Sunday, November 22, 2015

T is for Time

It's hard to believe we are in the midst of the holiday season, with All Hallows Eve behind us, Thanksgiving Day this week, and Christmas about a month away.  Time can certainly appear to go faster as we get older.  I found several theories about the latter phenomenon in an article in the Scientific American Blog, which I found very interesting.

Christmas Bell Tags
Tim Holtz Dies; EKSuccess Punch; Circle Punch; Acylic Paint; Metallic and Kraft Papers; Uniball Air Pen; Martha Stewart Gems; and Baker's Twine.
Tag Tuesday - Hand Lettering
Let's December Daily: 2015
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Christmas
The first two have to do with how we gauge time by memorable events and how this is relative to our ages.  For example, for a five year old, a year is 20% of his or her life, while for a 50 year old a year is only 2% of his or her life.  Therefore, waiting for Christmas to come along, which can be a memorable experience, seems like a lifetime for a young child vs to an adult.  (Yes, the older we get, the smaller the percentage.  Sigh!)

Vintage Christmas Magazines
iPhone 4s Photograph Edited on iPhoto
Our Beautiful World - Vintage
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #203
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - T is for Timeless Magazine Topic
Two other interesting theories have to do with a child vs an adult's perspectives.  While a child may be anxiously counting down the days until Christmas, an adult may be focused on work, schedules, finances, family dynamics, house chores, planning trips, and shopping for Christmas.  Therefore, the passage of time is slow for a child due to anticipation, while an adult may loose track of time due to the stressful plethora of responsibilities he or she may have.

Pastel Portrait & Hand Lettering
Pia's Mix It Monthly October/November Challenge - Cups
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #211
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #338
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 38 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Therefore, time does not literally go faster as we get older.  However, we can slow it down by relaxing to take time to spend quality time with family and friends, enjoy nature, enjoy the arts, read, and praise the Lord for our blessings.  I believe if we all did this, are world would be much more peaceful.

I want to hank everyone for stopping by, especially to my followers and everyone taking the time to leave a comment.  Rather you are celebrating Thanksgiving Day or not, hope you have a blessed week.  See you later - Hasta la vista!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

R is for… "Remember My Workdesk?"

Greetings!  Time does fly, and before I realized it, my bi-weekly post turned into a tri-weekly post.  My professional schedule continues to be hectic, plus I had additional personal commitments too.  Therefore, I got off schedule.  Please accept my apologies.

Autumn Reflection
Caran d'Ache, Pens, Charcoal, and More
Art Journal Journey - Autumn Colors
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 36 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Julie's Art Journal Everyday
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
I had not had a chance to work on my art journal, so this weekend I took a break to work on a page.  I found this quote by Juan Ramón Jiménez about changes, which I found quite inspirational.  In case you are not familiar with Jiménez, he is the Spanish writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1956 for his lyrical poetry.  One of my favorite books of his is Platero y Yo (Platero and I), which is a charming monologue of a man with his silver colored donkey.

Thanks For Dinner
Tim Holtz Card; Brother's Scan'n Cut 2 Utensils; Art-C Doily; K&Company Butterflies; and Hand Lettering
Freshly Made Sketches #211 - A Sketch by Karren
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Thanks
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #209
Tim Holtz Stamp, Die & mini attacher; Glossy Accents; Brother's Scan'n Cut 2; Recollections Brads; Hand Lettering & More
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - So Glossy
The Male Room: Challenge #22 Hardware in Your Stash
Try It On Tuesday: Lots of Layers
Although I have not had time to work on my art journal, I have made several cards for family and friends, including the two above.  The second one is for Mike, one of my best friends.  We will both be celebrating our birthdays this week over dinner.  Him and his wife are in the process of selling their house in town, so this may be the last time we will be able to do that for a while.  We have shared lots of ups and downs for nearly 16 years, so it will be a bittersweet celebration.

Happy Birthday, Abby!
Smash Folio Page
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 201
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - R is for Remembering
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #336
I do not consider myself a scrapbooker.  However, I have enjoyed preserving special memories through my Smash Folio for a little over a year.  In this page, I tried to capture our trip to Texas A&M University, during which we celebrated my youngest daughter's birthday a couple of weeks ago.  She is a beautiful, smart and good natured young lady whom my wife and I consider to be a true blessing.  Although it rained almost continuously during the 3 days we were there, our spirits were never dampened.

Banded Garden Spider
iPhone 4s Photograph
Our Beautiful World - Space
Sue's Image-in-ing
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Tree Branches
In closing, I leave you with another fascinating creation of God which I found in my garden.  Thank you for your visit, for following my blog, and for taking the time to leave a comment.  Blessings!

