Friday, February 13, 2009

Found in Translation

“Art,” said Argentinian poet Jorge Luis Borges, “always opts for the individual.” Perhaps this adage helps resolve the mystery of how one of Argentina’s more artistic daughters, Paola Zakimi, though hailing from a land lush with fine wine, honey, and sunflowers, would see fit to focus her talent on the simplest of subjects: the human expression. With numerous paintings that center on the faces of children and young ladies, faces caught between fear and intuition, as in Rosita; naivete and anticipation, as in Retrato; and wariness and curiosity, as in Clara, the artist connects to us through the eyes of her subjects as if tuning us magically to the secrets of her heart. We may not know the story in each, but we know the story it tells to us, and thus the image pours out an infinite number of stories, like an Argentine waterfall endlessly replenishing the river beneath.

In addition to her way with faces, however, Zakimi carves out a considerable niche with her handcrafted art dolls. From the regal bearing of Anastasia, adorned in a hand-embroidered muslin dress dyed with jasmine tea, to the doleful countenance of the finely-detailed Koka Mola, each of the many originals in her gallery is captivating in its own way. And if all this weren’t enough to convince us of her gift, she shows quite a flair for watercolor as well in the charming My Lovely Tree. In summary, there is very little Paola Zakimi can not do. And if you happen to love her paintings, dolls, or other media, one thing you, our reader, can do is enter this giveaway. The winner will receive a free print of Sofi and the Fish, an endearing image of childhood in which Sofi, like an angel bestowing a blessing, reaches out of her boat to touch a curious fish. To enter, visit Holli.etsy.com, then come back here to tell us about your favorite piece in Paola's collection. Tell us in an additional post if you subscribe to Wishing Willow, follow us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, and "tweet" about the giveaway. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. Contest ends 2/21/09. We have our winner: Congrats Puffluna!

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Brimful Curiosities said...

The girl and teddy bear are so cute in the Viridiana Print.

Brimful Curiosities said...

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DEBIJOT said...

I like the Love OOak Artdolls.

DEBIJOT said...

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Mary said...

Love the Rainy Long Walk Print. TU for the giveaway!
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Jingle said...

Wow! Her work is amazing! I love Lucky Owlo!!! So adorable!

Jingle said...

I'm a subscriber!

Jingle said...

I follow you on Facebook!

Jingle said...

I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted!
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Kerrie said...

I fell in love with the Sofi and the fish print as soon as I saw it. I was drawn to it...it's so pretty!

Kerrie said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber!

Kerrie said...

And I follow you on Twitter (keeerried216)!

Aprilshowers said...

Besides the print in the giveaway I also love the My Lovely Tree print.

Aprilshowers said...

I'm a subscriber.

nape said...

Maybe I've caught Valentine's fever a day early, but I love holli's "love you so much" Print, which is on a special Valentine sale. It's now in my Etsy favorites. Yay!

nape said...

I'm a subscriber, which is how I discovered this giveaway today.

nape said...

I've become a fan on Facebook (same name as my email address in profile).

nape said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted you here:
http://twitter.com/nape9393/status/1206716264

Nadene said...

I'm a subscriber

Nadene said...

My favourite piece is My Lovley Tree. I also love Kuk.

Nadene said...

I follow you on facebook

mverno said...

i like the Roberta, book and chair OOAK artdoll

Andi said...

I love the little Owlos!

Andi said...

Subscribed to your feed.

Danita said...

Only one? This is going to be hard... I think my favorite is Ima lost home. I love all her work :)

Jeanne said...

I love the Kiss Me print.

eyeslikesugar said...

I love the Lucky Owlo 1/10, lavender-scented owl doll...so lovely. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com

eyeslikesugar said...

I subscribe VIA Google reader. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com

eyeslikesugar said...

I also follow you on Facebook (Rebecca) Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com

Kristy said...

I like the My Lovely Tree print.

Kristy said...

Subscriber.

Linda said...

Love her Love Print! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Linda said...

I also subscribe!

texasheartland said...

The La Srta Pil is such an amazing piece of art! It's beautiful!

