Circles

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines circle as, "a line that is curved so that its ends meet and every point on the line is the same distance from the center."  According to the Dictionary of Symbols in Art, by Sarah Carr-Gomm, "without beginning or end, the circle represents God's eternal nature."  Although the circles in the artwork I am sharing today are not perfect and there is not as much depth to them, they were created with much love and care.

MO Ranch
Smash
Art Journal Journey - Circles
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday #92
Take a Word Challenge - Circles
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 122
What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #257
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday
Jen's In the Studio
Manon's Paper Saturdays
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
If you read my last post, you may recall that I was going on a field trip with my 5th Grade GT students to MO Ranch, in Hunt, Texas.  We did and had a marvelous time!  To commemorate the event, I put together this page in my Smash journal.  I began by putting together and printing a photo montage of the trip.  Next, I drew my tangled circular design, which was inspired by my students at MO Ranch, as well as Sandy Steen Bartholomew's "Billiken" tangle.  Finally, I worked my composition around the tangle using my photo, various Smash embellishments, and my MO Ranch meal band.

Mom
Greeting Card
Freshly Made Sketches #134 by Karren
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #131
This next project is 1 of 4 Mother's Day cards that I made for the mom's in my life.  It was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #134, which I really enjoyed, because it was very open ended.  I used a Tim Holtz Distressed Doily to cut the circular shape, as well as two strips of printed papers and a strip of burlap to create the horizontal band.  I attached the latter with glue and staples.  I created the focal point with three flowers, Tulip bead paint, a rhinestone, a McGill envelope punch, papers scraps, and a Marvy marker.

Happy Birthday, Mom!
iPhone Shot
Bella's 52 Photos Project - Fire
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - Q is for Quantity vs. Quality
Jenny's Alphabe-Thursdays - Y is for Yummy 
Last, but not least, I have a photograph I took last Summer during my mother's birthday celebration at a hibachi restaurant.  Since I love origami, I was fascinated by the way they used it to decorate the simple ice cream Sunday.  Although it wasn't a large portion, it was a case of quantity vs. the quality of the presentation.  By the way, can you find the circles in this photographic composition?  Yes, a couple of them are 3-dimensional circles or spheres, but in my mind those count too.  LOL!

In closing, I want to share a portion of a Biblical verse found in Isaiah 40:22, which mentions a circle, "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth."  Although my artwork was not that deep last week, I do wholeheartedly believe in these words.  Blessings!

Comments

Oh wow.. what an amazing post Arnoldo!
FANTASTIC ART !
Thank you for sharing at Art Journal Journey !
xoxoxo
Susi
lorik said…
I enjoy reading your posts as well as looking at your pics. The circles of happy faces and the unity i like very much.They remind me of the happy little faces of the eight year olds I am teaching at the moment:)
I also would love to share some of mum's dessert! I think I will have dessert for my main course this Mothers Day (next week in Australia).
Thanks for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)
Fantastic page with theme Circles. And Mothers day card is awesome..love the Doily and cute lil envelope!
Jeannette said…
Wow,what a fablousos post arnoldo,love your work,its amazing and looks great.

XXX Jeannette
Fantastic and unique samples of circles!
Big hugs Anja
sheila 77 said…
Your journal page for the day out is terrific, I love your tangle, what a wonderful idea and it's all a great memory of the day. I like your card too, with the doily, it echoes the sketch in such a creative way.
Laura Sterckx said…
This card is so pretty. I love the doily and the gorgeous flower pattern. Wonderful design! Thank you so much for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog! :)
Karin said…
love the circle with the faces!
Groetjes Karin
Winnie said…
Sounds like you and the kids had a great time on your trip and love your Smash book memory. I am smiling at your mom's card as it is so sweet with the little envelope and note on the top of it. I just recieved a tiny crane oragami figure in the mail from a pen pal and it facinated me it is so tiny and adorable. Your mom's dessert is adorable with it decorated like that!
Hannah said…
Your creation makes me aware I could do better creating art to preserve memories, and journaling special days or events. What a creative way to memorialize a happening. I'll have to explore what I could do along those lines. I see 3 spheres, and at least 2 circles though if you counted like the cross section of the candle and a glass in the photo there woud be more.

