Travel Theme: Art

Simple Art Forms

I wish to make my post simple this morning. Art is not all about making an elaborate painting or masterpiece, it’s about finding joy and inspiration in the most simple and basic of things.

My son’s self-portrait which he made last year.

Rocket to the Moon.

Freeform Art and freedom of expression.

A bridge made of marshmallows. Artistic and delicious!

Creating a Lego Spinner from scratch. 

On Father’s Day of last year. My son woke me up. He excitedly told me, “Dad, close your eyes. I have a surprise for you.” With my eyes closed, he held my hand and guided me to the to the living room. He then said, “Open you eyes dad.” As I opened my eyes, he shouted in glee, “Surprise!” He created for me a Lego spinner. This is before I bought him the Beyblade and Ninjago Lego Spinners. It was a fun and happy Father’s Day ever!

Art can be as simple as a kids amazing creation. The most important thing is how we appreciate and apply those inspiration in our lives. They will always remain as treasured masterpiece in our hearts.

Thank you for sharing your day with me. I hope these post gave you the inspiration to smile. What life’s Art made you feel happy and excited today?

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A devoted husband and father who tries to make a positive difference in the lives of his family and friends. A person who finds inspiration and strength on those he loves and who loved him in all aspects of his life.
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86 Responses to Travel Theme: Art

  1. bulldogsturf says:

    A very creative mind your son is showing… love the pics….

    • Thanks. Just today, he wanted to go to home Depot to buy a gold pain. He said, “I want to customize my Star Wars Lego Troppers!” I said,” Customize what?” He said with confidence, “customize my troopers dad like in Lego You tube!”

  2. ailsapm says:

    Fun stuff, Mr B! Thanks for joining in this week’s travel theme challenge on xxx Ailsa

  3. siggiofmaine says:

    I traveled a bit back in time with you looking at several of your posts from home.
    You son is adorable and bright…how old is he ? His self portrait is outstanding…
    he has your creative and adventuresome spirit, it seems. I would imagine, your
    wife does too.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    • siggiofmaine says:

      PS, your photos of your visit with your family in the Philippines are so wonderful. I love that you chose to share them.
      Peace, Siggi in Downeast Maine

  4. fgassette says:

    Love all your simple art selections. They are very precious. I have saved all my daughter’s and grand children’s art that they made for me. Thanks for sharing.


    • Thanks Francine. That is so wonderful of you to keep their priceless work. It’s a way for us to celebrate and remember their childhood for as long as we can. Have a blessed day.

  5. misswhiplash says:

    very colourful and I loved your son’s self portrait! Blessed love to you all

  6. Cassie says:

    Beautiful entry, my friend! I really can see the joy of expression in there. The self-portrait is amazing! And the Lego spinners look like a lot of fun. You have a wonderful family! I did some acrylic painting yesterday and today created art, too. It’s so much fun to express oneself!

    • Thanks Cassie. Art is a great way to express ourselves, to relax and get off our minds, to be creative. My son’s next goal is to color a few of his Lego Star Wars clone troopers into gold cause he saw a few in You tube which he said looks really cool.

      • Cassie says:

        That is amazing! What a splendid idea! I will do that too some day. Not with my clone troopers (I have none :D), but there should be my old Playmobil toys in the basement.. I really would like to see the results, please make lots of photos!

  7. Pat Bean says:

    I love your son’s self-portrait

  8. Really sweet, and truly beautiful choices!

  9. Wonderful display of art, I especially love the self portrait!

    • Thank you. It’s one of my favorite too. It simply shows a child’s heart and mind. Pure, gentle, innocent, hopeful, trustful, filled with enthusiasm and beautiful dreams.

  10. Gilly Gee says:

    A marshmallow bridge !!! that rocks :-)

  11. Tammy says:

    I love his art and am so glad you shared it. it’s exactly the way we should all celebrate the moment.

  12. Northern Narratives says:

    The marshmallow bridge is very cool.

  13. adinparadise says:

    Lovely photos. It’s great to see that your son is encouraged to be creative. It would be wonderful if all dads were like you. ;)

  14. magsx2 says:

    Great photos, it is wonderful to see a child using his imagination, these are great. :)

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  16. I love the freedom in and from your son’s artwork!

    • Thanks. The beauty about kids and there creativity is that it has no limits. Their unwavering belief transforms anything ordinary to extraordinary.

  17. N Filbert says:

    amen excellent right on – i’m all over this post with happy gladness and sympatico – great work you two!

  18. I love it… the first picture is great… a very Picaso like portrait :) I love kids drawings. I have collections of them from my students. I am at a school where music and art are important. Each year they do a gallery of student work. It is AMAZING what they can do.

