Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Blue Venus



































©Robyn Lee

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To offer creative inspiration to a fellow-artist
seems, to me, one of the richest gifts
we might ever give, or receive.

This gorgeous “art gown”  entitled, Blue Venus was designed and created  by the very talented and brilliant Resa McConaghy of Queen’s end.

Resa is a professional costume designer, and this is her 4th in an exciting series of “art gowns” featured on her blog.

She explained that she was inspired to design this one for me, after enjoying many of my writings and photos here, featuring sea, sky and love. I could not be more touched and honored, and thus wanted to share this magnificent gown, fit for a goddess, with all of  you today. My poem, above, flowed from my pen and heart, almost instantly, after seeing Blue Venus for the first time.  Clearly Resa must  have intuitive powers, only having asked me about my favorite colors – and creating this fantasy gown that I truly adore.

Hope you enjoyed, and be sure to visit Resa at her Blog, Blue Venus « Queen’s end  to see  more photos of this stunning gown, and to learn additional details about the birth of her masterpiece. Thank you beautiful Resa ~  I will forever cherish this most incredible gift of your art.

Much Love Always
Robyn Lee


91 responses

  1. Utterly brilliant. Thank you for sharing Robyn

    February 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    • Thank you so much Alastair ~ very delighted you enjoyed this! ~ RL

      February 17, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      • It’s great 🙂

        February 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    • 💙

      February 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

  2. victoriaaphotography

    Beautiful verse and beautiful design by Resa. Love the waves rolling into the beach too. Hope you are well.

    February 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    • Victoria thank you my friend. Yes – this inspired gown was very special and and so much a compliment to the ocean I love so much ~ xRL

      February 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

  3. Fabulous! Absolutely fabulous dearest Robyn! Blessings, Robyn

    February 17, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    • Oh Robyn ~ thrilled to know you liked it. Yes – very special collaboration… was wonderful to participate in this! Love , RL

      February 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

  4. What a gorgeous response, Robyn! I love the poem as much as the dress!

    February 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    • Imelda — thank yo uso much your visit and lovely comment. The response was such a natural reaction to setting my eyes on this stunning gown that Resa created. I am so happy you felt the poem did her art justice ~ Sending love your way ~ Robyn

      February 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM

  5. Your poem is as beautiful as Blue Venus. Thank you for your kind words about my Auntie Resa, I know how much this has touched her. xoxo

    February 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    • Sherrie, thank you so very much for your visit – and such thoughtful words. I do hope the poem did justice to Resa’s heartfelt masterpiece… I was honored to write them for Blue Venus ~ so touched by the whole gesture. Love your Auntie! Warm thoughts your way today and always ~ RL

      February 17, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      • Robyn, thank you for your kind words to Sherrie, my beloved niece! She understands how much you have inspired me. An “Art Gown” is coming her way… but she has to come to Toronto!

        February 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM

  6. Reblogged this on Spiritual challenges and commented:
    beautiful I like this

    February 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    • Maxima ~ thank you so much dear one ~ I am honored you enjoyed and reblogged this post. Means a lot ~ Love to you always, RL

      February 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM

  7. Reblogged this on Pain in the Peg.

    February 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    • Oh thank you so much for this reblog Sherrie ~ gratitude and love to you ~ Robyn

      February 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM

  8. My dear Robyn,

    This poem is as every bit as beautiful as I know “Blue Venus” to be.
    You are a wonderful inspiration, and I just wanted to give some back. Now you give more back to me.
    It is not just the poem, it’s the entire “tribute”… Robyn I was in tears, good tears!

    I also want to tell you how beautiful the picture of “Blue Venus” is. I love what you’ve done, and I thank you my sweet friend!
    I’ll be back after dinner with more love for you!

    February 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    • Blue Venus will stay in my heart forevermore dear Resa ~ she is a wonder and masterpiece… For me, to be an inspiration for this art-gown is more than thrilling and I am delighted to be associated with your fine artwork. The inspired poem could not be hushed last night … I knew she would have to find a place beside your Blue Venus as soon as possible, and just so happy to provide this platform to share with all my wonderful blog readers.

