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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Naturalists' Notebook





well gentle readers,
the show is finally finished and I will be packing shortly..





but I wanted to share a few things with you..
it all began last summer..


The Naturalists' Notebook, Cosmic Butterfly, top, L-R Let There Be Light, Flowering and No. 73


It was the sort of charming shop
that might just disappear if you turned away for too long.
It had a magical aura. I waked in and thought I saw an old woman
sitting at a desk, she smiled as I walked past but continued to read her book.
There were stacks of old papers, manuscripts, music and assorted documents in faded brown long
hand and old photos scattered everywhere.
Pots and pans were filled with lace trims and an old settee
called my name.
I sat and began to look through a dusty album,
the naturalists' notebook...
Perfect, I thought ... I had been looking for just 
such a something.
I paid the woman, who poked the money into her book and continued reading.
The notebook was a puzzle, there were no notes of nature, nothing scientific but instead, there were
drawings and paintings on paper...
And then I realized I had found an artists record of a natural adventure..
Each drawing labeled as Fig. corresponded to a work of art
and suddenly
I woke up...









Yes, 
the idea for the notebook came to me in a dream....







Artist Statement


The Naturalists' Note book was born in a dream, following an illness that left me unable to create. I spent many days watching birds, butterflies and dragonflies. My love of nature assisted me in my healing and followed me back to the studio. My aim has always been to bridge the gap between realism and abstraction, to illustrate relationship and to convey hidden meaning through symbols.

My mixed media pieces always elevate the mundane, celebrate the antique and express in rich layers. In this collection, I strived to create a sense of magical realism, where butterflies form mandalas and crows stand ready to perform magic. Though this is a documentation of personal growth, it is also a map of universal discovery.









Inside the Naturalists' Notebook.. Caterina Giglio






and I was excited to 
create something that held the inspiration
for each piece of work..

You can take a video tour
of the show below..








I had two antique journals, one was the Antique periodical holder
and the other one was a handmade book filled with pressed flowers.
They fit together as if they were made for one another..
fortunately there were many blank pages left in the flower journal,
and I began to fill them following notes in my studio journal...

 I created my first inspirational piece, or Note below
the finished board is on the left.


Cosmic Butterfly, on board left and Notes on Cosmic Butterfly right, above.

as I worked, I thought, 
why not put the notes in the show as well..
so this collection offers you a clear idea of my inspiration, as well as the finished piece..



 L-R bottom, Rooted, Endless possibilities and Freedom


I have been working daily on this show since 
December 
and I am ready for a break
so I will be taking 
a blog and Vlog break 
but will be back soon..

We will 
live stream on FaceBook
May 5 
at the show,
 7pm MDT
and for those unable to make the show on 
Friday night we have a 
matinee scheduled for Saturday the 6th



The show is now open for 
Pre Sales 
and you can look at each piece on the
Gallerie Page.



As always, I thank you in advance of your kind comments..
you continually bless me with your support..

xo




28 comments:

Sharmon Davidson said...

You've outdone yourself this time, Cat; this new series is amazing, and I love that it came from a dream. Must be why it has that special magic!

Carol said...

This is a beautiful collection of work. I look forward to the live FB presentation.

Miss Iowa said...

Oh my gosh, Cat! What a stunning collection you have created, and to think that it came to you in a dream. No wonder the collages are so ethereal. I can't even pick a favorite, they are all so wonderful. Best wishes for a successful show in Fort Collins.

Zue said...

How lovely! Just lovely!
Sue x

Dorthe said...

This is a beautiful dream come true, dear Cat.
Such stunning pages, filled with poetry an d beauty. It must have been very special being able to see it in real .
Have a peaceful break from here, and return filled up with on ly good things, again ,friend.
Hugs, Dorthe
I myself will be away for the next 4 days to come :-)

susan hemann said...

how wonderful! good luck with your show!

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Hi Cat. I can't tell you how much I've been enjoying your blog and your videos. This is a beautiful collection of work and thanks so much for sharing it with us. Good luck with your show and have a safe trip! Sue

Colleen Ray said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely collection and one that, for me, evokes the spiritual connections we have to the natural world. Thank you so much for sharing and good luck with your upcoming show in Fort Collins. Will look forward to your FB live post. Ciao

Donald Digison said...

Very special work....so proud and excited for you.

Hastypearl said...

That was great, Catarina. You've worked so hard. Ill be thinking of you during your show and for everyone that will take home one of your pieces. What a wonderful life experience it will be. Thanks for sharing with us so generously...Laura

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

I love it when work comes in dreams, means we are always tapping our creative souls. Beautiful piece. xox

lana kloch said...

what a wonderful transformation of your dream.. fascinating fantasies put down in such creative and multilayered page...

will try to watch live... wish i could be there.

have a wonderful time..

sending you love and hugs galore..

Kim Collister said...

Your work is always gorgeous and captivating! I adore this completely. Life is a beautiful dream, how lucky are we that we get to live it!
Thanks for sharing this magnificent work💖😊❤️

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've been out of the loop, but now that I'm back, I believe this is possibly your best work yet. I honestly love the connection between the sketch and the completed entry. Sharing both together makes the entry feel complete. I am truly impressed and hope this was as successful as I feel it will be.

Caterina Giglio said...

Sharmon, thank you so much, that means a lot to me... and yes, I have been working on the dream journal and it is working out very well! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Carol,
Hope you saw the FB live event, it was such fun! Thanks for stopping by! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks Miss Iowa, that is so kind, I only hope to make work that is ethereal! So happy you enjoyed the collection!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Sue, thank you so very much, and thanks for always stopping by! I really appreciate your comments! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Dorthe, I had a lovely break, and thanks for your kind comments about the show. I always love to hear your feedback. It means so much to me! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Susan, Thanks ever so much!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Sue @Miss Phoebe's.. thanks so much, I so appreciate your kind comments and I just visited your beautiful blog and I will post your link in my sidebar! Thanks so much!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Colleen, thank you, and yes, it was an exploration of the physical connections that we have with nature, thank you so much, I so appreciate you stopping by the blog! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Don, thank you so much sweetheart, I have you to thank for all your love and support!! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Laura, thanks I so appreciate your kind support, you are so very special! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Corrine, I so agree and I have been working on it for sometime, keeping a dream journal has been very rewarding! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Lana, I sure hope you got to see it, if not live then at least the video! Thank you again for all your kind support of the show, I sincerely appreciate all your kind remarks and your following on social media! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Kim, I completely agree! Life is a beautiful dream, and we are so very blessed! thanks for stopping by dear heart!! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh, Dr. E!! yes it was just awesome. In so many ways!! Thanks so much for stopping by and I am so delighted that you liked the collection. I loved the idea of offering the originals and everyone at the show was wowed! Thank you always for your consistent support, I so appreciate you! x