Art in Bloom 2019

"All art is but imitation of nature." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca. This year’s Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum featured so many calla lilies, air plants, and rather literal floral interpretations of the art.

What a fun and creative interpretation of Calder’s  Just a Sumac to You, Dear  mobile

What a fun and creative interpretation of Calder’s Just a Sumac to You, Dear mobile

Maybe a bit obvious, but a beautiful arrangement to accompany Picasso’s  Le Coq de la Libération

Maybe a bit obvious, but a beautiful arrangement to accompany Picasso’s Le Coq de la Libération

The judges’ second place choice

The judges’ second place choice

It wasn’t a winner, but I was drawn to this reversed construction of Ellsworth Kelly’s minimalist sculpture,  Curve VI . I especially loved how the zip ties added to the texture of the piece.

It wasn’t a winner, but I was drawn to this reversed construction of Ellsworth Kelly’s minimalist sculpture, Curve VI. I especially loved how the zip ties added to the texture of the piece.

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I also quite liked this one, especially the little bowl of allium in the shape of the dandelion sculpture. Three years ago,  this interpretation  of the same sculpture was my best in show.

I also quite liked this one, especially the little bowl of allium in the shape of the dandelion sculpture. Three years ago, this interpretation of the same sculpture was my best in show.

This painting is chosen every year and each year’s arrangement is so different. This year’s interpretation won the People’s Choice award. I thought it should also win best in scent — those hyacinth were so fragrant!

This painting is chosen every year and each year’s arrangement is so different. This year’s interpretation won the People’s Choice award. I thought it should also win best in scent — those hyacinth were so fragrant!

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This arrangement took home the judges’ (and Nan’s) first prize.

This arrangement took home the judges’ (and Nan’s) first prize.

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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.)

Week 3 - Inspiration: Black and White

“There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions.” - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wire-grid Bertoia chairs, circa 1952, Milwaukee Art Museum #2019dogwood52 #dogwoodweek3 #dogwood52

Wire-grid Bertoia chairs, circa 1952, Milwaukee Art Museum #2019dogwood52 #dogwoodweek3 #dogwood52

Week 2 - Composition: Rule of Thirds - Motion

Take the picture! Take the Picture!” - Audrey Hepburn (aka Jo Stockton, Funny Face )

Nike of Samothrace  |  Winged Victory  ; Louvre Museum, Paris (Hellenistic circa 220-185 BC)  Week 2 - Use Rule of Thirds to show motion in your picture. #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek2 #2019dogwood52

Nike of Samothrace | Winged Victory ; Louvre Museum, Paris (Hellenistic circa 220-185 BC)

Week 2 - Use Rule of Thirds to show motion in your picture. #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek2 #2019dogwood52

Delafreeze

“Sculpture is an attempt to freeze a moment in time in three dimensions; to connect what already exists in reality to that which exists only in the imagination.” - Hipolito Rocha (Ice Sculptures - Delafreeze 2019)

Belfre
Snowman
Polar Bear
Mammoth
Penguins
snowflake
Ice

Still Life: Cherries

(354/365)

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“... life, by definition, is never still.” - Kurt Vonnegut

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
tops
shadows
tiki print
tinker toys
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eames chair
drawings
coloring
close tops
posters
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prints
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fabric 2
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horse
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French Friday: La Mûr pour la Paix

(348/365) « Ce qu'il faut surtout pour la paix, c'est la compréhension des » - Charles De Gaulle

Mûr Pour la Paix

Located on the south end of the Champs-de-Mars, just opposite the École militaire, the Wall for Peace, designed by French artist, Clara Halter, and installed by French architect, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, is a celebration of peace in a place that is historically a reminder of war. The sculpture, surrounded by 32 steel columns, features a transparent wall with the word peace written in 49 languages. Inspired by the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, visitors are encouraged to leave a message of peace in the gaps in the wall or directly on the monument's website

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Week 47 - Technical: Step Back

Edit your image to where you think it's perfect and let it sit for two days. Then return to it and see if it works. #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek47

Inside MAM

(324/365) "Those who want to be serious photographers, you're really going to have to edit your work. To stop and look at your work is the most important thing you can do." - Annie Leibovitz