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Friday, July 21, 2017

My Art Journaling Process -Part 2






It took me years...
to put my thoughts on paper..
because...

my Mother read everything..
and no matter what I wrote, it was always
used against me..


So I became an adult who kept it all tight
against my heart..

fortunately..
I had a great therapist...

and even though I am able to now write anything
down..

and I do write it all down..
I document ...
what happens, what doesn't, what I think and feel, I write my dreams and hopes,
and I work out my fears and concerns.. each month..





I obscure the text as a physical process..
a meditative process..

 that focuses 
the energy
and allows the images to be revealed to me..


Join me next week and I will 
share images and inspirations..


Have a beautiful weekend.. 
my gentle viewers..



xo



22 comments:

Bonnie Miller said...

Oh Caterina...I had to send you electronic hugs! I haven't watched the video yet but just reading your post made me sad. My Mum left to her next place 24 years ago but she is still a massive part of all our lives. She had a terrible life as a child. Her unwed Mum abandoned her and although the folk at the Dr Barnados home in England were wonderful to her, she had horrid experiences in foster homes. As a Mum she loved us beyond belief and always had our backs covered. She lost our darling Dad in 1957 but still managed to see the bright side of life. We were poor in the material sense but couldn't have been richer for having her as our Mum. I've asked her to send your some of her warm hugs too xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Words have such great power, whether used to encourage or condemn. I'm glad you had a good therapist so your scars have healed. I've always loved this process you begin with. Sometimes I can actually see a word or two behind the visual, but usually, it's too obscured to make out any words. Love this process you create in your monthly journals.

susan hemann said...

thank you for sharing, what a great solution! I
I used to journal, haven't been able to for years.

Seth said...

Thanks for the video Cat and for sharing your thoughts and process. I am happy to hear that you are in a better place with documenting and that you have used journaling as such a powerful force.

Carol Leigh said...

My mother, too, read everything I wrote and then used it against me. So I completely understand where your "obscuring" comes from. Thank you for your generosity in sharing all this with us.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Writing in a journal everyday saved my life and lifted my art practice to greater expression. Once a year I sift through the pages and let go of the words, thoughts and pages.
Thanks for sharing this way of journal keeping...beautiful process.

Sharmon Davidson said...

Ah, you still cover it up... Do you keep any writings for yourself that you can read later? Just curious... I really like the idea of writing things down and them covering them. Something ritualistic in that, that seems important, like writing things down and banishing them by burning them. Keeping them, but keeping them secret. Sorry for rambling, love! Everything you do has intention, and that makes it very powerful. <3 <3 <3

Dorthe said...

Dear Cat,
I hope your aunt is feeling good after the surgery.
And I admire you for being such a strong woman, with all you have experienced as a child ... writing all from your heart gets it out in the open, to heal and be understood - and becoming wonderful art, after being obscured !!
Sending you big hugs.
Dorthe

vonleidenberg said...

Wonderful idea to work on it, to get rid of it again from another perspective and to let it go. Art heals. Sometimes even a little later. But it makes a little free to rework the written down.
Love greetings and thank you for mentioning me in your last post! That made me very happy!
Solveig

Hastypearl said...

Its remarkable how many of us have individuals in our lives that seem to "haunt" us. How lovely that we have a choice of how we live with that. We all must accomplish it in some way, in order to stop the generational repetition. I appreciate your choice and your honesty with us. I love stopping in and hearing your voice and receiving your generosity. xoxo Laura

Francescas Blog said...

You are a love, thank you so much for sharing you would probably be amazed and the different parts of my heart that you have touched...love the fact that you are willing to share your process which helps so many of us grow as a creative.

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Bonnie, thank you for your thoughtful and kind comment. I have often shared about my relationship with my Mother. It was very difficult. I did however free myself from her bonds in my mid thirties and I had a great therapist. She died last year and I have long ago forgiven her and reconciled with her. Thanks for all the good wishes, I truly appreciate it, your comment, and the loving energy you asked for me to receive. I feel it! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Dr. E, thanks so much, yes, I love it too, and often I write on top of the obscured writing, but my writing is often illegible, at that point, or just a few words are legible, which I like, just a hint of graphics. Thanks so much for your support, it means so much to me! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Susan, so happy I shared it with everyone, and glad you saw it, I used to facilitate art journaling workshops and circles and I was shocked by how many people had my experience. It feels so good to have control over what we share and how much people can actually see. I have no need to hide anything anymore, but the act of covering it up, is very freeing. Thanks for always stopping by, I so appreciate it!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Seth, oh yes, that was about 30 years ago and from therapy I jumped into the Artist's Way, and facilitated AW groups. It was great to be able to write freely and when I began to doodle over the words, I knew I needed to to take it to a different level. Thanks so much, I so appreciate your kind comments, I know how extremely busy you are. Molto grazie...

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Carol, thank you so much for sharing that with me, I will remember it when I hesitate to share from a deep place next time. I am very grateful for your comment, thanks again!

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann, I totally understand, I facilitated the Artist's Way groups for several years and being able to write freely helped me to see where I was stuck and how I could move forward. It was very enlightening. Thanks for stopping by, I so appreciate you!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Sharmon, it IS ritualistic, that is exactly the word I was looking for, THANK YOU! It is precisely The energy of that act that moves my process further. The words are secret but still vibrating and I know what they are and that is very powerful. You were not rambling, I love hearing your train of thought! wish we could paint a storm in the studio together, maybe one day!! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi dear Dorthe, thank you so much! She has more work to do on her heart and the diagnosis was troubling but she is doing much better, thank you for asking. I have 3 aunties left and they are very precious to me. Thanks for understanding about the writing, I knew you would! much love to you dear one! xoxox

Caterina Giglio said...

Dear Solveig, you are so right, art does heal and it does make us free to rework what we have written, thank you and you are so welcome, I love your blog and your work!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Laura, well she doesn't haunt me any longer! but you are so right, it is imperative to stop the generational repetition, and I was always mindful of that with my step daughters. Thanks for stopping by .. I so appreciate your thoughts and your kind remarks, from the bottom of my heart! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Francesca, Thank you for letting me know, I so appreciate that and I will stop by your blog, I am so glad to know that I have touched you! Grazie!