Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mixed Media Portraits

I came to the
Mixed Media party
quite late..
by way of fine arts..
I had worked
with acrylics, watercolor and colored pencil..
all my life..

No literally.. all my life..
my father said I was born with a pencil in my hand, but it was probably
that as a baby and toddler,
 I was fascinated with his pens and mechanical pencils in his pocket protector..
he was an aeronautical engineer..
and he taught me so much about art..
and seeing..
as I look back on what he taught me, 
it was truly invaluable..

Caterina Giglio, The Rain Makes My Hair Curl, Mixed Media Painting

 mixed media
saved my art life..

I was really ready to give up 
when I took a book making class..
suddenly a light went on in my head...
and a new passion was developed..

art can be like that...

mixing media changed the way I perceived painting..

Detail, Caterina Giglio, The Rain Makes My Hair Curl, Mixed Media Painting, 16 x 20

in the past couple of years I began painting
and then one day

I decided to go back to portraiture.. since it had been something I found
not only engrossing, but challenging..

I was looking through my friend, Gina's selfies and I was 
immediately struck by the range of emotion that she conveyed..
so beautifully..

so I painted this first one below..

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media Painting, 12 x 16, That Rat Bastard!

I see the goddess in everywoman as I paint her,
and a range of emotions that we all share..

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media Painting

I have just recently finished the large piece which is 16 x 20 on cradled board
and it took me a good year to complete
in between so many other works..

I will add at least one or two more portraits of Gina..
as she is a lovely muse..

A few days ago,
dear reader,
 I began to paint a portrait of another friend..
her name is Ella,
and she is so photogenic...

the image below is right after I had knocked out the rough painting..
This is not a finished piece, 
but a work in Progress...

A Portrait of Ella, Caterina Giglio, work in progress

As you can see, the color is more defined and I am getting closer to finishing
the work..

A Portrait of Ella, Work in Progress, Caterina Giglio

of course I will share the finished work with you as soon as I am done..
They are all on cradled boards and Ella's portrait is 11 x 14..

and in the spare time..
I am working on my new video this week
on Journal Prompts..
and I will have my art journal pages ready to share next 

until then..
thank you as always for your kind attention..
I so appreciate you all..

Ciao, ciao!


Randi Kuhne said...

Such lovely portraits!

martinealison said...


Je suis sous le charme de ces portraits accompagnés de bons mots.
Une très jolie publication.

Gros bisous 🌸

Tersia said...

Lucky friends you have, absolutely beautiful portraits! And lucky for us you found art again through mixed media.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's amazing how you have picked up portraiture again after not doing it for several years. Your portraits are truly stunning and the range of emotions you speak of truly show up on your canvases. These are stunning works of fine art.

froebelsternchen said...

Your portraits are impressive - just great!

Dorthe said...

You really capture the feelings, in her eyes, and her lovely little smile ,
a beautiful woman, just like you Cat, and so are the new painting of your other friend , too .
You create wonderful portraits , dear friend. xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Randi, dearheart, thank you!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Bon jour!! Merci Beaucoup! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Teresia, Thank you so much and thanks for reading the blog, so nice to have you stop by!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Dr. E, well.. it is kinda like riding a bike.. and I had done several mixed media paintings while I was doing mixed media, to experiment with what worked and what I liked.. but thank you and I am so happy you like them.. x

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks so much Susi!! I so appreciate your high praise! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Dear Dorthe, thank you so much, I so appreciate you kind remarks and compliments, you are so very dear!! xoxo

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