Y is for Yearnings

In my humble opinion, "Yearnings" are what keeps a person thriving in life.  Without personal yearnings, I believe a person can go into deep stages of depression, age, and possibly even die.  As a husband, parent, teacher, artist, and writer, I have a plethora of yearnings that keep me going on a daily basis.  I yearn to make a better life for my family.  I yearn to meet my students' needs.  I yearn to improve my problem solving and creative skills on a daily basis.  As I was researching the theme of yearnings for this post, I ran across 3 quotes that truly spoke to me: one as an introvert, one as an intuitive person, and one as a spiritual person.

Mother's Wisdom
Commissioned Watercolor Portrait
Kim's Art It Friday - Show Your Face
Piarom's Mix It Monthly - The Facial Profile
Kristin and Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 17 Year 5
Goat Hearding (Work In Progress)
Commissioned Pastel Painting
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
As an introvert, I relate to Albert Einstein's quote, "Be a loner.  That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth.  Have holy curiosity.  Make your life worth living."

Smash Folio Pages
Photographs, Hand Lettering, Smash Envelope,  Ephemera, Tape, Scraps, and More
Ramona' Inspire Me Monday #182
Lasting Memories Layout Challenges LM #248 - Together
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 317
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #190
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #149
As an intuitive person, I relate to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote, "Alas, that we should be so unwilling to listen to the still and holy yearnings of the heart!  A god whispers quite softly in our breast, softly yet audibly; telling us what we ought to seek and what to shun."

Summer Birthday Card
Hand Lettering, Tim Holtz Die Cuts, Alcohol Inks, K&Company Die, Button, and More
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Summer
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
CropStop Linky Party #5
Baby Ana
Digitalized Childhood Photograph
Bella's 52 Photo Project - {Lips}
As a spiritual person, I relate to the Scriptural verse found in Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."

iPhone 4S Photograph
Eileeen's Saturday Critters #80
Sue's Image-in-ing
Denise, Roger and Leslie's ABC Wednesday - Y is for Young Dog
I want to dedicate this post to my daughter Ana, who is celebrating her birthday this weekend.  Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave such thoughtful comments on my blog every week.  Blessings!


Valerie-Jael said…
Wonderful and thoughtful post again. Happy birthday to your daughter! Have a good new week, Valerie
Unknown said…
These are all wonderful images :)
Love that sketch of goat herding,
would like to see it when it's
finished :))
Have a beautiful week!

Tinna ✐

eileeninmd said…
Happy Birthday to Ana! I hope her day is/was wonderful! Awesome post and quotes! And of course being a dog lover, I think Toto is just adorable. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and new week ahead!
Christine said…
Beautiful work for the themes, lovely post and happy birthday to Ana.
carol l mckenna said…
Always a wonderful variety of creations ~ adorable baby and sweet dog photos!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol
zandra said…
Love this post and all your share. So, inspirational.
Hugz, Z
Love your work Arnoldo! Happy birthday to your daughter!
Amazing artwork again!
Happy birthday to your daughter!
Happy week!
NCSue said…
That first painting is so full of emotion - I love it.
Happy birthday to your daughter!

Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/falling-water.html
Trubes said…
Wonderful word and art work, Birthday greetings to your
darling daughter, she's lovely xx

best wishes,
ABCW team.
Unknown said…
Your 'humble' opnion says the same about yearings as i do ...

you love them, you hate them because they not always feel fine
I think YOU are correct about yearnings!

Reader Wil said…
Happy birthday to Ana!
Thank you for this beautiful thought about yearnings. Sometimes life is bleak and without any possibilities and hope, then it is great to remember one of the Psalms in the bible. Thank you for writing this.
Have a wonderful time with the family!
Wil, ABCW Team
Lisabella Russo said…
How lovely your words and your art are! So thought provoking. I hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday. Beautiful art Arnoldo!
Mandy said…
Belated Birthday wishes to Ana!
You write such lovely & thoughtful posts Arnoldo, & your art work is amazing as always!
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx
I couldn't agree with you more! WONDERFUL post, Arnoldo. Really spoke to my heart tonight. Also enjoyed your commissioned pieces this week. It was really lovely getting to see another "side" of your artist, creative spirit. :)
A thought-provoking post Arnoldo. Enjoyed looking at your art works.Thank you for your lovely comment about my fabric postcards.
Hi Arnoldo, you're such a thoughtful person and I always enjoy reading your posts. I hope your daughter has a lovely birthday too. I have sent you a separate message about the sewing machine.
Have a great week my friend and happy crafting, Angela xXx 27
Gattina said…
I learned a new word ! and an interesting one !

