Tuesday, September 20, 2016

K is for Kindred Spirit

Although we are opposites in some regards, my wife and I are kindred spirits.  We are opposites in the way we handle situations. However, we are kindred spirits in that we have similar values and interests.

Psalm 51:11 Mandala
Mixed Media
Denise, Leslie & Roger's ABC Wednesday - Letter K
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Inspired by Music
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 29 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday
We are opposite in the following ways:
1- She is easy going - I am a perfectionist.
2- She is naturally social - I have to work at it.
3- She is a conservative dresser - I see dressing as a form of artistic expression.

Father's Day & 4th of July Pages
Smash Book Folio with We R Memory Keepers Punched Embellishments
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Weeks #248 & 249
Moo-Mania * Alphabet
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday - WOYWW #381
We are kindred spirits in the following ways:
1- We both love food, mysteries, and antiques.
2- We both put family first and have compatible parenting skills.
3- We both have an intimate relationship with God, our creator, savior and redeemer.

Nikon D3300 Photograph
Our Beautiful World ~ OBW 165
Therefore, although we have our differences, our values and interests are strong enough to make us kindred spirits.  Anyway, I want to thank my followers, as well as everyone who took the time to leave a comment last week.  Blessings!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

J is for Just Do It

Do you ever just do it?  I am very methodical, which makes me a creature of habit, who feels much more comfortable planning every detail of my life.  This stems from my inherent perfectionist tendencies.  However, I sometimes make a conscious effort to go out on a limb and "just do it," and I like it!  It is a freeing feeling to just take a ride to the lake with my wife on the spare of the moment; make an impulse purchase of a new art tool or spiffy shirt; or have a fresh creme filled doughnut every once in a while.  I have learned to "just do it" too, when working on my artistic endeavors.  My perfectionism was so severe during my youth, that it stifled my artistry causing me to have creative blocks.  I still enjoy the comfort of routines, but I feel it's much more healthy to "just do it" sometimes.  What do you think?

Psalm 82:8 Cross Mandala
Art Journal Marker Hand Drawing and Lettering
Mead Sketchbook; Faber-Castell Pitt Brush Pens; Unibal Air Pen; Pencil; and Blending Stump.
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Challenge Weeks #248 & #249
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 28 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Top 10 Words to Live By
Smash Folio Layout and Hand Lettering
We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board; Marvy Le Plume II Markers; Prismacolor Colored Pencils; Uniball Air Pen; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch; Photographs; and More.
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday: Letter J
Moo-Mania: Alphabet
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #380
Rose at Tyler, Texas' Rose Garden
Nikon D3300 Shot Edited on iPhoto
Our Beautiful World: OBW 164 ~ Bloom
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 245
Sue's Image-in-ing
Anyway, thank you for following my blog, as well as for taking the time to leave such thoughtful comments about my work. I am humbled and honored by your kindness.  Blessings!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

H is for Happy

I choose to be happy!  As a recovering perfectionist, it has not always been easy, because I used to focus on an issue's negative point and overlook all the positive ones.  Perfectionism used to stifle my creativity and my ability to have good relationships during my youth.  It helps that overall I am an optimistic person by nature, so I know how to look at the glass half full instead of halfway empty.  I also learned to find the good in all people.  I hate to admit it, but I will avoid pessimistic people, because it is easy to be sucked into their negativity.  However, I will listen to them and help them find the positive in situations if they choose to seek help.  A major influence in my life has been my faith in God, which was instilled in my by my parents at an early age.  I know that I can do anything, if I just stop being afraid and believe in the strength, courage and wisdom that can be found in Him.

1 Samuel 16:7 Mandala
Art Journal Illustration
EK Success Circle Ruler; Uniball Air Pen; Jolly Exakt Pen; Talens Opaque Watercolors; Sakura Calligrapher; Marvy Calligraphy Duo; Mechanical Pencil; and a stump.
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #244-245
Art Journal Journey - Nature's Wonders
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 26 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches - Week 6
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday
It's 5 Somewhere!
Greeting Card
Tim Holtz Wild West Stamp Set; Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils; Ink Pads; Embossing Powder; Uniball Air Pen; Jolly Exakt Pen; Sticker Studio Tag; Martha Stewart Bandana Print Paper; Inkssentials Manila ATC; Kraft Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - It's A Stitch Up
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - H is for Happy Hour
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 378
Kelly's Dog
iPhone 6s Shot
Our Beautiful World ~ OBW162 Sunlight
I hope you all can find happiness in your lives, as I have.  Thank you for following my blog and taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment.  Blessings!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

E is for Educator

As some of you may know, I am an educator.  I have worked with students 4 to 14 years old for a couple of decades.  I am certified in the State of Texas in various fields, including art, bilingual education, and gifted education.  Although the public education world has become more and more arduous through out the years due to increased local, state and federal stipulations, the monetary compensation has not increased commensurately.

