera, Tape, Scraps, and More
Ramona' Inspire Me Monday #182
Lasting Memories Layout Challenges LM #248 - Together
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 317
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #190
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday
As an intuitive person, I relate to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote, "Alas, that we should be so unwilling to listen to the still and holy yearnings of the heart!  A god whispers quite softly in our breast, softly yet audibly; telling us what we ought to seek and what to shun."

Summer Birthday Card
Hand Lettering, Tim Holtz Die Cuts, Alcohol Inks, K&Company Die, Button, and More
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Summer
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
CropStop Linky Party #5
Baby Ana
Digitalized Childhood Photograph
Bella's 52 Photo Project - {Lips}
As a spiritual person, I relate to the Scriptural verse found in Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."

Toto
iPhone 4S Photograph
Eileeen's Saturday Critters #80
Sue's Image-in-ing
Denise, Roger and Leslie's ABC Wednesday - Y is for Youth
I want to dedicate this post to my daughter Ana, who is celebrating her birthday this weekend.  Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave such thoughtful comments on my blog every week.  Blessings!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

X is for X-Factor

An x-factor is defined as "a circumstance, quality, or person that has a strong but unpredictable influence," according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary on-line.  As I mentioned during my last post, last weekend my family and I were in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I believe that the combination of being surrounded by historical architecture, God's natural creations, and a loving family served as an x-factor for me.  The Cayun cuisine at the various restaurants we visited was delectable too!  Anyway, here are the results from my x-factor exposure, as well as a few photographs my daughter and I shot in NOLA during our stay.

Galatians 3:18
Hand Lettering & Pen Drawing With Collaged Ephemera, Flower Stamping, & Spray Ink
Piarom's Mix It Monthly - The Facial Profile
Art Journal Journey - Maculine/Feminine
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #13 - A Year of Choices
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Don't Cut, Just Paste!
Moo-Mania - Numbers
Julie's Art Journal Everyday
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 16 Year 5
Toto  - Our Rescued Dog
Hand Lettering & Pen Sketch (Click on the following link for Toto's Story)
Lynn's Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens - Pets
Kim's Show Your Face
Eileen's Saturday's Critters #79
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Denise, Roger, & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - X is for Xenial (Friendly) Relationship

Breathe - Life is Good
Handcut Coffe Cup, Tim Holtz Goodies, and More (For descriptions of how I made it, click on the following 2 links.)
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - June
Carolyn's Tag Tuesday - Out of Our Comfort Zone
CropStop Linky Party #5
Congrats - Class of 2015
Hand Lettering & Doodling & Martha Stewart Border
Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#191
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Favorite Technique
Karen's Word Art Wednesday
NOLA's Home For The Weekend - Stained Glass Window
iPhone 4S Photograph
Sue's Image-in-ing
Bella's 52 Photos Project - {Elements}
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday
Swamp Tour in NOLA
iPhone 5S Photograph (Taken by my youngest daughter)
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday
Lisa & Me at Jackson Square, NOLA
iPhone 4S - Selfie
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk?  Wednesday #316
I am dedicating this posting in memory of the nine victims of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina.  May their families find comfort in the love of our Creator, Savior and Redeemer.  Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.  I will reciprocate by visiting your blog and leaving a comment as well.  May the world find its x-factor in "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:7).

Sunday, June 14, 2015

W is for Wondrous

This month, my weekends have been filled with wondrous fun filled activities.

April through June Pages
Smash Folio, Photos, Scissors, Origami, Hand Lettering, & Dies
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #315
I've been working on Smash Folio pages;

St. James The Greater
Watercolors, Colored Pencils, & Pens
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #180
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 15 Year 5
I've been working on a sketch for a new icon;

NOLA's Home for the Weekend
iPhone 4S Photo
Sue's Image-in-ing
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - Letter W
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #147
I've been walking the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana;

My Cup
Watercolor
By Tracey Fletcher King
I've been wowed by my friend Tracey;

Dad… You're a Hole In One
Ball Stamp, Scissors, Letter Punches, and Sewing Machine
Freshly Made Sketches - #190
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Friends or Superhero
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #188
and I've been wholeheartedly planning Father's Day.

Thank you for stopping by!  I also appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.  Wishing you a wonderful week!