This is the plain doll that I sent. I called the doll "Arborvitae Magnificus". The name was eventually shortened to "Arborie".
But this is what I got! What surprised me was that each of the artists related to the tree ( and all trees, for that matter) very personally, and each choose to keep the tree a tree. The journal work was very moving and personal. I had no idea that trees, which are a very important part of my own life and my artwork, are so meaningful and inspiring to so many others. But then, I should have known. Did I think I had an exclusive on trees?
This is my finished doll! Look closely at all the detail - it is magnificent! See the dragonfly amidst the flowers?
This is a close-up. The tree has been hand painted and embroidered. Michele Remy added the wonderful tree hugger. ....how many of us are tree huggers? Then Diane gave her glass jewels and rabbit peaking out. Vonda hung symbolic picture leaves from her branches, and Karen made her bloom! Every one's contribution was outstanding.....and the journal- oh my gosh!. Pages and pages of artwork - hand painted and illustrated! I am blown away by it. Thank you all so much! (... i wasn't sure who did what, so I guessed - I hope i got it right!)
This was the Journal cover and here is a sampling of the beautiful pages:
I am thrilled!