Monday, July 27, 2015

C is for Climatic

I believe I had a climatic point in my creative endeavors for this summer.  Since I had a week off my school work and had no specific plans, I was able to spend plenty of time in my art studio.  Therefore, I was able to work on most of the art projects I've had lined-up.  Not everything is finished, or even perfect, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.  Isn't that what life should be all about, enjoying the journey?  That reminds me of my wife's comment when she was admiring my Smash layout pages, "Your photographs and layouts make it seem like we had such an exciting summer."  I just smiled.

Goat Herding (Work In Progress)
Original 11" x 14" Pastel
Illustration Friday - Nature
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Try It On Tuesday - Hot and Wild
Piarom's Mix It Monthly - The Facial Profile
Kim's Art It Friday - Show Your Face
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #321
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week #21 Year 5
My Life's Journey
Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock and Various Other Elements
The Mirror Crack'd - #10 Shadow Box
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - C is for Clock
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #194
Summer Birthday Cards
Tim Holtz Die & Stamps; Martha Stewart Glitter Paper Borders; and Basicgray Prints; and More
Freshly Made Sketches #196
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - No Ordinary Paper
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Sparkle and Shine
Baby Shower Card
Fiskar's Advantedge & McGill Dies; Tim Holtz Die Cut; Hand Lettering & More
Cas(e) This Sketch #133
DFW & Texas A&M Visits
Smash Folio & Embellishments; K&Company Embellishments; Tim Holtz Dies; Hand Lettering and More
Lasting Memories Layout Challenges - #252 Clusters
Tribute to Josephine Baker
Original Artwork and Lettering; Tim Holtz Dies & Embossing Folder; Ribbon & Beads
Tag Tuesday - Ooh, La, La
Moo-Mania - In the Garden
CropStop Blog - Anything Goes
A Gift Idea
Personalized Art Journal
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #186
Rolo
iPhone 5 shot by my Daughter
Eileen's Saturday Critters #84
Sue's Image-in-ing
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #153
Have you had any climatic points in your life's plans this summer?  Thanks for taking the time to visit and for your encouraging comments.  Blessings!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

B is for Brevity

Have you ever considered the brevity of human life?  I have, so it motivates me to live my life to it's fullest and fill it with as many meaningful moments as possible.  I want to love, read, explore, create, travel, eat, and drink as if there is no tomorrow.  I feel guilty when I waste time frivolously.  This doesn't mean I don't enjoy quiet moments with family and friends, as well as meditation.  The first I value as bonding time, the second as necessary for peace of mind.  In addition, I also want to make a difference in the life of my family, friends, and others.  Therefore, I've always cherished the words of the Serenity prayer, which my father taught me as a child and is generally attributed to theologian Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr; God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, the courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.  (A version of it was adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1945)

Inspired by Aristotle's Words On A Letter of Reference
Original Sketches & Lettering; Paper & Stamp Collage Background; Tim Holtz Dies
Kim's Art It Friday - Show Your Face
Art Journal Journey - Postage
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - In the Frame
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday
Freedom Dress
Tim Holtz Dies, Numeral, Label, Stapler, Tissue, Tape, Paper, Star, & Inks; Hand Lettering; and More
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Get in Shape
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #193
Berlin Wall Portion at George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University
iPhone 4 Photograph Edited on iPhoto & Pixelmator
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 185
Sue's Image-in-ing
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - B is for a Bit of Berlin Wall
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #320
Bella's 52 Photos Project - Words
In closing,  I want to leave you with a verse I found to be relevant to the brevity of life, in the prayer of Moses the man of God, Psalm 90:12, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."  May our youth, regardless of their religious background or lack of it, be touched by these words in midst of all the violence we've been witnessing.  I want to dedicate this post and artwork to the military victims of the Chattanooga, Tennessee massacre.  May they rest in peace, and their families find comfort in their love and memories.  Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.  They are motivational to me as an artist and writer.  May the peace of the Lord be with you.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A is for Awesome Summer

It's been an awesome summer, thus far, filled with family, trips, and art.  Last weekend we were in Ft. Worth, Texas, where we celebrated my Mother and Mother-in-Law's birthdays.  On the way back, we went by College Station to pack up my two daughters' college apartment, since they'll be moving next month.  Although it was hard work, we did take a break to visit the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.  I highly recommend it!

A Summer Night With Lisa
Pen and Gelatos over Tissue Covered Chipboard With Washi Tape Frame
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Summer Days
Pia Rom's Mix It Monthly - The Facial Profile
Kim's Art It Friday - Show Your Face
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 19 Year 5
Mother's 80th Birthday Card & Scrap-Booklet
K&Company Tri-fold Frame Card; Tim Holtz Dies, Tissue, Stamps & Stencil; DCWV Prints; Hand Lettering; and More
Let's Get Shabby - Challenge #65 Anything to do with Books
Try It On Tuesday - In the Frame
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #192
Mother-in-law's Gift Tag
Paper Quilling, Doodling, and Hand Lettering
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 184
Moo Mania - Swirls
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #319
Jolie Femme - Pretty Woman
Tim Holtz Stamp, Pen Nib, Tissue Tape, Hand Lettering, and More
Tag Tuesday - Faces
"Reading" by Romero Britto
Barbara Bush's Celebration of Reading - Florida Family Literacy Initiative 2007
Bella's 52 Photo Project - {Turquoise}
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - A is for Art
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #151
Anyway, I have a lot of school work to get done, so I'm keeping it short.  Thank you for your visit and thoughtful comments on my last post.  Blessings!