Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Year of Art Journaling

Another year has come and gone..
and like many..
I was not sad to say 

In January
as always..
I created my self portrait,
I was letting the white hair grow in 
and I was eager 

to start the new year
as always 
a new year stretches out
as endless possibilities 

In February ..
I wrote my annual love letter to myself..

In March I was beginning to deal with some
health issues
and I realized that I was going thru some
intense metamorphosis
due to the death of my mother in February...

the wings below are tissue paper, hand colored with Inktense pencils and gold leaf... 
they are safety pinned to the page 
and when you turn the page, they actually


There was a lot of chaos..
and dreams going on 
grandmother spider came to me in a dream...

and in May
I kept stepping on 
and when I found the old dictionary page
I used it in the spread..
to remind me to listen to my intuition..

June brought a revelation about 
the nature of 
this is a 3D page and it is hard to see, but the wings are made of mixed media paper
and they are glued into the center of the book....
the quote is Rumi

"You have escaped the cage, your wings are stretched out...
now fly!"

I often explore the double tree
image in my work, representing partnership..

In August I was doing spiritual work
and recognizing that I was still
working on
my transformation for the year..

balancing both the feminine and the masculine...

September brought more work
this time with family issues
and my role in my family..
it also brought up inner child work..

the images are not me, but represent me in 
the past..

October brought relief and a visit from my 
sister, it was a joyful visit..

we traveled to Europe 
in November, 
and arrived home the weekend before 

the pages are about my grandmother
and how brave she had to be to come here..
and how dire her situation was to make her 
take on such a perilous journey..

how I admire her courage..
and love her so..

December was sweet..
literally, I made cookies and flourless Chocolate cake, coffee cake
and spiced nuts..

but my spread reflects my feelings for the holidays..
all of them..

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of Love."

Hamilton Wright Mabi

And now I am beginning my January pages
my self portrait as usual..
and I think I can stuff another year into this journal..

and working on my new series..

the Naturalists' Notebook

I want to thank you all for the wonderful
and all the subscriptions to my 
I could not do it without 
Mr. La Dolce Vita..
who is my fearless videographer 
and iMovie genius..

We have some fun planned so thanks for 
stopping by...



Roberta Warshaw said...

Your journal pages are works of art. Each and every one.

Did you really step on scorpions or is that figuratively speaking? We have them in AZ and I am always looking down......

Hastypearl said...

2016 was my year of finding Caterina! Looking forward to 2017 :) ­čî╗Laura

Irene Rafael said...

Hello Catarina, I am inspired and moved by your sharing here. I feel the fullness of the year and your life.

Miss Iowa said...

I find your artwork and your writing so inspiring. I admire you for being willing to share the feelings, the vulnerabilities, behind the art. Best wishes for 2017!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an incredible look back on your previous year's monthly journal pages. I alway love and am inspired by your art and the incredible stories you tell to meld the art and words into one wonderful piece. It is fantastic to see these journal entries again, and together all in one post. Here's to 2017.

Dorthe said...

Your 2016 year journal, is a masterpiece, dear Cat. Every spread almost more beautiful, than the one before, all telling you a story of the life you had, through the year, of good and bad periods , of fear, joy and anger, too I`m sure. They are amazing each, in their own way , all of them speaks to me, and especially the September month, spread .
After reading your text to the photos, I wish you a year without health issues, and family issues, and only all the best for you, dear friend.
HUGS, Dorthe

Catharina Maria said...

Beautiful year in collages , love it !
Rini. XOX

Caterina Giglio said...

Roberta, Yes I did! I grew up in AZ, so I know all about yours, they are scary! Ours are bark scorpions and they are not deadly, though they give a nasty sting, hand sanitizer takes the pain out... but when you step on them, they can't sting you... LOL

Caterina Giglio said...

And Laura, it was my year to be found by you!!! So glad you found me!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Irene, thank you so much, I really appreciate that!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Miss Iowa, I thank you so much for that validation, I always hesitate about what to share and how much. I like to be positive and upbeat, but I am just like everyone else, with my own issues and problems... x

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you, E, I am so glad you liked the post, it always makes me feel so very good to see what I created and in turn know what I accomplished. And thank you so much for all your support dear friend, it always means so much to me! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh Dorthe, I just love reading your kind comments, yes, it was a tough year, but also wonderful! Our trip was outstanding and I loved every minute of it. Sept. pages are one of my favorites too, even though the images are so tiny... they had to be to reflect how insignificant I felt as a child at times. Thanks dearheart, I wish the same for you! Happy 2017!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Rini.... thank you so much and for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment! xo

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