Art Smorgasbord - Garden

Greetings!  With Spring in full swing, everything I did last week had a garden feel to it.  I hope you enjoy a stroll through my artful garden.

Garden Cross (Psalm 103:2)
© Arnoldo L. Romero 2013
Paint Party Friday: Week 8, Year 3
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #78
Mandarin Orange Monday 40
In My Backyard
© Arnoldo L. Romero
Artists Playroom - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Lindsay Ostrom: April Showers Bring May Flowers
Illustration Friday - Tribute
Faber Castell - May 'Take the Challenge' with Mou
Sunday Sketches
Matchbox & Stamp Gift Box
© Arnoldo L. Romero 2013
Collage Obsession: Butterflies
Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: Passport to Fun
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Happy Mail!
Fly Away (Toilet Paper Roll Sculpture Work in Progress)
© Arnoldo L. Romero 2013
Three Muses: Hats & Crowns and Wings & Things
What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 204
Paper Saturdays
Velvet Mite
© Arnoldo L. Romero 2013
52 Photos Project: Gallery 2 {Microscopic}
Take A Word Challenge - Beautiful
Orange You Glad It's Friday #36
I apologize for my lack of elaboration regarding this post, but I'm taking my Fifth Grade students on an overnight field trip tomorrow, so I need to pack.  Thank you for all your thoughtful and encouraging comments last week.  Vaya con Dios - Godspeed!


Faye said…
I'm eager to hear about the toilet paper roll sculpture! I love the garden cross art. Very beautiful, Arnoldo.
Maria said…
oh wonderful! The in my back yard is lovely!!!
Paula (PEP) said…
There are two that pop out at me in this post. your Velvet Mite & the way you've placed that photo beneath the toilet roll sculpture's background so as to enhance the red of the mite.......) Secondly the way you have turned a piece of ledger paper into a piece of artwork documenting the nature in your Backyard - the butterfly just glows.....
Hope you have a successful trip with the students.
Paula (PEP)
Candy C said…
Arnoldo...your post is wonderful! I think it's awesome that you're taking your 5th grade students on a overnight! You're a brave man! haha I love your Garden Cross and your In My Backyard art pieces. The colors and the sketching is lovely. Those little matchbox and stamp gift boxes are really cooll Love your designs and colors on those, too. Your toilet paper roll sculpture ... amazing. I've never seen anything like that! Can't wait to see the finished piece. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy
Anonymous said…
Delightful post, Arnoldo!
Melanie said…
You made some beautyful art. Love the butterfly a lot.
Thanks for sharing.
Liefs, Melanie
What I love most about your art, Arnoldo, is that it doesn't fit within "the box". Meaning, you are always pushing yourself to create new and innovative art that really speaks to me. I can always count on seeing something original and unique, and I just LOVE that! Thank you so much for sharing the talents God has given you and playing along with us. Your art is a blessing to me, and I always enjoy my visits to your blog.
May God bless you as you create and share.
Word Art Wednesday
Tiffany said…
Such inspiring work, Arnoldo! Thank you for sharing!
Good luck on the field trip :)
Blessings! xo
Well Arnoldo, you have outdone yourself. The Garden Cross is spectacular. My Bleeding Heart is up about 10 inches high, however there is still snow in a few places. When I saw the heart and my favorite scripture it was just too much.
We appreciate and thank you, for taking time out your day to post this beautiful project at Word Art Wednesday,
Carole Robb Bisson
Lori Saul said…
Wonderful eclectic pieces!