Monday, October 19, 2015

O is for Our World

In his omnipotence, God filled our world of nature with many wonders, such as the gorgeous Monarchs that visit my garden every year!  It's just not autumn for my family until we see a scout pass through our garden, which is followed by swarms of others about a day or two later.  (As a matter of fact, my young adult girls, who are currently living in Central Texas, grieve not being able to see them this year.)  They come in waves for at least a week, covering the branches of our trees.  We don't have many deciduous trees in Southwest Texas, due to our semi-desert climate, but we don't need them with the glorious colors of fall that these incredible creatures bring when they gather on our tree branches.  It's an awe inspiring feeling to walk out into the garden and see them flutter off the branches as I walk through.  These fascinating migrating creatures, travel for over 2,000 miles from August through October, flying from Canada and the United States of America to the trans-volcanic mountains of central Mexico.  Females lay their eggs along their migratory route, so it takes up to three generations of Monarchs to complete the flight.  For this reason, many of us plant milkweed in our gardens, which Monarchs love.

The Monarchs In My Garden
iPhone 4s Photo
Our Beautiful World - Gather
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #198
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - O is for Our World
Autumn Angel
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Mini Staples, Distress Inks, and Various Embossing Folders and Die Cuts; McGill & EKSuccess Punches; Handmade Skeletal Leaf Paper; DCWV Cardstock Prints; and More.
Tag You're It! Challenge #32
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Color Inspiration
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #206
True Dragons Beaten
Pastel Drawing, Sharpie Lettering, and Gelli Print Cuttings
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Monsters
Let's Get Arty #68
Art Journal Journey - Architecture
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk?  Wednesday #333
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 33 Year 5
Illustration Friday - Adventure
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.  I also want to thank the Design Teams at Let's Get Arty and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for spotlighting two of my pieces during the last couple of weeks.  I was honored and humbled by their kind words about my work.  It truly motivates me to do better.  Blessings to all!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

M is for Musing Moments

Greetings!  Yes, I have reverted to bi-weekly posts due to my hectic teaching and postgraduate studies' schedule.  Although its very rewarding, it does take its toll.  Therefore, I truly consider the time I can spend working on my artwork, "musing moments."  Listening to my eclectic collection of music in the background while burning some incense, sets the perfect ambiance for me to work in.  It's a time for me to release all negative energies, meditate, and function through pure intuitiveness.  When I work in this manner, I transcend into an imaginative journey in a world of wonder.  I work with abstractions to become one with my Creator.   In the words of Madeleine L'Engle, "the work takes over," and I listen.

Happy Halloween! - ¡Feliz Víspera del Día de los Muertos!
Tim Holtz Stamps, Distress Inks, Die Cut, and Embossing Folder;
Martha Stewart and EKSuccess Punches;  Baker's Twine; Glass Beads; Sequins;
Spectrum Noir markers; Embossing Powder; Pebbles Prints; and Tulip Bead Paint.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Autumn Is In The Air
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
The Male Room: Challenge #20 Autumn/Fall
I Am an Architect of my Life
Charcoal Drawing and Hand Lettering over Gelli Print Collaged Strips,
Water Color Washes, Tim Hotz Stamps, and Pen Doodling
Art Journal Journey - Architecture
Let's Get Arty- Challenge #68 (Spots and Distinct Outlines)
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #331
Kristin and Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 31 Year 5
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Sunflower - Romans 14:19
iPhone 4s Photograph; Pixelmator; and WAW Word Art
Our Beautiful World #117 - Colors of October
Denise, Roger and Leslies ABC Wednesday - M is for Musing Moments
Sue's Image-in-ing
Try It On Tuesday - Autumn
Karen's Word Art Wednesday#204
What are your musing moments?  Anyway, I want to thank everyone who stops by and leaves a comment, as well as all my faithful followers.  Blessings!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

K is for Kiss (+WOYWW & PPF)

The kiss, which can simply be defined as the gesture of touching with the lips, can convey a variety of feelings.  It can be as simple as a greeting between friends.  It can be a gesture of pure love and joy, as the tender kiss a parent gives his/her new born child.  It can demonstrate passionate love between spouses, as the one described in the Song of Solomon.  It can be bittersweet, as the kiss given to a loved one when saying goodbye.  And, it can also be the kiss of death, as the one Judas gave Jesus before betraying him for 30 pieces of silver.  Through out time, the Kiss has inspired artists of all genres such as Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas, who wrote the father and daughter song, Butterfly Kisses; J. M. Barrie, who wrote about Wendy's innocent kiss in the children's literary classic, Peter Pan: and Auguste Rodin, who sculpted the adulterous couple in The Kiss.  So when you hear someone say, "A Kiss Is Just A Kiss," remember that it can really be a lot more than touching with the lips.

Happy Cupcake
Handcut Cupcake; Fiskar's Scallop Scissors; EKSuccess heart and musical-note-border punches;
Hand lettering; Tim Holtz Lattice embossing folder and Vintage Valise die (Spare Parts); and Basicgrey papers
Tag You're It! Challenge #30
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Die Crazy
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #202
Matthew 16:24
Art Journal - Sharpie Doodling & Hand Lettering
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk #329
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 29 Year 5
One of a Kind Gift Bag of Assorted Goodies
iPhone 4S Shot
Our Beautiful World: 115 Assorted
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #194
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - K is for One of a Kind
I apologize for my absence last week, but I was overwhelmed with work.  However, thank you for your visit and for leaving such thoughtful comments.  Blessings!