Three Years Blogging and Counting!

On July the 26th, It will be three years since I founded this art and design blog.  It was a lonely journey during the first couple of months, but I slowly started meeting artistic bloggers from around the world and developing many blogging relationships as well.  Blogging about my art journaling, drawing, painting, lettering, paper crafting, decorating, and photography has helped me improve my craftsmanship, experiment in new areas, and become more confident in my artistic abilities.  Blogging has also allowed me to share my faith with others, as well as helped me better understand the faith of others, which is highly important for world peace.  Finally, I've had the support of many of my blogging friends during my personal ups and downs.  Thank you for being an integral part of my journey!  I hope the following pieces express visually what I mean.

Ostinato Refrain
Watercolor Pencils, Micron Pens, & Marker
Art Journal Journey - Flower Power
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #133
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #142
Genevieve Gouverneur (Iconographer) Quote
Marker & Pen
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Jen's In The Studio
Jenn's Artist's Playroom #116
Hebrews 6:19
Watercolor Pencils and Micron Pens
Pia's Mix It Monthly Challenge - Sailboat
Dion's Friday Sketches - Week 20
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday Week 20 Year 4
The 3 art journal pages above are all representative of my faith.  Each of them is like a little prayer that keeps me focused, helps me express who I am, and allows me to explore my creativity, which is a precious gift from the Lord above.  They are also fun to work on and serve as a record of my growth as an artist.

Dragonfly Mobile & Tag
Origami, Die Cuts & Organza Ribbon
Carolyn's Tag Tuesday - Bugs
Order of the Opus Gluei Challenge #187 - Picnic
Moo-Mania Challenge - Anything Goes
Dream Greeting Card
Mixed Media & Hand Lettering
Freshly Made Sketches #145 by Narelle
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - About a Face
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spots & Dots

The 2 projects above are reflective of my love of paper as a creative medium.  The first one features my love of origami and nature, as well as my love of gift wrapping.  The second one features my hand painted paper, on which I did some mono-printing, stenciling, and spraying, as well as my hand lettering.

My Girls
Black & White Digital Photograph
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Year 4 Gallery 12 {Happiness Is}
Art Studio Shots
iPhone 4s Photography & ComicStrip App
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday #102
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday B is for Bountiful Art Haven
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #268
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #100
Manon' Paper Saturdays
Finally, I have some of my photographic compositions.  The first one depicts one of my major sources of happiness, whom are my daughters.  I took the photograph during the 4th of July weekend.  The photo montage shows different areas in my "Bountiful Art Haven."  I chose to share my reading area, a couple of my storage units, and the top of my drafting table.

This brings me to the end of my post, so I hope you enjoyed it.  Thank you once again for your support and all your constructive comments during the first 3 years on my blog.  Blessings!


Arnoldo! It is always such an artistic feast when I stroll through your blog. I love to see the variety of projects you've created and this post is no exception. I really enjoyed your write-up and congratulate you on three years of inspiring others through your blog. Thanks for being so supportive of our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges and I love your interpretation of our face theme!
Michellem said…
Congrats on 3 years of blogging!!
Christine said…
lovely work this week Arnoldo and congrats on your 3 year blogiversary that is upcoming!
It has been a pleasure visiting your blog and seeing your artwork! Looking forward to seeing more and thank you for sharing! Especially enjoy the dream card.
Congrats on the anniversary -
fabulous words did you find for this event!
And what amazing artwork you show in this post and your lovely daughters...beautiful girls!

Take care of you - blessings!
Thank you for joining our challenges Arnoldo!
Anonymous said…
Marvelous post. Love the anchor and your girls are just so beautiful, and they look so alike. Nice to see all the work in progress. xox
carol l mckenna said…
Congratulations of 3 years blogging and highlighting your wonderful creations and your faith ~ blessings to you ~ ^_^

