L is for Lighthearted

Merriam-Webster.com defines the word "lighthearted" as "free from care, anxiety, or seriousness" or as "cheerfully optimistic and hopeful."  The second definition applies to the way I choose to look at life.  I am a caring person and take everything aspect of my life very seriously.  However, even though I get stressed at times by negative issues in life, I make a conscious effort to focus on the positive.  It's not always easy and will gripe at times, but I don't dwell on the negative.  Instead, I find comfort in my family, my artwork, and especially my Lord Jesus Christ.  Eventually things always get better, or at least bearable.  Therefore, I've dedicated my artwork this week to three pieces of advice that have helped me stay lighthearted throughout life:

Nature Observations Tag
Tim Holtz Inks, Stencil, Stamps, Remnant Rubs, and Die Cuts
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - September
Gingerbread Kids Dual-tag
Martha Stewart Papers & Stamp; K&Company Papers; & Tim Holtz Die
Tag Tuesday - Fairytale
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils & Stamps
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Live life to it's fullest.

Lighthearted Fall Sketch
Sharpie Micron Pens
Moo-Mania - Autumnal Coloring (Too Come)
Dion's Friday Sketches
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Denise, Roger, & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - L is for Lighthearted
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 30 Year 4
Laugh as often as you can.

Ana's Texas A&M Ring Ceremony
Cropped iPhone Shot
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Star
A&M Festivities Smash Book Pages
Photographs, Ephemera, Die Cut, and More
Manon's Paper Saturdays
Lou Anne's Inspiration Avenue: Monthly Show & Tell
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #143
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #278
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #152
Love as there is no tomorrow.

In closing, please accept my apologies for not posting in 3 weeks, but I've been very busy.  Thank you for your thoughtful comments during my last post, as well as for following my blog.  Blessings!


Donna B. said…
I love that tag with those colorful butterflies and the gingerbread kids are just too cute. The fall sketch is amazing. I tried to draw a pumpkin last month, it looked OK, but when I tried to paint it with brushes I totally messed it up. I would love to see it if you finish it.
Debbie said…
good advise Arnoldo, and your art is wonderful as always! I especially liked the pumpkins.
Alicia C said…
love the thumbs! expresses the sentiment perfectly. I like your outlook; I can totally see it in your art too
A'n'G Johnson said…
fantastic advise. Not only have you been busy in life but busy in art! So much to see here!
Christine said…
Lovely art and great advice for living! Welcome back!
Valerie-Jael said…
Lovely work again! Valerie
Wonderful artwork Arnoldo!
Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE!

The tag is just AMAZING! I love it!
krcmasterpiece said…
My sentiments exactly!
I was drawn in by the colors of the butterflies-I LOVE color!
The sketch of the pumpkin and mice is fantastic!!
Have a blessed day!
Netty said…
Love all of your great makes Arnoldo, especially that wonderful sketch. Have a great week, Annette x

Unknown said…
The 3-d butterflies are so lively and amazing.
jinxxxygirl said…
LOVE the butterfly tag and the pumpkin sketch. Just lovely. Hugs! deb
Lisabella Russo said…
What a wonderful and inspiring post! I so love the butterfly tag, just gorgeous; and your fall sketch is amazing as well!
zandra said…
Love how you always dress up the ginger people...lol what a great way to look at each day!
Hugz, Z
Your butterflies are absolutely beautiful. I LOVE them! Love your punkin sketch, too. So lovely to have you a part of SS again. You've been missed. :)
Lin said…
Great words to live by, Arnoldo! And those gingerbread kids are darling! Thanks so much for playing with us
Unknown said…
You are so thoughtful and creative. I love your message. The mice and the pumpkin are so sweet.
Your Fall sketch is beautiful, and especially enjoy the layering with the tags. Great message and the positivity shows in your artwork!
Rosie said…
Absolutely gorgeous artwork, Arnoldo

Thank you for joining us at MOO-MANIA & MORE
Neesie said…
Always lots of goodies to see and appreciate when visiting your place Arnoldo, especially your Fall sketch.
I adore Micron pens.
Blessings to you and yours ;D
Leovi said…
Me encantan esas mariposas!
And 2 thumbs up to YOU!

