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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Beach Balm





For those of you
getting sweaters out and harvesting pumpkins
it is still summer
here..









just sans tourists..
it is time right now for the locals 
to come out and play..

our weather won't really break until late October...











So we took a day off last week,
to journey to the beach..
to enjoy the balm
of the ocean..










and the hypnotic sound of the surf..
a meditation in itself...









the expanse of sky and ocean..
reminds me that possibilities are simply unlimited...











and there are reasons
that it is called
Clearwater Beach..









the clouds were spectacular..







kissing the sand dunes 
and hugging the shore...







it was a perfect day..
sparkly, peaceful..







a perfect
balm for the soul...



see you next week with
my new travel journal..

ciao, ciao!





Tuesday, September 6, 2016

August Art Journal Pages and a Fall Break






Summer is definitely at an end...
and 
August was a wild month..







another month of 
transitions and transformations..
we even had a
hurricane to contend with..
but fortunately it passed over us with 
just rain..
and maybe a bit of anxiety...









we had a lot of rain this year..
so
butterfly and dragonfly
were my faithful companions..
so I had to share 
them with you
and in my pages..








I learned a lot about both of them
this summer..

as I accept the changes that I make 
about myself and what I want to 
create
both personally and professionally..





The substrate for the butterfly is white tissue paper
and I treated the back with gel medium,
then I drew the butterfly on the paper with Inktense water color pencils
it worked quite well
and I only wish you could see and feel it in person..






Ingredients: Acrylic paint, Inktense Pencils, pencil, pen and ink on gelli prints, wrapping papers, rub on transfers, transfers on paper, walnut ink. Butterfly in Inktense Watercolor pencils on tissue paper. 







and we are off to visit family
so I will take a little blog
break...

as always, 
I am grateful for your
readership..
and finding your sweet comments
is my one weakness..


xo


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bricolage, Art Journals and Somerset Apprentice





You never know
what will catch someone's fancy



Detail from journal page, May I suggest Bricolage? Caterina Giglio



so it was with 
an email I received from the new 
editor 
of 
Somerset Apprentice







it seems they were interested in 
sharing my journal pages
in
my last art journal











the spread
was done at the 
Holiday season...









and featured 
wrapping papers, 
old ephemera...
and lots of layers...

of course...






so if you get a chance
to pick up a copy

take a peek inside...

and as usual..
I am in great company!



xo



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Carte Postale- Part Two






I had so much fun with this series..
I hope it shows...
sometimes art just makes itself...

and perhaps that is the benchmark for being in the flow
of creation... 

Detail from Carte Postale, Caterina Giglio



as you know,
I adore layers and I enjoyed building
texture upon each layer of paint and paper...




Carte Postale, mixed media painting, 8 x 8 cradled board, Caterina Giglio


I have always been fond of polka dots and have used them
before, but this time, 
I used them as a major theme,
and it feels whimsical and fresh to me...





In Context, mixed media painting, 8 x 8 cradled board, Caterina Giglio



Most of the post cards and stamps were given to me






 In Context, detail, mixed media painting, Caterina Giglio



with the exception of the one below,
which I purchased at an estate sale in 
Fort Collins many years ago..

I used the original from 1945
but made a photo copy 
for the collector to keep...





# 44 Paris, mixed media painting, 8 x 10 Caterina Giglio


and in this piece I enlarged the original postmark
since there was no stamp..






Detail from #44 Paris, Caterina Giglio


 




Copy of the post card used in #44 Paris


and the last piece
is a favorite,
a post card from Versailles ...
Marie Antoinettes little Hamlet..



#91 Versailles, mixed media painting, 8 x 10  Caterina Giglio









Detail from #91, Caterina Giglio




So now I am off to buy hardware 
and get these
ready for shipping...

I will have them in the 142 bis gallerie
listing next month
after they arrive in 
Fort Collins...

As always, I am most grateful for you
dear readers and thank you in advance for your comments...



xo





Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Carte Postale- Part One




I have been working
on my new series..
Carte Postale

and I am putting the finishing touches








on some of the larger pieces..










I was not satisfied with mounting them
on paper
and decided to put them on cradled boards 
which pleased me
and gave me an opportunity to add 
even more texture..













 this series began as I was going through
old post cards and stamps and was
graciously given
a lot of wonderful old stamps
by my friend Jeanne...










it is so seldom, 
that we receive a post card
anymore...








often a business will send them out..
but the old 
romantic thought of sending a post card 
has 
mostly fallen out of favor








a post card

was once a winged thought..
a desire to share an experience..
and wish that a special someone could share in the joy
of the sight...
the discovery...
the pleasure..
















Part Two
will be here next week

and then...
titles..
hardware... 
shipping..
and show time...



ciao, ciao!




Tuesday, August 9, 2016

July Art Journal Pages




As I was loading the photos 
for this post, I realized that I have always
had a love affair with trees..








my first published work was
 my senior year book..
in high school,
they published a few pen and ink sketches..
my favorite was
a tree of course...

to me they represent wisdom ..
and grace..

and allowance..
they just be a tree and they do it so well...











there are two trees here, one on each page,
 in the light,
and one is in the shade...









they remind me that we always have a choice
to sit in the shade or the sun..
to be in light
or dark..








to look at things with hope or dread..







my trees holds promise..
incubating healing love and putting down roots..
allowing
new and wonderful things to grow...




ingredients: gesso, acrylic paint, walnut ink, paper ephemera, cloth, tissue papers, pencil



work goes on..
in the studio...
I have been working on my
Carte Postale collection
for the fall
and will be sharing that with you next Tuesday..

until then...

C4N!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Break





with such gorgeous
summer days






I thought it was high time
I took a little blog 

break...





a little

rest is a perfect way
to celebrate the summer...


hope  you are having a magical..
summer...

xo