Water Lilies

“It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.” - Monet

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Petite Posters: Jules Chéret and Le Courrier français

“Look at that! It’s from the Turn of the Century. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s my favorite era. I love it so much. Everything was so perfect. I’m telling you that the Golden Age was the Belle Époque — it’s the greatest, most beautiful era Paris has ever know.” - Adriana (Marion Cotillard), Midnight in Paris

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Nares Moves at Milwaukee Art Museum

Nares: Moves is the first retrospective on the contemporary New York-based artist James Nares (b. 1953) and reveals a significant career bringing motion into the spotlight. In addition to being the first retrospective for Nares, it is also the first to explore in depth the artist’s films as central to his artistic practice. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue celebrate the key projects of this prolific, perpetual inventor and establish Nares as an important contemporary artist.“ - mam.org

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“I do make my own brushes and have done so for many years. I'm constantly refining the designs, trying new materials, re-configuring other brushes - all in my never-ending quest for the perfect brush.” - James Nares

“I do make my own brushes and have done so for many years. I'm constantly refining the designs, trying new materials, re-configuring other brushes - all in my never-ending quest for the perfect brush.” - James Nares

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Week 26 - Composition: Geometry

"Mighty is geometry; joined with art, resistless.“ - Euripides

#dogwoodweek26 #dogwood52 #2019dogwood52

#dogwoodweek26 #dogwood52 #2019dogwood52

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