Lmkazmierczak said…
Wonderful message...intrigued by all those buttons laying on the side of your butterflies♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/lightburst-and-spikes/
Indrani said…
Very positive. I liked the message and your work.
Reader Wil said…
Lighthearted is an absolutely great word, something we have to be in our sometimes difficult world. Thank you for teaching us to be more carefree and happy.
Thanks for your visit and kind comment.
Have a great week!
Wil, ABCW Team.
Kelly said…
Beautiful work as always. That butterfly tag sure pops! Looked for you on Julia's list last week. Good to have you back. Hope all is well. Creative Blessings! Kelly #60
Unknown said…
Humble yourself, how I love that scripture. These pages span quite a period of time. I remember as a young girl my thoughts on flying. I had some fond memories surface when I saw the stamp. Thank you for posting your smash book art with us this week during our 152nd challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Hoping you have a fine, fun day, full of glorious giggles, with buckets of blessings from Heaven as you work, and play.
Carole Robb Bisson
carol l mckenna said…
Lots of creativity ~ love the lighthearted bw autumn sketch for L ! (ABC)

Happy Day to you!

artmusedog and carol
(A Creative Harbor)
Sharon Madson said…
Wonderful post! I had been gone too. Life happens. :) Thanks for your wonderful sharing. #76
Great work and great inspirational messages- thank you

Hilda x
LOVE LOVE LOVE your Tim take! The arrangement is wonderful!
itsamistry said…
Love the tags especially the ones with the butterflies. Lovely way of getting a message across and yes good to dwell on the positive rather than the negative. Anita WOYWW #45
Claire Grantham said…
Hey, Arnoldo thanks for visiting me earlier, sorry for the late visit its been crazy. Love your tags today - gorgeous. Cx #67
Shoshi said…
What great advice for a happy and contented life, Arnoldo, and how beautifully depicted in your art work too! I think I am very similar in temperament to you, but there are times in life when things just seem to get a bit overwhelming and one starts to worry (the opposite of faith!) and it takes a conscious effort to get one's focus back on the Lord Jesus who tells us not to worry, and that He who supplies the needs of the least of His creatures will certainly take care of His children!

Thank you for your lovely and encouraging comment - I am so glad you enjoyed my Zentangle/teabag art video. I can't wait to take the whole teabag art thing further but that's a job for the new year as I've got to finish a long-standing project first. So may lovely things to explore and experiment with, and as I said last night at my felt class, "I am never happier than when I am making something"!

Re the masterboards - nothing new under the sun, I suppose! Masterboard - collaged backgrounds - what's in a name? They are fun and useful, that's for sure.

Thank you for your good wishes regarding our health. I don't really mind if I have to go back on the iron as it does have the effect of improving my colitis symptoms as a side-effect. My hubby has been very careful with his diet and hopefully he will be able to stave off diabetes for a while, if not permanently. We are so grateful for our health service which keeps an eye on such things for us!

Many blessings to you,
Lunch Lady Jan said…
I love the tag with the butterflies on, now that's what I call uplifting :-) Such pretty colours!
The thumbs shot is great as well, that made me smile!!
Hugs, LLJ 30 xx
glitterandglue said…
Hello Arnoldo. Thanks for visiting and for your comments. I love that butterfly tag - the colours are gorgeous. Those little mice eyeing up that pumpkin are really sweet.
Your thoughts on living life to the full rang home - we were once told that we made a great adventure out of living and everything we did - which I think was an enormous compliment. Certainly, this year, with John's health being so very poor, it has been so important to endeavour to stay close to Jesus, and have Him see us through everything! We have struggled - but He has gone before and has given us the strength to find a contentment in the year.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #17
LindyLouMac said…
Calling by from ABC Wednesday, after the sort of day I have had, this was a perfect post to remind me I am a positive person, thanks.
Hazel said…
Super artwork and super positivity too - agree with what you've said. Thanks for sharing. Sorry I’m late commenting. Hope that you have a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #81 x
BrownPaperBunny said…
Ooh, I love them all, such cool pieces! Happy PPF, and have a great weekend!
Giggles said…
Wonderful artwork and life perspective. I too live by, faith, love and laughter! I live with a positive mindset, but at times a bit of negative slips in and I brush it away as soon a possible! Negative energy is such a drain compared to the positive!!
Thanks for sharing the fall sketch it's so special!

