Tuesday, January 17, 2017

B is for Believe

Yesterday, here in the United States of America, we remembered Martin Luther King Jr., the American Baptist minister who lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's and 60's.  Influenced by Mohandas Gandhi's non-violent manner, his involvement in the civil protests began in 1955, with the Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, and continued until the day he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.  Other than helping the end of segregation in buses, King pursued the end of segregation in public schools, the protection from police abuse, the acquisition of laws to prevent discrimination in employment, and the protection of voting rights for minorities.  The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, which led to him receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.  The following is a quote from his acceptance speech:
  
Blessings and Happiness - Year of the Rooster Tag
Original Hand Carved Stamp Over A Mixed Media Tag & Chinese Calligraphy
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #264
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Winter Birthday
Try It On Tuesday - Anything But Square

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."

Creative Ideas Inspire
Hard Pastel Sketch, Doodling & Hand Calligraphy
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - B
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday: Week 46 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
His words are as relevant today as they were back then.  Although we have come a long way in this country, lately I believe we may be regressing.  There is just so much division, misunderstanding, and senseless violence going on by all factions in our country.

Thinking Of You Card
Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Flowers Die, Tiny Things Stamp, & Simple Sayings Stamp With Various Card Stock Scraps
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Challenge Weeks #266-267
There's a plethora of reasons for our problems, but one of them is our deteriorating communication. With all the forms of communication available, we should be doing better. However, news outlets and social media are actually aggravating the situation.

Here You Go, This, That & The Other
Smash Book Page With Various Embellishments & Tapes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Chill Out
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 398
Art Journal Journey - Tell Me A Story
I value freedom of speech, but we need to be responsible when exercising this freedom.  This is of utmost importance to the news media, from liberal to conservative, who are sometimes responsible for the spread of propaganda.  Social Media aggravates the situation, because some people on both sides spread it, along with hateful commentaries.

If I Would Only Use My Old Bike I'd Be In Better Shape
iPhone 6s Shot Edited On iPhoto
Our Beautiful World: OBW 180~Bicycle
In my humble opinion I believe we need to scrutinize everything we read, as well as consider multiple sources of information.  We need to consider multiple perspectives, and be aware that we can't believe everything that's out there.  I also believe that we need to be careful with our words and practice the Golden Rule, as found in Matthew 7:12, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  If you don't agree with a political or other point of view, discuss it if appropriate, but don't use derogatory terms.  The latter is hurtful to others and propagates further division.  So yes, I believe in Martin Luther King's words, but it's going to take a conscious effort on our part to make it happen.  Peace!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A is for Agape

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, "agape" is a word of late Latin and Greek origin, meaning literally "love."  To be exact, it refers specifically to brotherly love.  In that vein, I found several verses about agape love that I though are worth sharing:

Virgen de Guadalupe on a Stained Glass Window at the Mo Ranch Chapel
Sennelier Soft Pastels and Acrylic Paint on Strathmore Pastel Paper
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday: Week 45 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." - 1 John 4:8.

Wedding Anniversary Card
My New Tim Holtz Window/Window Box & Tiny Tattered Floral Dies, Pediment Die, embossing folder, arrow, & game piece; We R'Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch boards; and various other materials
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Be Square
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: New Something
Karen's Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes Weeks 264-265
"I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more." - Chief Joseph

The Woodlands' Fountain Lake in Tyler, Texas
Nikon D3300 Shot Edited On Instagram
Our Beautiful World OBW 179 ~ Light
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 397
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday 263
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. - Buddha

In closing, I want to thank all my blogging friends and followers, as well as everyone who takes the time to leave a comment.  You motivate and inspire me.  May agape love be the driving force in all your thoughts, words, and deeds.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A "Z" Post

Happy New Year!  In case you hadn't noticed, I have had ZERO posts since November 22, 2016, making me absent from blogland for 6 weeks.  This doesn't mean that my art production was ZILT, it's just that I've had a ZILLION other things going on.  First of all, I had the a couple of extracurricular commitments at school that consumed a great deal of my time.  In addition, the ZIZZLING Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations with family, friends and coworkers kept me extra busy as well.  Although I enjoyed all the ZEZTY foods, it was emotionally draining for an extrovert like myself to be around so many people on a continuous basis.  To make matters worst, I ended up with a cold which led to a sinus infection that left me feeling like a ZOMBIE.  Anyway, below are a few of the artsy things I worked on during the last 6 weeks.  Hope you have a ZINGY new year!

