W is for Wondrous

Hello friends!  ¡Hola amigos!  Summer is here, and it's a wondrous feeling!  I have several important tasks to take care of this summer, such as home repairs to be made, a professional licensing test to take, and work on a school district strategic planning committee.  However, I will also have time to travel to visit family, time to visit museums, time to interact with nature, time to read, and time to work in my art studio.  It's such a marvelously freeing and inspiring feeling to have some control over my daily schedule.  Anyway, the following are a few of the art projects I've been working on since my last post with a short description of my inspiration.

Flowers of Peace
Strathmore Toned Tan Artist Tile; Mechanical Pencil, Sakura Micron Pens; Uni Ball Air Pen; Royal Talen's Opaque Watercolors; and Prismacolor Colored Pencils.
Moo-Mania *** Masculine
Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art
Julia's (& Jan's) What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #367
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 15 Year 6
Kim's Show Your Face
This tile was inspired by a quote by Tichh Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist Monk & Peace Activist, "In the garden of my heart the flowers of peace bloom beautifully."

Beach Garden Wedding Card
Brother Scan'N Cut; We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch; Paper Flowers; Glass Beads; Distressing Ink Pad; Kraft Card Base; Various Cardstock; Jute Cord; Various Types of Adhesive; and a UniBall Air Pen.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Summer Garden
This greeting card was inspired by a fellow teacher and friend of mine who loves flamingos and is having a beach garden wedding in just a couple of weeks.

Deuteronomy 23:12-13
iPhone 6S Shot Edited on iPhoto
Our Beautiful World: OBW 151~Texture
Sue's Image-In-Ing
Karen's Word Art Wednesday: Challenge Week #234-235
I took a field trip with my students to a Christian camp, and was intrigued by the Scriptural reference on the outhouse.  It refers to Halakha, Jewish law, on the proper way to relieve oneself.

Father's Day Card
Tim Holtz (TH) Travel Ways, Warehouse District, and Odds and 100th Collection Stamps; TH Distress Inks; TH Gadget Gears, Mini Gears, and Mini Tickets Dies; Glossy Accents; Adirondack Gold Dabber; Various Brads; Various Adhesives; Manila Tag; Kraft Card Base; Silver Metallic Cardstock; Uni Ball Air Pen; and Scrap Ribbon.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Father's Day
The Male Room Challenge #37 - Father's Day
Ramona' Inspire Me Monday - Week 232

This card is for my Father-in-law, whom I love dearly.  Although he is not known for working on his cars, he is an engineer.  Therefore, I thought the gears were appropriate.

In Memory of Muhammed Ali
Art Journal and Mechanical Pencil
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Try It On Tuesday: It's All About Him
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - Letter W
This sketch, which is a work in progress, was inspired by the late Muhammed Ali.  Although I've never been into boxing, I always admired his personal strength and determination.

As you can see through my work, this Summer has been a wondrous journey thus far.  I hope yours is as wondrous as well.  Thank you for following my blog and taking the time to leave a gracious comment.  Godspeed!  ¡Vayan con Dios!


