This is the second piece of my collaboration with my art friend Phyll. This is my piece on which I made a background, seen in the first picture. (I posted this background and explained how I did it on Dec. 12, 2009, here is the link.) I sent it to Phyll to work on, and when I got it back, it looked like the second picture. I was so, so pleased -- it bowled me over. She modeled the figure out of polyclay herself. She covered a miniature trunk with the polyclay and then glued all of those beads inside it. When I opened the box this piece was in, it took my breath away. Truly it did. I was just so impressed with her creativity and what she did to my piece. Thanks so very much Phyll. You did yourself proud!!!
I think the greatest thing about doing collaboration art like this is that the end result is such a surprise, and in my experience, far surpassed my expectations. Phyll took this in a direction I never would've thought of, never would've gone. I thought what she did was so interesting and so perfect for this background. It's such a unique piece of art that we both took part in creating. That makes it very special, at least to me it does. I'm so grateful and fortunate to own this piece of art. I plan on framing it soon and hanging it on my wall
I think I will continue doing occasional collaboration work with other artists because I think it's fun, definitely challenging, and a very worthwhile experience. I think it's one way, out of many, to grow as an artist. It's also a great way to get to know another online artist better, in a more personal way. It's been a pleasure getting to know Phyll better. So, I definitely highly recommend doing this kind of collaboration. Be bold and try something new, even out of your comfort zone. I know you won't regret it!