Tuesday, July 3, 2018

June Art Journal Pages




Ciao, gentle readers..

Let me start by saying that my blog has always been
a non political site..

strictly about my art work ... 
it was originally written as an online
diary of what was taking place in my studio...


That is not going to change today..








but
I am going to explain a bit about what my 
June pages revealed..
and to do that,
I must talk about what is happening here in this country..









If you do not live here,
and you live abroad..
you may not realize that what is happening is nothing short of a 
civil war..

Even if you live here, you might not realize it yet..








I do not say this lightly...
and though it looks different from the last one
it is a true war..
being waged within both parties..
and in homes and families all across this land..











The very fabric of this nation is being torn apart..

as I am an antique artist, 
I have history to remember and not since
The Viet Nam War and Watergate
has the country been so divided...

We are facing grave issues and moral challenges...

and my pages reflect all of that..

since I am an artist of a certain age, I can say this, 
that love and beauty always win..
that truth and justice will rule the day,

Though I believe this completely..
I still find myself ripping back the darkness to try to reveal the 

heart...




Ingredients: Mono print on tracing paper, antique book pages, acrylic paint, colored pencil.




We will soon be on vacation so...

Next week I will be back on Wednesday
with my YT post 
on Transfers..



Thank you always 
for your kindness and for reading this little blog..
I so gratefully appreciate it..



Ciao, ciao!




23 comments:

Carol Wiebe said...

This is a very powerful, straight from the heart piece of art. It is also done with incredible skill. I commend you for your honesty, while at the same time trying to be sensitive to the entirety of the American population. In my view, a country must have respect for all its citizens. This is especially true of the President, who is to be a President of all, not just those who have the same views, or are in the same party. When a President disparages part of the population of his country, encourages dissidence and even violence, that sacred office is teetering on dictatorship rather than statesmanship. Statesmanship is definitely the better ship, and includes a place for all, respect for all, and a peaceful nation. Those who do not want peace are often those who benefit from war.

Randi Kuhne said...

Starkly beautiful expression of the war within. <3

Kim Printz said...

Your work shows the intensity and conflict of our "cold civil war" as Carl Bernstein says. I am incapacitated, although I know once I start working it will be intense. Thank you. As always:)

Sharmon Davidson said...

Well said, Cat. That is what we need - heart. I just hope you are right about truth and justice winning out in the end... xoxo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your lovely journal page certainly got to the heart of the matter in the U.S. today. It took a great deal of courage and heart to share this beautiful spread that is layered and layered with what feels to me like both pain and hope.

Any person who lives in the U.S. should be aware of this turmoil and strife. Those who don't have drunk the Presidential kool-aid. I was never aware of Vietnam or Watergate until recently, but I greatly appreciate your take on the current situation we find ourselves in. There are MANY days lately when I ask myself why I am proud to be an American. Thanks for this spread.

I like your optimism that truth and justice will rule the day. On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was put into law. LAW!! We still don't abide by it to this day. We can no longer say this law is to protect blacks, because Hispanics, Muslims, and Gays (LGBT community) are also still not treated fairly. Off my soapbox, but loving your art and optimism.



Catherine said...

Ah, I'm also a woman of a certain age ( we share a birth day I think ) and am fearful of what's to come or, what will be left, when its finally over. Your pages are
powerful. Thank you for picturing what many are feeling

ELFI said...

nous artistes, sommes encore plus sensibles aux perturbations du monde !
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Dorthe said...

Dear Cat, this is,- as you say, not so easily seen from abroad, ---but what is seen ,is a president,- the whole world, would be better without , and I know I speak for everyone in my surroundings, and so many.many ,many more !!!
Your June piece reflects your thoughts and your heart amazingly , my friend .
I wish you from my heart a beautiful, and peaceful vacation, and that you return home, filled with positive energy and hope for the future .
Big hugs, and love.
Dorthe

Mary said...

At a time when it would be easiest to shut down our hearts completely, this is the very time to instead dive deep within. This is the time for self-examination, self-reflection; to see (really see!) where we are at war in our own being. Only by navigating the gnarly, unloved aspects of ourselves can we hope to find positive solutions to the challenges of the outer world. Thank you so much, Cat, for this powerful work.

Fiona Dempster said...

Dear Cat - this is honest, it is raw and it is true. Thank you for the art you make with such heart - to find the heart within the darkness. It is good to be reminded that it is there, pulsing and beating and waiting for its moment to return. Dark days, big beautiful hearts; we will overcome.

denthe said...

Horrified by what's happening in the US. Beautiful expressive page. I firmly believe the world needs us artists to make people aware...

Caterina Giglio said...

Carol, thank you so very much... you totally get what I was trying to say.. thanks for taking the words out of my mouth, dear friend.. xo

Caterina Giglio said...

thank you dear Randi! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Dear Kim, yes, I completely understand, and you will be able to find your voice and express... I know it and will look forward to it.. we are on the same side of the fence, dearheart.. xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh my dear friend, Sharmon, if I think any other way, I would slit my wrists, I have to trust in history and think that truth will win out.. xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Dr. E, I agree with you and I am very concerned about the civil rights of our gay and lesbian americans, and to loose our rights now would devastating.. I watch what goes on and I am undone.. thank you for your kind remarks, I so appreciate you and your support, dearheart.. x

Caterina Giglio said...

Catherine, thank you so much, and sharing a birthday, wow .. that is so cool, are you on FB? Thanks for your comment, I so appreciate it! x

Caterina Giglio said...

ELFI!!! Merci, Merci, Merci.. xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Yes, dear Dorthe, I completely agree, my dearheart, and it troubles me so...as you see from my work, thank you for your kind support and understanding, I always know we are on the same page! xoxox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Mary, Thank you so much.. I am witness to such atrocity .. none the least of which is the separation of families and the dumbing down of the american citizen .. I am however hopeful that it will all turn around.. thanks for commenting, I so appreciate it..

Caterina Giglio said...

Denthe.. thank you so very much, I so appreciate that and I agree, the world needs artists...

Caterina Giglio said...

Dear Fiona, I felt my soul laid bare, it is all I can say... thank you so very much, dear friend! x

froebelsternchen said...

Oh your June pages reflects your thoughts and heart - they are so powerful Cat! I can tell you that the same thoughts are here about our global situation!

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