F is for Family & Friends

I love my friends and family, and value the time I spend with them.  As an introvert, I don't have a lot of friends.  However, I fully trust the few I have, so I don't only enjoy the conversations and laughter we share, but the ability to talk and/or listen to each other during our times of hardship.  Family is most important to me, although I have to admit there are some that I'm most closed to than others.  However, we all love and care for each other, as well as respect each others personal points of view in all areas.  I consider my wife not only family, but my best friend.  We know each others intimate secrets and desires, and we support each other in every decision we make.  We also cherish our daughters, and will go without, to ensure that they are well taken care of.  Anyway, in honor of St. Valentine's Day, I decided to share some quotes and scripture about love.

Paintbrush Fashion Illustration and Calligraphy Journal Page
Watercolors, Uniball Pens, and Pastels
Art Journal Journey - Fifty Shades of Red
The opposite of Love is not hate, it's indifference. - Ellie Wiesel

Paintbrush Doodling and Marker Calligraphy Journal Page
Watercolors, Uniball Pens, Zig Calligraphy Marker, and Pastels
Try It On Tuesday - Let's Get Messy
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 50 Year 6
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Weeks #270-271
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #268
If you judge people, you have no time to Love them. - Mother Theresa

Ed Emberley Faces Inspired Doodles and Hand Lettering
Sharpie Markers and Uniball Pen
Roger & Denise's ABC Wednesday - Letter F
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 402
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
All Differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret to everything. - Swami Vivekananda

Valentine's Day Card and Envelope
We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board & Frame Punch Board; EK Success heart punch; Martha Stewart Heart Punch; K&Company Embellishments; and Wax Seal
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Use Your Favorite Tool (123 Punch Board)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Cute
Mrs. Dash Letter To My Best Friend - Week 1
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. - Ephesians 5:25

She Loves Me
iPhone 6s Shot Edited on Instagram
Our Beautiful World: OBW 186~Love
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you: love her, and she will watch over you. - Proverbs 4:6

May you all cherish your friends, and especially your family, if you are blessed with one.  I also want to thank all my followers, as well as everyone that takes the time to leave a comment.  Blessings!


Leslie: said…
What a fabulous post about family and friends. I feel that I've lost some friends over the years but have made new ones since. Also, I come from a small family and the family seems to be getting smaller instead of larger, so I miss that part of life. Love your quotes - words of wisdom!

abcw team
Wonderful pages Arnoldo - uplifting quotes - great with the special E the third one! Lovely Valentine's mail to Lisa and a beautiful post at all!
Thank you for joining in at Art Journal Journey again, always a pleasure to have you with us!
and forgot to mention : Thank you for joining Try It On Tuesday!
Lula said…
What a perfect take on our theme Arnoldo! Love the saying too! Thanks bunches for joining us in the fun at TioT this time. Crafty hugs!
Indrani said…
Good words! I cherish my family relations a lot.
Happy ABCW!
BJ said…
Thanks for sharing all your quotes and artwork on LOVE. BJ#1
Unknown said…
Nice little doodles on your desk this week, dx #24
Lovely tribute to your friends and family, Arnoldo! They're lucky to have someone so thoughtful and selfless as you. That quote about love/hate and indifference is very thought provoking! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #23
Beautiful artwork and quotes :-). Sending you blessings and wishing you a good week! J :-)
carol l mckenna said…
Great post for F ~ family and friends so important ~ All wonderful art creations ~ my favorite is the 1st and 2nd one ~ gorgeous in their simplicity ~ thanks,

Wishing you a happy day ~ ^_^
Lunch Lady Jan said…
What a heartfelt and beautiful post - it's so true as well, we'd do anything for our sons. I am so lucky with my husband, he is loving, tolerant (!) and so supportive of whatever mad things I get up to. One in a million. Your journal pages are lovely :-D
Hugs, LLJ 14 xxx
Sharon Madson said…
Love your verses this week. They are very appropriate for Valentines week. Your projects are lovely too. Thanks for sharing. #44
Anne said…
Thank you for your kind words on my blog! Sue is gone but not lost.I love all your artwork and quotes this week, very inspirational and thoughtful Joni Eareckson tada once wrote that the opposite of love is lust and we went on to explain using the scriptures. I have relatives living in Houston and Austin...I know, Texas is a BIG state!Happy WOYWW! Anne #7
Lindart said…
Great quotes, I really like the card and envelope - I never think to decorate the envelope as well! I too, think family and friends are everything, and we love to get together whenever we can, especially in the summer. Thanks for sharing, Lindart #40
MelodyK said…
the very little family I have, I love. My friends I love even more.

Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)
Sharon said…
Lovely post! I'm an introvert too and only have a few people I get together with. It is always fun and I enjoy spending time with them. Life is too short to have people in our lives who we don't love and enjoy.

Great art as always
Sharon K #38
Linda Kunsman said…
As is your style Arnoldo, a post filled with beautiful art and quotes/sentiments/scriptures. Love your illustration and calligraphy page the best-what a wonderful loose flow of design! Thanks for joining in at AJJ!
Teresa Kline said…
this is amazing, so many details! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

blog-paperie blooms

sparkle & shine, kindness *~*
I so enjoy reading your posts, always so meaningful. I agree with the words of Mother Theresa. If you are always looking for faults in people you forget to see the nice things. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x 17
Great journal pages today. :) That Ellie Wiesel quote is fantastic, and I love your sketch with it. Hope all is well. Erika
Friends are very important, and friendships need maintenance!
C.J. Rains said…
I always enjoy your blog and find it very inspiring. My mother taught me to always do unto others as I would have them do unto me. I think it's called, The Golden Rule. I try to live by it as best I can. Blessings to you and your family.
fantastic quotes, spot on and great sketches, happy WOYWW, Vicky #22
Such wonderful quotes and images, Arnoldo. Thanks for your always-uplifting page!
It is always such a treat to see your work! You not only create amazing art, but you create emotions as well. I felt a lot of inspiring things as I both looked at your pieces and read the quotes. This collection is also such a tribute to your versatility as an artist. I love how each piece was totally unique, yet they were tied together in theme. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!
BrownPaperBunny said…
Love seeing your pages and mail art this week, very cool. Happy PPF!
Valerie-Jael said…
Beautiful art as always. Happy PPF, Valerie
Very well said, and I admire your sketching very much :D)
Faye said…
Wonderful art, Arnoldo. Your work always has purpose beyond showing beautiful art. I like the first one best although each one is so meaningful.
Christine said…
beautiful pages for the challenges Arnoldo, what a lovely theme this week so uplifting!
peggy gatto said…
I am always amazed at the number of projects you accomplish. Also love the positive atmosphere at your blog!
Giggles said…
Such a great reminder of what truly looks like! Wonderful art and post!!You have found the secret of marriage longevity!! Happy love day to you and your lovely wife!

Hugs Giggles
Marjut said…
Fantastic page. Thank you for joining us at TioT.
Rike said…
What a fabulous post about love on Valentine's Day! I like your doodling hearts with the strong lines and beautiful red color! And I like your other pictures and all your wonderful words as well!
Best wishes, Rike
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful art with us, Arnoldo. I'm so grateful for your participation. Have a blessed week, and please join us again soon.
Word Art Wednesday
NatureFootstep said…
what is LOVE? I have no answer to that.
Lisabella Russo said…
What beautiful quotes, thoughts, and art. This post is full of love!
GalleryJuana said…
Powerful quote by Wiesel!

Love all the Love inspired works too.
have a great week.
stefanie stark said…
Your fabulous post is exactly what I need for tomorrow. I will attend the funeral of my lovely aunt and will travel to the Northern part of Germany and I will meet so many relatives there I didn't see for so many years. I'm starting to get nervous now but your words will help! Thank you so much! And all the illustrations and quotes are wonderful to intensify the meaning.
Serena Lewis said…
Wonderful post with great art, Arnoldo. Family is so important and my kids are my life.

I love that quote by Ellie Wiesel.

I hope you have a beautiful week with your family. :)
Kirsty Vittetoe said…
Sure is fabulous, family, friends, they are my everything!
Jennifer Rose said…
its better to have a few close trusted friends rather than hundreds :)