My Playbook 2016 (Etegami) - Part 4
Zutter Bind-It-All Machine and Wire O'binding; Handpainted Paper Scraps; Sakura Pigma Micron Pens; Winsor & Newton Watercolors; Martha Stewart Calligraphy Marker; Pentel Aquabrushes; & Typewriter Key Stamps.
Art Journal Journey - Nature's Wonders
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Try To Contain Yourself
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challege - Fabulous Florals
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - E is for Etegami
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Therefore, putting my girls through college hasn't been financially easy, and the viability of a comfortable retirement is still a ways off.  Although occasionally discouraging, I am still hardworking and have received several awards throughout my career.  Amongst them, I was Teacher of the Year a couple of times, Teacher Mentor of the Year once, and have received a couple of scholarships, which recently helped me earn my public school principal certification.

Mexican Inspired Crosses - Summer Commissioned Work
Acrylic Paints on Wood
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #242-#243
Moo-Mania: Summer
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday Week 23 Year 6
However, the joy of working with children is the greatest motivator in my career as an educator, not the financial compensation or awards that I have received.  I find my students' continuous sense of curiosity, thirst for knowledge, and innocent loving nature inspirational.  In addition, I find nurturing the latter a creative and problem solving challenge that keeps me wanting to learn and grow more each day to meet my students' individual educational needs.

Val Verde County Saturday Afternoon Drive With My Babe
Nikon D3300 Photographs
Our Beautiful World OBW159 ~ Outdoor Activity
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 375
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 241
In the words of my Lord, Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, found in Mark 10:14-16, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."  Although I cannot bring the Lord's word into my public school classroom, I know I'm doing God's will through my work with the students.

Rather you are an educator in a public, religious, or home school, may you be blessed with strength, patience, and wisdom to be a positive guiding light for the youngsters you are working with.  Thank you for taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment, as well as for following my blog.  Peace!  ¡Paz!  Shalom!

Monday, July 25, 2016

C is for Configuration

According to the Oxford Dictionaries, configuration is an arrangement of elements in a particular form, figure, or combination.  There are several examples of the word's use in sentences, but the one that caught my eye reads, "A friend of mine goes with the theory that there is no self, rather that he is a configuration of infinite diverse elements in a state of constant change."  That is me, a configuration!

My Playbook 2016 - Part 3
Zutter Book Binder; Hand Painted & Gelli Print Paper Scraps; Ephemera; Hand Illustrations , Stamp Carving, & Lettering; and More.
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #238
Moo-Mania & More - Anything Goes
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 21 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
This configuration starts with the different roles I play.  I am a family man who loves and respects my wife, as well as my parents and daughters.  I am an educator and artist who takes both professions seriously, and feels I should use them for the welfare of humanity.  Most importantly, I was created in the image of God, as described in Genesis 1:27.  Therefore, I must reflect his love and grace in every configuration I may be in. 

ALR's Life Configuration
Tim Holtz Configurations, Papers, Tissue Tape, & Assorted Embellishments; Family Photographs; Beads; And Assorted Trinkets.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Add Some Texture
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Things With Wings
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #240 & #241
Another example of this configuration, is the fact that some people tell me that I don't look "Mexican."  I find this strange, since I was reared in Mexico and my father was Mexican.  This could be due to my Spanish, Greek, and Italian genetic make up.  It could also be due to my level of education and vast cultural exposure.  Therefore, I don't fit the mold some people have in their narrow definition of a "Mexican," since I'm a configuration of a plethora of elements.

My Daughter's Scrumptious Turtle Cheesecake
iPhone 6s Photograph Edited on iPhoto
Our Beautiful World #157 ~ Baking
Denise, Leslie & Roger's ABC Wednesday - Letter C
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #373
Another example has to do with my artistic creations.  Although they reflect my love of spirituality, nature, and family, they can be quite diverse in genres and mediums used.  I may choose some abstract or vintage elements, but realism and symbolism are always key elements.  As to mediums, I like photography, water based mediums, pastels, and paper crafts.  All these elements surface into a complex configuration which allow me to express myself.

So indeed, I believe I am "a configuration of infinite diverse elements in a state of constant change" through my life's experiences.  Anyway, I want thank all my followers, as well as everyone who takes the time to leave a comment.  May your life be filled with blessings!