Week 14 - Composition: Center Frame Portrait

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” - Audrey Hepburn

Center Framed composition is a great way to isolate your subject. Use this knowledge to create a portrait that exhibits loneliness. #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek14

Center Framed composition is a great way to isolate your subject. Use this knowledge to create a portrait that exhibits loneliness. #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek14

Inherent Excellence

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around a lake, a composing as the body tires, a stop to see hepatica, a stop to watch, a definition growing certain and a wait within that certainty … Perhaps there are times of inherent excellence.” - Wallace Stevens

It really feels like spring when the first hepatica appears in our woods.

It really feels like spring when the first hepatica appears in our woods.

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French Friday: Les Mimosas

« Véritables boules d'or parfumées, les mimosas en fleurs attirent le regard de très loin. Non contents d'illuminer le jardin à un moment où ce dernier préfère le repos, ils embaument l'air d'effluves incroyables. »

- Parfum du soleil, La Route des Mimosas - Grasse, France

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One of the first signs of spring in France, is the appearance of the brilliantly yellow and fragrant mimosa. It’s the French equivalent to spotting your first robin. As early as February, you’ll find them dripping from branches in Provence and along the Côte d’Azur and offered in great bundles in the markets of Paris.

Week 13 - Storytelling: New Beginning

“Every beginner possesses a great potential to be an expert…” ― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

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March 2019 in Pictures

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again." - Neil Gaiman

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January was blue , February was rosy , and as much as I would like March to be green, it just isn’t very verdant in Wisconsin these days. Happily, it was already spring in Paris while I was there a few weeks ago. So enjoy this lovely month, also known as février.

French Friday: Les Fontaines Wallace aka Paris Bubblers

“Si vous rencontrez une fontaine, ne passer pas sans vous y abreuver.” - Denis Lapointe

Wallace Fountain — Place Saint-Sulpice

Wallace Fountain — Place Saint-Sulpice

During the Siege of Paris in 1870 and the ensuing Commune, many of Paris’ aqueducts were destroyed. As a result water was drawn directly from the Seine and sold for exorbitant prices. The water was so dirty that it was actually safer and cheaper to drink alcoholic beverages, leading to even greater social and economic issues. In an effort to provide free potable water, philanthropist, Sir Richard Wallace (1818–1890), designed and funded the construction of sixty-seven drinking fountains around the city. The dark green fountains display four caryatids representing kindness, simplicity, charity, and sobriety. Each one is different from her sisters by the way she bends her knees and where her tunic is tucked into her blouse. The water comes from the center of the dome and falls down into a basin that is protected by a grille. Originally, each fountain included two tin-plated, iron cups attached by a small chain, but they were removed in 1952 for hygiene reasons. Most of the fountains still distribute perfectly potable water from March through November.

Wallace Fountain in front of Shakespeare and Company

Wallace Fountain in front of Shakespeare and Company

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Wallace Fountain — Champs-Élysées

Wallace Fountain — Champs-Élysées


  • 3rd arrondissement: Boulevard de Sébastopol, square Chautemps; Passage du Pont aux biches; Rue de la corderie, place Nathalie Lemel

  • 4th arrondissement: Place Louis Lépine, next to the Chambre de Commerce; Place Louis Lépine, next to the Hôtel-dieu; 7, Boulevard du Palais; 123, rue Saint-Antoine; Small models: Place Louis Lepine; Quai de la Corse

  • 5th arrondissement: Rue Poliveau, face rue de l'Essai; 37, rue de la Bûcherie (Shakespeare and Company), Rue des Patriarches; Wall-mounted: Intersection of Rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Rue Cuvier

  • 6th arrondissement: Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés; Place Saint-Sulpice; Pont Neuf, Quai des Grands Augustins; Rue Vavin, at rue Bréa; Place Saint-André-des-Arts; Esplanade Pierre-Vidal-Naquet

  • 7th arrondissement: Small model - Place des Invalides

  • 8th arrondissement: Rue de St-Pétersbourg, at rue de Turin; Av. des Champs-Élysées, Chevaux de Marly (north side); Av. des Champs-Élysées, Chevaux de Marly (south side)

  • 9th arrondissement: Place Gustave Toudouze; Place de Budapest

  • 10th arrondissement: Place Juliette Dodu; Place Jacques Bonsergent; Place Robert Desnos

  • 11th arrondissement: 143, rue de la Roquette; 197, Boulevard Voltaire; 44, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud; 94, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud; 1, Boulevard Richard Lenoir; 89, Boulevard Richard Lenoir; Small models: 32, boulevard Richard Lenoir; 74, boulevard Richard Lenoir

  • 12th arrondissement: Cours de Vincennes, face Blvd de Picpus, Angle de St-Mandé; at rue du Rendez-vous; Rue Descot, face Mairie du XIIe arrondissement; boulevard Menilmontant

  • 13th arrondissement: 82, avenue d'Italie; Rue de la Butte-aux-cailles, at rue de l'Espérance; ZAC Baudricourt, at avenue d'Ivry; Small model: Place Paul Verlaine

  • 14th arrondissement: Avenue Reille, at avenue René Coty; Place Jules Hénaffe; Place Edgard quinet, at rue de la Gaîté; Place Denfert-Rochereau, at Blvd Raspail; Avenue du Maine, face Mairie du XIVè arrondissement