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12677270 BEAUTIFUL

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

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Amber said...

Victoria and her new doll is my favorite :)

Thanks for the giveaway!
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MaggieM said...

My favorite is the "Love you so much" print of the two little girls, and, it's on sale for Valentine's day so I might just go back and purchase it:) All of her other art, except the piece you are giving away, is so sad. No one smiles, it's kind of depressing. As if the artist is unhappy.

maggie@mannwieler.com

MaggieM said...

I subscribed by email :)

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BTW: Your review of the artist and her work is wonderful. I think you did a terrific job on it.

Aura said...

I absolutely LOVE My Lovely Tree, Original watercolor. It's so creative with so many different things to look at. The colors are vibrant but not too bright and it's cheerful yet relaxing. It would be beautiful for a children's reading corner.

Aura said...

I'm a subscriber

Sarah said...

I really liked the Owlo little Pyrography.

Peggy said...

I love the My Lovely Tree, Original watercolor,its beautiful.

Sarah said...

I subscribe.

Peggy said...

I subscribe

Stacie said...

introducing La Srta Pil , Original Painting is my favourite.

Stacie said...

I'm a subscriber.

janehixon said...

My Lovely Tree - Original Watercolor or Print.........my favorite!

janil said...

Wow!!!!!!!!! It's fantastic!!!!I fell in love with
Birth, Original OOAK dolls, collaborative project and Lovely Tree Print!!!!!!!!!!

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janil said...

suscriber by mail!

RockerJewlz said...

My Lovely Tree...so whimsical and sweet!

janil said...

follower on Facebook!

ecky said...

i love the print - my lovely tree.
so perfect!

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Kim said...

I dig this: Owlo little Pyrography draw on MDF, orignal

Kim said...

subscriber

Tessa said...

I love Anastasia the artdoll - so cute!

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Tessa said...

I'm a subscriber! :)

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naoko said...

adrable dolls and prints! my favorite is koko mola doll.

Stephanie said...

I love everything! It was so hard to choose! I pick the Sisters print.

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Whimsical Creations said...

Love the My Lovely Tree.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

subscriber

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Whimsical Creations said...

fan on facebook

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paleseptember said...

the kiss me print is adorable. thank you for the giveaway:)

Whimsical Creations said...

follow on twitter-melaniescrafts

=) melanie
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elaine said...

I like the Viridiana Print-would look sweet in a nursery!

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Leane said...

My FAV piece is 'Seis dream Print', it is so perfect for a child's bedroom.
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Leane said...

I am an email subscriber....
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Sweet Pirate Betty said...

Love her work (got led here from her flickr) Its hard to choose but I think my favourite today is the retrato Print, the expression is so beautiful.

Annie said...

Omgosh, I simply adore the "Seis dream Print"!!! Its amazing!


Thanks



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Annie said...

I subscribe to your blog!


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Annie said...

I'm a Facebook Fan of yours!



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Sweet Pirate Betty said...

I only just discovered your blog, but its fab! So im now following you on facebook too!

Sweet Pirate Betty said...

I subscribe by email! :)

judybrittle said...

I really love the Viridiana Print. That is so cute! Thank you!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

Baba said...

You have an award waiting. Come check it out!
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Hanna said...

the lavender scented owl doll is so cute!

Hanna said...

I'm a subscriber.

danosor said...

Please enter me in this contest.I am a subscriber.

minishoes said...

This is my kind of shop!i love the Love is warm OOAK artdolls. thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

minishoes said...

i subscribe jacquecurl@gmail.com

The Green Yak said...

I find the look on the Lucky Owlo 4/10 doll's face endearing :-)

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Jenn Klee said...

The Kiss Me print is my favorite :)

Jenn Klee said...

Subscribed to posts

Mary said...

I'm a subscriber.
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Ashley said...

Roberta, book and chair OOAK artdoll is simply wonderful!
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Ashley said...

subscriber- ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Mary said...

I follow you on facebook now.
kitnevie at gmail dot com

Mary said...

I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway.
kitnevie at gmail dot com

CathyH said...