      Oh yes- I was hoping you would like how I treated the photograph of “Blue Venus” ~ wanted to make sure she was presented with care here — and aligned with all the mystery, romance and exotic passion that is inherent in her design. I also added the ocean image below her so readers can envision her in the context of the dynamic waves and shore ~ I admit — I love this post (personally)…. 🙂 All so special. Thank you sweet friend ~ I feel fortunate to know you here ~
      Much Love ~ RL

      February 17, 2013 at 7:49 PM

  9. Always beautiful words Robyn! I love the info on this designer!

    February 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    • Thank you so much dear Amanda! I am so delighted to know you enjoyed!! 😉 ~ Love to you, RL

      February 17, 2013 at 7:50 PM

  10. Simply beautiful in words and art dress.
    I offered to buy the dress with no luck lol.

    February 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    • So do agree dear Benjamin. It’s a very special gown to me. You offered to buy it too? So did I !! We will need to convince Resa to transform her art into live magic that can be worn and enjoyed …. goes a bit against her concept – but this dress… well – you know!!
      Love and Light ~ RL

      February 17, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      • Yep even offered to trade art for art 😦 no luck

        February 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      • You guys make me sooooo happy!

        February 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    • Well – we will keep trying ~ I noticed Stan mention over at Resa’s the he’d love to professionally photograph this dress on a beach (he does some amazing glamour photography) . So if we can get her off “Judy” ( the mannequin) and onto ME ….Resa, Stan, you and myself will all go to the beach — where I will model “Blue Venus” – Stan will do a professional photo shoot, You will paint the scene (abstract of course) … and Resa will bask in the glory of it all ~ lol! Well a girl can dream, yes? 🙂 Sending Love ~ RL

      February 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      • Yes that would be amazing !!!

        February 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      • Okay,
        Robyn… I would do this!
        I have worked behind the camera for years.
        I’ve dressed 2 Miss Americas, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Christopher Plummer , Helen Mirren and more!
        I can make this wardrobe com true.
        I’m just saying what I can do.
        Oh. I love you all!
        – All my love – Resa –

        February 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      • Oh Resa ~ you are soooo accomplished. Ok I have a new rehab goal now ! lol ~ How exciting would that be… and after creating this dress with me in mind — you can DRESS ME ANYTIME!! ~ x 💃

        February 17, 2013 at 11:26 PM

  11. When I first saw Resa’s amazing work, I studied her style, manipulation of materials, and her application of Roman influence. I was equally moved by her incorporation of your thoughts on Clouds, water, and deep sky blue. She has created a masterpiece of art inspired by a master of words and emotion..that would be you dear Robyn. Now I have read over your creation of work honoring her, at least a dozen times, You have crafted yet another work that reaches into the very hearts and souls of all of us. It’s more than fair to say that together, the amazing talents of both you and Resa, have culminated in a total work of art that inspires, moves, and touches each of us. Now, I believe that qualifies each work in the definition of True Art, However; the complimentary combination of both works….absolutely priceless! Just know us mere mortals here TRULY appreciate the works of each of you, but together…you guys are simply amazing!

    February 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    • Stan ~ you are so wondeful to share your insights on this post, and I truly appreciate. Have to agree Resa outdid herself with this masterful work of art. This gown has really blown me away. It’s not only gorgeous and rich in such intricate artisttic detail, but happens to be something I would truly be thrilled to wear (for the proper occasion of course) — now how did she know that? As for your lovely compliment re: my offereing of words to match Resa’s ‘Blue Venus’… I was up late last night and unable to sleep ~ so around 3 after having viewed and been mesmerized by the gown for the first time late yesterday, I basically just channeled the poem… and hoped I’d be as happy with it the next day. I really wanted to do Blue Venus proud. Very grateful to Miss Resa.

      Means a lot that you think it works — did you really read this 12 times?? 🙂 I do agreee that there is somehting really amazing about 2 artists coming togetgher and spontaneously connecting and collaborating this way… Oh and be sure to read the thread above this one — we have a fantasy beach artistic project planned (and you are included – and you bring the wine)! Much Love dear friend ~ RL

      February 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      • Sorry for the delay…still a lil woozy from the the thought of photographing you in Resa’s amazing creation….and, to toast the occasion with a glass of wine at sunset…on the coast of somewhere beautiful…see, still reeling! YES, I would be so honored to do my part! You guys just say the when and where, and I will be there!
        Warm and soothing thought to ya!

