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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Home Again




Reunions do that...
make you think about the nature of home..

where you came from...









and where you are going...
at least it makes me ponder it...
we had a most excellent time,
visiting family...






and staying with my cousin
Gilda..
in Traverse City
which in my humble opinion is a great town..
and well kept secret...






We took Mario Batali's 
recommendation and went to 


which was superb...





and of course we had 
a beautiful reunion...
kissed a baby, reconnected, hugged and laughed
and watched the bocce ball bounce around the court...









yes, 
I must say a good time was had by all...

so I will be getting back to the studio...
but I have a few more photos to share...
since we did stop by the Biltmore House
on our way home, and you might want to see those gardens..

thank you dear reader... 
always ... 
for you kind attention...


C4N!




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On My Work Table







As I leave for vacation...



are sketches of shells...
that I am enjoying working on...
using watercolor graphite, colored pencils and pencil...




"Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation."
Henri Cartier-Bresson








and some collages that seem to be directly related
to the pages I worked for July...
as always, dear reader, I am fascinated by edges...
and layers...
by found pieces..
and the way they come together to form some new creation...







"Rapid-collage prevents any elevating movement toward a fixed goal. To be nowhere is to let oneself be."
Josh Goldberg




I have all of my lily drawings packed up..
and looking forward to spending time
with family...
eating good food, watching some Bocce ball, having great conversations..
and of course indulging in my one weakness...
some delicious wine...


Ciao for now..

xo




Monday, August 3, 2015

July Pages







Each month,
I start art journaling by writing...
you can see my scribbles on the paper
in the top left corner... 

this month I actually glued a layer of
newsprint to the page...





and I always think that 
I know exactly where the 
page is going 
by what is happening in my life...











and then...
somewhere 
mid month
all chaos breaks loose...








and things
just seem to find their way onto the page...







maps and layers and torn shreds
all working together in some fashion...

I was trying to find my own way
this month, hence the maps...


ingredients: newsprint substrate, pencil, tissue paper, parchment papers, stencils, wrapping paper, acrylic paint




and I did...

find my way...
it just looks different than I thought it would..

but isn't that sometimes the way it is...
dear reader?



Happy August..


C4N...


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Floral Sketches in Mixed Media




I think my last count
was 22 sketches...





in my collection of gigli
for my Giglio relatives...

lilies for my lily people...








I have a deadline...
you see we are having a family reunion
next month...



and I decided to give..
my aunts and cousins..






and as many nieces and nephews





a tiny sketch...

as a remembrance




of the event...







and a reminder 
of our roots...
we are the descendants of
Peter Giglio and Josephine Belsito Giglio..




So these are mixed media sketches...
I have been working two of them on a sheet of paper
and now that I have hit my stride, I am really enjoying it...


my work in progress, NuPastels, pencils brush and water...



 the ingredients are ..
mixed media paper, NuPastel, colored pencil, pencil, photocopies, tissue papers..



in addition, I am working on some concertina books..
new paintings and of course..

July pages, which will be served next..


ciao, ciao!



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What is art?






I wondered that the other day..

gentle reader,
as I was flipping through
a stack of










old photos..
aged and ripped..
faded and greyed..
once folded in half 
to tuck close to the heart...








of course we all know the definition of art...

art, noun
1. a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, usually involving imagination or technical skill..









"patina is the value that age puts on an object"
John Yemma









but is that really true for you?
I wondered if it was true for me...








I love Van Gogh's thoughts below..
because that is true for me...
a love of nature affords me a feast of beauty everywhere I look...
but is that art?



"if you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."
Vincent Van Gogh








I pondered it as I weeded and raked the garden...







"The foundations of the world are to be found not in cognitive experience of conscious thought, but in the aesthetic experience of everyday life."
Alfred North Whitehall







maybe art is less a creation






and more a way of 

SEEING..

I like Edgar Degas's 
quote...
"art is not what you see, but what you make others see."








what do you think dear reader?


what do you see?





xo


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

June Journal Pages





So, my dear reader, 
June 
was a busy month..








and my pages reflect the busyness...
a lot of things going on...






people and places...
travel, and visits...





and gardening projects...
not fun, but hardscaping which is important...



ingredients: gesso, paper ephemera, pencil, colored pencil, acrylic paint, black chalk marker, pen and ink, 






I am working on July pages...
and some lily sketches for my family...

and believe it or not...

some ideas for the small works show
for December for 
Bis Gallery!!
It is best to start early...


C4N!

Monday, July 6, 2015

I Spy From The London Eye





I am not a ferris wheel kind of girl...
and if you have been reading my blog

for any length of time..











you have probably suspected that

I am not ... shall we say...

an
adventurer..








but for some reason, I promised
Mr. La Dolce Vita
that I would do this....










I suppose it was due to the fact that 
one doesn't get to London all that often
and well...
the carriage seemed to be large enough
so that I would feel safe...








However, my anxiety was very high, gentle reader...
because I am terrified of heights..

and while I am a fan of the view,
I prefer to look at photos... if you must know...







so I hope you will appreciate these photos
that I took for you...

just in case you are a bit like me.. wink, wink..








the ride does not stop, so you have to shuffle quickly..
on and off...










and the view was 
outstanding of course...







one thing that made it bearable for me...






was the fact that the carriage is stable...







and unlike a real ferris wheel, it doesn't rock...









which makes me sick, quite frankly...









but I admit that when we got to the top...
right here...
I had to sit down and view my photos 
on my phone to distract myself from
the distance!

Hope you enjoyed it... I will be back next week..
as always..


C4N!