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Latest Love: Louis le Brocquy

Louis le Brocquy, Army massing, 1969 lithograph on Swiftbrook paper

Though an admirer of Louis le Brocquy’s paintings, I had never before come across the artist’s print-work. Throughout his life, le Brocquy collaborated with a number of Irish writers, including his friends Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. After happening upon one of the artist’s most notable collaborations, le Brocquy’s lithographic brush drawings for Thomas Kinsella’s The Táin of 1969, I was immediately taken with the beautifully simplistic and calligraphic forms. The Táin includes one hundred and thirty-three black and white drawings detailing Ireland’s proto-historic past, printed on Swiftbrook Paper Mills, Co., reproduced by line block, printed by Dolmen Press, Dublin, limited edition of 1,750 copies.

Louis le Brocquy, Macha pleading, 1969 lithograph on Swiftbrook paper

Louis le Brocquy, Death of Fraech, 196 lithograph on Swiftbrook paper

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Latest Love: Jennifer Ament

After spotting an image of Jennifer Ament’s recent show at Maison Luxe in Seattle, I was immediately hooked. The beautiful prints and paintings of artist Jennifer Ament, seem to be popping up everywhere lately, from my favorite Instagram accounts to the Art Collection of Serena & Lily. Ament’s most recent series, Underwater Plant Life, is truly stunning. I’m already picturing a gallery wall featuring row upon row of the delicate undulating plants (I especially love the artist’s choice of black matting and gold frames in displaying the series, as seen at Serena & Lily). I am also drawn to the series of paintings featured at Maison Luxe, described by Ament on the artist’s blog Art & Lair:

My wall of Watercolors, Original Ink on Paper, and Collage were a year in the making. My inspiration came from planets not yet discovered, the galaxy surrounding us, and the insides of Minerals.

Jennifer Ament, Agate Moon

Jennifer Ament, Moon Waves I

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Garden

Pierre Bonnard, Garden, ca. 1935, Oil on canvas

I am done with Winter. Turning my calendar to March, while there’s still snow on the ground ? No thank you.

Spring fever has me itching to throw open my apartment windows, and let the fresh air in—to escape the frigid Wisconsin weather, and bleak grey scenery, and take a walk through Bonnard’s colorful Garden. For now, I’ll have to make-do with fresh flowers and Rifle Paper Co.’s beautiful blooms. When Spring finally decides to roll around, I’ll be checking these warm weather cravings off my to-do list:

  • A visit to my favorite annual event at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Art in Bloom, a tribute to art and flowers, March 27th to 30th.
  • Smitten Kitchen’s Spring Panzanella, a delicious twist on classic panzanella (and who doesn’t love bread salad?)
  • An afternoon at Estebrook Beer Garden with the husband, and run around the neighboring dog park with Auggie Doggie (who is bouncing off the walls this Winter).

Good Old Modern

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Gallery Wall, featuring Deidre DeWaal

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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.

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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).

Elizabeth Mayville

Gray Malin, Cinque Terre Vertical

 

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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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Black Stockings

Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867–1947), Young Woman in Black Stockings (Jeune femme aux bas noirs), 1893-94, Lithograph

Ready for brisk Fall air, cozy knit sweaters and stockings, and cool weather comfort food (dying to try absolutely all of these recipes). Happy first day of Autumn everyone!

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