Foxglove Hollow
EarlK said…
Wonderful sketches for the feather, flower and butterfly. Beautiful

Lisa Carroll said…
Amazing projects! Such diversity and creativity! :) Thank you for joining us in the "Happy Mail" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog!
Dan said…
Great matchboxes, I love the clever use of corrugated details! Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!
April Story said…
Flowers are my very favorite! I LOVE your 'In my backyard'. :-) As always your work is inspiring. Hope you had fun on the field trip.
April #122
sara j said…
The drawings of your backyard are lovely...wish I could see them in MY backyard too.
Sara j #22 on WOYWW
Julia Dunnit said…
Wow, I did not know of the existence of bugs that looked like intensely coloured pieces of velvet, how amazing! I hope the field trip has gone well!
Taluula said…
Nice work, Arnoldo.
Pia Rom said…
Such delightfull work you did...I adore your sweet matchboxes!! They are such a sweet giveaway :) great idea! and another great thing your toiletpapersculpture...very cool ♥ Conny
Cat Beringer said…
you have such lovely things in your backyard!
Leovi said…
Maravillosas composiciones, muy interesantes! Que pases un buen fin de semana!
Ahayes1225 said…
Wonderful work! I hope you have a great trip. Thanks for the visit and the thoughtful comment.
Annabelle said…
Hi Arnoldo,
Enjoy your weekend getaway, sure you will be inspired by all the nature around you. I adore that velvet mite pic and the toilet paper roll....who would have thought? I must try it and I guess gesso...paint whatever grabs your fancy would work magic on these rolls....imagine a group of them , all different and unique, some with glitter flying across your studio .
Thanks for the inspiration, might try it sometime.

Take care,
Annabelle O,O
annie said…
Hope the trip was great fun! You always have such interesting work to see! Yikes!--to the velvet mite!
Anonymous said…
Me encanta que siempre estás trabajando. Siempre muestras bellas creaciones para deleite de todos nosotros.
¡Qué tengas un excelente día!

Alicia C said…
what a lovely Celtic looking cross (to me) but I adore the butterfly and flower and feather! Wonderful garden. And what's up with that crazy red bug??? wow, LOL!!
Over night with Grade 5.... good luck... hope it goes well... you are a brave man!!! loved your garden page... just wonderful...xx
bellefrogworks said…
I always enjoy the variety of work you have here. Hope your trip went well. I am also curious to hear about the tp roll sculpture - looks very interesting!
Anita Houston said…
Oh what FUN!!! The matchboxes are awesome, the toilet paper roll is a WOW...I see a whale's tail or Texas Longhorn...can't wait to see the finished product! Great Art everywhere I move here! Thank you for traveling with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!
maria said…
So creative and fun. I'm sure you had loads of fun creating that fly away sculpture. I love it.

Thanks for joining again.
Ayala Art said…
I'm starting to think we did skip the Spring in my town, we are reaching 100 already!
Beautiful page and what a creative TP sculpture! Happy PPF!
Jez said…
I admire them all so much, you have such varied and wonderful ideas that it is hard to choose a favourite. I love the Backyard page and just wish such wonderful things would find their way to our garden - but then I remember all the wonder and beauty in what seems ordinary and simple. You are very inspiring. The toilet roll butterfly is also so clever.
Lorraine said…
love the feathers..great post have a nice school trip
Debbie said…
great art this week, really enjoyed the first one, and the bug is very interesting! I've never seen one that color before! I hope you had fun on your trip with the kids!
Winnie said…
What a fun trip in your spiritual garden! I am loving your dove out of the toilet paper roll! Can't wait to see how you will use it. I have never seen or heard of a velvet mite (he looks so soft like his name..) I have to look that up as I have no idea what he is (but cute!) Enjoy your weekend!!
Valerie-Jael said…
Beautiful work! Valerie
Linda said…
beautiful projects-love those matchboxes! I hope you'll share your finished sculpture :) Enjoy the weekend.
Melissa Kojima said…
I love the drawings you made for Illustration Friday from your back yard! The toliet paper roll bird is so cool. Have fun camping with your kids!
Great pictures, especially love the paintings of what's in your backyard.. :)
Netty said…
Terrific eclectic projects you have tackled. Good luck with Year 5.
Happy PPF, Annette x
Dianne said…
always a glorious assortment of artistic endeavors here...lovely journal pages, and intriguing sculpture beginning. Love the altered match boxes! happy PPF!
ike said…
Oooooh - wonderful pikkies :-) I would love to see more about the Matchboxes and the lovely TP Sculpture :-D
Have a fantastic field trip :-)

ike said…
oooops - sorry... I mean #95 !!!!
Giggles said…
Wonderful artwork...especially the first one...Enjoy your time away with the students!I have no doubt you'll all have fun!

