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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

April and May Art Journal Pages





As I write this, 
I am working on June pages...







and starting my July entries...

travel takes up a lot of time these days...
but I am devoted to my journal work...

in April it was all about me, 
my goals and dreams and desires...



ingredients: black gesso, china marker, paper ephemera, pencil, tissue paper, thread, colored pencil, acrylic paint






May was unforgettable....
we journeyed to Europe...

and there was a flow to everything...















Lots of layers in the pages, 
because, there were so many layers to be
savored abroad...







ingredients: transfer on paper, colored pencil, personal photos, acrylic paint, pencil, pen, Italian collage, paper ephemera, Art Graf watercolor graphite



as always,
I am most grateful for your kind readership...
 & I am so blessed by your
support...




xo

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Inside the Antique Travel Journal




I love a chubby journal..






and my tiny antique journal is simply 
overflowing with tickets, 
and memorabilia
   






the pockets are stuffed...




and may have to be reinforced...






but overall, it took a lot of abuse and held up well....





There are several pieces that I won't be showing you..






alas, since I always  journal write 



Grey Etchings on Glass, mixed media, Caterina Giglio


and create a diary of our travels...





but you can see that the antique photo album
worked out well...







We adored France as you know..





and were fortunate to visit the 
which is just down the street from 
Monet's Garden




Rainy cool and wet weather... watercolor, Caterina Giglio



it was stunning to see Degas's work up close
as well as Monet's...

well, as close as they will let me... LOL








and since it was May day, 
Mr. La Dolce Vita, bought me a
bouquet of Lily of the Valley..
which I immediately pressed ... of course..




















and I still have photos from London to 
share with you...
especially the London Eye, which I must brag
that I endured quite well..






I suppose it is always a jolly fine day for enjoying 
Fish and Chips...











and in case you missed
the post
that explains how I transformed this 
crumbling antique photo album into  
a modern travel journal

you can go


Journal pages will be served next..
so please stay tuned..


ciao, ciao!





Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sew Somerset, Fleeting Summer





I always look forward to
receiving my work
 from 
Sew Somerset..



like seeing old friends ... 
I remember exactly what I was thinking
about when I made it...


Believe it or not, I am already stitching up...






 my new article and artwork...








this will be for the December Winter issue...







and I hope it is inspiring...






I photo copied these flowers 
with a dear friend...
and friends will be at the center of the next article as well...







the memory of being with my friend,
Robin..
in part
inspired me 
in the making
 of the mini quilts....







Back to the studio...
I will have a new post shortly..



ciao, ciao!




Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Monet's Garden






The garden is 
immense...






and it is as if...









the garden and house are all one living..







breathing organism...







flowers are potted inside...







and copious windows overlook the 
flowering acres...









I did my best to capture photos
sans tourists, 
but it was almost impossible 
to do it in the house...









I did manage it in the dining room
above and below...
which was a cheery yellow and blue..
and filled with blue willow dishes..







but failed miserably
in the rest of the house...
the studio of course was amazing ...
a large room...

with huge windows...






and a great portion of it roped off
with wonderfully good reproductions of his work on the walls..














it was as if he had just stepped out
of the studio...






stopped at the window...







and decided to paint ...








in the garden...







and who could blame him...







surrounded by such gorgeosity..








as for me..
I am back home after visits with family
back to the studio...








working on deadlines...
finishing up my travel journal...

and journal pages..
working on planning an art show next year in 
Fort Collins..
at Bis Gallerie..

and YOU...
I hope your summer is beautiful...


xo

Monday, June 1, 2015

Monet's Garden




As a group of artists
the Impressionists
have long been my favorites...










I suppose it is
the sense of 
romance...







and the atmospheric




quality of their paintings...
but it was also 
the idea of






the elevation of the mundane
to the magical..




that appealed to me...
capturing ordinary people
doing ordinary things...





like reading..
or relaxing at a picnic..







perhaps the most intriguing thing
for me was the notion that 
Claude Monet
built a garden in Giverny
with the sole purpose of painting
what he planted...







As a gardener myself..
I know that what we plant often takes years
to grow to fit our vision..

much as our artistic vision grows
as we take time daily for practice...






a dream realized 
was visiting the gardens of Monet...

it was even more stunning in person than I could have imagined...

I have seen a lot of gardens in my life...
but this one is beyond words...







I took so many photos, that I will have to split them up into
two posts and hope dear reader that you are as in love with 
it as I was...






and though it was a chilly day...
and grey...
there was always the light..

 the impressionistic lure...








If you have never been there
I would say that there are 3 distinct areas of interest..
the pond..
the gardens...
the house...






the photos I am sharing 
with you today are all of the pond area with the
iconic green bridge..







and though there was a crush of tourists...
at one point, I was concerned that the tiny bridge would collapse...
they were all very polite and almost 
...reverential








If you are interested in reading more about
the gardens...
go











Part Two is coming soon...

I still have so much to share with you...
and now that my travels are done..
I will soon have time to get back into the studio...


As always, thank you for stopping by...


ciao, ciao!