Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday Art Smorgasbord - Autumn Days

Greetings!  Autumn is in the air here in Del Rio, Texas, and we've been blessed with gentle rains that have brought our temperatures pleasantly down.  Therefore, all my artwork this week has been inspired by the season once again.

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
My first entry is a drawing inspired by a photograph I found on-line of a girl grieving over a rainy day.  It reminded me of my students' attitude when they can't go out to recess when it's raining.  Bless their hearts!  I began by pulling out my materials and setting my timer to go off after 20-minutes.  I did a quick pencil sketch, and then proceeded to detail the drawing with a couple of micron pens.  After the timer went off, I wrote in my sentiment.  I am submitting this drawing to:

  1. Twenty Minute Challenge
  2. Word Art Wednesday #49
  3. Artists in Blogland #27
  4. Artist's Playroom #31 - Celestial (Clouds are in the sky, right?)

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
© Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
For my next two entries, I decided to use my original character ©Anel.  I began by illustrating her with watercolor brush pens, colored pencils, and micron pens on a water color ATC tablet.  I also did the lettering, based on Leviticus 26:4, by hand.  Next, I scanned the illustration and made a digitally matted print of it.  I used corner punches and a teardrop punch to turn the print into a tag.  I finished the tag by wrapping some tangerine baker's twine to the bottom edge, adding a matching rhinestone brad, and tying a coordinating ribbon to the top.  I used my original ATC illustration to make an art journal page.  I am submitting these pieces to:

  1. Tag Tuesday - Rain
  2. Illustration Friday - Water
  3. Paint Party Friday Week 31 - Year 2
  4. Craft Artwork: Autumn Nostalgia
  5. Inspiration Avenue - Orange
  6. The Play Date Cafe PDCC153
  7. Orange You Glad It's Friday #8
© Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
My fourth entry is a photograph inspired literally by the "spirits" of the season.  I loved the Día de los Muertos (All Saints Day) labels on these bottles of beer and wine, so I decided to use them in a still life.  Día de los Muertos dressed skeletons were brought into mainstream art by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, in the early 1900's, through his political satire.  As you can see, his art continues to inspire artists now a days, including me.  LOL!  I am submitting this photograph to:
© Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
I hope you enjoyed my "Autumn Days" inspired art pieces.  In closing, I want to take a minute to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers regarding my post last weekend.  I still don't know what route my crossroad will be leading me into, but I feel at peace knowing that the Lord is in control.  I am also thrilled to say that I was one of the 12 winners of the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012 - September - thank you, Tim!  (I am submitting the photo to Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday #175.)  As usual, you are cordially invited to leave a comment and/or join my list of followers.  Vaya con Dios - Go with God.

52 comments:

Jennifer McLean said...

Yep, clouds in the sky counts, lol. I love it when artists think outside the box. Great entry, and once again, my early bird, lol. Thanks for entering, be sure to come back tomorrow as I'm starting a giveaway for two issues of FEATURING magazine.
:o)

Neil said...

Lovely post. The first drawing is beautiful. Knowing God is in control gives great peace in the midst of the rain.
Congrats on your win.

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...great art Arnoldo, your watercolours are beautiful, when it comes to rain it's one Man's joy to anothers misery, we all see life through different eye's...congratulations on your win over at 12 tags, if that is your winning piece it is beautiful, great ingredients put together perfectly, adore the image...wishing you a super week ahead...Mel :)

Ritu Dua said...

Wonderful post...rain always lifts my spirit and I just adore that sweet smell which the earth gives out after the first rain :)

Leovi said...

Bonita, me gusta esa niña con paraguas. Saludos.

~amy~ said...

Fab projects...love your take on The Play Date Cafe!!!

Donna Bowman said...

Great projects Arnoldo! I love the tag with fun illustration and the ribbon and twine. Thanks for joining us this week at The Play Date Cafe!!

Marlena M. said...

Beautiful artwork Arnoldo~congrats on your TH win!

Magpie said...

Wonderful images, as usual! Thanks so much for entering at Inspiration Avenue!

Barb Cady said...

Lovely post Arnaldo, love your tag. Many congratulations on winning Tim's September tag, hope you enjoy your prize! x

Alicia C said...

I LOVE THE GIRL MOURNING THE RAIN! I feel like that whenever it rains or is not sunny :D That Dia de los Muertos wine looks tasty! have a great sunday and thanks for the cheers!

Ms. Becky said...

your art is most wonderful, I especially like your Anel character. she's adorable! thank you for sharing your work, I think it's beautiful. happy Sunday to you.

Carolyn Dube said...

Congrats for the 12 Tags win! Your girl in the rain captures the look on the kids' faces so perfectly when they see they can't go out to the playground at my elementary school!

EVA said...

Lovely pieces! Perfect for the rainy day we are having...

carlarey said...

Your Rainy Day girl reminds me of Judy Garland bursting into song in one of those old black and white movies!

Rachel W K said...

love the tag, that is beautiful. Thanks for joining us in the Play Date Cafe!
-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Gemiel said...

