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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Studio Tour and Vignettes





we are 
all 
voyeurs...

there is just something about the nature of the human spirit
that desires to know
what goes on behind closed doors..
to see thru the windows of a house at night..
to know the untold story...













I think for artists, 
the studio is that personal place
that we most want to view..

we want to know, to see, to understand the creative process..
and though no photo can really give us that information...
we feel as though we can catch a glimpse of it
in viewing that sacred space..


 if you are like me, 
there is no studio that I do not like...
 I find each one most intriguing...

if you have not guessed by now, 
gentle reader, this will be a longer post...
so this is your libation warning...

if you have been following "the sweet life" for a while...



Before
 studio right after new carpet... August



you might remember that the moment we arrived at our new home..
we were lucky enough to stop a flood in progress in the room that was to be my new studio..
I had chosen the guest room with the pool bath..
and the leak in the bathroom
was pretty devastating..

the carpet was ruined but we managed to save the wood floors in the rest of the home...

.... it took months to restore

and so I have been shooting photos for you, over time..
different days and time periods, so you will see the growth...




After
After.....same shot as above but taken last week... this is the table where my art journal lives in the middle of the room, because I work on it continuously...




the movement of things... new shrines and collections...
some things are still in boxes and I have several things to frame...
but it is improving...
and changing...


of course the nature of the studio is change...
nothing is static in a place that must be comfortable in 
Chaos..









no matter how large the space...
I always seem to be able to fill it... 
it is amazing how 

I manage to collect things that speak to me...
and inspire me...







Pilar Pollock heart milage and Neva Gagliano's photograph...


I found a little grey flat file above that my studio goddess
watches over... it is nowhere near as functional as the old steel case file
that I had in Fort Collins, but it functions better than the old
chest of drawers in the other guest room that is also filled with papers...








and I finally found a large bookcase so I can start collecting books again..

I had to pare down my collection to what I absolutely needed...
and what I couldn't live without...
anything about Leonardo Da Vinci made the cut...
along with 
Sibella Court..








and anything old and crumbly
moved with me as well...


"this is the place of creative incubation.. At first you may find nothing happens here. But, if you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen."
Joseph Campbell





Seth Apter's wonderful Pulse of Mixed Media on display..   "Muriel Babies,  Assemblage shrine, Caterina Giglio



the shelves are a magnet for treasures of course,
and one of my most precious pieces of art...
the little Dia De Los Muertos shrine 
above 

that I made a few years ago
for a collaborative show at 
TWO GRACES GALLERY


"every artist dips his own brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures"
Henry Ward Beecher








and a small dish filled with mini sea stars...
starfish,
heart rocks and an arrow...
small treasures..









because they 
live with tiny books...
about Joseph Cornell and the Book of Hours...







and a tiny glass book that I made a few years ago...
above










This photo above was taken a few weeks ago as I was working on
my latest article for Sew Somerset...
making collaged fabric quilts 

stay tuned for that...



and then...
There is the walk in closet...
at least one side is ready for a photo shoot...
well.... mostly...








this side houses my online shop..
the boxes and shelves keep the work from the light and safe from
harm in the studio...











of course I need little shrines here too..
and lots of storage..
which is all full by the way...



"the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
Aristotle







a studio is more than just a functional space..
it is place where function intersects with creativity...
and creativity cannot thrive without inspiration...




"without the studio, however humble, the room where the imagination can enter, cannot exist.'
Anna Hansen









a shot below of my new painting shelf, which I love...
I captured the table below which is opposite the table with the large Fleur..
on a day when I had just put all my print making supplies away...
it seemed a good time for a photo...










This is the first time I have had a studio that is not painted white...
I know many of you like to work with color..
but I find it too distracting..

for me, I find that I live and work more productively in a serene environment...
My mind is constantly moving and I have way more ideas than I have time to work...







the studio is...

"space for the spirit to breathe"
Rainer Maria Rilke


Works in progress, on the painting wall..






 I can fit several boards on the shelf 
and hang them on the wall to work
more easily in series...
and there is ample room below to add another shelf unit for more paint
in larger quantities..




"my studio begins at the art store, I imagine all those paintings trapped inside the tubes of paint."
John Ferrie






and room for more rolled papers...
in my antique bin...







I know I have more papers packed somewhere!





which is next to the sliding glass door 
that takes up most of the wall on that side of the room...
and 

I would only put up with it...
the lack of wall space, that is ...

because...

I have a rather nice view...



even in the winter time...








I hope 
dear voyeur.. 
kind followers, favorite artists, friends and lurkers

that you have enjoyed the little tour...
perhaps you have seen something you remember ..
or something that inspired you too..
a tiny glimpse perhaps...


