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Monday, January 21, 2013

journal's end





well, gentle readers, this is a long post...
I promised you this a couple of months ago...
my art journal is finished...
if you have been following the sweet life
for a while, you know that art journaling is
an important part of my life...









a necessary ingredient...
a cathartic process...
a way to deal with issues...
and 
an opportunity to try out new techniques
products and make rough drafts for 
art pieces...
so here you have 
my 
2011-2012
art journal  









if you remember ... the cover looked very different from this
and to see the original cover 

the old cover did not hold up to the wear and tear of 
two years and so I fashioned this from an old book cover 
and an antique metal scrap..
the fern piece was stitched and glued to the cover...
since the book cover was in poor shape,
I stitched the edges and covered it liberally with  
gel medium...


January 2011
working on the collaborative show at 
Two Graces Gallery






February 2011
writing my annual love letter to myself



March 2011
planning my move to Michigan





April 2011
rough drafts for the Two Graces show





May 2011
packing up and moving away




June 2011
To do lists, busy hands unpacking and painting..




July 2011
digging in a new garden...





August 2011
settling in and finding time to do slow stitches...





September 2011
bricolage pages, lots of things going on...




October 2011
Italian collage, working on art for my new home...




November 2011
putting down roots... 




December 2011
illuminating the possibilities...




January 2012
the woman who cried flowers, transforming pain
to joy



February 2012
my annual love letter to myself..




March 2012
the promise of spring, sowing seeds..




April 2012
tribute to my mother in law
"unable are the loved to die for love is immortal"
emily dickenson




May 2012
a peaceful dream about my brother, who took his life..




June 2012
the fires in Fort Collins, affected me deeply, destroying forest and homes..



July 2012
a frayed heart, feeling the stress of death and change...



August 2012
a wonderful visit to Fort Collins, a great response to my show at EsScentuals
The French Paper series...



September 2012
more death...



October 2012
enjoying the color of the season... but feeling weary..
"a wind has
blown the rain away and blown the sky away
 and the trees stand,
I think I too have known autumn for too long.
e.e. cummings





November 2012
the death of my brother in law, completely unexpected...
stitching my stable foundation back together...





December 2012
the swirling snow reminds me that the future is unknown and I must
be resigned to uncertainty..
welcome it and get used to it...






December pages, writing on the page and covered with black gesso...
colored pencil snowflakes

detail below of 
hand stitched tracing paper snowflake..





mindful of the time
bringing changes...




ingredients: pencil, black gesso, acrylic paint, colored pencil, paper ephemera, tracing paper, thread


 it is amazing to see all the work...
my life captured in my art...
the tears and deaths...
the hope and dreams
and the joy of the beauty of
this sweet life...

thank you 
for stopping by
as always, your 
kind comments are so appreciated..

and I will return
with a new journal and a new 
January spread

C4N!








25 comments:

Stephanie Gentry said...

It is lovely - a treasure.

Becca said...

You are such an inspiration! Thank you!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

What a beautiful accomplishment...thank you for sharing your daily affirmations. I always feel a sacred blessing when I visit your prayerful posts. Peace be with you, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

audrey said...

This journal is priceless, Cat. So many memories ~ you've put your heart into this and it shows. Every page is lovely ~ even the page of ashes because it shows your compassion for the devastation and loss.
This is a beautiful book.
audrey xo

Laura said...

Dear Cat... thank you for allowing us entry into your heart via your exquisite journal... bellisiomo!

Laura J. Wellner (author pseudonym Laura J. W. Ryan) said...

This is such a gorgeous piece! Such a labor of love too...sweet and beautiful!

Lynn said...

Absolutely beautiful Caterina, so deep, so sweet, such love.

lynne h said...

WOW, cat... i'm speechless... everything here is precious and says so much.

thank you...

xoxo

Gayle Price said...

So very beautiful and so very unique and creative. I admire so much your consistency in recording and dealing with the events in your life in such a creative way, so inspirational. xx

pilarisa321 said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pages and chronicle of your two year journey. Your journal pages always inspire me to continue in my own art journal and explore my techniques and process. Congratulations on this achievement. xoxoxoxo

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Your journal is so wonderful Caterina - so special and filled with memories. Thanks for sharing.

~*~Patty S said...

what a brilliant way to be able to look back on the year(s) ...
your pages are rich and very moving with such stories to tell dear Cat
thank you for sharing them with us
oxo

Dorthe said...

Dear Caterina,
this artjournal, showing importent bits of your life for the two last years, --A life filled too much with death of dear ones, and sad happenings, but also filled with joy and beautiful experienses,-is a most stunning example on honourering both the sad- but also the happy happenings,in a life ,that is alwayes a gift to live!
Hugs,Dorthe

ArtPropelled said...

A lovely way to express yourself through art and then to look back over the year and remember. I'm drawn to the stitched snowflake.

Priti.Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing Cat...the intimacy of looking through a personal book...what a gift. Although I remember many of these pages, it is amazing to see the seamless flow of them, juxtaposed the turmoil of moving and death...a wonderful lesson for us all...going with the flow, relaxing into life.
Love you ♥

Marilyn Rock said...

This is a beautiful and moving ending. But; it's not sad as I know another beginning, of yours, will be just as breathtaking!

xxoo

Nathalie Thompson said...

I admire your commitment to journaling. I can't make it a regular routine. I ran across a quote I put into one of my altered books-
"My thoughts are scattered in drawers with my collections" (by Me) My life's goal is to assemble my thoughts into an organized format! ha!

Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful journaling.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Thank you for sharing your journey in such a thoughtful and beautiful way...I see hope everywhere!

Zom said...

How beautiful. I can feel the depth of your days alive in this book.

Kim Andersen said...

You have captured a lot of living and loving n this precious book Cat. Thank you for the inspiration - you have convinced me that this is a very very valuable activity. I will try to be more consistent in my art journaling - I am encouraged!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

I am glad it was a long post! I enjoyed this alot, although May 2011 held my attention the longest:)
Great book and idea. I am inspired to start one while it's still Janurary...

Marie Danti said...

A wonderful treasure and gift to yourself. It is such a blessing that art as container holds so much of our lives, revealing and transforming the pain and passion into beauty.
Love the new dolce look! Tres elegante.

Gaby Bee Germany said...

A real treasure, Cat. I love every page...you are such an inspiration!

Gaby xo

Irene Rafael said...

i have to say that i love visiting. the beauty, creativity and sensitivity are palatable and fills my heart. thank you for your continued posts.

Dianne said...

what a gorgeous book...simply lovely and in many ways it seems soothing.