I have no mothers to commemorate any longer, I moved into oldest generation status. But perhaps they are looking on as part of a cloud of witnesses...
Jen said…
What fantastic projects. Each so thoughtful and detailed. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!
Bill said…
I am totally impressed with you circle. Awesome!
Anita Houston said…
YUMMY!!! LOVE your journal and card! The children around the world is wonderful!
What a beautiful card you've created with so many gorgeous elements! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!
Junibears said…
What amazing work you do! Fantastic! xx
As usual, a nice eclectic collection. And the food looks delicious.
Indrani said…
Fantastic art work. Lovely food shots. :)
Happy ABCW!
sandra de said…
Great smash journal and post. In case your interested this is the site for instructions on the pop can pen. quite simple to make but a bit rough when writing.

www.popcanpen.com

good luck
Sandra @41
S said…
Wonderful journal page - love the circle! And pretty card. So glad I dropped by. Susanne #62
Lunch Lady Jan said…
Hey there - thanks for visiting my blog! I love circles and am fascinated by the way they represent Eternity in many cultures. I worked in a school for a long while and told the kids about the Ouroborous, the design of the snake eating its own tail, thus never ending. We had long discussions about that!
I am from Wales, a Celtic country and Celtic knotwork is another pattern form that uses never ending patterns too. It's easy to hooked on making them but they're not easy to do.
Hugs, LLJ 2 xx
Shoshi said…
What a lovely post, Arnoldo. I love your page - especially the tangled bit with all the faces all around! Great stuff. The card for your Mum with the mini-envelope on it is gorgeous - really different.

Thanks for your visit and your nice comment. So far the talc seems to be working to stop the pages of my book sticking, but I think I need to add some more. We shall see what we shall see... it's all pretty experimental as I've never done anything like this before!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #24
Are Donny and Robbie twins? The sketch was a super pattern for the very sweet card. I really liked the burlap and little envelope. Thank you for taking time to share with us today at Word Art Wednesday. Many Blessings, Carole
Karen Ives said…
Lovely art work and photography. Thank you for your visit. Karen #22
fairy thoughts said…
love your face wheel zentangle.... very original, there is definitely something special about black and white doodles.
happy Wednesday
janet #31
Chrysalis said…
So glad the trip went well. The card is lovely, as is the origami on the sundae! Have a great week, Chris # 47
Angela Radford said…
So pleased the trip went well.
Love the art journal. Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 45
Leslie: said…
That little dessert looks good, but my wedding cake was awesome! Thanks for the lovely comment on my post this week!

Leslie
abcw team
Looks like you had fun on your trip with the kids. If nothing else, you made a very colorful page in your smash journal. And I LOVE that card for mom. It's wonderful.

What an awesome dessert with the origami decoration. Thanks for the previous visit and happy WOYWW from #5.
Nikki C said…
What a great journal, those little smiling faces so cute and that ice cream looks so yummy and what a sweet touch with the crane for happiness.
LOL I'd hate to go to an AA for Artist Addicts meeting how bad would that be when you don't want to quit
hugs Nikki 12
thanks for the visit :)
What a WONDERFUL card for Mom. I love how you've added the burlap to give that edgy texture to such a soft lovely creation. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Arnoldo. I appreciate your support and participation.
Blessings,
Karen
Word Art Wednesday
Barb Cady said…
What a lovely post Arnoldo, I will now be inspired to meditate on the circle, your journal page and Mom card are lovely, incorporate the shape very well. Blessings to you too my blogging friend! x
Donna B. said…
Great way to record your trip by making that amazing circle! Your mothers day card is filled with depth and beauty and it's a great take on that interesting sketch. I need that doily!! I'm glad to be back to your blog after taking almost a year off while building a house and having almost no room to create or time to blog. But, I'm back and starting a new challenge. It starts June 1. You might want to check it out mixedmediamc.blogspot.com
GrĂ¡inne said…
The card looks so very marvellous! I love it ... I'm much behind with mine, I hope I'll able to do it today. Luckily the snail mail isn't 'snaily' around here at all :-) The layout too looks great. Thanks so much for your visit and your comment, I'm sorry I'm late again. Have a great day and weekend. Suzanne
505whimsygirl said…
Hi Arnoldo,

