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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).

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Girl Writing

Milton Avery, Girl Writing, 1941, Oil on canvas

After ringing in the New Year with a few close friends & plenty of champagne, I still had no idea what resolutions to set for the coming year. Though a bit late, I think I’ve finally established some goals for the coming year, with the help of Waiting on Martha’s lovely idea, of choosing a “word” for 2014:

I write my resolutions, and pick my “word” for 2014.  For those that haven’t ever picked a word before your word is supposed to encompass a desire, a want, a goal that you hope comes to fruition in the new year.

How I choose my word is really more instinctual than anything else.  I simply grow quiet and go through this list writing down every word that speaks to me.  Then from those chosen words I start crossing each word off until only one remains. – “GO” Waiting on Martha

So, this year, I want to ‘rise’. I want to rise in the mundane and daily sense, to rise each morning with intention, and start each day with my health in mind. I want to rise in the grand sense, to rise to my full potential, to meet challenges head on which I have procrastinated in the past.

I know myself well enough to know, that if I am truly going to complete my New Years resolutions, they need to be specific. Go to the gym more often? Not gonna happen without a specific goal to motivate me, and to work toward throughout the year. So, in line with my 2014 affirmation to ‘rise’, here we go:

1. This is the year I will finally run a marathon. The big 26.2 has always been on my long list of things to do in my lifetime, so why not this year? I’ve decided to work toward the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon on October 5th, which means I’ll need to start training this April.

2. I would like to raise my confidence and self-expectations as a blogger. I didn’t publish as many blog posts as I would have liked in 2013, which was often a source of guilt for me. But I have come to realize, that though I love to blog, I also like to spend time unplugged. This year I hope to better plan ahead for blog posts, to find a balance that works for me, and to publish more blog posts than last year.

I hope you have all had a wonderful start to the New Year, and if not, it’s not too late to commit to making the most of 2014!

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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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Latest Love: Simone Shubuck & Domaine

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.

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Thanks to Domaine, I’ve also developed a new artist crush, for the botanical mixed media works of Simone Shubuck. Check out her stunningly layered compositions at Taylor De Cordoba.

Simone Shubuck, Compartment For Beliefs, 2012, Mixed Media on paper

Simone Shubuck, Believe It, 2012, Mixed Media on paper

Simone Shubuck, Steath Grandma Speak, 2013, Mixed Media on paper

Simone Shubuck, Godie Top, 2012, Mixed Media on paper

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