Delightfully Dynamic Dream

Ever since I was a child, I dreamt of becoming an artist, so the first degree I earned was a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  Although I began my professional career in the Advertising art world, was the  sole proprietor of a small art business for a while, and still do occasional commissioned art work, I've never been able to fully realize that dream.  The reality of life and the responsibilities of being a parent, led me into the world of education.  The road to becoming a full time artist is very competitive and slow to achieve.  However, with God as my life journey's guide, I've earn an excellent reputation as an educator and am financially stable through my hard work.

Back in the early 1990's, a friend used to tell me, "You are a right brain person that was whipped into shape to become a left brain person."  She was referring to the now debunked lateralization theory about the creative right brain thinker versus the logical left  brain thinker.  However, I really have never given up my dream of becoming a full time artist.
As evidenced by this blog, I always have been an artist and will continue to be one until the day I die.  I incorporate my artistic abilities into everything I do, including my spiritual, family, and professional life.  It's the way I express my thoughts and feelings, so if I was ever deprived from doing so, it would negatively affect my being.

Valentine's Day Cards
Sketched and Watercolored Tim Holtz Love Struck Die, Tim Holz Bingo Embossing Folder, Hand Lettering, and More
Freshly Made Sketches - #171 (A Sketch by Rita)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Up in the Clouds
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Therefore, I continue to sustain this delightfully dynamic dream of mine through my artwork, crafts, photography, and many other artistic expressions that I indulge myself in.  God willing, someday, my dream of financially supporting myself solely through my artwork will become a reality.  Thank you for accompanying me on my diverse artistic journey, as well as for your dazzling comments.

Comments

Christine said…
wonderful work, and nice to learn more about you Arnoldo. I hope one day you can realize your dreams!
Linda Callahan said…
I enjoy your art! Thanks for sharing your Valentine at FMS!
Valerie-Jael said…
Wonderful work, Arnoldo. Thanks for joining us at TIOT and Art Journal Journey. Valerie
Fantastic artwork as always Arnoldo!
Blessings!
Thank you for sharing with us at AJJ!
Anna-Karin said…
Beautiful post Arnoldo and so well written. Gorgeous art work as always. I hope your dream comes true! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!
carol l mckenna said…
Lovely collage art ~ Beautiful ~ Hold on to your dreams ! xox

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol
Caryn said…
What a great project.
Thanks for joining in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Hugs,
Caryn xxx
sheila 77 said…
What a lovely heartfelt post, Arnoldo, may your dream come true. All your artwork here is lovely, I especially like the little bird who is thinking of relaxing on that rather nice chair.
You are a wonderful artist! I so enjoy visiting your blog, there's always so much beauty here. I hope your dreams may come to pass.
Meggymay said…
Its a pleasure to visit and see your amazing art. Thank you for sharing some of it with us at TioT's this time.
Yvonne
Jen Brum said…
Very creative work! I love the textured background and fun patterns! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!
Jen Timko said…
Thank you for sharing your work with us! A blog is such a lovely way to reach a broad audience. Glad to see you this week at FMS!
Alexandra said…
I really like your work, Arnoldo. Love the heart and spirit that flows from each piece. I shared your blog with my hubby this morning since he's working from home today. It blessed him. :)
Anita Houston said…
What a wonderful heart felt post, and I too am in the same boat as you! I shall never give it up, but have high aspirations of being more, God willing. Gorgeous Love Day makes too! So glad to have read this!
Jeannette said…
fantastic art works has always arnoldo,love so much.

blessing jeannette
you have a great vision!

ROG, ABCW
Karin said…
Beautiful work!
Groetjes Karin
Renee Stien said…
gorgeous work. your use of different textures is inspirational!
Rajesh said…
Beautiful and artistic.
Sharon Madson said…
You are just as talented with words as you are in your artwork! I love reading your posts as well as looking at your wonderful artwork! I love what you did with the church bulletin!
#32
Anne said…
Love the piece based on Church windows. Like your cards as well. I don't really think of myself as an artist, was a teacher but have always loved different crafts and would/do hate not being able to do a little each day at least. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, hopes and feelings. Anne x # 40
~*~Patty S said…
Thank you for sharing this heartfelt and inspiring post along with all of your fine artwork!
Blessings...
Queenie Jeannie said…
More gorgeous artwork!! I believe that God has a plan for us all, that will 100% fulfill us and His will. Just keep your eyes and heart open!!! Have a great week & God bless!

Happy Crafting!
Jeannie #9
Morti said…
Not quite a WOYWW post but I'll leave a comment anyway! Thanks for stopping by!

