Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Winter Garden in Italian Collage

Although I am not finished with
my new pieces..
I decided to show you some
of the Works in Progress 
my new 

from the 
French Paper Series..

These are just snippets of work
Italian Collage pieces with original drawings

As you know, I have resisted sharing my WIPs because they are often pinned
on Pinterest and when the finished work is released, it is confusing. So I decided to pin them myself with the explanation that it is not a finished work.  I know how 
important it is to you, dear reader, to see the process. Italian collage pieces take months for me
to complete, because they scraps of papers are layered glued and dried and reapplied and often I rip back the papers to reveal what is below. This process was lengthened for this collection because I decided to create original pen and ink drawings to use for the garden images.

Work in Progress, The Winter Garden, Italian Collage, Caterina Giglio

I was partly inspired by the color of my
July art journal pages, an example is below

and you can see the whole post 

I found a whole stash of old 
parchment paper in an antique book
and had fun layering the pieces..

July Art Journal Page detail, Caterina Giglio

my inspiration
 for the Winter Garden 
Le Jardin D' Hiver
arrived when I was scrolling thru my 
Pinterest home page and I viewed a photo
of a rose captured perfectly....

in death...

Italian Collage, detail, The Winter Garden, Caterina Giglio

in it's frozen beauty...

The Winter Garden, Italian Collage detail, Caterina Giglio

 it also held the promise
of new life...

the cold North Wind my be cruel, but
life springs eternal..

it is a powerful thought...

what we once treasured
being transformed..
and that is important to remember...



lynne h said...

oh... love, love...


martinealison said...


Il est très intéressant de visualiser l'évolution de votre travail... Fascinant et extraordinaire !

Gros bisous ☾

Dorthe said...

Dear Caterina, your way of creating with the many layers, the ripping, the drawing, and re layering, speaks to me so very much, as does your always worthful words of seing the world.
Such beautiful colour tones mixed with the parchment giving your art the look of dreamy , misty autumn/winter weather season.
Hugs from Dorthe -xxx

Anonymous said...

Another fantastic series in the making. Thanks for sharing the WIP. xox

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Once again, I'm not sure which draws me in faster, your gorgeous pictures, the wonderful process, or your thought provoking and colorful words. I love how you peel back the layers to show the process. I can only imagine how long these pieces take, and now that you are drawing your own art, it must take even longer. Thanks for sharing the WIP. It was a fun visual and a fun read!

Caterina Giglio said...

Lynne, love, love, love back! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Bonjour cher cœur , je pensais que l'évolution serait intéressant de voir . Tellement heureux que vous l'aimez .... gros bisous de nouveau à vous!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks Corrine, finally wrapped my head around how to share the WIPs... :D

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi E, I have been working on these since July, and still working on them.. today is Oct. 29, hoping to have them finished and mailed this weekend, that means photographed for you too! Thanks for your kindness about my words, I always feel I am a bit too chatty! x

Seth said...

Always fascinating to see work in progress. Thanks for the share!

Caterina Giglio said...

Seth, yes, I do too... fun to see the process, thanks...

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

You artwork is like the layers of paint and wallpaper found in an old home that tells a lovely story of the past. Transformation is necessary but so many fight the inevitable changes of life. Better to embrace all that is and will be. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Caterina Giglio said...

Tammy, you just articulated my work exactly, may I use that quote in my artist statement? Thank you so much... Sending you richest blessings, my friend..

lana kloch said...

love your how your inspiration is incorporated in these amazing pieces...

wish you could feel how i feel when i set my eyes on your art.

i especially love the medallion piece and the fern w/ the deli paper folded orgami style...

thank you for sharing this... you have brightened up my day already..

sending hugs,

lana cano kloch

Caterina Giglio said...

Lana, wouldn't it be wonderful if we had special viewing glasses to see what others view? I am enamored of the medallions as well and I love the idea of the circle of life. So happy you enjoyed the new collection.. xox

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