St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was a French man who became the the Roman Catholic Bishop of Calvinist Geneva.  He believed that holiness was possible for ordinary people in the world and taught a form of meditation which made use of the imagination.  He recommended reading bible passages, envisioning them, and using the intellect to find applications to the present day.  I find his teachings very applicable, as I often respond to the Bible through my art and writings.  I chose three of his quotes to accompany my work this week.

Love on Earth
Tim Holtz Dies, Distress Inks, Mini Attacher, Embossing Powder,
Crackle Paints, Glossy Accents, Glitter, Label, Micron Pen, Tulle,
Stencil, Pin, Letter & More
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - February
Tag Tuesday - Hearts
Order of the Opus Gluei Challenge #176 - Pink, Red & White
Collage Obsession - Handwriting
Craftitude Challenge 58 - Love
Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Blog - Love is in the Air
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #120
Truly it is a blessed thing to love on Earth as we hope to love in Heaven,
and to begin that friendship here which is to endure for ever there.

Inspired by my childhood GI Joe - Australian Jungle Fighter
Tim Holtz Dies, Embossing Folders, Remnant Rubs, Scissors,
Ephemera, Beads, Jute Cording, Watercolors, & Micron Pens
Tag Tuesday - Australia
Take a Word Challenge - Anything Vintage
Jenn's Artist's Play Room #93
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Manon's Paper Saturdays
Try it on Tuesday: Travel
Jen's In the Studio
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Cameo Appearance
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday Week 50 Year 3
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.

Dinner for Two
Valentine's Day Tablescape
Bella's 52 Photos Project: Gallery 43 {Hearts}
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - F is for Feast, Finesse or St. Francis de Sale
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #246
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.

May you find love, courage and peace through your artwork.


Electra said…
Beautiful tags and an even more beautiful table!
Zoe said…
Hi Arnoldo, I love your version of February 12 tags of 2014, great idea using the globe, I'm a massive Tim Holtz fan and try to do the 12 tags myself, sadly I got round to making 5 last year, shame on me, but this year I'm determined.

Thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx
Jez said…
I like both tags, and the 'Love' quote. The Australian tag is fun.
And your beautifully arranged table setting is a work of love and art.
Junibears said…
Gorgeous work Arnoldo! xx
You've created such beautiful tags! Fun to look at.
Leovi said…
Que rica cena para dos, muy romántica! Saludos!
Candy C said…
Arnoldo...You got the vintage globe die cut! It looks fabulous on your tag and I love the sentiment as well! Tim's heart stencil in the background looks great and I love the glittered heart on the globe! I also love your Australia tag. Very "down under". Love the texture of your background and your "Aussie". <3 Candy
Mrs.B said…
Hi Arnoldo, love this GI Joe tag, so perfect for our challenge at TioT
Thanks for sharing
Avril xx
I just love your tags, especially the LOVE one. And look at that wonderful meal. Looks divine! :) Hope you're doing well.
Bill said…
Beautiful artwork as always! But are you saying 1960 is vintage? I was born in 1951. I guess that means I'm way over-the-hill!
Paula (PEP) said…
Delightful detail on your two tags. The textures you have include on both are remarkable. Again your presentation of the artwork is as delightful as the artwork itself - I particularly like the way the background pattern in the second helps to accentuate all the little spots in your tag ( the spots on the embossed background, the little figure's buttons & the little charm/trinket hanging from the top). Your table setting is a real illustration of the peacefulness & love your quotes detail.
Paula (PEP)
Victoria said…
Wow..these are all your tags..they are all uniquely the gi-joe inspired one too! Your Valentine's image is the table setting and the amber colored dishware throughout..awesome! and also love the story you shared about this wonderful saint.
Meggymay said…
Fantastic tags, thank you for sharing your Australian one with us at TioT's this time.
Barb Cady said…
What beautiful quotes to accompany your fabulous art work. I especially love the one about it being a blessed joy to love on earth, how true! All the riches in the world cannot compare. Your valentine meal looked very tasty and I love the Australian tag, very innovative use of the die! X
Wow! Another remarkable post! It's always a pleasure to see your stunning artwork and to read your write-up's as well. I always learn something new! I really adore both of these tags and admire how they both have a totally different style. You're a man of many talents and I'm so glad you shared these with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!
Chat Noir said…
I know that you will have completed these lovely tags in a calm and quiet spirit....from my personal perspective its a joy to see my country showcased so well (love the old stamps you used...I have many the same in my childhood stamp albums)....and thank you for joining us at Opus Gluei in our sweetheart challenge. I hope your Valentines Day dinner was perfect.
Winnie said…
Love your tags! The first one really spoke to me. I love the way you hand wrote the powerful sentiment. The Aussie Tag is just plain amazing and fun. Never know where inspiration will come from. But your last paragraphs in your post were wonderful for me to read as I am a bit scattered and frazzled these past few days, and helpful to read.
Sim said…
Your tags are as beautiful as ever Arnoldo!
Wonderful artwork!
Kaylene said…
Wonderful images thank you for sharing. Cheers
Three wise sayings!
Rajesh said…
Wonderful tags and quotes.
Nikki said…
Beautiful tags and what a yummy dinner Happy WOYWW
hugs Nikki 5 I have some candy to
sandra de said…
Wonderful tags and verse.... Your table for two looks delicious.
Sandra @25
Unknown said…
Love all of your 'makes' but especially the globe - wonderful! Happy WOYWW.
Karen #47 x
Francesca said…
Unfortunately Valentine was a bit of a damp squibb for me, horrible storm, hospital visit and looking after my Dad, so no romatic dinner for me. However there is always another time. Love the tag with the world and heart. Blessing to you Fracnesca #62
Julia Dunnit said…
Well that's the first time I've seen that globe die in use - and it's lovely Arno - what a great take on the tag!
Nelle said…
Very nice tag work, I like the overall look of them. Your table looks so nice too.
Nelle 71 xx
Ginny Maxam said…
Beautiful post and I love the last quote!! Very Inspiring. I had a GIJoe doll when I was a kid, funny thing I always remembered how it smelled, so plasticky!!!! My Barbie quit dating him because of it and because he had weird hair. Barbie was kinda shallow.
Have a great week, Ginny #74
lauren bergold said…
beautiful and inspired! :)
bing said…
the Valentine's day spread looks yummy!