        February 19, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    • Well — a girl has to dream right? … gotta be good for the healing, and all that 🙂 It is such a great idea though — maybe one day…. but next post will have a shadow image where I am pretending to be wearing Blue Venus ~ along with a poem written by a dear friend that is quite beautiful ~ see you there wonderful friend ~x RL 💙

      February 20, 2013 at 2:24 AM

  12. The most beautiful blue – it is a very special colour – and a lovely poem. Thanks so much for sharing this Robyn and I hope that things are going as well as possible for you. xx

    February 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    • Thank you so much Ruth ~ yes this shade of blue especially special to me. I’m so happy you enjoyd ~ and grateful for your warm wishes. Project is difficult for me — lots of reactions to training movment patterns in different ways than they are accustomed. Hoping things shift in a good way. Hope things are going well by you too ~ lots of love ~ Robyn

      February 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

  13. Your beautiful words always inspired me Robyn.
    Thank you for the prayer my dear friend.

    Love & hugs,

    February 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    • Thank you dear Mei ~ so do appreciate you ~ Love and Blessings always ~ Robyn

      February 18, 2013 at 1:19 AM

  14. Beautiful words and beautiful dress Robyn. Hope your doing well. Hugs~ Sheri

    February 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    • Thanks you dear Sheri ~ means a lot and sending lots of love your way too! x RL

      February 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM

  15. that is one beautiful gown!!!! what an honor!
    great post, dear beautiful amiga. you are so worthy!

    February 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    • So glad you liked it too z ~ and I always appreciate your loving encouragement ~ Blessings and Love dearest amiga ~ x RL

      February 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM

  16. What a beautiful idea – I love it!

    February 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    • Thank you Julie ~ yes made my whole weekend too — I’m still envisioning myself in this gown 🙂 x RL

      February 18, 2013 at 6:47 PM

  17. Robyn, dear, you surpass yourself. The poem was wonderful…, the artwork beautiful, and the image you created with your words, a masterpiece.
    How are thing going with you now? Better I’m hoping. ~hugs~ Paul

    February 17, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    • Such lovely words from you Paul – thank you dear friend ~ very delighted to know you enjoyed this. Was special indeed! As for me — well … I’m as they say “in the belly of the whale” here ~ so much going on with my muscle/skeletal system that I’m a bit confused. Trying to find strategies for controlling joints that are very unstable – has been a challenge , as we make changes new symptoms arise. Guess will have to take deep breaths and keep the focus — and hope I come home with some new tools for living… Thank you as always for being such a sweetheart and checking in on that ~ 💙RL

      February 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      • As the song goes… “that’s what friends are for”.)

        February 18, 2013 at 9:40 PM

  18. What wonderful words descending down to a surprise for me.,.. a beautiful dress… this one I would never have guessed right … yet the words are just so appropriate for the photo… Wow this is some dress… I’m assuming this designer must be one of these top name professionals.???

    February 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    • Thank you so much dearest friend. Isn’t this dress out of a fairy-tale? No – you could not have guessed! I did play with Resa’s photo to make it feel a little dreamy and fantasy ~ so that was my photographic ‘touch’ for the post! Yes Resa is very accomplished ~ she’s dressed some ot the top film stars and 2 Miss America’s !! I am very honored to be part of her ‘art-gown’ collecton indeed!! 💙 RL

      February 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      • Now all we need is a photo with you wearing it…!!

        February 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    • yes bulldog, wouldn’t that be amazing – working on it 🙂 LOL ~ Love your way x R

      February 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

  19. I love the poem and the dress – so gentle description! Blessings! ~~

    February 18, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    • Thank you sweetest friend ~ yes – a lovely dress this is. So happy to write a poem to honor it! Much Love your way ~ Robyn💙

      February 18, 2013 at 9:12 PM

  20. A beautiful poem, Robyn…insomnia is obviously very creative!!!!

    February 18, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    • Aww Valerie- thank you — and yes, stangely when I’m in horrific pain I often write in efforts to escape in some way… and espeically at the wee hours — it’s quite remarkable that this could work 💙RL

      February 18, 2013 at 6:57 PM

  21. The poem is absolutely lovely, Robyn. When I scrolled down and saw that it was inspired by Resa’s beautiful blue gown, I was doubly touched. What a marvelous collaboration.
    All the best to you. ~Lori

