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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

January Journal Pages




New Year,
New journal...

but old traditions,


each January I create a self portrait
for my journal pages..








I have been thinking a lot about
age.. and aging..


and I am working on some paintings..
 portraits, 
I have one particular model right now, but I may include others..

She has beautiful long hair..
women of a certain age...
with long hair...






many Native American tribes thought that hair held memory..
and to cut hair 
was to break with traditions, the past 
and to literally cut away your memories...

I was thinking about this, when I created these pages... 




ingredients: gesso, acrylic paints, paint pens, art graf pencil, pencil, pen and ink, paper ephemera, stencils, china marker...




as for my new journal...

I chose a 
Strathmore Mixed Media
art journal...

the size is smaller than the old record books, but the paper is so
tough, I don't think I need to prime the page..

 I do love it..

and I thank you as always for stopping in
to read about my travels, my thoughts, and see what I am creating..

grazie!


ciao, ciao!




30 comments:

Kim Collister said...

Caterina,
I love that you do a selfie in your journal page each year. This one is amazing and inspiring! I love journaling and my plan for this year is to spend more time in my journals, it just feeds your soul! I love your blog and each time I visit, you never fail to inspire me!
XO
Kim

martinealison said...

Bonsoir,

Un très joli portrait... J'aime le travail du mouvement des cheveux.

Gros bisous

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

What a beautiful way to illustrate a mature woman with a lovely grace about her. Love the hair collage. xox

Jo Murray said...

It's an interesting concept. She looks like a woman with many wonderful memories. Beautiful.

~*~Patty S said...

Lovely long haired lady.
The Sikh's also believe in not cutting hair or wearing bangs because it covers the third eye.
Happy days to you dear Cat ♥
oxo

Kathleen said...

love this. And the history of the memories embedded in our hair. You are a fabulous artist with a spirit to match!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Beautiful Caterina...amazing all the materials used in creating this beauty. Yes long hair can be so lovely...I'm going to try for braids as a way to hold my memories all together!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It never fails, dear friend that you post on Tuesday and I am always late visiting. This is a beautiful entry and a truly lovely lady. I was very impressed with the way you described your new journal. I sincerely need one of those, since the journal I bought for my calendar, also from Strathmore, isn't holding up well.

Dorthe said...

Hello dear Cat,
the woman portrait is wonderful, she -for me- looks more like some lucky persons, whom never seem to look real old, but keep kind of the same face, for many ,many years !! Maybe like you !!
Love the long hair, and the story about it,...
I would have had no chance there, as my hair is so awfully thin, and will never grow long anymore :-(
Love the moon landscape she lives in !!
Smiles from Dorthe

Sharmon Davidson said...

A beautiful beginning for a new journal and a new year! The collaged hair is great, and she looks happy and self-assured. Wonderful!

Suzanne Wohlfeld said...

Beautiful!

Suzanne Wohlfeld said...

Beautiful!

Seth said...

A gorgeous way to begin.

Caterina Giglio said...

Kim, thank you so much, so happy to know you are inspired and that you enjoy the sweet life, thanks so much dear heart! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Martinalison! Bonjour! Merci beaucoup!! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Corrine, thank you, it was fun! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Jo, yes it is an interesting concept, and I think conversely that keeping hair short allows us to explore new adventures!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Patty, you long haired goddess ... you!! I knew about the sikhs belief in long hair, but not about the third eye! how funny, I am always covering my third eye even when I sleep!! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh, Mary Ann, I love the idea of braids holding memories together!! thank you!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Kathleen, you are so dear, thank you so much! Muah!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi E! well I only post once a week.. so you are not late!! The trick is to get the MIXED MEDIA paper, I have tried the others and they are good for drawing... period! Very happy with this one!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Dorthe! I was blessed with a baby face, but up close you can see that I am an old lady!! LOL And the moons were a mistake, or rather they came thru from what I had underneath more of an abstract with circles and I just couldn't get rid of them! Ha, Ha! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Well I guess at a certain age, we just seem more self assured! Thanks Sharmon! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Suzanne, thank you so much!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you so much, Seth!! : D

Blogoratti said...

Really wonderful, its filled with so much depth and elements. And that face, its seen everything it seems. Greetings!

Priti.Lisa said...

hello gorgeous!
if the indigenous people are right
{and my hair is cropped}
i must be carrying my memories
in my tummy and thighs.
at least now i have an explanation.
teehee
xoxox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hello Blogoratti,
Thank you for stopping in here at the Sweet Life.. so nice to meet you.. and yes, the face has seen a lot!

Caterina Giglio said...

Darling Lisa... my thought is that keeping hair cut short allows for lots of ideas and enthusiasm!! Which you have dear heart!! Thank you dear one! xoxo

Rhapsody said...

blessings......
I love the idea of journals though I have never been able to consistently do entries so i stopped.

great portrait.

Stay blessed.
peace.
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