ABC Wednesday
J said…
Your work is amazing Arnoldo, and lovely photos, happy birthday to Anna.
Jan no 41
Kristiina said…
Happy birthday to your daughter! I actually bought myself some smashbooks a few years back, never used them, but my daughter already filled one and I just gave her another. Happy woyww!
Kristiina #19
Lisca said…
I really enjoyed your post today. I loved the artwork and your flash folios. But most of all the quotes. I loved all three because I am like you an introvert, an intuitive and a spiritual person.
So thank you for making my day with your inspirational post.
And thanks for visiting and commenting,
Yes, of course Serafino would be able to get a mask or buy some proper equipment, but he does it this way and he was done in a matter of minutes, so I don't think his health suffered as a consequence.... (The nurse in me was horrified though).
Have a great week,
Julie Lee said…
Such an interesting post. Our yearnings can be so effectively explored and pursued through Art - either its creation or its study. I love the anthology of images and art work you have compiled here. xxx
April said…
Happy Birthday Ana. Lovely artwork as always. Love the photos of Ana and Toto. Happy WOYWW.
April #50
Shoshi said…
Oooh yearnings, Arnoldo! The stuff of life! I have so many at the moment and not the energy to bring them to fruition lol!! Thank you for sharing the lovely quotes, and a happy birthday to Ana.

Thank you for your lovely comment and your good wishes for my treatment on Friday. I'm so glad you like my masterboard. It was great fun to do, and great to try out my new paints. The angels are progressing extremely slowly at present because I don't feel welll enough to do much, but hopefully after treatment #3 things won't be so bad.

Lmkazmierczak said…
Very thoughtful post...Happy celebration for Ana! Have a great rest of the week♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/y-shaped-ash-tree-remnant/
Anonymous said…
Haooy birthday to your daughter! Like the quote of Einstein - he is so counter-culture (of today), but I like him because he did not have the pretense many intelligent people have today.
I'm always amazed when you post and find so many ways to link. Happy Birthday to your daughter. Your birthday card to her is beautiful and full of summery goodness. Thanks for visiting while I slept. Happy WOYWW from # 3.
PiaRom said…
Such wonderful thought and quotes as much as photos! She is a real cutie, haha! But I really love your profilpainting, you have caught the emotions in this so well! ♥ Conny Mix It Monthly
Yes I agree. There is something about yearning for something and being able to wonder about that yearning on your own that is wonderful. Take your own path. I find it difficult sometimes, sometimes it makes me feel very isolated and as though I am missing something important. but most of the time it is wonderful. Enjoyed reading your post today. It really got me thinking.
Faye said…
I love the beautiful artwork you have done in this post, Arnoldo. Thanks for the three quotations. They are meaningful to me.
Photos by Stan said…
Cannot improve on all the wonderful and thoughtful comments provided by your many fans. You keep outdoing yourself on a weekly basis. Happy 4th of July and a happy B-day to Ana!! Cheers, Stan
Anonymous said…
Love the work and it's a beautiful post! Have a great day!
Susan said…
Beautiful, thoughtful post! Happy Birthday to Ana and Happy PPF to you.
Kim Dellow said…
Oh great post and I love your work. Have a lovely birthday celebration at the weekend.
Thank you for linking up to Show Your Face last week, sorry I'm late coming around to leave some blog love! Thanks for the shout out too. Kx
Leovi said…
I love those paintings.
GlorV1 said…
Oh my Arnoldo. What an inspiring post. I loved it. I will take some of it with me. Einstein's quote of "Be a loner" relates to me. I've always been a loner. Have a lovely 4th and God Bless America and you and your family and us all.
denthe said…
Beautiful artwork and great quotes. I love those smash folio pages!
Linda Kunsman said…
Happy, happy birthday to Ana!! And Arnoldo, you have touched my soul with this week's art , quotes and scripture words. Happy 4th of July weekend, and blessings to you and yours.
Jay Kosta said…
Beautiful post and pages, definitely keep yearning! Thankyou for playing along at Lasting memories
Giggles said…
Stunning commission...love it...and the card is so beautiful too!! Yes I think you have a great spirit as far as yearning goes...I wake up daily yearning...great word!! Adorable Toto and daughter too!! Love your great quotes..they were perfect!! Happy Birthday to Ana!!

Hugs Giggles
Neesie said…
A beautiful thoughtful post Arnoldo,
Gorgeous artwork and quotes.
Happy PPF and blessings to you and Happy Birthday to your daughter
Tina Campbell said…
Wonderful artwork and some fun smash pages too Thanks for playing along with Lasting Memories
Gloria j Zucaro said…
I really enjoyed the three quotes this week and their focus on reflection and listening to the quiet voice within. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. my favorite of your art this week is the first commissioned work.
Suzanne C said…
As always a thoughtful, inspiring post full of inspiration thought and art. Beautiful design and happy that you have once again joined us at Simon Says Monday Challenge!
Lorraine said…
inspiring post with all the quotes
Wonderful pages and love the quotes. Thanks for sharing with us at Lasting Memories.
Lori said…
Wow - such beautiful artwork! Thanks so much for joining us at Lasting Memories!
Indira said…
You are so prolific! The art and the quotes go perfectly together. And happy birthday to your little girl.