Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Making Transfers

I have been making transfers for years..
some turn out well and some don't..

but they are always fun..

I have worked hard to perfect the techniques to make
really clear transfers
and I offer that information here..

We are taking a long break 
for summer vacation, and I am looking forward to 
summer fun with family..

and hope you will be doing the same

as always, I so appreciate your kind attention
to this little blog...

sending grateful appreciation your way
gentle viewer..


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

June Art Journal Pages

Ciao, gentle readers..

Let me start by saying that my blog has always been
a non political site..

strictly about my art work ... 
it was originally written as an online
diary of what was taking place in my studio...

That is not going to change today..

I am going to explain a bit about what my 
June pages revealed..
and to do that,
I must talk about what is happening here in this country..

If you do not live here,
and you live abroad..
you may not realize that what is happening is nothing short of a 
civil war..

Even if you live here, you might not realize it yet..

I do not say this lightly...
and though it looks different from the last one
it is a true war..
being waged within both parties..
and in homes and families all across this land..

The very fabric of this nation is being torn apart..

as I am an antique artist, 
I have history to remember and not since
The Viet Nam War and Watergate
has the country been so divided...

We are facing grave issues and moral challenges...

and my pages reflect all of that..

since I am an artist of a certain age, I can say this, 
that love and beauty always win..
that truth and justice will rule the day,

Though I believe this completely..
I still find myself ripping back the darkness to try to reveal the 


Ingredients: Mono print on tracing paper, antique book pages, acrylic paint, colored pencil.

We will soon be on vacation so...

Next week I will be back on Wednesday
with my YT post 
on Transfers..

Thank you always 
for your kindness and for reading this little blog..
I so gratefully appreciate it..

Ciao, ciao!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Dealing with Rejection and Criticism

Ciao, gentle viewers..
here are a few of my thoughts about
dealing with 

and Criticism

I know many of us have had to deal with
this and some of us are still nursing the scars 
of scathing comments and situations
where criticism
stifled our creativity 
and in some cases, shut down an art career..

take a peek and let me know what you think..
and let me know if there is some topic you want me to 
talk about...

Thanks in advance for your kind remarks and I will be back here
next Tuesday ...

have a gorgeous weekend,
my dear friends..


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Naturalists' Notebook-New Work

a series, just lives in my heart..
it takes over and I find ways..

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media Painting, The Eternality of Life, 5 x 5

to continually create,
using the same series as a vehicle for self expression

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media Painting, A Petition to Time.

in just a slightly and subtly different way..

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media Painting, Waiting for the Rain.

all of these mixed media paintings were featured in 
the Jan/Feb issue of 
Somerset Studio...

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media Painting, The Similarities of Life.

The butterflies and dragonfly are all tissue paper
hand painted with watercolor..

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media painting, Love in a Mist.

They are now listed and reside in the gallery

to view the details and check prices, please
click on the link above

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media Painting, The Shape of Things.

In the studio this week, I am
working on a new YT Vlog post..

talking about criticism and rejection..
which seems to be a timely topic on social media..

and I have been working on my 
Ripped and Torn series and my small flower journal..

juggling many paintbrushes,
 dear reader ..

thanks always
 for your kind remarks and your most generous attention..
I so appreciate you...


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

To Love is a Holy Thing

“Tis a Fearful Thing
‘Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch.
A fearful thing to love, to hope, to dream, to be –

to be, And oh, to lose.
A thing for fools, this,
And a holy thing,
a holy thing to love.

For your life has lived in me, your laugh once lifted me, your word was gift to me.
To remember this brings painful joy.
‘Tis a human thing, love, a holy thing, to love what death has touched.”
― Yehuda HaLevi

Gentle readers..
this is the third death,
 that has occurred 
 in my circle of friends,

and I wanted to create a small tribute..
in my way to mark the passing


To honor the life of 
my friend, 
Ken Murphy..
may he rest in peace
a gentle soul, a gentle man,

and for his wife,
 my sweet and dear friend 
I am sending you my love 
and hope the words
and this simple tribute
sends my heart out to you..


Saturday, June 16, 2018

3 Ways to Use Mono Prints in Mixed Media

What to do with all those
yummy mono prints?

Today I share my favorite ways to incorporate them into 
mixed media and collage.. 

I love using them in my work and I hope you try out the techniques..

Use them as backgrounds, embellishments and as the subject..

what ever you do with them, they will enhance your work..

May your weekend be glorious..
gentle viewers..

Ciao, ciao!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Art and Suicide

Gentle readers..
I am sharing deeply from my heart today..
I promised this year to dig deeper..

In the recent news of the suicides of Spade and Bourdain,
there have been many articles about suicide, depression and people sharing their thoughts and feeling about the subject. There are endless posts offering the hotline number for suicide prevention, 
which is all good. 
I am glad that we are having a larger discussion about this topic..
because it has touched me personally, not once but twice 
so today,
 I wanted to share some art
that I created in order to assist my healing and perhaps urge others to 
put pen to paper and paint on canvas..

to rip the stigma from this topic..


The painting below was done in May of 2009 when I found out that my brother had shot himself 
The title is..
I Think I'll Disappear Now
It is mixed media on canvas and hangs in my studio.

My brother was born angry. 
He was the kind of toddler who threw tantrums, pulled hair and jewelry. I remember him as always frustrated by someone or something.. he needed to be in control at all times. 
He was also talented, a poet and loved to write.. of course, that was not considered to be very macho at the time. 

 Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media on cradled canvas, I Think I'll Disappear Now, 12 x 16

I wasn't surprised to hear of his death..
I was only surprised that he had lived so long. 
people with so much anger and resistance don't last long..

 I realized then that death had finally brought him peace..
and that he could rest..
without being angry about someone or something
that he could not control.
There are some family members that feel it was an accident.. I can understand that...


I can contrast that death with the suicide of my best friend, many years earlier..
Roger was charming, cultured, brilliant and artistic but, 
he was never going to be the football player that his father wanted.
We talked for hours about art, and music, he introduced me to the work of Constable, and was positively crazy about Turner... 

I was miserable, when I found out that Roger had taken his life in 1978
 because I was going to miss him ..
But the worst part was that..
 Roger was a gay man just wanting to live his life with his sweetheart.
He took his life because he could not have the life he wanted. 
He was frustrated by the prison built for him,
 by society, and his family..

I have no art to share with you about Roger..
because I held it deep inside..

Caterina Giglio, Art Journal Page, 2012, The Dream

 In 2012.. I had the loveliest dream about my brother
 and I shared this spread on my blog..
when it happened..
In the dream, he waved to me in the distance and 
he walked up to me, he looked so radiant and beautiful..
I had just found a dead dragonfly and I held it out to him, feeling sad about it's death...
Pete just shrugged and grinned at me...
and then turned and walked off, waving goodbye to me as he
literally walked into the light of the sun..

For some reason that dream made sense to me of 

I know it is shocking to hear when someone has voluntarily decided to take
their own life..
believe me, 
try bringing it up in conversation
 when discussing naturally about the death of siblings..

"and how did your brother die?"
they ask innocently..
and as I answer the room suddenly goes still...

there is that word that lingers and is silently associated with the deed..

Caroll Giglio and Peter Giglio 1958

Fortunately suicide is no longer a crime.. 
I mean what would they do anyway, give you the death penalty?

But the stigma still remains..
The silence is pervasive..

I am just an artist working through the events that have made me..
but what I do know is 
that there are as many reasons for suicide as there are people..

Depression is not the only reason for suicide
it can be as simple as anger..

it doesn't really matter if the prison is created

 by the mind or by society..

it is time to unlock the cell..


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