    February 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    • Oh Lori – thank you sooo very much… Just thrilled you enjoyed this spontaneous collaborative post ~ It was so great to honor this gorgeous gown Resa created… So much love and gratitude ~ Robyn x

      February 18, 2013 at 6:49 PM

  22. I am certain I have not said enough to tell you how much I appreciate your words and photos; they are a bleesing in my life

    February 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    • Oh Eddie ~ you are so wonderful to tell me this. I am honored and filled with gratifude for your loving words today ~ thank you dearest friend ~ Robyn

      February 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

  23. The dress is beautiful; the words exquisite; but the friendship………ahhhhhhhhhh, there lies the true treasure. I love this, Robyn. ~ My love to you. ~ Ever, Bobbie

    February 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    • Thank you so much dearest Bobbie!!! Yes — so amazing to connect and be inspired by one another here. It happens over and over and I am just in awe of the dynamic we share ~ from far and wide and only sensing each other in spirit through written or artistic expression… Just powerful stuff to me !! Love to you and thrilled you enjoyed ~ x RL

      February 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      • Powerful, and yet simply as it should be……… I love that. 🙂

        February 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      • Bobbie~ thank you dear heart! 💙much love~RL

        February 20, 2013 at 2:19 AM

  24. I hope you don’t have too much of the blues Robyn… Wonderful poem. I hope you’re still enjoying your time if you’re still at your healing place. Also hoping your pain is in control. Much love to you as always -AB

    February 19, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    • Thank you Arash!! Yes — some blues this way ~ but blue can be a lovely color too… I am so happy you enjoyed my poetry to match Resa’s creation for me. I’m in awe of the dress ~ like a dream.

      Pain has not been very behaved here — I think all the neuromuscular activation of muscles that have been on strike — and the quieting down of ones that have been engaging inappropriately has thrown this body for a loop (as they say)…. trying to keep my center and hoping for resolve….
      I’m sending lots of healing thoughts your way today – and always dear friend ~ x RL

      February 19, 2013 at 1:46 AM

  25. When all is said and done, we all bear a piece of each other within us; By design-one that finds meaning and fulfillment@our sure meeting point submerged in the matchless magic of love. Beautiful piece as always. Shine on Robyn!

    February 19, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    • So beautiuful dearest friend. I agree with you ~ it is the soul connection that, in the end, is what makes life worth living. That is what they call LOVE ~ I believe… Your words were enchanting here — thank you with all my 💙 ~ RL

      February 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

  26. The gown is stunning and your words deeply moving Robyn.

    February 19, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    • Thank you dearest LuAnn ~ isn’t it a beauty ?! Resa is so talented… and I am so happy you felt touched by my poem as well ~ Much love to you my friend ~ Robyn

      February 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

  27. A beautiful poem and dress Miss Robyn. I am offering my services to be the on location photo assistant if you need one 🙂

    February 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    • Oh Jeb — I knew I could count on you!!! 🙂 ~ thank you dear one… I am so happy you enjoyed the post today! ~ Miss Robyn, with love

      February 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

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  29. Amy

    Oh Robyn, your poem and gown have brought tears to my eyes and awe to my soul.
    This image reaches to the core of me. My blog is entitled restoringvenus. I fell in love with the venus de milo and her story as my PT helped me recover from my chronic pain. The beauty of this gown and it’s symbolism is beyond touching. Your blog is such a beautiful encouragement in picture and word. Please don’t ever stop blogging, you bring such a bright spot into the world!

    February 20, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    • Amy ~ thank you so much for this heartwarming comment. My computer had been in the shop, so forgive my late reply. I plan to spend some time on your blog now ~ and am so very happy to know you have overcome chronic pain — and the venus de milo’s story. Also so excited that you were touched by the beauty of Resa’s creation in designing this gown. So very very honored to have you here ~ much love and blessings always ~ Robyn

      February 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM

  30. Julie Catherine

    Oh wow … the beauty of your words and this absolutely stunning gown just took my breath away! I can ‘taste the tide’ and hear the ‘sultry water tune’ so clearly … like an aquatic yet ethereal dream, you awaken the senses deliciously, dear friend. This is exquisite; the poem and the gown. ~ Much love, Julie xoxox