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)
Lmkazmierczak said…
Congrats on the three years!It is wonderful to be able to share with all sorts of artists and bloggers♪
Unknown said…
Yay. Good for you. I am only in my first year of blogging and I can see how your hard work pays off.
sheila 77 said…
Yes, Arnoldo, I enjoyed this blogpost very much, the start of your blogging adventures, your faith, your family and, of course, your wonderful art. Looking forward to reading many more of your blogposts in the future.
Unknown said…
Congratulations, Arnoldo! So glad you started and still here! :)
Linda Callahan said…
So much to see here! Your paper and hand lettering are wonderful! So glad you shared this at FMS!
Tenia Nelson said…
Congrats on three years of blogging!!! LOVE your projects!! :)
Donna B. said…
Congrats on your 3 years of blogging! Great projects as always. I especially love the anchor one and the colors you used in it.
lorik said…
Three years!! Congratulations Arnoldo:)! I always enjoy my visits here... i feel like I am popping into your lounge room for a chat about the week past.:)
I enjoy seeing your art...thank you. And thank you also for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)
Linda Kunsman said…
a very happy blogiversary to you-congrats! So happy to have "met" you thru this wonderful community Arnoldo. Beautiful projects as always-but I have to say that the anchor is my favorite-the theme, art and the scripture!
PiaRom said…
Such and abundance of creativity each and every time I visit your blog!! I love what you did for
Mix It Monthly! You choose the colors so perfectly and I so love the words around it also! Happy anniversary ♥ Conny
Margik said…
Siempre estoy impresionada con sus magníficos proyectos, hoy especialmente me ha gustado la página del ancla y las preciosas tarjetas de felicitación. Estoy encantada de ver su estudio de arte, mi lugar preferido en una casa y el fotomontaje es genial. Las fotos que he visto de su familia siempre son encantadoras, les deseo lo mejor!!!
~*~Patty S said…
So much to enjoy and take in here expressed beautifully in words and your artwork!

and Light to all
congrats! I've done it for 9 years, and it can be a chore! But worth it, I think.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team
Teresa Kline said…
hi Arnoldo! your work is amazing, such fun stuff here on your blog! So glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*
Indrani said…
Congrats on your blogversary! :)
Wishing you a fantastic artistic journey ahead!
Reader Wil said…
We are all happy to have met you in the blogging world! We hope you will be with us for another three years and longer!
I am writing from a Norwegian hotelroom and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of this beautiful Viking country!
The weather is so beautiful!
Thanks for your kind words.
Unknown said…
Brava Brava !! Good going

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team
Sandy said…
I spotted the chicken wire note holder that you have tags on and I am so going to have to make one of those for my art room.. Thanks for all the continued comments that you leave on my blog and the wonderful things that I always admire that you pop on your blog for us to see..
Always my fave to come see what you have been up to.. Hope you keep inspiring us for many years to come..
Sandy :) #33
Unknown said…
The blog stop that refreshes and inspires. The flowers and lettering are pristine in my eyes. I had to keep looking at the other art of course as it is always a feast. The anchor rocks. You are a welcome guest here. Thank you for showcasing this amazing art with us at Word Art Wednesday. Such creativity inspires.
Blessings, Carole
PS I am doing some bubble printing and I have ventured out at bit farther. Thank you
Congrats on your three years, I know what you mean about trying to build up followers and friends, it can be very lonely but WOYWW helped me alot.
Great post this week, love the dream greeting cards. You must be very proud of the girls. Love the pics of your art studio too.
Happy crafting and have a great week, Angela x #44
Annie Claxton said…
I always enjoy looking at your art Arnoldo, and having a little glimpse into your life on your blog. The journal pages are wonderful and I love the idea of the origami dragonfly tag :o) Happy WOYWW Annie C #54
Helen said…
congratulations on your blogaversary! Your art statements are wonderful. Thanks for your visit earlier, sorry I was out!! Helen 6
sandysewin said…
Congrats on your blogaversary. :-) Keep on creating!

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments.

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #26
Anonymous said…
I forgot to click on google for the last part, so I guess I'll have to give a new comment - Didn't know the parts of the anchor all had a name! Do you think your stay in TX had an influence on your art?
Sharon Madson said…
Congratulations on your Blogversary!
My first just went by and I didn't even realize it, so I will try to remember to celebrate next year.
I think your hand painted paper is amazing. I always love to see your posts, and love that you share your faith on here. I want to, but never know quite how to do it. #39
betty-NZ said…
Congrats on your blogging milestone! Too many people give up before they find their audience.
Jeannette said…
Congrats to 3 years Blogging,your flower page its amazing and all your other works is stunning.

