Week 17 - Composition: Balance | Accidental Renaissance

“Just as Renaissance artists provided narratives for the era they lived in, so do I. I'm always looking beyond the surface. I've done that ever since I first picked up a camera.” - David LaChapelle

Shoot a balanced image in the Accidental Renaissance style. #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek17 #accidentalrenaissance

Shoot a balanced image in the Accidental Renaissance style. #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek17 #accidentalrenaissance

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Happy Milwaukee Day!

I took these photos in December, but it actually looks the same today. #snowinapril #414 #MKE #MilwaukeeDay

I took these photos in December, but it actually looks the same today. #snowinapril #414 #MKE #MilwaukeeDay

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February Celebrations

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” - Oprah Winfrey

This weekend, we are celebrating a belated Valentine’s Day + an early birthday with a few of my favorite things…

This weekend, we are celebrating a belated Valentine’s Day + an early birthday with a few of my favorite things…

Lake Park Bistro
Pink Tulip
Brunch at my favorite  Lake Park Bistro

Brunch at my favorite Lake Park Bistro

Remember  her ?

Remember her?

MAM After Dark

MAM After Dark

A sneak peak of  Bouguereau & America  at the Milwaukee Art Museum (I’ll show you more in April.)

A sneak peak of Bouguereau & America at the Milwaukee Art Museum (I’ll show you more in April.)

ABC's of Life: 26 Ways to Live Our Lives More Deeply

I’m not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but I was recently inspired by this post on the Art of Learning’s Facebook Page. This year, I want to focus on these 26 very simple words that have such great impact.

Letters (Atwater Park)
  • APPRECIATE: Just yesterday, a colleague gave me a gratitude journal as a thank you gift. Her thank you will help me to be even more thankful. I love the idea of consciously expressing appreciation for the little things (see Sunday’s post ).

  • BUILD SOMETHING: Late last year, I built this website. What can I build this year?

  • CONNECT: I do a pretty good job of staying connected with family, friends, and my PLN on social media, but how can I connect on a more personal level — handwritten notes, phone calls, time together…?

  • DO WHAT IS DIFFICULT: Difficult intellectual challenges fuel me — bring them on!

  • EXPLORE: I love Paris (OK, now you’re singing, aren’t you?), but maybe it’s time to discover someplace new.

  • FORGIVE: Forgiving isn’t a problem for me, but forgetting is hard. I need to work on forgetting.

  • GATHER: I want to find a way to balance time alone and time together.

  • HONOR: Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout: “On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.”

  • IGNORE THE SKEPTICS: This is especially difficult when you are your own worst critic. I really need to work on this.

  • JUST BE — enough said!

  • KNOW YOU’RE LOVED: I only need to look into Piper’s eyes ♡

  • LISTEN: As a coach, I really practice “active listening.” I try to calm my thoughts, to truly hear what others have to say without thinking about my own next response. It’s so hard and so important! On a lighter note, I’d also like to start listening to more podcasts. Any suggestions?

  • MAKE: I’m not crafty (mostly because I don’t like clutter), yet I do love art. I choose to channel my own creativity into photography and writing.

  • NOURISH BODY AND SOUL: I need more water and sleep, more fresh air and healthy recipes. I need more time to think and reflect. I need to take more time for myself and to make more time for others.

  • OBSERVE: Six years of Project 365 have taught me to slow down and notice things. I may not take a picture everyday this year, but I will certainly capture 365 moments of beauty and wonder. William Blake said it best: “To see a world in a grain of sand and Heaven in a wild flower, to hold Infinity in the palm of your hand and Eternity in an hour.”

  • PLANT A SEED: Voltaire was right — « Il faut cultiver notre jardin. » Metaphorically, I hope that I cultivate new ideas, and I’m literally eager for my garden to bloom again.

  • QUESTION: My work is rooted in inquiry. Asking better questions leads to better solutions.

  • READ: Last year, I read 40 books. We’re only 10 days into 2019 and I’ve already read three — I’ve got this!

  • STRETCH: I need to stretch in the morning, get up and walk even more at work. I think that I might also like to try yoga.

  • TRY SOMETHING NEW: What else should I try this year?

  • UNPLUG: OK, for how long — an hour, a day, a weekend? I’m not sure I can commit to more than that.

  • VOTE: I always vote regardless of sometimes terrible options.

  • WONDER: Years ago when charged with choosing a word around which to focus my work, I chose wonder — “a feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful, remarkable, or unfamiliar; to ask yourself questions or express a wish for more.” I still love this word!

  • XPRESS GRATITUDE: Gratitude is always a priority (see Appreciate).

  • YES TO ADVENTURE: As I get older, I become more and more cautious, but I hope to always be thrilled by travel and sailing as well as new experiences.

  • ZZZZZZ (GET ENOUGH SLEEP): I have never been a good sleeper, but I did get a pound of lavender for Christmas!

Week 51 - Technical: Exposure Compensation

(351/365) "Stars of heaven, clear and bright, Shine upon this Christmas light" - Timothy Dudley-Smith #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek51

Milwaukee Christmas Lights

O Christmas Tree!

(350/365) Christmas at the Pfister

Christmas at the Pfister
Pfister tree + ceiling

Serious Play

(349/365) “Play is the highest form of research.” ~ Albert Einstein

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"Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America explores the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children. The exhibition presents play as a serious form of inspiration, experimentation, and problem solving. In midcentury America, such playful design occurred against the backdrop of a booming consumer market and as a counterbalance to Cold War–era anxiety. Furniture, toys, textiles, films, posters, ceramics are among the objects featured." - mam.org

serious livingroom
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tinker toys
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eames chair
drawings
coloring
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posters
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Christmastime in the City

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"City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style. In the air, there's a feeling of Christmas..."

Love Actually in Concert

(328/365) “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.” - Love Actually

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Last night we had the pleasure of watching the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform the award-winning score live to Love Actually, while the film played in high definition on a giant screen at the Riverside Theatre.

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Spillover II

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"The letters that form the open framework suggest that language is our primary tool for experiencing the world and each other, and that we are, essentially, both limited and empowered by this abstract means of translating our experiences." - Jaume Plensa, Artist - Spillover II  (Atwater Beach, Shorewood, WI)

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