See It, Say It in the land of ZNE

Well, I am a tad behind, yikes, it’s my turn for See It, Say It Saturday at ZNE! Well, if you noticed the date on this post, it’s um, Sunday-sorry! I’ve had a sinus infection coupled with bronchitis this past week and kind of gotten behind on a few things. I am honored to call Michelle Dobell, my splishy-splashy, friend from down under! She is the creator of my inspiration piece, ‘Sea Siren’.
When I chose this piece, she had not yet completed the tail, and it is spectacular! Take a close up look at the texture she has achieved with the fibers. It is just lovely. I met Michelle while taking an online class and we hit it off, and now regularly read each others emails over our morning cup of coffee. She is a warm, funny, lovely person who has a passion for art and creates lovely works. She also has a huge heart and shares her passion with children. You can read about her on her blog, http://funkysiren.blogspot.com/ and you can see her work on ZNE by clicking the title to this post.

I did this journal page not too long after I met her, wanting to capture a bit of her spirit and love of the sea. It never ceases to amaze me, the friends I have made online. Such support in my art life, that while my family loves and supports me, they don’t always ‘get’ the artist me. Kuddos to you Michelle! Raising my coffee cup to you girl!

See It, Say It Saturday on ZNE

Time flies and it is again my turn to create an art response to a ZNE members artwork as part of my ZNE Design Team challenges. I think this is my favorite part of our work. There are so many wonderful pieces of work to inspire the creativity inside. The piece I chose for this weeks See It, Say It Saturday, was created by my dear childhood friend, Laurie Blau-Marshall, http://loudlife-laurieblaumarshall.blogspot.com/ I thank God that she chose to hyphenate her last name, or I might not have figured out who she was when we were both chosen for ZNE’s inaugural Design Team. What a happy day that was to discover each other again after 20+ years of being apart. Then to find out we are doing the same type of art and belong to the same group of artists and are on the same DT, was just unreal. It still gives me goosebumps to think about it. As for Laurie’s inspiration piece, I just loved the dark look to this piece, and the classy feel of the ballerina. Laurie always finds the right words for everything. She writes lovely poetry as well as creating wonderful works of art. This poem is a Renga, or group poem, written by a team from ZNE’s Artists and Poets group and Laurie wrote the first line. (The ballerina is Margot Fonteyn) My response to her work started with this journal page way back when we had to choose our inspiring art pieces. Her ballerina is dancing and I liked the idea of my ballerina bowing to her work. ‘Wistful Glories’ was created on a 12x12x2″ canvas using acrylics, water soluble crayons, charcoal, paper, ink, stamps and graphite. This piece is in my dining room on an easel right now. I really was pleased with it and want to enjoy it while I can. I have it listed in my Etsy shop, but it will be a hard one to part with. I think that all of us have a longing to be a graceful ballerina at some point in our childhood. This piece was recently in an Etsy Treasury with other ballet themed work. It was a huge compliment to me as the treasury was so lovely. I encourage you to check out the See It, Say It, Saturday on ZNE and create your own art response to Laurie’s wonderful work. Thanks for being an inspiration both in art and life my friend!