Hugs Giggles
Marji said…
Good thoughts to live by so true. Love the beautiful tags and inspiring words!
BLOGitse said…
Your drawing is so cool, you know how to do it, cute too!
Happy PPF!

my blog is here - > BLOGitse
sharon said…
Lovely art and words that I live by too! I find faith helps me to keep positive when things get a bit scary!
sheila 77 said…
Hello Arnoldo, great to see you back making and showing your art. Thanks for reminding us of what is important in life, if only we could all love one another. We are all so lucky with our loving and caring art-blogging community.
Loved seeing your art, I especially like the coloured butterflies and the Gingerbread tags.
I agree with your philosophy of life! Nice art projects! I think they express that philosophy to the T.
Chrysalis said…
All that art work is lovely - as usual!! So glad you are able to focus on the Lord, and take pleasure in your family and crafts. What more could we ask for? Blessings, Chris # 16
denthe said…
not always easy, I agree, but a great way to live your life. Wonderful pieces of art this week!
Faye said…
Your art as usual is beautiful, especially that tag with the butterflies. I love your outlook on like. My dh always had a similar way of thinking and it kept me in balance. Thanks for your 3 L's. I'm sure your post today is helping many of us remember the important things of life.
JKW said…
Living your life is how I live mine. . . which brings a peace inside and out. . .the light shines through. Your sharing is so beautiful . . . butterflies were something I always drew from the beginning of my awakening. Thanks for visiting my blog. Blessings, Janet
Beth Niquette said…
How inspiring. I love those cut out butterflies--you've caught joy there.

Thank you for the inspiring remarks about living life to the fullest. There was an accident involving the grandson of one of our closest friends. The little boy fell. The memorial was Saturday--the message was, Live life to the fullest.

The Shepherd came to give life--not just living--but abundant life. That is what I'm hanging onto this week.
DVArtist said…
Hi Arnold I am with you on NOT dwelling on the negative. It serves no purpose. Your art is very joyful and full of life. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a wonderful weekend
Anne said…
lovely words from you. I really like the tag. Thank you for your visit and lovely comments. Anne x
Irene Rafael said…
I gained inspiration from your art as well as your words. It is a thoroughly enjoyable post. Thank you.
bellefrogworks said…
Thanks for the reminder - this was a bit of a gripe week (just on the inside) because I couldn't do much due to an infection on my foot. Love your tags and that sketch has such beautiful detail. Your caring heart is very evident and that is the most important kingdom work we are called to.
Ileana said…
Your artwork and message are both beautiful and inspirational.
Winnie said…
Must say, your reminder to not dwell on the negative really hit home today for me with all the horrible news on the tv. I stopped and said prayers for those suffering and feel better. I try to be possible but find the media really bombards you from all angles now.

Your tags are wonderful. Love those butterflies. I have the TH gingerbread die, but never thought to dress him/her up. Love what you did!

Have a fabulous weekend.
Julie said…
Hi, you are invited to share this Feline Art Friday:
bing said…
what a happy post! love the thumbs!
GalleryJuana said…
The butterfly card and Autumn sketch are amazing! And it's good for the brain to remember what is good in our day! Wishing you well!
lorik said…
Your first paragraph is very strong... well said! And of course I agree. Your flowers for Mandarin Orange Monday are beautiful... beauty in nature always makes us feel good! Thank you for being part of MoM:)