Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! I’m lucky to have an incredible mother and mother-in-law—exemplars of kindness, generosity, and hardwork—and to be surrounded by so many strong and inspiring women, friends and family alike. The subjects of American painter and printmaker, Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), often took the form of her family, including her sister Lydia—her intimate portraits capturing both the social and private lives of women, and most notably the connection between mother and child. Highly influenced by her mentor and fellow Impressionist, Edgar Degas, Cassatt’s figural compositions demonstrate an impressionistic palette, while drawing from Japonism simplicity and color-blocking techniques—visible in 1960′s ukiyo-e, Japanese wood-block prints. Cassatt’s honest, yet not overly-sentimental portraits, act as timeless glimpses into the bond between mother in child.
Talented Wisconsin-born filmmaker and wildlife-lover, Jordan Brown, was recently featured in the Washington City Paper, for his stunning footage and stills of the hidden world of insects, his subjects captured in Washington D.C.’s Rock Creek Park. Check out “Oh, You Bitty Things: Jordan Brown Documents the Lives of D.C.’s Bugs” by David Frey, at the Washington City Paper’s Arts Desk.
Monday marked the launch of a fabulous new home decor site, Domaine, sure to become a mecca for decorating inspiration, and lifestyle tips. As the mr. & I recently moved, the hunt has begun for our aesthetic vision—the key furniture pieces that will make the perfect foundation for our style, and the little touches that will make it home. I have a feeling Domaine is the answer to my current blank-canvas-induced decorating standstill.
Spring finally reared its head in Milwaukee this weekend, and the city was out in fully force. The new apartment is steps away from both Milwaukee’s RiverWalk, which runs along Downtown’s Milwaukee River, and the Hank Aaron State Trail, which though 10 miles in total, is also a perfect shortcut from our apartment to the city’s Lakefront. I love that despite the fact that we’re in the middle of the city, we can still catch a glimpse of our agrarian neighbors. This week’s sighting, the most delicate, Cassatt-worthy duck’s nest, right on the river boardwalk.
It’s been three weeks since the big move, and the new apartment is starting to feel like home. We’ve made the compulsory ‘new apartment Ikea expedition’, have nailed down the best local take-out restaurants, and are unpacking those last few neglected boxes. Bernard’s painting, Iron Bridges at Asnières, reminds me a great deal of our new neighborhood, industrial yet tranquil. This Sunday we spent the morning exploring the area, with a stroll along the river, through Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, and a little grocery shopping at the Milwaukee Public Market. The Public Market hosts a selection of independent merchants with artisan and ethnic products, where the husband and I picked up some dinner staples for the week, along with a little inspiration (goat cheese & asparagus stuffed chicken breast? yes, please.) I think we have a new Sunday tradition in the making.