Morti @ 30
Lisca Meijer said…
You are a great artist!Never give up dreaming! You never know. Nothing is impossible with God!
Have a good week,
Lisca#41
Beautiful artwork and great to read a little about you hope your dreams are one day fulfilled
Francesca said…
Hi Arnoldo, thanks for stopping by. As always your artwork is fab. Would actually make a good quilt! Blessings francesca ~48
VonnyK said…
Your artwork is beautiful and I'm sure you will realise that dream one day.
Have a great week,
Von #42
Robyn Oliver said…
Hi Arnoldo, thanks for visiting my desk...I just would like to say, you definitely are an artist, great work and you've made me think that yes we use that creative streak in all things we do in our daily life, even our clothes reflect who we are. Have a great week Cheers RobynO#20
Su-sieee! Mac said…
I like to think that because we pursue our dreams, they do come true. Best wishes to you.
The View from the Top of the Ladder
tocovya said…
Always a pleasure to spend to much time you your eye candy blog when i should be cleaning my house. Oh well

Jill W
Arnoldo,
Using the church bulletin as a background for this beautiful art showcasing a cross. I have looked at it long and hard just as if it was hanging in the art gallery. It has amazing texture color and design. Thank you so much for entering our 169th AG challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday. Please come back really soon with you wonderful art. Blessings, Carole
Sara Barker said…
I so enjoyed your post...you sound like a wonderful person! Never give up those dreams, and bless you for being an educator. We need more people like you in education. My husband, an architect is starting his second career in education--middle school math. We need more men in this field!!! Great artwork!
NanB said…
Excellent project and blog! Love the use of the church bulletins; I have typed a ton of those in the old days before computers:) Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Crative Spirit! ~Nanette, DT member~
Geckostone said…
I think we can all relate to this post!Thank you for your beautiful words and art!!!
Artatag said…
Arnoldo, being a part time artist is like part time pregnant. Impossible. Either you are an artist or not. And you are an artist my dear, as you very well know. Love all I can see on this blog.
Hugs
Gabriele 23
thidu said…
I enjoy your work and your post, both are warm and beautiful. Don't give up on your dreams! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!
Nora
Carmen said…
It's definitely never to late. I have had the same dream but life gets in the way. Children, supporting my partner with his business. Now, at nearly 38 I am going back to school first to do Art & Design and hopefully next year to start a Fine Art degree. Exciting stuff but scary!

Carmen x #53
Linda Kunsman said…
I adore all of your art Arnoldo, and so it is so important to keep that dream alive! Your passion for your art, your teaching, your God and your family inspire me and I cannot thank you enough for sharing it all here on your blog.
PS- thanks to a comment you left me the other week I mentioned you in my last Friday's post as you inspired me to look into a master I didn't know of AND create a portrait inspired by him:)
Blessings, and to dreams come true.
Angela Radford said…
Hi Arnoldo, who knows, maybe one day! Though I think you are already living the dream my friend. Sending hugs, Angela x
I love your pieces. You have a way with color and layout. Yes, realizing our dreams of being artists is really a lot of work, but looks to me like you are making great strides to get there. Doing what you love is always a wonderful thing, and having goals is always important to help focus that effort.
Rupa S said…
Lovely piece of art! Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit, this month. Good Luck, Rupa (DT)
Donna B. said…
I'm loving your chair on canvas! Glad to see you used your Gelatos again! BTW you were our random winner for January. Contact me to get your prize corgidusty at yahoo dot com Thanks for joining us this month at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.
Leovi Leovi said…
Me gusta mucho este trabajo con cupido, exquisita creatividad!
Faye said…
Thanks for sharing your art journey, Arnoldo. I always enjoy seeing what you have been working on. I have a feeling that you are an outstanding teacher and your students probably adore you.
Irene Rafael said…
I appreciate reading your sharing today. I believe that we should never give up on our dreams or ourself. Best of luck with your goals.
What a wonderful post! We are all on an artistic journey - and I think most of us have been squeezed into that left brained life. As artists, we can only truly reach our full potential when we are allowed to express ourselves! It took me most of my life to realize that who I was when I was in kindergarten is truly who I am!! Keep creating every day - and wonderful things will happen!!
denthe said…
I so understand what you're saying. It's very hard to support yourself, let alone a family, with just your art. But needing to make art because it makes you feel good is what makes you a true artist. Keep going and never give it up!
Create With Joy said…
What a wonderful post and artwork you shared this week Arnoldo - I related to so much of what you shared!

Congrats - you are one of our Featured Guests at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy #162 this week - stop by and be surprised by the piece I shared! :-)

Have a blessed week!
Giggles said…
What a heartfelt post, with such gorgeous art! I think you would be surprised how doing art felt if it was a necessity. A very very small percentage has to do with creating and more to do with marketing. I know a few self sustaining artist and it's a difficult, often disappointing (with so many rejection) business! Yet a must for them to be happy. Creating with no pressure has a completely different feel to it. Sounds to me like you have the best of both worlds since you live a very artful life!! Not to diminish your dream, just sharing my perspective. Dream on my friend!!.... There is always retirement!

Hugs Giggles
Melanie said…
Beautiful projects. Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
Sandra Wright said…
A beautiful entry for our February Challenge...love your colour palette too...
Great to see you back here again..
Thank you for joining us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x
Rachel said…
all three projects are just beautiful. you don't have to be a paid artist showing in fancy galleries to be an ARTIST. That can never be taken away from you! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
-Rachel
rwkrafts.com
Your beautiful creations attest to the fact that you are a for-reals artist, Arnoldo, but your written post was artistic, as well! Whether you achieve the full reality of self-support through your art, or not, it's so wonderful that you have found so many creative outlets for your incredible talent! Not to mention a way to share it with so many others via your blog!! Hugs, Darnell
Lynn K said…
Beautiful works of art as always! Love hearing about your journey as well!! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
Debbie said…
Fabulous projects! You've had an amazing journey and I enjoyed reading about it. Thanks for playing along with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.
Melanie said…
Nice project! Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!