Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Art Smorgasbord: Little of This and That

Greetings!  Today's post is truly an Art Smorgasbord, because it's a little of this and that.  However, it is light - LOL!  

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2013
© Arnoldo L. Romero 2013
First of all, I have a Black & White photograph that represents where I am right now.  Although not perfect, I feel I am a solid Christian, husband, father, artist and educator, just like the tree.  I also try to keep a heart that is inviting to others, just like the bench.  The sidewalk represents the clean path I thrive to keep in life, which can lead to a bright future.  The pennies in the Sepia photograph represent my wishes for the future of continued love, joy, peace, health, and financial security.  I am submitting these photographs to 52 Photos Project: Gallery 38 {Right Now}Orange You Glad It's FridayMandarin Orange Monday 24, and Three Muses: Something Sepia.

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2013
The pen and ink sketch in my art journal is the one I posted a couple of days ago on The Twenty Minute Challenge.  I titled it "A Little Heritage."  It is a preliminary quick study for a pastel that I am planning, which is based on a photograph of a friend's daughter.  Hopefully, I'll be able to work on it soon.  I am submitting it to Paint Party Friday: Week 43, Year 2Sunday Sketches, and Illustration Friday - Edge.

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2013
The tag above is the first of a series that I resolved to work on for my posts on Tag Tuesday - Alphabet.  As a parent, artist and educator, I love children's books and have written and illustrated a couple of them - non have been published yet.  I wrote the text for a new ABC book based on ©Anel, an original character of mine, which I'll be illustrating during the next 25 weeks.  I plan to do the illustrations using a black micron pen, Prismacolor pencils, and markers.  I am also submitting this to Artist's Play Room #39 - Resolutions and to Crazy Amigo Challenge: Pink and Blue.

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2013
Last, but not least, I worked on another page in my art journal for Word Art Wednesday: Challenge #62 Hearts, where I am the January guest designer.  It is a kind of rebus that wraps around the page and is based on Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."  I did my own lettering, but you can find a free digi with the scripture on the WAW post.  Since I feel that as a man I should use my artistic gifts to glorify His name, I am also submitting this page to Take A Word Challenge - Art (and what it means to you) and Collage Obsession: Man.

I hope you enjoyed today's post of this and that, which I am submitting in closing to What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday #188.  I hope its lightness kept you from getting indigestion - LOL!  Thank you for your heartfelt comments on last week's post and have a blessed week.

47 comments:

lorik said...

I really like the textures and subtle colour of your boot and pennies image. Very nice! Thank you for sharing it on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

Julia Dunnit said...

I love your photo interpretations Arnolodo...add in the the line by Coleridge...'friendship is a sheltering tree' Perfect! You remain busy as ever and gifted with artistic ispiration. love Anel, what a great creation she is!

Danielle said...

I love your Anel character...she is adorable.It is wonderful that you are able to expand your art into other venues..you are very talented.

Paula (PEP) said...

it's that first photo that catches me - & what it represents for you.
Paula (PEP)

Francesca said...

I like the black and white photo of the tree. Francesca #145

froebelsternchen Susi said...

It´s great how you interpret the relationship between this photo and your current life and the second photo is well choosen to show feelings and wishes and the desire for security ...
all we have this.. breathed very philosophical---

the sketches and the preliminary work for the tags is gorgeous too!

I hope to see you once this year as a passenger over on
ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY

I would be very happy !

xxx Susi


Lynn Cohen said...

I am of course drawn to the drawing of the Mexican musician as it reminds me of my book: "One Fish Taco and Half an Order of Guacamole A Year of Drawing Over Lunch at Tacos Jalisco" that I just published on Blurbbooks/bookstore! ;-) It fits with my drawings at Tacos Jalisco!

sandee said...

I love all your works but what really made me smile was the next to the last paragraph, to use your artistic gifts to glorify His name...amen to that! One day late but aiming to comment on EVERYONE this WOYWW, waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Lizbethem said...

I love your Christian ethic and your art. May all your wishes come true.

indybev said...

I like the concept of the boot and pennies. Very thoughtful, original and creative. Thank you for sharing it with us at Three Muses!

see you there! said...

Enjoyed looking at each piece of your art. "A" could also be for Artist's Play Room where you submitted that piece :-)

Darla

Winnie said...

I love how reflective you are when you take pictures and what you see in them. Anel is just adorable and look forward to seeing your book progress. She is just precious. Congrats on being a guest designer. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Gita said...

Your tag is really cute. And the sketch is nice too.
Brigita #113

annie said...

I like all of the photos, but the tree and the bench draw me in and I love the notion of keeping a heart that is inviting to others.

Robin aka Gotham Girl said...

Wonderful words accompanying your b&w capture! As usual, so enjoy the other aspects of your post as well!

Anita Houston said...