  • 15th arrondissement: Place Henri Rollet; 2, boulevard Pasteur; Place du Général Beuret; Place Charles Vallin; Small models: Place Alain Chartier; Place Saint Charles; 19, Place du Commerce; 35, boulevard Pasteur

  • 16th arrondissement: 10, boulevard Delessert; 194, avenue de Versailles; Place Jean Lorrain; Place de Passy; Place du Père Marcellin Campagnat; Esplanade Pierre-Vidal-Naquet; Colonnaded: Rue de Rémusat, at Rue de Mirabeau

  • 17th arrondissement: 112, avenue de Villiers; Place Aimé Maillard; 15, avenue Niel; 1, avenue de Wagram; 112, boulevard des Batignolles; Small model: Place de Lévis; Colonnaded: Avenue des Ternes, at Place Pierre Demours

  • 18th arrondissement: Place Emile Goudeau; 42, boulevard Rochechouart; Rue Saint-Eleuthère, at rue Azaïs; Place des Abbesses; Rue de la Goutte d'or, at rue de Chartres

  • 19th arrondissement: 214, boulevard de la Villette; 139, Rue Meaux at Rue du Rhi

  • 20th arrondissement: Place Édith Piaf; 6, rue Eugène Belgrand; 29, boulevard de Ménilmontant; Place Maurice Chevalier; Rue Piat, face au square


Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beagles!

Piper + Lucky

Piper + Lucky

Currently • March 2019

“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” - Mark Twain


ENJOYING: Spring Break. Nope, I didn’t go anywhere, but sometimes a bouquet of tulips, a big stack of books, coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, and wine in the evening, along with a super smooshy beagle are just the vacation a girl needs.


  • A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts - By the bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, this book was a Christmas gift from a friend who knows my literary taste so well. I started trying to read it in January, but the limited daylight made it really hard to read in the evening. I put it away for Spring Break and I quite enjoyed it. Alva Vanderbilt Belmont was a formidable woman!

  • J.D. Salinger: A Life - A great biography/anthology of the life and work of one of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history.

  • Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 - A former CIA officer and curator of the CIA Museum unveils the shocking, untold story of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway’s secret life as a spy for both the Americans and the Soviets before and during World War II. This one makes me a bit nervous…

  • The Race for Paris - World War II novel about two American journalists and an Englishman who together race the Allies to Occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives.


  • Upstairs, Downstairs - I’m not sure why I didn’t watch this PBS series sooner. It certainly fills a void until the Downton Abbey movie premieres this fall. The first season of Upstairs, Downstairs, set in the 1930s featuring the abdication of King Edward VIII and the events that led to England’s involvement in WWII, was riveting, but the second/final season got a bit soapy for me.

  • Project Runway All Stars and the new season of Project Runway on Bravo - I’m glad that PW has returned to Bravo and NYC, but I’m not sure that I’m going to enjoy host Karlie Kloss & mentor Christian Siriano as much as Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

  • And yes, I’m embarrassed to admit, but I am watching the latest season of The Real Housewives of New York City. There’s no excuse for it, but at least they’re the the only Housewives that I follow.

  • Help me find something new to binge. Have any of you watched Home Fires, Poldark, or The Durells in Corfu? I need some PBS to rebuild the braincells that I’m losing on Bravo!


  • Fresh air and the song of robins, cardinals, and chickadees wafting through open windows.

  • The first tender green shoots pushing their way up through the thawing earth. I got a preview of crocus, tulips, and jonquils in Paris, and now, I can hardly wait to see them appear in my own garden — that is, if the bulbs haven’t frozen or been eaten by the deer who visit Piper every evening.

  • That first glass of rosé on a warm spring evening — the one(s) I had in Paris don’t count.

  • The Les Misérables miniseries on PBS in two weeks.

  • Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum

  • Taking more photos — I’ve been a bit lax lately.

Week 12 - Inspiration: Trash

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." - Mark Twain

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French Friday: Je pense à toi sans cesse...

« Paris sera toujours Paris. Qu’est-ce que tu veux qu’il fasse d’autre ? » - Fréderic Dard

Tour Eiffel w/ green bench

On se rappelle les chansons, un soir d'hiver, un frais visage, la scène à marchands de marrons, une chambre au cinquième étage, les cafés crèmes du matin, Montparnasse, le Café du Dôme, les faubourgs, le Quartier latin, les Tuileries et la Place Vendôme.

Paris, c'était la gaieté, Paris, c'était la douceur aussi. C'était notre tendresse. Paris, tes gamins, tes artisans, tes camelots et tes agents, et tes matins de printemps. Paris, l'odeur de ton pavé d'oies, de tes marronniers, du bois. Je pense à toi sans cesse. Paris, je m'ennuie de toi, mon vieux. On se retrouvera tous les deux, mon grand Paris.

Évidemment, il y a parfois les heures un peu difficiles, mais tout s'arrange bien, ma foi. Avec Paris, c'est si facile. Pour moi, Paris, c'est les beaux jours, les airs légers, graves, ou tendres. Pour moi, Paris, c'est mes amours et mon cœur ne peut se reprendre.

Paris, c'était la gaieté, Paris, c'était la douceur aussi. C'était notre tendresse. Paris, tes gamins, tes artisans, tes camelots et tes agents, et tes matins de printemps. Paris, l'odeur de ton pavé d'oies, de tes marronniers, du bois. Je pense à toi sans cesse. Paris, je m'ennuie de toi, mon vieux. On se retrouvera tous les deux, mon grand Paris. - Paris, chanté par Édith Piaf