Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Memories 2015

I had a marvelous Easter weekend, which included family, friends, art, food, and Church services.

Miniature Pink Rose
iPhone Shot
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Gallery 49 {Pastel Colors}
It all started with this miniature pink rose which bloomed in my garden.

Goose ATC
Acrylics, Gelatos, and More
Try It On Tuesday - They Who Have Wings
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday… Greeting
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - A is for… ATC
It reminded me of God's magnificent creation, which includes all creatures in the animal kingdom.

Easter Baskets
Various Die Cuts, Candy, and More
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #170
Aggie Egg Tags
Wooden Shapes, Acrylic Paint, & Charms
Tag Tuesday
Moo-Mania - Eggs
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 5 Year 5
Lollipop Bunny Covers
Tim Holtz Baroque Die Cut, Pipe Cleaners, Micron Pen, Lollipop, & Jute Cord
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #178
Of course, I was also mindful of others, through handmade gifts for my daughters, work colleagues, and neighbors.

Smash Book Pages
Photographs, Die Cuts, and More
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - M is for Memories
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #305
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #137
To capture my Easter memories, I created 2 more pages for my Smash book.  I hope you all had a meaningful Easter weekend as well.  The Lord is Risen, Alleluia!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WOYWW? The Letter K

Having Spring Break, I was able to keep-up with my family, as well as utilize my creative energy in the arts.  Although I've learned to work very well under stress, I recognize that the usual multitasking I live with drains the time I can spend with the latter.  This week, I played homage to the letter K on my workdesk through…

"Before the rooster crows twice, you will disown me 3 times."
Acrylic Paints, Micron Pen, & Gelatos painting over Tissue Taped ATC
Moo Mania & More - Poultry
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #10 - Birds of a Feather
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 3 Year 5
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #135
Kate's Express Your Creativity - Week 13
The knowledge of my human iniquities vs. the Lord's grace;

{Peace} - Isaiah 11:6
Micron Pens, Calligraphy Pen, Caran D'Ache Watersoluble Pastels, & Prismacolor Pencils Illustration
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Lions & Lambs
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Piarom's Mix It Monthly - Angel/Saints
The kindheartedness that will embrace all creatures on Earth someday;

Masculine Birthday Cards
Various Papers, Dies, Paints, Stamp, Ribbon, & Label Maker
Freshly Made Sketches #178
Order of the Opus Gluei - Black and Other Color
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #176
The birthday celebrations of those kin to me by marriage;

Spring Retro Camper
Die, Various Papers, Micron Pen, & Markers
Tag Tuesday - Spring Is In The Air
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring Pinterest Inspiration
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #303
A practical use of kraft paper scrap to make a door;

St. Patrick's Day Tablescape
iPhone Shot Digitally Enhanced
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week #168
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - K is for Keen Eye
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Week 47 {Liquid} Vessels
And the admiration of my daughter's keen eye for decorating our St. Patrick's Day dinner table, as well as my wife's exquisite culinary know-how.

Tomorrow, I go back to work and to my graduate studies, so God willing I'll be able to carve a little time to regenerate through the use of my creative energy in the arts.  Thank you for stopping by and leaving kind words.  Blessings!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

J is for Journey

An artist's journey can lead to a jolt of energy that erupts into the creation of amazing pieces of art within you.  This eruption is a juxtaposition of everything you know, love and care for.  It's not always easy, but when the time and mood are right, it happens.

Jessica's Wedding Shower
Tim Holtz Sewing Room Die, Rulers Embossing Folder, Distress Inks, Copic Multiliners, Lace, & More
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challege - B is for… Bride to Be
Freshly Made Sketches - FMS 177 (A sketch by Karen)
Try It On Tuesday: Pearls For Girls
Sometimes the jolt is like a game of Jeopardy, where you have to take a risk and use everything you know, believe and care for to stay on the game.  It's a creative, problem solving experience with much at stake.  However, if you risk it all and get it right, you can easily be the joyous champion.

Bendita - Blessed
Mixed Media Collage
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Things That Fly
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #175
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #134
Kate's Express Your Creativity - Week 12
The journey can sometimes lead you into a jam, or what's worst, lead you to a judgmental entity that doesn't understand or acknowledge your artistry.  This junction in the journey makes you feel like an old jalopy.  The best thing to do in these instances, is to lick your jabs and move on.

Spring Shower Discoveries
Mixed Media Tag
Although an artist's journey can run into dangerous jungles, these can also be very rejuvenating.  Hence I keep the Lord's words in Psalm 46:10 close to my heart, "Be still, and know that I am God."  May your artistic journey be a blessing!