Birds Inspired By A Bird Photographic Session
Etegami Using a New Set of Watercolors I got at Simon Says
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Start Afresh
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #396
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday: Week 44, Year 6
The Male Room - Anything Goes
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 262
George Michael Memorial & Positive Thinking Response
Pen Sketch & Sharpie Marker Doodling
Art Journal Journey - Tell Me A Story
Cards Using Prints Of An Original Christmas Illustration
Original Done in Pen and Watercolors
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Dia de los Reyes (Magi Day) Cards
We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punchboard and Holiday Font Punch; Tim Holtz Crown Die & Distress Sickles; Assorted Cardstock; Pearl; and More
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Advent Calendar
Kraft Drawer Chest; Assorted Christmas Papers; Assorted Tim Holtz Dies & Numbers; Assorted Martha Stewart Punches; and More
Karen's Word Art Wednesday
Christmas Tree Morning Coffee Moment
Formal Living Room
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - Letter Z
Home Holiday Vignettes
Original Advent Calendar; Christmas Tree; and Gift Wrapping
Our Beautiful World: OBW 178 ~ Sparkle

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

T is for Thanksgiving ( ABCW, WOYWW & PPF)

On Thursday, November 24th, many Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day.  However, it has become controversial, due to the abuses and discrimination that Native Americans suffered due to the European settlements all over the American continent.  Although I am primarily of European descent, I have some Mesoamerican ancestry too.  Therefore, I thoroughly relate to the controversy, but honor the holiday as a way of giving thanks for all my blessings.  In that regard, I am thankful for my family, my friends, my home, my pets, my job, my gift of creativity, and above all, for living in a country where I have the freedom to praise my God, who is my creator, savior and redeemer.

Art Journal Trio
Sketching, Doodling, and Lettering in Pen, Watercolor, Pastels and Markers
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 255
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 38 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Candy Cane Trio Christmas Cards
Products Used: Tim Holtz, Fiskars, Martha Stewart, K&Company, and More
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Trio-Tastic
Moo-Mania: Stripes
Karen's Word Art Wednesday
Tarnished Pole on 6th Street - Austin, Texas  USA
Our Beautiful World: OBW 174 ~ Worn
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - T is for Tarnished
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #390
In closing, I want to leave you with a piece of scripture found in 2 Corinthians 9:11, "You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  I also want to thank all my followers, as well as everyone who takes the time to leave a comment.  May your life be filled with blessings, no matter what your race, ethnicity, culture, gender, personal belief system or any other difference may be!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

S is for Saint - WOYWW - PPF

With the continued political, public and other discord in the United States, I believe prayers for peace, love and reconciliation are necessary.  I also find myself praying that the Lord work through the hearts and minds of all our newly elected officials, so that His will be done, not ours.  However, I like to begin by praying to make me a better person, so at this time the one attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the best. 

Art Journal Trio
A Blend of Tangling, Lettering & Collage Techniques
Art Journal Journey - No Faces, No Wings, No Leaves but Collage
Pia Rom's Mix It Monthly - Matisse
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #389
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 37 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.


Hostess Pocket Gift Tag With Card
We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punchboard; Tim Holtz Book Plate Die; and More
Karen's Word Art Wednesday Weeks #256-257
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Thanks
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Thanks

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen


Knitting Group's Coral Reef Exhibit
Firehouse Museum - Del Rio, TX
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - S is for Sea Scene
Our Beautiful World: OBW173 ~ Strange
Sue's Image-In-Ing
May the peace of the Lord be with you and your loved ones.  Blessings!