Thursday, January 01, 2009

Lemon Tree Ceremony California .................................I'm back and

it is very hard to start again.

But only because there are so many things to share.
So I shall start with the Lemon Tree Ceremony which happened just after my arrival in

Zorana Land, California.

The ceremony was to initiate and embrace my friend's new backyard.

The flag is a reminder to "Balance Life and Lemon Trees".

For more of the ceremony, please do visit Zorana's post.

we dared
Zorana's gift to me was a promise fulfilled.

She promised if I ever came to visit, she would show me here Rose painting technique.

She gifted me with a Roses DVD from Marjorie Harris

and then we shared in our I Dare You journals.

Zorana shared the technique and I tried very hard.

With practice, I do believe I will be able to paint roses.

And I shared with her one of my face painting techniques.

And we shared......

to you my friend

.....and to an art filled 2009


With my new red ink and dip pen I added a little journaling.

There is so much more to share...and I will. I am still filled with the thrill of wonder and joy and amazement for the ARTfull ending of my 2008 year. Thank you my bbff for showing me Zorana Land, California.

Expect great things in 2009,



  1. the perfect way to spend a few day... with dear friends!
    So glad you are going to be joining me in journaling for the month.
    Happy new year!

  2. Love your roses Norah!!!! A new skill, a new beginning to a new year! Happy creating!

  3. How fun! Happy new year, Sharon- can't wait to see what you guys have been up to!

  4. California and lemons, yes indeed you must have had a wonderful time. Sorry our e-mails seemed to have gone astray. Maybe next time you are out this way we can meet up.


  5. Hi Nora,
    Thank you for sharing your lovely visit with Zorana, wow, what I would give yo be able to share time with you both, painting , I would learn so much..and isnt it great to be in the company of a likeminded friend...what a happy end to 2008.
    I hope you have a peaceful and prosperous 2009!.
    I so look foward to seeing all the wonderful art you will be doing this

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!! Happy New Year!

  7. welcome back! sounds like you had a wonderful time, those paintings are gorgeous!~

  8. Welcome home! Thanks for sharing your time with Zorana. I'm sure we all look forward to more posts about your time in California. What a fabulous way to bring 2008 to an end!

    Happy, Happy New Year!

  9. How beautiful and what a treasure to spend the end of a year with your friend!

    I was so proud of you...just read your article in Cloth, Paper, Scissors. :)

  10. Beautiful paintings and how wonderful to have such a special friend. I look forward to more post about your time with Zorana. Wouldn't be great to have lemon trees in your backyard. Your art is wonderful.

  11. Sharon, Glad to hear you are safely home and had a wonderful visit to Zorana Land. Looks like you did wonderful things and had lots of fun. I have red ink, I have dipping pens, but alas, nothing I have ever done looks as good as what y'all had fun doing. But, inspiration is just that...I feel inspired. Thanks for sharing and have a wondrous New Year, my Texas friend!!! Pat

  12. Your tree flag looks fantastic Sharon...wish I could have been there for the lemon tree ceremony!

    Your journals look amazing and I love the shadow technique. Must try that one (you clever girls).

    Guess what? I just bought that same red calligraphy ink...only I havent used mine yet. Isnt it a divine colour!!!

    Look forward to seeing what you and Zorana create each day for your journals- you go girls!

  13. Oh, now I have that warm fuzzy feeling! I know you two had a wonderful time together. What a gift! Can't wait to hear more.

  14. Great job on the roses. Beautiful journal pages. I love the background color.


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