I have so much to share from the ConvenZioNE last week that it will take a few days. I of course had to journal about the event, so I will start with one of my pages. I needed to take some images to use in the projects I did in the workshops, so I used some of those in my journal, prepping a few pages with some paint to be added to later. This page reflects my online, friendships with some of the people there. I knew them by name, but had never met any of them. A little scary, but the instant I met these ladies, I felt right at home. We all share the bonds of creativity and it is evident when you walk into a room full of amazing artists.

This piece was done in Brandie Butcher-Isley’s class. She is an inspiring artist who’s work I have admired for a long time. We met right away and hung out together for the whole event. We will be doing some collaboration on projects in the future and left with our minds full of ideas. Brandie truly has the soul of an artist and there was an instant connection that I will always cherish.

This piece also serves as my response to last weeks Melange Team Challenge, FUN, as I can’t think of anything more fun than being in the land of ZNE!
The other workshop that I took, was Anna Corba’s class. She lead us into her world of lovely vintage papers, beeswax, and simple elegance. She is the loveliest of ladies and was a huge inspiration to me with her words and presence.
I completed 5 pieces of art in 2 days which in itself was amazing. As a mom I just don’t get to sit down and work start to finish on projects. Having someone bring me lunch, and no housework or anything else to do but art is a great way to live, let me tell you! But for most of us that is not our reality and I have become adept at working art around life and finding balance between the two.
This piece will serve as my response to this weeks Melange Team Challenge, ‘Mom’. I used some images from my own artwork. This is something I have been wanting to do and the beeswax collage is the perfect format. I was unable to scan the whole piece, which is 9×13, but this is the main portion.

I will be posting more through the week there is just so much to share!

ZNE’s ConvenZioNE

It’s coming up soon! ZNE’s ConvenZioNE has opened up it’s class registration. I am very excited to be going and I even get to teach a little make and take, how fun is that? I will be sharing my little ‘Caged Heart’ ATC that was published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors last year. I have signed up to take classes from Chrysti Hydeck, and Brandie Butcher-Isley. To see all of the available classes click on the title to this post.

ZNE Convenzione!

Awhile back, Chel the Queen of ZNE, asked members for submissions of artwork for this years Convenzione in California. There will be a juried gallery showing of mixed media artwork from all over the world. I decided to throw caution to the wind and I entered three pieces. Her Mother’s Daughter being one of them. I was informed last week that all three pieces have been accepted into the show. The event sounds spectacular, with HGTV’s host commentating and several well known artists teaching workshops. With all that I have going on this summer, my finances won’t allow me to attend, but I am pleased that my art will represent me in my stead. You may recognize this as the portrait I use for my avatar:-) If you are interested in learning more about the Convenzione, click on the title link and check it out, it will be spectacular!