    February 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    • Juie ~ thank you so much dear friend… I am so happy you enjoyed this so much ~ It was so special to receive this gift from Resa ~ and still fantasizing about wearing such a beautiful gown… on the beach!! Sending you love — and tons of gentle hugs — x Robyn

      February 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM

  31. Ah, Robyn dearest one. I can envision you in this beautiful creation (so suited to you). And This post and the next one, such a glorious melding of creative talents. But even more than that is the extra something I sense and feel as well, that defining spirit of love that weaves it’s spell through such richly talented souls, such as yourself and your fellow artisans. You are much loved as is deserved, and that you inspire and are in return rewarded back again is this wonderful spiritual circle of love and talent. An excellent thing to feel even a small part of through your sharing of same. I am very proud to know you as a friend, much love and lots and lots of positive healing energy, Penny xoxoxo

    February 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    • Thank you so much Penny ~ so sorry my Mac has been in shop and just seeing this now…. Your comment is incredibly wonderful – as always and as YOU are! Yes — I actually thought of you and your teachings on inspiration and art when this all transpired with the chain of love that flowed starting with Resa’s beautifully designed gown. It was a really cool and fun stream of posts… and I feel very lucky to be part of it. Thank you for all your continued encouragement Penny – I too feel this pride in our being friends ~ and blessed to know you through this special medium of technology…. Sending Love and hoping you are doing well all around these days — will catch up soon on blog visits ~ head spinning a bit here in the Windy City ~ xxoo RL

      February 27, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      • Hi Robyn, no need to respond bestest of the bestest, Just know you’re in my heart and thoughts constantly and I send positive energy and support to you each day my dear friend, I can sense how difficult this is being for you, relax as you can, all my love to you, Penny xoxo

        February 27, 2013 at 11:20 PM

  32. Wow! Totally blown away by this. Gorgeous! “Taste the tide” “submerged beneath the clouds and moon” really strong poetry and graceful rhyme. Can’t say how much I love this!!

    February 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    • Thank you so much dear Emmeline! I am very touched by your lovely words today! This was lots of fun to create, given the image of my “inspired gown” ~ just happy to know you enjoyed it too!! ~ Much Love ~ Robyn

      February 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      • I really honestly did. I shall look forward to having a happy read of your other work 🙂

        February 28, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      • Thank you so much Emmeline ~ so grateful ~ x RL

        February 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM

  33. This alliance between poet and designer has been a win for all, including your readership. Dancing on waves while water sings the tune is an enchanting image and phrased like few could. Agreeable metaphor and tone embellish the whole piece as the voice speaks purely and simply of love. Well done once again Robyn.

    March 2, 2013 at 6:13 AM

  34. Thank you so kindly Mike…such lovely words from you today and I do appreciate!! Very happy to know you enjoyed this alliance. It was a fun spontaneous project and an honor to receive the honor of inspiring Rena’s stunning gown. Much Love and warm wishes this weekend~ RL

    March 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM

  35. This is soooo sooo lovely Robyn! How beautiful to be the inspiration for Resa’s gown. How beautiful the connection between the two of you. This speaks of how we are to be as women, together, for each other. Thank you for sharing! Love, Lisa

    March 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    • Thank you Lisa! So sorry tardy to respond to you delightful comment. Yes – it is such an honor, and yes – I agree women-power all the way! ~ Much Love and Blessings Always, Robyn

      May 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

  36. Robyn, You have more than a gift. Through your beautiful words, your heart and soul shine through. Thank you for sharing your lovely poems, they flow through me and my spirit soars. -Pamela-

    March 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    • Pamela thank you so much for your loving and wonderful words! I must apologize, as I just found this comment today, along with Lisa’s above. I am so touched by your encouragement and thrilled to know you enjoyed this post. With much love and admiration always, Robyn

      May 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      • Robyn Dear, No worries. You receive so many comments, I don’t know where you find time to do anything else besides answering them, which, like me, you always do! Love You, -Pamela-

        May 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      • I try — I try – just like “The Little Engine…” 🙂 No idea how I missed these 2 and just happy I stumbled upon them last night. I so appreciate you and always want you to know it! 🙂 x RL

        May 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

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