Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January Art Journal Pages

If it is Tuesday,
gentle reader,
that must mean
it is time for another blog post..

with a new year

so I have decided to share the full spread at the beginning of my post
and to talk about how and why this spread came about for me....
Before and After...

as you know, 
I always create a self portrait for January..
I decided to paint
a quick likeness..

definitely not perfect..
but it goes with my "before"
which my mother rejected
because my hair was messy...

nothing has changed..
I am as unruly 
as my hair..

What you do not see in this spread ..
is the writing lying under the black background..
writing about age..

 self acceptance..

and rejecting a common belief
 that age is somehow a disease..
a problem..
that we must decline..
I reject all of that..
and more..

I have decided to live fully..
regardless of my age..
and see it as a blessing..

The ingredients this month are, black gesso, acrylic paints, personal photos, colored pencils, permanent chalk marker, decorative tape.  

work continues in my studio
on my little flower journal..

and I am undertaking a couple of new portraits..

I am also working on plans for my next video..
and chewing on ideas for new books..

there is simply no rest for the creative..



Randi Kuhne said...

What inspirational self-expression!

tgarrett said...

Just wonderful Cat. Yes this aging thing- I really don't think that much about it- sometimes after a workout when I am more sore than I use to be- but I try to just keep on keeping on!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Dear Cat, I love this! Such a poetic and touching visual statement - that the child we once were is still there. I wholeheartedly agree that age is not an illness; we are still as alive as ever! I hope to never waste a moment whining about my age. Thank you so much for affirming that. And I can still see that little girl in you! Xoxo

Kim Henkel said...

I LOVE IT!!! the before the after the words the whole message. Thank You

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Perfect words on your now self and oh how wonderful are both smiles!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

An absolutely fabulous way to start 2018. This year's paintings are so different from years past. Your drawing and painting skills never cease to amaze me, and your words are always SO uplifting.

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Randi, thank you so much for your kind remarks and support!! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Way to go, Terry, I feel the same, it has only been with the hair change that I have noticed a need to reevaluate my thinking about it!! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks so much, dear Sharmon, yes, exactly, that is what I meant, no matter the age we still feel young inside, right? The physical transformation is not real, at least to me, it isn't and I had to stop and chew on that this month.. xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Kim, thanks for stopping by!! And thanks for the kind comment, glad you liked it!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann, thank you!! big smiles in both, you are so right!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh!!! Dear Dr. E. you are always so very kind!! Thank you so much!! Such kind words and I am so happy to know you find it uplifting!! There is so much sorrow in the world, the least I can do is try to spread a bit of happy!! xo

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