Your art never ceases to amaze me!!! God has blessed you in a mighty way and we are so blessed that you use your art to glorify Him. Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday this week.

Congrats on the Tim Holtz 12 tags win!! Blessings!

Winnie said...

Glad your week went well Arnoldo. The well deserved recognition from Tim for your tag must have been such a thrill. I am loving your rainy day pieces. Your character is one of my favorites..I love that expression on her and her fun hair! I have never seen those kinds of labels on beer or wine up here in NY, so I will have to look around. I just came back from a local vineyard with 16 bottles of wine...yes, that is a lot, but we share.. Have a great week!

Karen Letchworth said...

warm, welcoming and.....wonderful! SO full of inspiration. I'd like to tuck that adorable tag inside my Bible, or another book I'm reading so I can look at it all the time. It just has that "feel good" kind of feeling. I hope you get what I mean.
Thanks for sharing with us at WAW, and may God bless you....always!
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Lou Anne said...

What a great assortment of artwork! So glad you joined our IA challenge this week.

lorik said...

Your still life has such rich warm tones. Great composition too. Thank you for sharing your work on Mandarin Orange Monday.

Chris Twyman and Angela said...

love the warmth and humour of this photograph,would like to create a meal around it.

Nancy Claeys said...

You are so talented in so many areas, Arnoldo -- thank you for sharing your creativity at Your Sunday Best this week.

Victoria said...

Wow..fantastical post Arnoldo! so much to see..Love your character Anel..she is brilliant! Enjoyed all of your wonderful art and loved the photo of the bottles too! Wonderful!
Victoria

Denise Mulligan said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comments. Lovely work you do. The little girl in the rain is fantastic! Great inspirations for fall.

Healy said...

Nice works! You're so creative and talented..

Visiting from MOM- hope you can stop by..

http://www.sweetposh.info/2012/10/the-big-heavy-pounder-pumpkin.html

Chubskulit Rose said...

You always have wonderful arts to share.

Holiday Orange
Hopping by from Mandarin Orange Monday. Your comment on my entry will be much appreciated!

pauline said...

Arnoldo, wonderful work... i can see that you have been inspired by the rain (I love the rain)... beautiful work. Thank you for sharing. xox

Lynne said...

WOW! I love your art. The First entry and Kate are very special. Thanks for looking at my blog. Lynne

Tracey Sabella said...

It's a blessing to get those rainy days too, or else, we'll have a drought. Congrats on being a Tim Tag winner!! How exciting!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Ahayes1225 said...

Wonderful artwork, congratulations!

Lynn said...

I love your really unique style! She is really adorable :) Thanks for playing along with us at The play Date Cafe!

Alicia said...

Congrats on the win and beautiful work. Thanks for joining in with us at The Play Date Cafe this week, come again!

Liz said...

It's very pretty. Visiting late for MOM. Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC
Liz @ YACB

NatashaMay said...

Everything is just gorgeous! I love the first drawing especially. :) Great expression on her face.

Enejy clemens said...

Lovely post. I love all your work here, in particular the first one and the photograph. Have a great day!

Gloria said...

So glad you are back creating! Although I know your are always creating spiritually! :) I love the little duck following Anel.

Anita Houston said...

Hey! Love your rainy day sketch and tags! I love that you sketch so many things first before creating....a true artist, just like Leonardo! Congrats again on that super gorgeous tag!

VonnyK said...

What a beautiful drawing of the girl in the rain and I love your tag.
Congratulations on your win, I'm so pleased for you.
Have a great week.
Von

Currie Silver said...

BEautimous, Arnoldo!! I surely love they ways you put pen to paper!!

Jessica Sporn said...

so nice -- and a reminder that behind the clouds, the sun is always shining and the sky is blue!

WrightStuff said...

"Raindrops keep falling on my head...."

I'm dancing around with my umbrella now!

Great entry.

minnemie said...

I love your rainy day creations. And that still life is uniquely attractive too - all the way down to the art work on the beer/wine labels:-)

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Great paintings this week... we are about to start the summer storm season so I am thinking there will be rain later... not the gentle rain that is all inspiring and lovely, but the the garden will love it none the less... and clouds in the sky is closer to celestial than I got!!!

PetraB said...

Rain and autumn just belong together, a wonderful drawing and love the girl with the umbrella.

Sharon Wagner said...

You find inspiration in so many places. And you fit all the pieces together in such an interesting way.

Belladonna said...

I'm so happy that you have entered into our challange! Greetings!

stefanie stark said...

I love the girls with their umbrellas walking in the rain. Lovely work!

Mary Walker Designs said...

I hope to see you share with us at the SMWYG art linkup this week, every Wednesday.

Tracey Sabella said...

Thanks for your kind and encouraging comments on my blog!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Lisa said...

I love your rainy day girls and their spiritual sentiment. Congrats on your Tim Holtz win as well.

Shoshi said...

Love the "clouds" picture, Arnoldo! Thanks for your comment about my tiger on my blog last week - I haven't kept up very well with my comments I'm afraid. Glad you liked it, anyway.

Shoshi