Catherine said…
I love your flamingo card! So pretty. Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Cathie ♥
Christine said…
such a true quote for SS Arnoldo!
Valerie-Jael said…
Lots of beautiful work again this week, thanks for linking your lovely masculine creations to MM&M and TIOT. Enjoy the holidays, and have fun, I still remember what a good feeling it was when the kids had all gone home and there was no teaching for summer - glorious! Valerie
Sounds like you have a wonderful Summer ahead of you, enjoy! Great texture photo, thank you for sharing it with us at OBW! And your beautiful artistic work too of course!
Victoria said…
What a super inspiring post! Everything you create and share is always heart-felt and soulful! I love your M.Ali tribute, such a beautiful quote too, yes he was a very inspiring man! Love the father's day card and also the garden quote and your artwork is amazing!
Wishing you a fantastic week ahead!
Andreja said…
What a fantastic card for Father's Day :-))
Thank you so much for joining us at The Male Room!
Hugs, Andreja
Serena Lewis said…
Such a beautiful and uplifting post, Arnoldo. Your sketches and cards are amazing!
Lisabella Russo said…
What wonderful artworks! I especially love the two cards, both so personal to the recipients. I am glad your summer has been wondrous so far.
Jeanna said…
Not enough people have wings and too many are broken. That flamingo card is a knock out, very very pretty. Good luck on ur test.
Oh wow.. amazing art in this post ! Gorgeous! Thanks a lot for joining us at Moo Mania & More and Try It On Tuesday!
Marjut said…
What a wonderful works. Thank you for joining us at TioT.
genie said…
I like your cards so much, and the picture of the outhouse at the Christian camp I LOVE. We have a number of pictures of outhouses around and about our house. Being that Buddy hiked the AT and hikes and runs races all the time, outhouses have a special to me. I thought of you when the tragedy happened in Orlando because of the in depth writings you have shared with us over the months. As you can now tell, your thoughts and feeling have had a deep effect upon me. I was an English teacher fro years (taught 54 years) so can appreciate your looking forward to your control of time and what you do during the summer months. I wish you a wonderful art filled summer. genie
NCSue said…
Love the flamingos! I have a bit of an ongoing joke with a friend, and that would be a perfect way to carry on the tradition!
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/06/west-side-story.html
Unknown said…
Arnoldo, You simply don't see that scripture reference posted anywhere. It was a brilliant idea to take a photograph and use it in our challenge. Thank you so much for posting you creative and very lovely art in the #234-#235 - Anything Goes Word Art Wednesday Challenge.
Blessings, Carole
Lorraine A said…
Fabulous artwork Arnoldo! all of your cards and designs are awesome! I do love the flamingo card and I am sure the happy couple will love it too, very special :-) Love the masculine card for your FIL too, the car is fab and the gears are a perfect touch! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Lols x x x
MelodyK said…
Hmmm what comes to my mind first....

Do you take enough time 'off' to take good care of yourself?
Life itself can be overwhelmingly busy..and one forgets to easily to truly live and enjoy the littlest things which in hindsight apear to be the most important of all.

Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
♫ M e l d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
Sharon Madson said…
Beautiful artwork, and love the fathers day card. I have been seeing a lot of flamingos lately; must be the latest thing. They are pretty. Our Summer has already heated up! #43
Neet said…
My word, there is a lot of loveliness about your post today. Love the artwork and the lettering you have done.
Hope you have a great summer with all that is planned but in the meantime have a great week,
Hugs, Neet 7 xx
dmgarafalo said…
you are an amazing artist, happy crafting donna #13
C.J. Rains said…
Loving your designs, Arnoldo. I especially loved the flamingo. They're such lovely creatures.
Sounds like you will be keeping busy this summer. If it weren't for the triple digits here, I would also be out and about a lot more than I anticipate in the coming months ahead. I'm already looking forward to Fall and Winter. :)
Sharon said…
Sounds like you've got a great summer ahead - lots of projects and getting out and about. I like your Flowers of Peace design. The Father's Day card is terrific. I find it sometimes difficult to do male-inspired cards but you nailed it!

Have a great week
Sharon K #39
Helen said…
sounds like you have a very busy summer ahead! rest up too... fab cards, especially the cute flamingoes on the wedding card. Helen #5
Hi Arnoldo, great post again this week. I particularly like your Father's Day card. I know that at this time of the year you will be very busy so it's very good of you to visit us at the moment. I fully understand the feeling of freedom when the summer break starts that for a short time you can relax and enjoy other parts of your life. Not too long to wait now! Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x 20
April said…
I always love seeing your artwork. It sounds like you have a great summer planned.
April #45
Leslie: said…
So glad you're going to have a productive yet restful summer break. I'm so looking forward to my month-long trip to visit good friends in England and Wales...but sadly will not be on ABCW for that time. But when I return I'm sure I'll have lots of stories and photos to show everyone. Take care, my friend, and thank you so much for your kind words regarding my recent loss.

abcw team
Reader Wil said…
Thanks for your beautiful and iinspiring words.
I hear you're having a heat wave. Hope it's not too bad for you.