I am off again
for a little trip, this time to St. Augustine
....
thank you in advance of your kind remarks
and your faithful readership...


ciao, ciao...




35 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Ah, now it looks so cozy. Love the WIP. The Mr. looks quite comfy by the pool. xox

nancy neva gagliano said...

Wow!! A most beautiful space. A thoughtful and organized and beautiful studio. Added bonus: that view/pool/and don!! So happy for you. Luv your long time story as a couple. In some ways it reminds me of jerry and I.
Is that snowy base of the tree one of my photos?? ❌⭕️❌

Caterina Giglio said...

Corrine, thank you, I love the WIPs too and yes, he enjoys warm winter sun!! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Neva.. yes it is your lovely piece and I will have the others framed soon ... I decided to go with function in this studio, so I can get more work done... organization is important... yes.. our love stories are a match... xox

~*~Patty S said...

Fun peek at where the magic happens dear Cat ♥ thanks for sharing...
Looks all around lovely!
Happy days to you and your sweetie.
oxo

Jo Murray said...

What a studio.....and what a view! Inspiration all round.

Caterina Giglio said...

Patty, thank you, it is coming along... still so much to do and organize, but I can finally get some things done! thank you... we are having a great time1 xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Jo, thank you, I think you got a pool too recently didn't you? they make a nice view and quite a distraction in the summer!!

Kathleen said...

That was a wonderful tour Caterina! I do love to look
and studios and collections and papers and everything I guess! yours is just how I would imagine it…calm, serene and magical!

nancy neva gagliano said...

A match. Even without our details.
Don't frame that b&w church. I have another I'd rather send your way. 🌀

Margie said...

Thanks for the beautiful tour, Cat.
You are blessed.
Have a wonderful trip to St. Augustine , I have been there a few times and love that place.
xo

Margie said...

Oh, that pool is wonderful!
What a view!
Wow!

Lisa DiNunzio said...

part museum
part cathedral
entirely captivating.
thank you Cat for taking
the time to share.
i loved it!
xoxox

Kim Andersen said...

It looks very peaceful and meditative - as inviting to sit and read as it must be to sit and work :)

maya matthew said...

Space so beautifully utilised to display all your treasures.Love it.

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

What a wonderful tour around in your studio Caterina, so many inspiring things to look at and the view is fantastic.
Anni

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Beautiful studio space ...dreamy inspiration all around and heavy on supplies...great storage. You have come out of that disaster in a great way. Bonus ... a warm water moonlight swim!!!

Valerianna said...

Beautiful studio, Cat, and full of inspiration. Thanks, also, for the quotes. Always good to add to the collection! Have a good trip.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm late getting to the voyeur party, but I simply adore what you have done. Your space could be in a magazine. In fact, it should be! You find a way to make beauty, even in a working studio. I simply LOVE this space you have created for yourself.

Have a fun time on your trip. See you when you get back.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Very pretty and organized. Hope you are having a lovely trip. Tammy

Caterina Giglio said...

Kathleen, thank you, it is pretty serene.. and finally functional! Thanks for stopping by! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Neva, if you send me another, I will frame that one too!! LOL

Caterina Giglio said...

Margie, I am blessed, yes, I am!! thank you!! St. Augustine was gorgeous!! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Priti Lisa, did you see the card you sent me on the shelf, it lives with the Christmas card you sent one year in a nicho ... so happy you liked the tour.. xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Anni, thank you, I think I often meditate there, especially when I am in the zone, so to speak...

Caterina Giglio said...

Kim, it is very peaceful, and yes, I do love to sit and read as well... :)

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you Maya, I love it too!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann... I love the way you think!! I am looking forward to warm water swims very soon! Yes, I went for function in this studio and organization, the old antiques looked so great, but alas, they were not big on function! This space is working well... x

Caterina Giglio said...

Val, so glad you liked the visit, and yes the quotes are some of my favorites!

Caterina Giglio said...

E, you are too kind, I cannot imagine it in a magazine... just trying to make it all functional for work but thank you for the compliment and happy you enjoyed the tour! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Tammy, it was a lovely trip and I will have photos soon! Thanks for always stopping by!!

Gilda Povolo said...

Lovely photos of your lovely space, and lovely commentary as well, so perceptive--as you are, dear Cat!

rivergardenstudio said...

Caterina, your studio is beauty and function all in one. I love all your displays, your shrines and your lovely objects in groups and on their own. Thank you for this lovely tour.
roxanne

Caterina Giglio said...

Gilda, so happy you like it.. you can visit anytime!! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Roxanne, so happy that you stopped by, and you enjoyed the tour... xox