Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Letter "I"

Greetings!  I've been extremely busy, so working in my art studio has been a treat.  I worked on a letter "I" tribute.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Pastel and Marker Illustration and Hand Lettering
Pia's Mix It Monthly - Trees
Art Journal Journey - Living Beings
Dion's Friday Sketches
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Denise, Roger, & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - I is for Inspirational
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #275
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 26 Year 4
An Inspired art journal page,

Birthday Gift Series
Tim Holtz Die Cuts, EKSuccess Punch, & Papers Over Cracker Boxes
Freshly Made Sketches #152
Moo-Mania - Recycle Something
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #149
An Intricate series of cards,

Nine Lives Tag
Hand Paper Cut, Tim Holtz Dies, Dymo Labeler, & More
Tag Tuesday - Silhouettes
Manon's Paper Saturdays
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday - Week 107
And an Interesting serendipitous tag
Well, it's all a matter of opinion.  LOL!
Thanks for your kind comments on my last post, as well as for following my blog.  Blessings!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happiness is…

Happiness is…

Viva la Vida (Celebrate Life)
Print of Original Illustration, Hand Lettering, Designer Papers, Flowers, Rick-rack, and Staples
Freshly Made Sketches #151
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 26 Year 4
Celebrating the life of my ancestors and all the memories I have of them.

Off to Texas A&M University
iPhone Selfie edited on iPhoto and Pixelmator
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #139
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - H is for My Sweet-Hearts are off to Howdy Land!
Bella's 52 Photo Project - "The sign says" they're going to be Hard Laborers
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #148
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #274
Jen's In the Studio
Inspiration Avenue - Summer Bounty
Praising God for the gift of life, rather I am having a good day or not.

Prayer Chest
Altered Playing Card, Match Boxes, Designer Papers, Cross, and More
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - September Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - STAMPtember
Try It On Tuesday - Use Your Stash (Wooden Dowel Caps)
But above all, knowing that I am a child of God, my creator, savior and redeemer.

May your days be blessed with love, joy and peace!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Fun, Fond, & Fascinating

After a long week of school district trainings and working in my classroom, I've been able to enjoy sometime in the comfort of my studio this weekend.  It really helps me to keep busy, since not only are my girls gone away to college, but my wife went on a week long business trip.  The dogs, cat, and I miss them all terribly.  May the Lord surround them with his angels of protection wherever they go.  Anyway, this week's projects can all be described with words starting with the letter "F."

Fun Gingerbread Decorations
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Summer
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 137
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #272
Fun Christmas Cards
Freshly Made Sketches #149 by Rita
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Scratched Up
Manon's Paper Saturdays
The first two projects above are what I call plain old fun!  The first photograph features wall decorations I've been working on for my classroom.  Our school theme this year is "One Adventure After Another," so each classroom teacher selected a fairytale or folktale as their inspiration.  I went with the Gingerbread Man.  I will also have each student decorate their own paper gingerbread person to hang around the room.  The second photograph features more Christmas cards I made, since I know I won't have much time to work on them during the school year.  I used an original watercolor painting of mine as the focal point to make a clean card, as well as a vintage looking  card.

A Fond Moment
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Illustration Friday - Journey
Jenn's The Artist's Playroom #119
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #146
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 24 Year 4
The next picture is of a commissioned watercolor piece I'm working on of a fond moment between a mother and daughter.  The friend that asked for the piece gave me an old photograph to use as reference of a time during which her recently deceased Mother was giving her advice about her life's journey.  Their faces and hair are almost done, but I still have a lot of work to do on the clothes, the sofa parts in view, and the background shadowing.  If you have any suggestions for improvement, please let me know.  I believe there is always room for improvement, since I consider myself to be in a continue journey with my artwork.

Fascinating Cactus - © Arnoldo L. Romero
Bella's 52 Photos Project - Somewhere You Visited
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - F is for Fascinating
Jen's In the Studio
Last, but not least, I have a photograph I took with y iPhone during one of our trips back from College Station, TX, this Summer.  I took it at a state rest stop off of I-10, where they have a short naturally xeriscaped trail.  I find the "Indian Fig Opuntia" a fascinating cactus, because it has been considered a culinary species since the times of the archaic natives of Mexico, which included present day Texas.  The fruit (tuna), minus the prickly skin, is very sweet and juicy.  It is marvelous when it's been chilled, but is also used to make jams.  The paddle shaped leaves (nopales), can be fixed in salads, in shrimp stews, scrambled with eggs, etc.  They are delicious and very nutritious too.

I hope you enjoyed my letter "F" inspired descriptions of my work.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave a comment during my last post, as well as all my faithful followers for their patronage.  Blessings!