You have lots of thought-provoking things to say this week Arnoldo. We often stifle people's imaginations.We stop people from dreaming and I used to teach young children who even at 5 years of age were stifled in every way.Some had to even be taught to play.Sad isn't it?
I love the sun image I am playing with at the moment.I have several drawings I want to develop.I might put them onto a small canvas to remind me to look up and see the "smiling sun".Thank you for your visit and gracious comment. I am humming the Beatles"Here Comes the Sun..." as I type!
ToadilyDiane said…
Your tile, your cards, and your page with Mohammad Ali's quote (one of them!) are all great!
Have a great day.
Diane - WOYWW #42
Mrs.B said…
Great pieces of artworks, and a fitting tribute to Ali.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
I was already "taken" by your blog title...excellent post. Thank you for always sharing with us a part of your life and who you are. Admirable. :)
Giggles said…
Beautiful post, love the father's day card with the vintage car! So much love and peace in this post! Keep plugging the love you do it so well! Have a joyous holiday doing more of what you love!

Hugs Giggles
Unknown said…
You are always so productive! Love all your projects! <3
Linda Kunsman said…
really beautiful cards and art Arnoldo. I really love the first piece with that lovely quote. It sounds like you are going to make the best out of your summer:) Enjoy!
Faye said…
Your art this week as always is beautiful, Arnoldo. I'm glad you will have more time this summer to enjoy family, friends, and art. I like your first image and quote so much. And the photo of the outhouse door was surprising. I thought I knew the Bible pretty well, but I have never seen this. I always enjoy seeing the calming thoughts of peace and love you show on your blog.
Julie Lee said…
It sounds like you have a perfect mix lined up for the Summer. I hope you will be refreshed and enriched by all that you do. This is - as always - such an inspiring and interesting post. Thank You for sharing your art and your thoughts. xx
artbyjune said…
Lovely work! Especially love the father's day card.
Happy summer! I can relate- the kids are done and I just have 2 teacher workdays left. I cannot wait. I am keeping my summer wide open this year, with the exception of a little travel planned for late July. But I am planning doing all kinds of little adventures along the way. Yours sounds like fun and I hope you share with us your fun. Love your art this week. Its very inspirational. Enjoy the beginning of your break. :) Erika
DVArtist said…
OH MY Goodness you are so busy. I love that you always make time to create. Each piece is so beautiful and unique. Have a wonderful weekend.
Gail said…

Howdy! Great Artist work - I fell in love with the first posting here! Love the sentiment too! TFS I am Dropping by to say Thank you so much for entering your art work into WAW this week Anything Goes Challenge - where you can upload 5 pieces each week - a total of 10 opportunities to win a prize! Happy Dance - it is a blessing to have you come by and join the challenge - may your day be filled with fun and laughter and leaving you with this message "The Lord is Good - All of the Time" Blessings, Gail WAW DT
Indira said…
Great art! Hope you are able to accomplish everything you have planned for the summer. Enjoy!
Gillena Cox said…
luv your art the featured this week at PPF; garden of peace i especially luv

much love...
Neesie said…
Absolutely thrilled that you've been featured by PPF Arnoldo,
It's always great to visit and see all of your work. You are so prolific!
Enjoy your summer pursing all your interests.
Have fun and Happy PPF to you
A gorgeous flamingo card Arnoldo, great drawings too.

Love and hugs
Irene Rafael said…
I am glad you have time to enjoy your summer. Your creativity is abundant and wonderful. Thank you for posting. I particularly enjoyed the Tich Nhat Hanh piece. Have a lovely week.
Ariadne said…
Your works of art look really lovely in their detail!Thanks for sharing in OBW!AriadnefromGreece!