Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Beach Combing

Ditching the studio
 is sometimes a nice

a new creative outlook..

so we headed to the beach last week..
before all the spring breakers hit the sands..

we arrived early..
and had the place to ourselves..
which is so nice..

a paradise..

being alone affords you the luxury of combing..
and the best shells are under the seaweed of course..

after Hurricane Irma,
the beach was in rough shape,
but they have really cleaned it up and it is back to normal now..

what a balm for the soul..
warm, powder sand and the sound of waves..

I brought back a couple of shells for my collection..

and kept my snacks under wraps..
or the thieves below would have enjoyed them...

I have a large collection of small pearl shells..

and they made me think about
working with torn and ruffled edges
in paper once again..

funny how one thing will remind you of another..

isn't it?


Friday, March 9, 2018

My Favorite Mixed Media Backgrounds Part 4

Dear hearts..
I have been working with these
techniques lately and 
thought it would be fun
to share them with you..

Glass Bead Gel
Drywall Tape
Plaster Cloth

so here is my latest video
to view..
Part 4 in the series..

I hope you enjoy the video and can use the techniques..

thank you as always for watching and reading.. 
and have a lovely weekend,
dear viewers..


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Monoprints, Monotypes and a Bad Studio Day

Everyone has bad days at work..
but this year I decided to share them with you..
gentle reader,

in speaking to other artists,
I have found that there is a common perception 
that people share concerning art and artists..
that our work isn't really work..
that we have fun all day..
and that making things is pure joy..

occasionally, it is..
but mostly is is a career like any other..
there are good days and bad days..

I was musing about this the other day when began a series of Monotypes
in the studio last week...
Monoprints and Monotypes are similar in one aspect, 
they are pulled off a glass or some other kind of plate and pressure is applied by
hand or brayers to assist in the transfer of the image
applied to the plate.

But Monotypes are created by working off a smooth surface with no markings or indentations..

a small difference,
and to be clear, the words have been used interchangeably forever..

often as I pull prints in the studio
I happen across a happy accident 
on this day, it seemed that the more I worked,
 the worse the images..

So I gave it a rest and worked on my portrait of Ella..
and my flower journal..

The next day I went back to it and used blue acrylic paint to freshen
and change it all up..

But still the images did not meet with my approval..
and clearly 
I was not having fun...

so I pulled all the prints together and noticed I had used up an entire ream of paper, 
pad of paper
but it felt like a ream..


 I will find a use for them..
even if I cut them and use them for collage
and I will revisit monotypes..

but not any time soon..

Last year, I would have shoved them in a drawer.. 
this year, I am sharing them with you
new year,
new insights,
new directions..

Ciao, ciao!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

February Art Journal Pages

Time for my annual love letter..
to myself..

When I first started to do this,
many years ago..
I admit, it was hard to write things about myself that I loved..
It felt awkward and alien to me..

I kept hearing my Mother's voice..
inside my head..

rattling off a long list of 


Present sorrows wings are taking... Caterina Giglio, Art Journal Page

I learned long ago that just because someone is family
it does not mean that they are good for you..
or on your side..

this month as I wrote, 
I realized how much I have been through,
since the beginning of this year..
in just a few short weeks..
and how much I love about myself..
despite the circumstances..
and the situations..

we can still love family
even when we realize that we mix like oil and water..
but it is easier when they are not around us all the time..

Ingredients: Gesso, acrylic paint, water color pencils, pencil, fabric, ribbon thread, dry wall tape, paper ephemera, micro bead gel.

hopefully I have captured in the texture..
of this month,
the rough and soft..
the pain and the joy ..
the light and darkness of the moments..

the power of the pen,
and the openness of acceptance..
for the way it is..

The details of life..
sometimes rugged, sometimes soft..

Ciao, ciao!

Friday, February 23, 2018

3 Art Journal Prompts

Ciao, dearhearts..
blog post 
3 Art Journal Prompts
that you can use to create infinite

and endless spreads..


Let me know what you think and as always...
 I so appreciate
your kind viewership...
Thank you for stopping by the sweet life..

See you Tuesday ...
have a beautiful weekend
dear friends..


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!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Universal Glue


The month of February 
gives us opportunity 
to muse about such things..

as I work on my art journal pages for 
and I am writing my annual love letter
to myself..

I realized in the studio the other day,
gazing around as I wrote..

just how many hearts I have,
 that others have given me..
and many that I have made myself..
for myself..

When I think of love...

I cannot wrap my head around
the allness of it..

the heart shape seems like such a tiny symbol
for something so great..
something so all encompassing...

for me, to try to define it, is to limit it
and to classify it would be an attempt to diminish it..

To use art terms..
I think that 
Love is a universal glue..
it holds everything together..
it keeps planets spinning in orbit
and concerns itself with the tiniest of flowers..

for me, it is in all the details..
and it can heal everything..

So as I celebrate 
Valentine's day..
I wish you love..
May you find many things about yourself
that are beautiful...
and may it all unfold in..


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