Unknown said…
very detailed.. nice. Im late - we are late my daughter an I have been at the vets out of town all day so Im running so late. so I will keep it short. Thanks for the peek # 22 & 23
sandi said…
Wow!!!!!!!!!!! These are fabulous! <3!
Both of these are AWESOME! Where to start...I love the globe idea, and the heart on it...excellent take, and love what it means! The GI Joe inspiration is too much FUN!!! I love how he is dressed! What inspiration here!
Stacy M.S. said…
i'm not sure which i like most, the table or the tag...both are lovely!

stacy lynn mar!mastodon-dentist-30/c1lp6
Leslie: said…
What a beautifully set table for two! I'm sure your dinner was delicious.

abcw team
Valerie-Jael said…
B eautiful artwork, and that dinner looks gorgeous! Valerie
Netty said…
Two fab tags Arnoldo and love your beautifully set table. Happy PPF, Annette x
GlorV1 said…
Hi Arnoldo. Hope you are doing well. Love your tag and the table setting looks great. You are a happy man and I salute you. Love the quotes. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy PPF!
Unknown said…
oh what a wonderful table setting and love your tags!!!! so beautiful!!! Happy PPF and I wish you a wonderful weekend!!!!
Christine said…
Nice work this week Arnold! Love your tablescape for 2, so romantic.
peggy gatto said…
table is art too!!!!!!!
Faye said…
Arnoldo, what fantastic tags! I love the details on each of them.
Absolutely wonderful, Arnoldo! Love makes the world go round, for sure. Great work as always, and thanks SO MUCH for sharing with us and for being such a positive and encouraging blessing to us.
Word Art Wednesday
Linda Kunsman said…
really beautiful tags and your table setting is divine-so romantic!
Ariel said…
Love both the tags but I think the first is my favorite.
Happy PPF
sharon said…
Beautiful Tags and quotes, St Francis de Sales teachings are so true for us today!
Your tags always look awesome! Happy PPF!
Alicia C said…
Love the pieces and the sentiment behind them. Lately I've been playing around with the idea that everything is as it ought to be, even when it's s**t. I'm sure that's at least somewhat biblical
I love the 3-D look of your work! Love the layers and the colors, beautifully done!
Deepa Gopal said…
Beautiful tags and Beautiful table setting!Love the details in the tag:)
Sammy said…
Just gorgeous! Love both of these tags. Thank you for playing along at Rhedd and Rosie’s. Sammy-x
bellefrogworks said…
Your tags are wonderful - and so is your heart for God. The combination is a good one - we are to honor God in every thing we do!
Giggles said…
Love that first tag so much what a beautiful quote!! Great work and yummy dinner...we had the same thing a few days later as a belated Valentines dinner, but it was as yummy as yours looks!Also I have very similar place mats in teal...

Hugs Giggles
Lynn Cohen said…
Wonderful tags! That salad looks good too! HPPF!
caroline said…
stunning tags, thanks so much for joining us at craftitude, good luck
caroline dt
Tameko said…
Absolutely beautiful. Love the all the little details, and words shared. You are so talented.

Be Blessed,
Saints Rule! said…
Love the textures and look of both tags! I always enjoy seeing what you have for us each week! Thank you so much for blessing us with your art work at Word Art Wednesday!
Annabelle said…
Hi Arnoldo,

Nice post on Saint Francis De Sales and beautiful quote art work on the tags.
Love your tables-cape, an artwork in itself!

Annabelle : )

Anonymous said…
Impossible to choose a favorite. Each is so beautiful and inspiring.
Possible to be holy on earth and in heaven... through Christ. :)
Love the table.
Maria Medeiros said…
What a wonderful welcoming table! Truly wonderful and your tags are truly wonderful! I love what you wrote. Never be in a hurry... Just amazing!