Do you share your journal pages with your students? I remember field trips from my school days. One in particular was "Science Week" somewhere on the coast of California. I remember being enthralled with banana slugs!

The origami crane really does add something fun to the ice cream. As for the circles, I found so many; the cup holding the ice cream, the ice cream, cherries, glass in the background, shadow of the glass, and three short ceramic (?) bowls. Oh, and the shadow of the ice cream bowl (although it's a bit cropped). Did I miss any?

Thanks for visiting me already.

Happy belated WOYWW
Peace, Kay (17)
Stanley Hattman said…
Now that is a fine dictionary definition of a circle, although I don't know about the symbolism aspect.
voodoo vixen said…
Enjoyed your post Arnaldo, the smash page is great, love the doodle/tangle with the heads aorund the circle, very clever! Great Mother's day card too, which reminds me I have to still make one! Annette #9
Leovi said…
Una preciosidad! Que rico helado!
Borqna said…
What an amazing post Arnoldo! Great mood!
Congratulations!
/Thank you very much for information -
52 Photos Project!/
Good luck!
Giggles said…
Very nice cards, I love the little envelope on the one card...adorable...so many sweet details! Great photo of the desert too!! Happy Mothers day to all the Mothers you love!!

Hugs Giggles
robin. said…
great post...the mother's in your life will be truly blessed to receive your thoughtful cards.
Annabelle said…
Love all of the art including the gorgeous photo of the sundae.A Happy Mother's Day to your Very Special Gals!have a great weekend Arnoldo.

Annabelle : )
Victoria said…
So beautiful my friend..gorgeous art and creations..lovely quotes and words you have shared! Wonderful Mother's day tributes too.. Fantastic art!
Victoria
Circles are used much more lately as a pattern - love what you did with it! Great idea to include the origami with the dessert:)
Fantastic artwork, and I especially enjoy the mother's day card! Very pretty composition and beautifully captured photo!
MaiThreeBoyz said…
Amazing journal, I wish I could do something as beautiful as that. Love all the circles on this post. :)
stefanie stark said…
The memory page you have created from your MO Ranch excursion looks beautiful! I think it's great to have something like this to look at and to remember beautiful experiences. I also love your circle notes as well as the photograph of the delicious dessert. I must confess, that I was much more interested in looking at the yummy ice cream ball than viewing the artfully origami decoration ;)
carol l mckenna said…
Wonderful Mother's Day tribute and marvelous creations each one and what a time you had with the children ~ you are blessed ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)
Melisa said…
Such an imaginative use of the circle!
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Alexandra said…
Fabulous work as always. Love your Mother's Day card. What a wonderful post. :)
Rein said…
Great page!
beautiful mother's day card!
Bella said…
Arnoldo, I do love this so much! Thank you for sharing to the {fire} gallery!
Borqna said…
Dear Arnoldo, I invite you to challenge - Lucky7's in 2014 for Week20 - drink.
I would love to see your art work "Enjoy!" there -
http://lucky7sin2014.blogspot.com/2014/05/week-20-and-drink.html
It will be a magnificent jewel!
/ I didn't have courage to write this in my first comment.. /
Good luck!
Alice said…
i love looking at your posts! i think the thing i like most about this one is - - - you have your own smash journal!!! i have 5 or 6 of them and i love working in them. haven't done that in awhile, i need to pull one out and get started again! blessings, friend!