I like the Alfonso Doll and KuK painting. I love your style, very endearing and original.

CathyH said...

I subscribe

Marbella Designs said...

I actually love Sophie and the Fish

marbelladesigns.etsy.com

Marbella Designs said...

sorry, I meant Sofi in my last post.

I am following on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway.

marbelladesigns.etsy.com

Who's B? said...

I have been watching Holli's shop and hope to one day own one of her art dolls. I adore "Rilo's Journey" and all the portraits, especially "Kuk".

Who's B? said...

Tweet. Tweet. (TheUnlikelyNest)

Who's B? said...

Your blog is simply beautiful and I am happy to have stumbled upon in. Added you to the blogs I follow.

Anna Lloyd said...

Victoria and her new doll, OOAK Artdoll is lovely!

Anna Lloyd said...

I'm a subscriber!

Aik said...

I love the Viridiana Print!

aikychien@yahoo.com

Aik said...

I'm a subscriber!

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Anonymous said...

Love the Rainy Long Walk Print.

Nora
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Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I did go to Paola Zakimi's site, and I can't help it but even though it's mentioned in the review, my favorite artwork of this Argentinian is My Lovely Tree!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I'm a proud and happy subscriber to Wishing Willow!

MJ said...

I love Rilos journey OOAK orignal Artdoll

toughturtles said...

Sofi and the fish Print

gkstratos said...

Kuk Original Oil Painting is my absolute favorite
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gkstratos said...

Subscriber
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kdkdkd said...

I love the My Lovely Tree, Original watercolor (and the print) so whimsical and fun

kdkdkd said...

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Fidget said...

Clara Orinal Intitute girl and Kuk are 2 i like

Tanya Wilson said...

I love the Intitute girl, Original mixmedia painting!

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sandra.d. said...

beautiful to see here her work which i love so much!

ky2here said...

I like the Milo Baby Print. It's playful, whimsical and I like the perspective with part of the image being out of frame.

Sunnyvale said...

Verny nice print, I also like the Love print

LilyBiscuit said...

I love the "My Lovely Tree, Print". It would look great in my daughter's room. I like the watercolor original too! Thanks!
vac924@gmail.com

LilyBiscuit said...

I just subscribed. Thank you!!
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Shirley said...

I like My Lovely Tree, print.

Shirley said...

I'm a subscriber.

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Paulina print is my favourite b/c of its elfin qualities. Thanks!

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Happy subscriber. Thank you!

thebubbledies said...

My fav is the Kiss me print. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

thebubbledies said...

I follow you on twitter & I tweeted! http://twitter.com/bluenude3 Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

Berry said...

I like the La Señorita Pil original painting, as well as the My Lovely Tree original watercolor.

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Berry said...

I follow on Twitter!

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Berry said...

I subscribe!

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Berry said...

I follow on Facebook.

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Jess said...

My favorite piece has to be "My Lovely Tree, Print!" It is absolutely wonderful! :)

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(without the ^^^)

Jess said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber! :)

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(without the ^^^)

deedleweedle said...

I like the My Lovely Tree print.

Madam Pince said...

This sounds lazy, but Sofi & the Fish really is my favorite. It seems hopeful, and that's a quality I really need in my life right now.

M.A. said...

I like the My Lovely Tree Print.

windycindy said...

The My Lovely Tree Print is wonderful. It brings back childhood memories. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Tenika said...

i like learning print.

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Tenika said...

suscribe

Tenika said...

follow you on twitter

Shanda said...

My favorite is the Love You So Much print!
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Donna R. said...

The Milo baby print is very nice. thanks.

A Stationary Addict said...

My favorite print is Rainy long walk Print! It's fantastic.

A Stationary Addict said...

I'm a subscriber!

A Stationary Addict said...

I'm a Facebook fan. I commented about being a groupie!

Missesprincess said...

Difficult to pick a fave ~ I adore Learning print ~ as well as the Mini original oil painting.

Anonymous said...

