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October in Milwaukee

Fall

We’re starting to feel a chill in the air here in Milwaukee, which means it’s time to break out the plaid and polish up your boots. This weekend I’ll be getting into the Fall mood—pulling my cool weather wardrobe out of storage, giving the apartment a little seasonal make-over, and checking off some items on my October in Milwaukee to-do list:
                                                                                                                                                                      
—Grab a coffee and cuddle up next to the fire on the Stone Creek Coffee patio, located at their newest location next to the new Radio Milwaukee studios.
—Master the art of pie-making (and if you fail, there’s always The Elegant Farmer)
—Head out to your nearest pumpkin patch
—Whip up a batch of Spoon Fork Bacon’s Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup (love the shout-out to Wisconsin’s Mars Cheese Castle)
—Find creative inspiration in the season—whether in nature (loving these DIY pumpkin candle holders) or the fine art realm—I’m especially smitten with artist Steven Vasquez Lopez’s incredible hand-drawn works on paper, from the Some Strings Attached and Patches series.
                                                                                                                                                                      
Steven Vasques Lopez, Patches 016, 2013, Ink on paper

Steven Vasques Lopez, Patches 016, 2013, Ink on paper

Steven Vasquez Lopez, Some strings attached 006, 2012, Ink on paper, 11 x 14 in.

Steven Vasquez Lopez, Some strings attached 006, 2012, Ink on paper, 11 x 14 in.

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Watercolor Bouquets

Well, more rain and chilly weather for us Wisconsinites. Turning to Raoul Dufy’s  (French, 1877-1953) vibrant florals, until Spring heads our way.

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Art in Bloom

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s annual event, Art in Bloom: A Tribute to Art and Flowers, April 11-14, 2013, features stunning floral arrangements, created by local designers, paired with works from the museum’s collection. This event has become a favorite of mine over the years, and is certainly a welcome breath of spring this year, after a full week of rain.  I tend to gravitate toward the arrangements which subtly mirror their counterparts, and this year’s arrangements did not disappoint—many of the artfully arranged blooms, graceful studies of color and emotion, rather than direct imitations of composition. [all photos by Michael Brown]

Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

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Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old ModernArt in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old ModernArt in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

Art in Bloom, photo by Michael Brown | Good Old Modern

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Countdown

Jasper Johns, printed by Robert Blackburn, published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955), 0 Through 9, 1960, Lithograph on cream wove paper

Happy New Year’s Eve! Whether you’ll be having a relaxing evening in, or a late night out, I hope you all enjoy the countdown to 2013 tonight!

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Holiday Tradition

Wayne Thiebaud, Untitled, 1963, Ink wash in blue and black

This year my mom & I revamped our usual Christmas cookies recipes, for a whole new selection of delectables, inspired by the recent purchase of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, authored by the talented and eloquent creator of smittenkitchen.com. This year we undertook, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Gooey Cinnamon Squares, Brownie Roll-Out Cookies, and Alex’s Chocolate Raspberry Rugelach. The Smitten Kitchen even took over our Christmas Day meals this year, with Perelman’s genius New York Breakfast Casserole (the most perfect combination of bagel, cream cheese, onion, tomatoes and eggs you could ever imagine) and Bloody Mary’s for breakfast, and Sweet Peas and Shell Alfredo for a decadent Christmas dinner. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, filled with traditions both new and old!

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Good Old Modern

Christmas Cookies, Good Old Modern

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The Art of Giving

Christmas has snuck up as always! The husband and I both took Monday
off this week for some intensive holiday shopping, but there is still plenty
of wrapping and baking left to do before Christmas arrives. We have a
friend’s holiday party tonight, and are ready to get into the holiday spirit!
—Some last minute gift ideas for the artist or art lover in each of us—

 

The Art of Giving

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