After a rather long radio silence, my thoughts have returned to Good Old Modern. This past year has been a busy one, and I quickly came to realize that my attention could only be pulled in so many directions.
Last October, I completed my 2014 New Years resolution to finally run my first marathon. I had no idea how EXHAUSTING marathon training would be, both physically and mentally. During seven months of training, my weekends were quickly reduced to long run. eat. sleep. But, would I do it again? Definitely. The race was exhilarating—gorgeous Lakefront views, the support from runners and spectators, and the pride of crossing the finish line.
In other news, this Winter, the husband and I moved from our Downtown Milwaukee apartment, to a sweet little Tudor house, in beautiful condition, but in need of plenty of cosmetic help (so. much. wallpaper.)
Currently on the hunt for some artistic inspiration for the color palette in our house—feeling especially drawn to the soft blue and lilac hues of Matisse’s The Knife Thrower (Le Lanceur de couteaux) from Jazz.
Henri Matisse, The Knife Thrower (Le Lanceur de couteaux) from Jazz, 1947, one from a portfolio of twenty pochoirs
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As of late, I’ve been preoccupied with creating a gallery wall in our apartment. Though the husband & I have been settled in the apartment for almost ten months, as of a few weeks ago there were still stacks of framed works sitting on our bedroom floor.
My desire for a gallery wall was sparked by a lovely wedding gift from artist Deidre DeWaal, entitled Peonies, which I finally had professionally framed. Painter Deidre DeWaal has exhibited throughout the United States, as well as the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Ecuador. Her works are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection, in addition to numerous private collections. DeWaal’s contemporary florals exhibit the traditional sumi-e style, or Japanese ink wash painting, each fluid brush stroke perfectly placed, capturing the form and spirit of the blooms.
Though I’m still on the hunt for some smaller works to fill our frames, I’m happy to finally have Peonies where it can truly be appreciated, along with a lovely little painting by my grandmother, and some paper ephemera from the husband’s and I’s travels. I’m hoping to add a couple of favorite prints that have been on my wish list, including Elizabeth Mayville’s portraits, and one of Gray Malin’s gorgeous prints (I’m especially drawn to his images of Cinque Terre, one of my favorite spots in Italy).
Gray Malin, Cinque Terre Vertical
After months on the hunt, we’re finally signing the lease on a brand new apartment! We’ll be moving to Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward District, walking distance from an array of art galleries and great new restaurants. We won’t be moving for a couple of months, but we’re already starting to evaluate just how much stuff we have between us, sorting what will make the cut, and what will be hauled to the curb—a task we ignored when we moved into our current apartment, our attention instead focused upon wedding planning. I’m attempting to take on one organizing project at a time leading up to the move, but at the moment, it’s feeling a lot like I’m immersed in one of Simon Evans’ overwhelming works—
Simon Evans, Everything I Have, 2008, Pen, paper, scotch tape, white out, 60 1/4 X 40 1/8 inches
I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus, as the husband and I have been on the hunt for a new apartment. Apartment hunting is one of those tasks which is extremely exciting, yet ridiculously frustrating and time-consuming. We haven’t quite found the right fit for us, yet I am not ready to accept that we won’t find that perfect apartment, with every item on our wish list. Though our search has been disheartening thus far, the prospect of our very first grown-up apartment, and the firsts that accompany it, is keeping us on the lookout. Our first piece of furniture purchased together? (my college dorm room futon isn’t quite cutting it anymore) A puppy perhaps? (yes, we are already debating names for our non-existent pup) I’m already dreaming of making a new place home, and hoping to make it as much a reflection of the husband and I, as these artists’ abodes—
—More after the jump—
Merry Christmas to all! I’ll be enjoying a quiet and comfy morning in with the family. Wishing you all a wonderful day filled with friends and family, good food, and plenty of Christmas cookies.
Nicolas Clerihew Bentley, Male figure study for a scene from “A Christmas Carol”, 1925–78, Pen and black ink over graphite