blssing Jeannette
Unknown said…
Your post today is inspiring as I just celebrated my 1st blogiversay in July 7th. Your post was encouraging to me, as a fairly new blogger, which I appreciate. Thank you for sharing your space today. Diane #51
Electra said…
Congratulations, Arnoldo. The world is a better place with you blogging in it! I love your dragonfly, it's remarkable! Thanks for joining us a gain at Opus Gluei!!
Laura said…
congratulations on your dedication to expressing yourself and sharing with the world.
Faye said…
Congratulations on your three years of blogging, Arnoldo. I always enjoy seeing how you combine your art and your faith. I especially like your anchor painting today. Beautifully done.
Valerie-Jael said…
Here's to the next 3 years! Valerie
GlorV1 said…
Yay 3 years!! Congrats and I'm glad I got to know you through this blogging world. Your work is always awesome, great photos and I especially love the studio photos. Continue what you do and 3 years from now you will be congratulated on your 6th year.:) For me it's going on 8 years but it seems like yesterday. Have a wonderful weekend.:)
JKW said…
Congrats on 3 years. I admire your faith and love the quotes. Your art journal is awesome and very creative. The photography is fun to see and share. . . especially your darling daughters. Thanks for visiting my Brown Bunnies. I have a separate website for my photography. I enjoy nature so much and it shows in art and pics. Blessings, Janet PPF
JKW said…
PS. I think I gave the art blog. for the photography. Blessings, Janet
Unknown said…
Yay three years! I love my blogging friends. I fear my Card Making Site isn't "Artsy" enough for artists but I miss linking with my friends. All your pics and your girls are amazing. I especially like the anchor and what that represents for you and your faith. LOVE

xo Tam Hess
Happy Paint Party Friday!
Sirkka said…
Congrats for your three years blogging! I appreciate your way to combine your faith and your art with blogging. Good combination! Happy PPF!
Giggles said…
Congratulations on your three years blogging. You've made a huge body of friends...good for you!! Your heart and art are very inspirational! Love the wisdom on your chosen scripture! I'm wondering if it might be wise to gather all your favorites art and scriptures and make a book for your beautiful children.... I know they will appreciate it down the road for sure! There are many deals on line to do this too! Something to think about!

Blessing to you my friend!

bellefrogworks said…
It will be my 3 year anniversary in September - There is a wonderful, supportive community out there in blogland. I love all that you shared today - I have to say that is a terrific black and white photo of your daughters. Sharing your faith and your artistic gifts together makes your posts a joy to read. Blessings my friend!
Bridget Larsen said…
Three years has gone quick, look what you have achieved, still love visiting your page to see your awesome designs
Bridget #3
glitterandglue said…
Happy 3rd anniversary, Arnoldo. Some beautiful pictures there today for us to feast our eyes on! Well done. It is so very precious to know that we are creative because we are made in the image of a creator God! Our creativity takes different directions - and it is so wonderful to see the variety. Love the photo composition - and especially the picture in the middle. A real sense of being held by Father God! Brilliant!!!
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #10
Photos by Stan said…
Beautiful art complemented by beautiful daughters!! You are indeed blessed [coming from an atheist like me, that's saying a lot]. I marvel at your creativity, since that has to come from within -- in contrast, photography [generally] requires being attuned to the surroundings. No time to go philosophical --lol-- Have a fine weekend!
manomij said…
I am so happy to be with you on that journey. I love what you share and it makes it a pleasure to read and see what has been happening for you each week. I am thankful I share so many of your interests so I feel very connected. I am sorry I have not been able to come and visits the last couple of weeks :(
Take care and I will see you very soon in blog land. Happy Paper Saturdays.
Congratulations on the anniversary!
Today is a very beautiful post with a lot of beautiful art and photos. I enjoyed reading about your thoughts. The drawing of the red bird in your notebook, the clearness and "simplicity" is what speaks to me. And your study looks beautiful!
Happy PPF
Rosie said…
Congratulations on your anniversary. You did a lot of wonderful artwork here.

Thank you for joining us at MOO-MANIA & MORE
Beth Niquette said…
Congratulations! And what a talented artist you are. These are wonderful.
DVArtist said…
Arnold it is always a delight to visit your blog. Your faith and happiness shows through. Your daughters are beautiful they are lucky to have you. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging.
Have a wonderful Sunday
Create With Joy said…
Congratulations on reaching this important milestone in your blogging career Arnoldo! I am so happy our paths have crossed along the way - I am proud to call you a friend! :-)

Thank you also for all of your support over the years.

You are my Guest of Honor at this week's Inspire Me Monday Party at

Create With Joy
tocovya said…
What a lovely blog, I have seen lots of gorgeousness. The pastel with the little girl is beyond sweet. But I want the dragonfly, I am obsessed with these things. Also I spotted the link to the tag challenge blog.... I am obsessed with those to.
glad I visited and made myself a member, Jill WOYWDW
Jen Price said…
Happy blogging anniversary! Isn't it great how blogging brings people together and connects them? I also find that it has greatly helped me artisticly. Love your marker and pen drawing and words. So beautiful!
Neesie said…
It's always such a pleasure visiting you Arnoldo because there's so much to see.
You are a prolific artist. I love the Origami, digital photos and what a privileged to take a peek into your studio.
Thank you so much for sharing ;D
Have a wonderful weekend.
Blessings to you and yours