Your photography is exceptional...love the inspiration behind it! Your drawings are marvelous...such talent! Gorgeous makes!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Fabby stuff on this post!!! Great job on your tag and journal! Have fun!

Jeannie #60

Barb Cady said...

What a lovely eclectic collection of your art and inspiration! I particularly like the photo's and the meanings behind them. Your tag Tuesday book will be very wonderful to watch unfold. Happy New Year to you Arnoldo. X

Tracey Sabella said...

Your work is fabulous from your amazing photography to gorgeous art pieces. It's amazing what you can accomplish in 20 minutes!! Thanks for sharing the Scripture, too!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Lori said...

Lots and lots of wonderful projects.

I am new to WYOWW and friends with Sandee. I hope you get a chance to check out my blog and desk.
Lori #81

Gloria said...

I love the tree analogy, your tag and the idea of your just-about-a-book. Looking forward to seeing it published.

Alice said...

i haven't visited your blog in awhile and i have been missing it. i truly enjoy your posts - and i learn a great deal from them. i like your opening photo with the comparison to your Christian walk - thanks for sharing it (and all the other pieces of wonderful art!)

Jennifer McLean said...

great idea for a children's book Arnoldo. Hope you get published!

Neesie said...

Loved your photographs and your interpretations of them Arnoldo. I hope you receive all of your wishes for 2013 ;D
It was interesting to hear about your childrens books because I've had a concept for a book in my head for over two years now, but need to get it out onto paper! Maybe this next year will be the year!
Good luck with the publishing of yours :D

MiniOwner said...

Just beautiful! A very interesting post all round. Happy WOYWW.
Sue (MiniOwner@53)

Adri Munhoz said...

Fabulous post: congrats! And... Wish to you and your family a wonderful 2013! Blessings

Catherine Constance said...

Liked the photo and interpretation.. some great artwork in progress there.. :)good luck with the publishing

MiniOwner said...

Thanks so much for your visit to my blog. Oh and if those buttons are taking up space at yours you can send them my way! He he.
Sue x

Carol L McKenna said...

Very creative work and enjoy it all ~ even tag art is great! Love your guitarist sketch ~

( A Creative Harbor)

Anne Manda said...

Lovely post, really enjoyed your smorgasbord, you are so productive and creative it is amazing! Wonderful guitar player sketch! <3

Brian Miller said...

very cool....neat picture with the statue and the pennies...also like the man with guitar....best wishes on all your projects...and thanks for stopping in today...

Alexandra said...

I love your art. Especially the letter A. But thank you also for being so real with us about who you are, your faith, etc. I've been struggling with mine for awhile but doing my best to rise above and return to where I once was...

Happy SS!

Mary Walker Designs said...

Guitars are tricky especially that angle great work

Hane said...

Great works...I´m visiting here for the first time but not last. Very interesting "things" you got here...

Joni Nickrent said...

Love the photo of the pennies and what it represents to you! Your art is wonderful and inspiring! Happy SS

WrightStuff said...

I like a good smorgasbord!

Victoria said...

Total Wowness..not only in the gorgeous images but in the words to match..I totally love the meaning behind both your wonderful photos..the tree and boot and pennies..soulful and inspiring! Shine on! and I love your piece called heritage/pen and ink..this one feels very special!
Always a joy visiting your creative world and beautiful mind!
hugs
victoria

Nicola said...

Wow what a gorgeous collection of creativeness :0) Really love those photos and your sketches in your journals are gorgeous! :0) Looking forward to seeing your finished piece :0)

April Story said...

You are just so talented. I love getting a little peek of your work.
April #136

Auroran Lauriel said...

oh, Arnoldo, I love how you create your visual metaphors. What you share is so beautiful--both the photographs and your personal message you are communicating through them. Also, your journal entries are inspiring me. I've been wanting to work on a a crafty and artistic journal, but I didn't know how I would begin. These blog hops you are involved in would be the perfect way to help me with structure.
Your entries are beautiful and awesome.
Cheers!

Leovi said...

Preciosa la foto del árbol en B&N. Saludos.

Sharon Evans said...

Love the photographs and the piece for WAW. Blessings

stefanie stark said...

Your photo interpretation is brilliant and I like it so much! I like as well your lovely little paintings and artwork. A wonderful smorgasbord!

Bella said...

I love your photo submission this week! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Gemiel said...

Simply beautiful!! Great symbolism in your photographs. Love how you wrapped the scripture around the page in your art journal entry. Blessings!

minnemie said...

Excellent composition on that first photo! The path invites you deeper into the picture (or journey). The picture and your explanation of its relevance to your spiritual journey reminds me of C.S.Lewis' words in The Last Battle as I believe he hints at our sanctification on earth and finally glorification in heaven: "Come further up, come further in!...The further up and further in you go, the bigger everything gets. The inside is larger than the outside."

Piarom said...

love to see and read through all your wonderful artsy bits :)