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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

a new beginning








ciao, dear readers...

I have long been a lover of flowers...
in my past life as a florist, I found a tiny little book,
The Language of Flowers..
that I still reference...

it brings me comfort to know that there is more than the surface concerning anything
really...



my studio emblem...


there is a whole language of symbolism that makes life so interesting...

in my spare time, as you know...
I have been drawing little lilies...

gigli..
for my relatives and they have given me time to think about a family that is named

Lily...








the lily is an interesting flower
it has parts arranged in 3's which is associated with the trinity
or of having a triune nature...

they appear at funerals and in the spring..
they are offered by angels in paintings and they
adorn the caskets of the aged..

they were used in celebrations and sorrows, by both Pagans and Christians... 

the triune nature that represents
both death and life






my gigli on the work table seen through the stained glass...



several years ago, a friend of mine
who was a stained glass artist...
showed me a piece of his work...
 he normally created
abstract pieces, but for some reason he was compelled  to a
create a fleur de lis..
puzzled...








I have been working two 3 x 3's per page and have two finished and 4 in progress...




he put the piece aside and went on with his work...
of course, when I saw it, I knew it was for me...
and so it has traveled around with me
from each studio location...

a fleur de lis or fiori di giglio
is the stylized version of the lily..








I decided to concentrate my tiny sketches..





the writing is lily, lilium giglio, gigli...  mixed media on paper, Nu Pastel and colored pencil




on the white lilies





gigli in process...




and to stick to pursue more interesting varieties...



fragrant Sand Lily... with star shaped petals and grass like leaves...



and I am creating pastel sketches that you saw above 
for my relations that like
the traditional...


and mixed media below...




lily in progress mixed media on book page.





for my relatives who love
new beginnings...




have a great week
and may all your new beginnings be easy...


C4N!

20 comments:

CERULEAN said...

Nice mixture of text and image!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you Eric.. And thanks for your visit!

Connie Rose said...

What beautiful drawings, Caterina! I had no idea giglio meant lily -- how cool is that. Nor have I ever seen a sand lily -- the flowers look so much like epiphyllum, in many parts known as cactus orchid. Have a blessed day!

Caterina Giglio said...

Connie Rose, thank you for stopping by... So happy you liked the little sketches.. And I wiifm check out the cactus orchid..

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Unbelievably beautiful lilies. I especially like the mixed media ones, but I always like the text of a book page in the background of handmade items.

I am also drawn to the Fleur de Lis. I have no connection to it like you, but I still love it. Of course, your beautiful stained glass piece is stunning. I can see why you drag it from place to place.

Valerianna said...

And then there is the scent of lillies... so intoxicating! Nice to go from traditional to other styles, isn't it?

martinealison said...

Bonjour,

Quel billet délicat et frais avec ces lys !...
Très belles oeuvres accompagnées de jolis mots.
Gros bisous ♡

jacqueline said...

Absolutely beautiful work - thank you for your post.
From Jacqueline from www.allaboutthemoon.blogspot.com

~*~Patty S said...

Another interesting post with lots to learn dear Cat ...
truine is a new word for me...
Your inspiration along with your lily drawings are splendid and oh so lovely...
can't help but think of some favorite song lyrics: every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end...
Enjoy ♣ Enjoy
oxo

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

You have honored both the name and the flower here! I especially like the Nu Pastel sketches and of course the stained glass is beautiful! Have a great week!

Jo Murray said...

Loved this post. The lilies and your images of them are gorgeous.

Marilyn J. Rock said...

So beautiful!

Caterina Giglio said...

E, the mixed media pieces are my favs too! I really enjoy bringing different things together ... But some of my fam are more interested in the traditional.. So tying to please all of them.. Is a labour of love!! X

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Val.. Yes it is.. Really keeps me interested!


MatineAlison...Donc tres heureux que vous aimez les lis gros bisous de nouveau a vous.. Xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Jacqueline.. Thank you and thanks for stopping by the sweet life.. I will drop in at your place too!

Oh, dear Patty such true lyrics..so happy you liked the little post! Xoxo

Thank you Mary Ann! I appreciate that! Thanks for stopping by!

Caterina Giglio said...

Jo! Thanks so much!

Marilyn ... Thank you!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Beautiful lilies, and it's nice to remember the symbolism, as they have been very important in art through the ages. I love your stained glass studio emblem, too; it certainly fits!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Sharmon, thanks! And thanks for stopping by! Can't wait to hang my stained glass in the new place! X

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Your lilies are lovely and your story about them even more so. Hope your stained glass finds a perfect home. xox

Linda said...

What beautiful pieces of art Cat!
And I've always thought you had a rather gorgeous name..... ;-) xx