IFJM 7: Falling in Love with Mik (again and again) and the City

7 April 2015

W15 4 7 IFJM 001“Ponte Vecchio”

“Scribbled secret notebooks and wild typewritten
pages for yr own joy.” Jack Kerouac

From my journal:  “This morning we wrote about  E & M at a wonderful cafe near the Ponte Vecchio.  Kerouac talks about loving your life . . . I think you have to have to love your characters, even the evil ones to write them into your life.  I think you have to love the process too.  I love our creative process, love seeing the story unfold, watching the synchronicity of the characters and the history we never knew that inhabited and guided us.  I see E & M in these rich earthy drenched colors.”

“Walking along the streets, holding hands, kissing, being . . . loving my husband as if we were just married but better and more.  Having  it all . . . Us working together creatively!

W15 4 7 IFJM 004“Basilica of Santa Maria Novella”

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never along or weary of life.”  Rachel Carson

From my journal:  “Tomorrow we are leaving Florence.  It is fitting that I sit and sketch Alberti’s Novella with a wonderful cup of coffee this afternoon, Mik reading at the table next to me.  I fell in love with Alberti in college.  I found his designs elegant and timeless.  Sweet.  Jewels.” 

“I keep thinking about Moore’s discussions of public places, and how we have lost them in our culture, and how Disneyland recreated them!  When you look at these huge plazas early early in the morning before the city is eating and drinking and shopping and lounging about, they look like cold hard places.  When the city wakes the plazas fill with bustling talking laughing people.  I crave this.  Maybe this is what Americans fall in love with, because we have lost that in our cities.  We are off to stroll around the city, hand in hand.  My loverman.”

BTW, I will get around to showing you the crazy pasted stuff in my journal.  Here is one example!  It’s how I see where we might want to go or have gone.  I wish I’d done this when I was a kid.

W15 4 7 IFJM 003


Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil, De Artramentis Document and Super5 ink, and Daniel Smith, Holbien and QoR watercolors.

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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20 Responses to IFJM 7: Falling in Love with Mik (again and again) and the City

  1. susanissima says:

    Love the quotes and the sketches (WOW!, but unfortunately I’m having a bit of a challenge reading your handwritten narrative. Someday maybe I can see it in person, dear artist. ❤


    • That is why I transcribe it — nobody can read my handwriting! But if you are having trouble reading my types written narrative . . . This I need to know. Can you not follow the typed narrative? It is true Cat is writing for herself . . . fakely!


  2. Sammy D. says:

    I can read your handwriting just like you can read my awful typing 😋 i loved this day in Florence and the way you describe empty hollow plazas and how they come to live with humans and vendors.


  3. Sammy D. says:

    That’s fabulous! Is he the one who passed away last year?


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