Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mt. Dora





all work and no play
makes Cat a dull girl...
So we journeyed over to 
Mt. Dora

not exactly a mountain...








but definitely hilly...
with a lovely lake..

and some darling shops..
it used to be an antique haven...







and I expected to take some photos of antiques to share with you..
but those days are gone.. or I should say, those shops are gone..

we did find one tiny antique store, but most are tourist shops..

and then there was this beautiful restaurant..
below...







it was stunning and we agreed to try it out the next time we ventured
to the mountain..







the tree in the courtyard of the restaurant was 
spectacular...
below...
and the clock was pretty cool too, I might add...









and the tropicals were beautiful...







then we walked...





out of the courtyard...








and down to the lake...






where this guy was fishing...
and he was so still... he was the perfect subject... 







So finally, the carpet has arrived, 
most of the furniture is put together...
just the flat file remains, and the house is starting to come together..








I have even put a few perennials in the garden...

so we are taking Labor Day week off
heading to the Bahamas...
living in Florida affords us the luxury of those fabulous
last minute cruise deals...

and you know how I love the beach.. 
grin.


I promise....will bring you another travelogue..

so Ciao, Ciao dear readers...



 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Littles





I am still waiting for 
the flooring to arrive..

dear reader.. 
and so have not been able to really unpack,

but I did locate the littles...







that I had been working on
before we left 
Chessy and got them out..







to varnish them at least..







it makes me itchy to get to work,
but there is so much to do..
I don't have time right now...
we still have plumbing issues..
and alas this home had not been maintained very well...

so we are playing catch up..






the tiny pieces here
are small canvas..
the butterflies are hand printed tissue paper..

which ripped coming out of the old printer..
which died and has been replaced..

the ripped tissue was at first a tragedy and then
I remembered that this show is about the patched.. and tattered wing
that continues to fly..
stitched and strengthened..






I smiled to myself as I found places for the tiny torn creatures..








they are untitled as of now...
but I am sure they will speak to me soon..







I am looking forward to new furniture
which we will choose next week..







in Chessy, I was working on a folding table...
not the ideal...
so we will remedy that next week...







and the days are just packed...
I am however painting...

walls...

not the kind of painting I love...
but painting nonetheless..



C4N!




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Welcome Home





It was a rude homecoming, gentle reader..

a musty smell 
and the sickening sound of rushing water...









we soon realized the problem was 
in the back guest room..
the room I had intended to use as my studio...









the culprit below...






I have been excited about this space for three reasons...
one, the light and proximity to the pool... it has a lovely slider
two, it has a small pool bath... perfect for washing brushes eh?
and three, it has a walk-in closet for storage...
  







so, I was dismayed to find that it was the studio that was under
attack from the toilet intake..






the problem was was not just the studio...
we lost the carpet and the pad because there had been a vapor barrier 
and that held in the water...
it had to be completely ripped out, because the floors adjacent to the Studio are all
hardwood and we did not want to loose those...







so we surrendered it all let the restoration company 
pull all the wet material and we submitted to the deafening sound of the dehumidifier and 
the fans..

this week I was able to start searching thru the boxes in the garage and have set up a little makeshift studio... below..




the flooring seems to be healing, but we will have to wait and see what kind of damage we have with the wood...

We have had a lot of rain..
the view below is of the the front yard and the forest across the street...









We have one neighbor on the next street
and you can see their house thru the greenbelt...
so it seems to be very private...





and there are lots of gardening opportunities..
and empty flower beds...
not a flower in sight on the property...
but you know I can fix that...
 grin...





the property sits on a "hill", which means it is a bit higher than the other homes and the backyard
slopes into the forest green space,  






I have seen monarchs and gorgeous yellow butterflies attracted to the one and only butterfly bush in the back yard..

and I have gardening opportunities in the pool cage as well..
so many things to do... but trying to keep my head in boxes and finding homes
for things...







So happy to be here and feeling so blessed that 
we got home in time to save the rest of the house...


I will be out to visit all your blogs, feeling hungry to know how you are all
doing...



ciao, ciao!





Wednesday, July 30, 2014

So Long Chessy





after moving so many times,
I have found it is easier to say goodbye...
if you don't put down deep roots...









still there are always things you miss 
about a place and you leave a little piece of yourself, lost in the energy of
each place you live...

I think...







but you take things with you as well...
what I will miss about Chesapeake is the charm..

I just had to share the quaint and 

Tiny





Farmers Market
which is located in Great Bridge under the tall pines
every Saturday morning...
I am a big supporter of Farmers Markets





This one is sweet and small
and corralled by a fence directly behind it 
which protects the Revolutionary battlefield
of Great Bridge





these are photos of the old baskets that
lie just beyond the 
fencing as you purchase your produce
in the lacy, tree lined, shade...







they are pretty fabulous are they not?
History is one of my weaknesses...
and I loved visiting these baskets each week...








but so is fresh produce and
flowers...






lots of tomatoes...






and a smattering of
baked goods...
which of course I cannot eat, because I am Gluten Free...
but lovely nonetheless...







but I think I will miss my morning walks
the most..
the herons and wading birds...








and all the ponds...
the water ways...

fortunately there is lots of water 
where we are headed...

the studio is packed and 
 I will be taking a long
blog break...
to settle in and get unpacked...

I hope to be back in a couple of weeks...
to share photos of new gardens and new studio space..
see you soon!

C4N!








Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Small Works






I have been working
in a studio that is almost completely packed..
I have a few paint jars..

a couple of adhesives, 
4 paint brushes,
a pencil and a small bag of ephemera..






a bit challenging..
but I did manage to finish a few small
pieces...
and I am working on 4 more...

for my 
December Small Works 
show at 
EsScentuals
just sneaky peeks, mind you..







but peeks nonetheless...

these are tiny pieces... which for me is more challenging than
working large..
having space and freedom for me is liberating..
but then I am claustrophobic..








they are still unnamed..
but they are the first pieces in a big show..
dragonfly and butterfly
all torn or separated...








damaged but unbroken...


Thanks for being there, you faithful readers 
and silent lurkers..

how blessed I am to have your continued support..

 I appreciate you, everyone.. 


ciao, ciao!!




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July Journal Pages







precious little art is going on right now...

but you know that art journal pages always happen..
creativity 
just 
squirts out..




July art journal page detail of paper wing, Caterina Giglio




I have been giving much thought to my new series..
of wings..

this series is less about the whole beautiful creature..
and more about the damaged wing, the the broken and patched,
the wing that flies in spite of the stitches..
the scars and hidden wounds..




Journal pages detail, July 2014, Caterina Giglio 




a lot of writing this month dear readers...
underneath... just below and on top...
desires, dreams wishes
and on top, affirmations...

of health and healing, happy new home, beautiful new life...


the wing below is hand drawn on cardstock and the feathers are torn from 
an old book, collaged and painted gold, embellished with pen and ink..





Two page spread, Art Journal Pages, Caterina Giglio

Ingredients: collage, gesso, acrylic paint pen and ink, antique book pages, staples, thread, cardboard



and now off to pack
and sort..
which sounds dull and boring..
but really it is
so very exciting
to be flying home..



xo