A "Z" Post

Happy New Year!  In case you hadn't noticed, I have had ZERO posts since November 22, 2016, making me absent from blogland for 6 weeks.  This doesn't mean that my art production was ZILT, it's just that I've had a ZILLION other things going on.  First of all, I had the a couple of extracurricular commitments at school that consumed a great deal of my time.  In addition, the ZIZZLING Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations with family, friends and coworkers kept me extra busy as well.  Although I enjoyed all the ZEZTY foods, it was emotionally draining for an extrovert like myself to be around so many people on a continuous basis.  To make matters worst, I ended up with a cold which led to a sinus infection that left me feeling like a ZOMBIE.  Anyway, below are a few of the artsy things I worked on during the last 6 weeks.  Hope you have a ZINGY new year!

Birds Inspired By A Bird Photographic Session
Etegami Using a New Set of Watercolors I got at Simon Says
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Start Afresh
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #396
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday: Week 44, Year 6
The Male Room - Anything Goes
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 262
George Michael Memorial & Positive Thinking Response
Pen Sketch & Sharpie Marker Doodling
Art Journal Journey - Tell Me A Story
Cards Using Prints Of An Original Christmas Illustration
Original Done in Pen and Watercolors
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Dia de los Reyes (Magi Day) Cards
We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punchboard and Holiday Font Punch; Tim Holtz Crown Die & Distress Sickles; Assorted Cardstock; Pearl; and More
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Advent Calendar
Kraft Drawer Chest; Assorted Christmas Papers; Assorted Tim Holtz Dies & Numbers; Assorted Martha Stewart Punches; and More
Karen's Word Art Wednesday
Christmas Tree Morning Coffee Moment
Formal Living Room
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - Letter Z
Home Holiday Vignettes
Original Advent Calendar; Christmas Tree; and Gift Wrapping
Our Beautiful World: OBW 178 ~ Sparkle


Valerie-Jael said…
Lots of wonderful art this week, hope the new year will be better for you and not work you so hard! Thanks for joining us at AJJ. Valerie
Amit Agarwal said…
'Absence makes the heart grow fonder'
Thank you sir, for zooming in with an (ama)zing bouquet of (da)zzling art!
debby4000 said…
Fabulous artwork. Happy New Year.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
You have been very creative even though life sounds quite busy. Its good you've made it back into blogland so we can enjoy your beautiful work. I especially love your etegami birds. They are wonderful. And Your Christmas moments look quite magical. I hope the new year leaves you feeling less like a zombie. Thank for joining into the newest AJJ challenge. :) Erika
Fantastic Art ! Thank you so much for playing with us at at Art Journal Journey!
Happy New Year!
oxo Susi
Hi Arnoldo, pleased to see you back. I guessed you would be busy. The term up to Christmas just seemed exhausting but you just get on with it. I nearly always found that if I was going to get a cold it inevitably came at the end of that term but you can't escape it in the school environment. I have to say that since I retired I haven't had a single cold (touch wood!). Hope you Christmas was full of family love and that the New Year will be a good one for you all. Happy woyww, Angela x 18
MelodyK said…
Wonderful to see you back !!

Thank you for the kind wishes, wishing you the most beautiful year ever and that it will be the first of many more to come and ofcourse in all the best of health, love and happiness covered by blessings all over.

Lovely creations you've made.

But... just a little question? Please take 'better' care of yourself!! All those commitments can give much joy but one should not overdo himself ;-)
MelodyK said…
Sorry , wrong link beneath my previous comment, please change it for me?

Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)
glitterandglue said…
Happy New Year, Arnoldo. Good to see you here. Life does tend to get a little (or a lot!) manic in the classroom around Christmas. A cold seems like an inevitability when we stop after a busy schedule.
Hope this is a very special year for you and your family.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #4
Lindart said…
This seems to be the year for colds and sinus infections! My hubby was laid up over Christmas, but us feeling better now, and has had sinus problems for many months. It can really hang on, so take care! Great Christmas photos, I can feel the calm and love in your photos. Great cards too! Happy New Year! Lindart #37
Tertia said…
Lovely art works.
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia #8
Julia Dunnit said…
Lovely vignettes Arno. Hope you're fully recovered, my word how I hate colds and sinus type infections!
Leslie: said…
Gosh, I sure hope you're feeling better by now! I'm back at work tutoring the high school kids and helping them write their essays - love it as it keeps my mind alert. Looks like you managed to get quite a bit of artwork done. LOVE the birds and the Advent Calendar idea. Happy New Year and I won't even ask if you want to help administer ABCW after this round...unless you want to! lol (maybe just a team member?)

abcw team
SumBunneh said…
Happy New Year... loving the Z's.. so Zaney :)

Loved looking through your photos.. glad you are back to blogland.. I am only just starting out.

Erika #27
Anonymous said…
Totally understand, blog friend! Blogging takes a lot of time, but real involvement with people is more important! Wishing you a bright and rewarding life in 2017 - with all your ZZZZ-s added!
Sharon Madson said…
I will try to post agan, because it said" bad request." I did notice your absence and put it down to you being busy with the holidays. Sorry you were also ill. I like your birds, especially your water colored ones. Thanks for sharing the beautiful Christmas photos, and welcome back! #44
April said…
I am so glad you are back. I totally understand your absence. I have been uber busy the last month, too. And I have been sick the whole month of December. I am still trying to get rid of it. You get some rest. Your artwork is lovely as always. I hope you are feeling much better and have recovered from all the activities.
April #37
Wow beautiful photos, Arnoldo! You've certainly made up for your 6-week absence! Loving that advent calendar - I was thinking of getting something like that. Great portrait of George Michael - I recognized him instantly! Enjoyed all your Z words! Thanks for visiting earlier - Happy 2017! zsuzsa #24
Ros Crawford said…
Happy New Year to you! I do hope you are feeling better... Lovely artwork here and plenty of sparkle too! Thanks so much for sharing at OBW!
Annie Claxton said…
Hey Arnoldo, love the cosy Christmas scenes, makes me wish I could do it all over again :o)Wonderful portrait of George Michael and I love that quote too. Wishing you a very happy and creative new year X Annie C #32
Su-sieee! Mac said…
Hope you're feeling 100% healed today. Love all your warm loving art.
Shoshi said…
What a fun post, Arnoldo - I loved all the Z's!! You sound so busy, and the only Z's that were absent were the Zzzzz of being asleep lol! I love all the things you have done. Thank you for your lovely comment and I'm glad you liked my little album, which was such fun to make.

A very happy new year and all God's blessings for 2017, and happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #22
Kirsty Vittetoe said…
Lots of lovely arts, happy 2017 to you too!
Christine said…
Lovely work, nice to see you back!
Gloria j Zucaro said…
Youz have been very buzy!!! I love the beautiful birdz, the thank you cardz and the advent chest! What funz you had during the holidayz!
DVArtist said…
So sorry about the cold and sinus infection. uuuhhhggg.... I figured you were busy with family and friends, glad to see you back. I really got a kick with all your Z words. Have a relaxing and healing weekend.
sirkkis said…
A great post of your impressive and beautiful art.
Wishing you healthy and peaceful new year xx
There's a story in the local paper about several people who've had cold for an extended period, or repeatedly. I'm not in the paper, but I am in the latter category, sick right after Halloween, then just before Christmas

Feel better!