    • That is so beautiful. To see little inspiring artists day after day. Every time I bring my son to his classroom, I would pause for a moment and stare at the Art works made by little hands with huge , creative minds. Makes me realize how this world is truly magical when we see it from a child’s perspective. Alas, there is hope for us adults….

  19. Simple and heartfelt. Works of art, IT. :-)

    • Thanks my friend. Art comes in many forms, sizes and shape. It doesn’t matter if it’s made by someone famous or someone close to your heart. What matters is how it inspires the viewer and how it affects him/her.

  20. Jo Bryant says:


    • Thanks Jo. That’s right…if only we never grew up. Reminds me of the Peter Pan movie by Robin Williams. In the end though, he gets to rediscover the inner child in him and got to bring it out in his real adult world. A world that suddenly came to life and truly shouts’ “I’m alive!”

  21. Fergiemoto says:

    Adorable self portrait of your son!

  22. creative son. Like daddy like son!

  23. ristinw says:

    What a lovely self portrait! :D
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  24. adinparadise says:

    There’s a very well deserved award for you on my latest post. ;)

  25. Sabina Brave says:

    That bridge looks very tasty ;)
    Have a wonderful Sunday IT :)

  26. semprevento says:

    lovely moment…
    special woman….

  27. SidevieW says:

    his self-portrait is a happy pic. it spoke to me right away.

    maybe its a keeper, for when he is an adult?

  28. I see your son is a true artist! :) Lovely post, made me smile!

  29. Nice! I especially loved the creative use of marshmallows…you must be a really fun Dad. :)

    • I try to be. They say, “Childhood only happens once and they happen quickly, it’s up for us parents to make it memorable.” Thanks for sharing.

  30. Madhu says:

    Precious choice of artwork Island traveler!

  31. restlessjo says:

    Beauty comes in so many forms, but your blog entries are always beautiful.

  32. Cathy G says:

    Art and creativity do’t have to be complicated! …so heartfelt and fun!

    • Thank you. I’m a great fan of kid’s Art. I think they are pure, vibrant, hopeful, magical. They show a heart that believes even if they don’t see the object of their inspiration. Something we adults can learn from.

  33. Art coming from children is simple yet it warms our hearts like any masterpiece. Art is just so universal, omnipresent :)

  34. MikeP says:

    Ahhh… this brings back memories of what my class draws daily and of my own children. I always get a kick out of self made cards.

  35. Your son is an amazing imagineer! It’s fun to contemplate how far his creativity will take him in the future while you are presently dazzled by his current inventions! :)

    • Thanks Barbara. Right now he thinks he’s a Lego builder, engineer, architect designer, dreamer all rolled into one. Kids are amazing! The believe without doubt . They follow their heart and dreams without fail. Something we all can learn from as adults.

  36. True, art is everything in the world! It’s is great to encourage the little one’s creativity :)

    • Thanks Frances. Kids need to hear more words like, “Great job” and “You can do it!” The more confidence they have, the more likely they will pursue their dreams and succeed. We are here to make sure they get to capture their dreams in the most memorable way!

  37. Barb says:

    Art of the heart. Beautiful. How wonderful to encourage such an imagination.

  38. Sunshine says:

    Your ‘simple’ post on art has made me happy, Island T.–gosh, I wish my simple looks as beautiful as this…;)
    Great work! :) thank YOU!

    • Thanks Sunshine. In simplicity, we get to see real beauty. I think it applies in cosmetology and aesthetic issues too. I tell my wife, “You are beautiful as you are.” No Gucci, LV or Hermes stuff could ever compare.” She would simply smile and say, “Oh, really?” Hmmmm… ain’t those words enough?

  39. auntyuta says:

    It’s wonderful to see how you give your son so much encouragement and support. Wishing you and your family a HAPPY 4th of JULY!

    • Thank you my friend. Happy 4th of July too. Today, I just stayed home with family. We saw fireworks from our balcony. We also saw a full moon, looking so amazing. Real fireworks burns in our hearts everyday. Take care.

  40. eof737 says:

    I love your son’s artwork. It brings back memories of what my kids used to do when they were quite little. Have a wonderful July 4th! :-)

    • Thanks Liz. Wishing you a fun and memorable Independence Day. Everyday , we get to celebrate this day in the most inspiring way.

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  41. I love it! This reminds me that our kids each had a “busy box” full of paper scraps, crayons, glue, yarn, and a book or two, that we took wherever we went so they always had things to do… They never tired of making up little craft projects!

    • Thanks. Yes, they never get tired of creating stuff. If they don’t , more likely they’ll say, “I’m bored.” And they won’t stop until you give in. Kids….aren’t they adorable. They make us feeling young and busy.

  42. my son is a ninjago fiend too and loves making lego spinners too! Great mind, I suppose :)

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