was an awful year...
my personal life was pretty miserable...
my brother had just shot himself in the heart..
and I felt a powerful inner struggle
that was exacerbated by the things going on around me..
It was also the year I began to
blog and named my blog
La Dolce Vita..
I literally took
my spiritual practice
and my art work
|My art journal stack, my 2009 journal is on top..|
I took refuge in art..
escaping to my studio, I created shrines, nichos and art
that reflected my personal spiritual work
I am the attraction for all that comes to me
I decided then,
that I needed to love myself..
more than I did then..
and it was a promise that I made to myself
that I would consciously make the effort..
|2015 Journal Detail, February journal pages, Caterina Giglio.. Antique bible pages gifted from Lisa DiNunzio|
Part of my practice was to write myself
a Valentine letter..
a love letter to myself...
at the time
I was not in a, "hearts and flowers" kind of place...
in fact I never used hearts in my work at all...
my brother's death changed that..
|February 2015 Art Journal Pages, on my desk..|
using a heart in my work
became a symbol
of life and death and love...
|Closeup of February 2015 Love Letter to Myself|
It all began in this journal, below
I started by facilitating
an art journal group...
|Art Journal 2009, Caterina Giglio|
and this was my first spread...
|2009 Art Journal spread Love Letter To Myself, Caterina Giglio|
not being in a
"hearts and flowers" kind of place emotionally
I decided to create just that in my pages
because I firmly believe that
what we visualize we
and the French couple
stood in as
a model for myself
a person who was balanced both
by a strong feminine and masculine side..
|2010 Art Journal, Caterina Giglio|
I finished that journal and moved on
the number of transition and transformation
2010 was certainly that...
I decided that I loved the large format of the
antique record books..
and #5 had the most beautiful marbled front...
|2010 Art Journal Spread, Love Letter To Myself, Caterina Giglio|
I collaged over much of my writing... using my own image in my work
and an image of a young girl, to represent my
time was ticking...
|2011/2012 Art Journal, Fern Caterina Giglio|
I found another record book
in better shape for my
2011 and 2012 art journal
my life began to transform
in amazing ways
lots of things were
|2011 Art Journal spread, Love Letter To Myself, Caterina Giglio|
in 2011, I wrote...
Yes I have loved you well...
for you are the secret of all my secrets..
and I will love you
the body is dust...
and our being-ness
my stitched spread for
was simple enough
a heart stitched
of my page reads...
life is good...
|2013-2015, Untitled Current Art Journal|
In 2013 I found
a perfect antique record book
that is not only substantial
it was in fabulous shape...
|2013 Art Journal spread, Love Letter To Myself, Caterina Giglio|
my cold heart was
2014, Art Journal spread, Love Letter To Myself, Caterina Giglio
a return of
my lily life and love..
I used antique imagery to represent
profound love of life
La Dolce Vita
|Detail of 2014 Art Journal spread, Love Letter To Myself, Caterina Giglio|
My current pages below..
|2015 Art Journal spread, Love Letter To Myself, Caterina Giglio|
Where I celebrate
not only myself
and my love for me,
but my ability to create...
not just with my hands...
but with my love and my thought..
|A celebration of life, 4 journals, representing one month on two pages for 6 years.. Caterina Giglio|
You don't have to be an artist
to write yourself a love letter...
I urge you to try it..
just start by writing one thing that you appreciate
it can be simply that you have the eyes
to read this post..
all I can tell you
is that you cannot control what goes on around you
but you can be the person you want to be...
and that alone
La Dolce Vita..