Linda Kunsman said…
Looks like many of us took some sort of blogging break during the holidays. Welcome back! Sorry to hear you were ill during holiday time but you certainly have made gorgeous art! It is all so beautiful too! How i love your etegami birds. Oh, and that antique phone and altar in your living room-just divine. Happy PPF and a happy New Year too!
Anonymous said…
happy new year and glad you have made a recovery..lovely projects shared i like those birds
Deepa Gopal said…
Lovely birds there! Loved all your other pieces as well. You have been busy. Have an amazing year ahead. :)
Trubes said…
Welcome backArnoldo,
I missed your beautiful artwork and bible texts,
and all the lovely arty works you create.
So sorry you've been so unwell and am pleased
to read that you are recovering quite well.
Your latest art works are divine and particularly
the birds.
happy New Year,
ABCW team.
Hope you are feeling better. Lovely post...gorgeous art. I LOVE the postcard sized birds...wonderful! Happy New Year as well!
Faye said…
Been missing you, Arnoldo. You made up for lost time with these beautiful arty bird paintings and your photos of your Christmas Zelebration - the gorgeous tree and very beautifully wrapped gifts. Hope all is better now.
BrownPaperBunny said…
Yay birds! Happy National Bird Day for yesterday!
Hi Arnoldo!
I will never ever grow tired of visiting your blog and seeing your amazing art work. SO many great projects to see, and always with such a heart for the Lord. Thanks for sharing with us.
Word Art Wednesday

P.S. This awesome SNOWMAN project with their swag scarves would be a perfect fit for our challenge over at Paper Sweeties. We would love to have you play along with us. Here's that link:
Silke Powers said…
Wow, I'm so glad I discovered your blog through PPF! Such beautiful art and in this post your gorgeous Christmas decorations! Especially the bird illustrations and the advent calendar spoke to me! Happy New Year and Happy PPF! Silke
Little Artbee said…
Dear Arnoldo, having a break can be good sometimes. A creative pause is good for creativity. But now you are back and we can enjoy all the artsy things you made, so wonderful. Your Christmas decoration is so nice and the gifts are so lovingly packaged. I like all what you showed us. Hope you feel much better now.
Have a happy, healthy and creative New Year 2017.
Dear Greetings
peggy gatto said…
Looks like your holiday was merry and bright! Love your birds! Happy new year!
okienurse said…
Thanks for sharing your awesome art and photos! I love the birds! Like you Christmas and Thanksgiving took their toll on me this year and I am currently ill with that head cold that seems to be going around. I am hoping it is gone soon! Happy New Year! Vickie #12
Lisabella Russo said…
I'm sorry you weren't feeling well, it definitely gets hectic around the holidays. I love your bird paintings especially, they are lovely!
Sandra said…
Hope you're feeling better. Your art is fabulous, love the birds, so pretty. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra
Giggles said…
Well you've been missed!! I could relate about being an introvert! As much as I love a gathering or two on a rare occasion they are energy draining! Wonderful artwork made it's way into your realm thank goodness!! Great photos too!! Wishing you a New Year filled with peace, good health and loads of creative time! Thanks for all the zesty Zeelight!!

Hugs Giggles
artbyjune said…
Beautiful watercolour birds!
Unknown said…
You may have been overworked and ill, but you still managed an incredible amount of creativity! Here's to a calmer new year with lots more art time.
carol l mckenna said…
Wonderful art work as usual ~ especially like your 'etegamis' ~ and so glad you are feeling better ~

Wishing you a Happy Week ahead ~ ^_^
Tammie Lee said…
lovely to see your holiday expressions and creative projects.
Your sketches are a joy to see too. Happy SS's.
Gillena Cox said…
I certainly luv best of the lot that Epiphany card
Happy New Year

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stefanie stark said…
Yes, of course did I notice your absence and I thought you were probably extremly busy with zillion of things :) I love your "Z" text! You made me laugh so much! A happy and healthy and prosperous new year to you and your family! Seeing your artwork is such a pleasure!
Jennifer Rose said…
lots of great art :D love all the birds :)
What wonderful birds...they're truly stunning!
Create With Joy said…
Awesome creations Arnoldo - thanks for joining us for Inspire Me Monday at create With Joy!
Jo Ann said…
Your projects are amazing. Love it! Thank you for linking with us at Word Art Wednesday. Our current challenge is still ongoing and we would love to have you participate again. I would like to share this passage from the Bible coming from Hebrews 6:11-12 which says, "We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised." Have a blessed week.

Deborah Frings said…
Wow - so many lovely creations. I adore that beautiful red bird. Sorry to be so late commenting, and thanks for playing along with our Anything Goes Challenge at The Male Room. Deborah, DT.