Hugs Giggles
You have turned the roll into a whole bird/dove with wings spreading, how wonderful! :-)
Beautiful pieces all together. It is good to see all the life-affirming art.

Such a varied post of creative art work ~ Have fun with the 5th graders ~ ^_^
Neesie said…
What a delight Arnaldo. Beautiful artwork as usual. There's always a feast for the eyes waiting for me when I visit. ;)
I've really missed APR lately but hope to be back soon. Thank you for the inspiration.
I hope your field trip went well...(and you survived lol)
Blessings to you and yours :D
WrightStuff said…
Loving my trip into your garden!
NatureFootstep said…
that´s a small smörgåsbord. :) But looks nice enough.
Yes you are in spring mode with all the lovely spring art. I have several friends who create with TP rolls. This is pretty darn good.
Gemiel said…
Arnoldo, God has truly blessed you with incredible artistic talent. A sculpture out of a toilet paper roll???!!!! How creative is that!! I can't wait to see the finished piece. Thanks for the peek into your garden. Blessings!
janice smith said…
I really love your garden cross and the drawings of things from your backyard (especially the feather). We have seen many hawks this season...makes me nervous about letting my smallest dachshund run around outside on her own. I'm not sure if a hawk could take her but I'm afraid one might since she's only about 11 pounds.
Anna-Karin said…
Beautiful projects! Love the matchbox and your gorgeous drawings. Thank you for sharing with us again at Simon Says Stamp and Show!
Rhonda H said…
Lovely photos! Oh my gosh, fifth graders and field trip in the same sentence! I wish you all the best! (I teach 7th grade and cannot imagine an overnight with them! LOL)
Jessica Sporn said…
Just beautiful work this week - as always! Love that garden cross... :)
Zosia said…
I like the Fly Away project. I would have never guessed it was made of toilet paper roll! Yet again, the toilet paper roll has a multitude of uses. I used it to make Christmas tree ornaments, I use it to prevent opened wrapping paper rolls from unrolling (the toilet paper roll holds them like a ring), kids make crafts of them, etc., etc.
Zauberpalme said…
That is a delightful entry Arnoldo. Your garden cross is lovely!
Gallery Juana said…
love the "in my backyard" page and seeing a slice of life from your day.
lorik said…
Your orange artwork is very beautiful. I love the pattern and colour - so decorative and at the same time meaningful.
Have fun on your excursion with your students- hope you get some sleep though!
Thank you for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)
Manon Visser said…
Happy belated paper saturdays, I am sorry I am so late arriving but I sneaked off on a little break. I am home all rested for a new round of Paper Saturdays at the weekend :)
Marlena M. said…
Fantastic projects Arnoldo! Hope you have fun~
Congrats on the goodies you've won at Simon Says Stamp and Show~what blessings!
Candy C said…
Yay Arnoldo! I am soooo happy that you are the lucky winner of this week's $50.00 credit voucher from Simon Says Stamp and Show! I am a fan of your work and your postings. Congratulations! Good things happen to good people! <3 Candy
klistersøster said…
Lovely and beautiful boxes with intense colors. Congrats on winning.
Congrats on your BIG WIN at Simon Says Stamp & Show Vintage Challenge Blog! You're SO lucky, and you deserve it too, Arnoldo. Your art is always amazing, and I hope that we will see you this week at Word Art Wednesday as well.
Anonymous said…
Hej! Your post title 'Smorgasbord' got my attention - we're living in Sweden currently :)
Great art work! I like your backyard sketches...
Jana (41 on WOYWW)

Maura said…
Congrats on your win at SSS. Love the bright colors.
Bella said…
Loving your art as always, and your submission to {microscopic}! Thank you for sharing.