Just came across your blog...it's wonderful! I visited the site and have to say that my favorite print is actually the one for your give away, Sofie and the Fish. If I can figure out how to subscribe to your blog, I will! I look forward to visiting again :) Good luck everyone!

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Nichola said...

It's hard to choose one, but the River Print wins my vote.

clenna said...

I really like My Lovely Tree, Original watercolor- so pretty

clenna said...

Subscriber

Piper said...

My fave is Mia baby though I have to admit it was hard to decide!

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Roxy said...

I love the My Lovely Tree, Print.

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Kim said...

Wow, Paola Zakimi has some amazing stuff! Her art dolls and prints are both gorgeous.

I really love the Petula Berry art doll, and the love you so much print.

Kim said...

Also, subscribed.

Smooshy said...

i like the viridiana print!

whimsywren said...

I love all of her dolls, but especially Petula Berry, Original Art doll, OOAK.

Therese said...

I like my lovely tree the best

jamaise said...

I really like her work. Rilos journey is amazing :))

jamaise said...

I subscribe :))

jamaise said...

I follow you at Twitter - I'm Jamaise :))

jamaise said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/jamaise/status/1216969890

Jodi Renshaw said...

I am loving the River Print. Gorgeous stuff.

Jodi Renshaw said...

I am a subscriber :)

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littlelatina said...

I adore the Custom Sofi doll

Elsie said...

Besides the giveaway print, I lke the Love Print because of the bright yellow, and I think that the artist caught LOVE for a moment, and this is it!

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Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I like the Rainy long walk print.

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LitVamp said...

I LOVE "Love is warm" artdolls, mostly because they look like my fella and me. I follow you on Facebook.

paula h said...

Love you so much is my favorite.

paula h said...

I follow you on facebook.

paula h said...

subscriber

Leen said...

Love the Rainy Long Walk print! leenburke@yahoo.com

Burgandy said...

The seis dream print is so amazing. I follow on twitter

Maggie said...

I really like her Mika Print. Thanks for the giveaway!

Maggie said...

I subscribe to your feed using live bookmarks.

sushipie said...

My favorite is Clara. It's so beautiful. I really love Sofi and the fish too!

xoxo

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Pat said...

love the my lovely tree watercolor

thank you

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PurrPrints said...

I'm a fan of Petula Berry (the art doll) purrprints at gmail

PurrPrints said...

I also subscribe to your newsletter

PurrPrints said...

and i follow you on twitter (as Purrprints there too)

Steph said...

I'm already a huge fan of holli!
My favourite print is Sofi and the fish - it would be a fantastic piece for my newly formed art collection! :D

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Dierdra said...

My Lovely Tree, Print

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Costum Sofi style art doll is my favorite!

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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/wastebasket/statuses/1225994244

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber!

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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I follow you on Facebook, Rebecca Couick

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Lisa said...

Birth, Original OOAK dolls, collaborative project are so intriguing because of the various media and different styles of the artists.

Amber said...

My favorite is Anastasia the OOAK art doll!

Thanks for the giveaway :)

hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Crys said...

I like the Victoria doll, with her own doll.

ape said...

i love the seis dream print- so sweet & lovely!

ape said...

i just started subscribing to wishing willow.

Kt said...

so very sweet!

I really like "Love Print"

thanks
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Lissa said...

I like the River print.

Lissa said...

email subscriber:)

lilacpop said...

Wow, that is one talented artist! I really like a lot in the store but I think the Learning Print is my favorite.

Contact me:
Janna
lilacpop.etsy.com

lilacpop said...

email subscriber!

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lilacpop said...

Following on Twitter!

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lilacpop said...

Following on facebook too!

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Jenna said...

What an awesome page. I like Beca Original Painting and Rilos journey OOAK orignal Artdoll

Erin said...

My favorite is the "Learning" print. Very whimsical and fun :)
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rosannepm said...

I like the Petula Berry, Original Art doll
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rosannepm said...

I subscribe
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oona. said...

I love the original painting "Rosita"

Thanks for the giveaway! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

facebook fan (I can give you my name later)
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Amy said...

I love the My Lovely Tree, Original watercolor and the lucky owls are adorable!

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