Long time Dog-a-Day readers may remember the spring of 2010 when I won a wine label contest with my collage"Rusty," pictured above. The winning artwork was based on childhood memories of my recently deceased Grandfather's hunting dog, and the piece itself was inspired by a collage artist, Elizabeth St Hilaire Nelson, who's work I greatly admired.
I sent her a thank you letter by means of introduction, and the rest, as they say, is history.
We discovered we had much in common - a love of incredibly eclectic music, daughters who were both passionate about dance, husbands perplexed by but oh-so-very-supportive of our ceaseless desire to create, the shared isolation of painting alone in a studio, what one might call an addiction to all that is Anthropologie, a touch of OCD (ok, admittedly, I have far more than a touch), a singular enjoyment of a fine glass of wine at the end of the day......
Two years later, daily emails, texting and frequent phone calls have resulted in collaborations (we are doing an installation at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids together) and a solid friendship.
A friendship that will be cemented this weekend when we meet in person for the very first time.
I'll be picking Elizabeth up at the airport on Thursday, and we're immediately roadtripping to northern Michigan. She's teaching a workshop in Traverse City, and I'm going to try to keep up with her (she is the epitomy of the Energizer Bunny, I kid you not!).
Then we are returning to Casa Santini for a week of fun and games, including her attendance at one of my grownUPs journaling workshops, a visit to Arts & Scraps,The Heidelberg Project, the DIA, the Detroit Eastern Market, and taking in one of The Caped Crusader's football games.
But the highlight of the trip will be our sharing a bottle of Rusty and toasting all the blessings that art has brought our way.
Kim, who is demonstrating her fine procrastination skills by starting (and hopefully finishing) her workshop homework tonite - the design and blocking in of two large compositions to be collaged at Elizabeth's workshop
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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