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Meet, August

Pablo Picasso, written by Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon (French, 1707-1788), published by Martin Fabiani (French), The Dog, from Histoire naturelle, 1936, published May 26, 1942, Aquatint and sugar lift etching with drypoint on copper in black on off-white laid paper

Pablo Picasso, written by Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon (French, 1707-1788), published by Martin Fabiani (French), The Dog, from Histoire naturelle, 1936, published May 26, 1942, Aquatint and sugar lift etching with drypoint on copper in black on off-white laid paper

How on earth has May sped by so quickly! This month has been filled with visiting with friends and family (some from as far away as India!), another birthday come and gone, and a new addition to the family……..meet, August! Three weeks ago, the husband and I brought Auggie home, a now 12-week old miniature schnauzer. Our little guy is already quite attached (as are we), and adjusting quickly to city life. We’re enjoying life with our handsome pup, and the fun and love he adds to our little family. His energy, and wiry terrier coat, remind me of Picasso’s The Dog, from Histoire naturelle by Georges-Louis Leclerc.

Auggie day one, on our way home from picking him up in Indiana

Auggie day one, on our way home from picking him up in Indiana

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Mother’s Kiss

Mary Cassatt, The Bath, c. 1891, Drypoint and soft-ground etching in yellow, blue, black, and sanguine

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 and child.

Mary Cassatt, Maternal Caress, c. 1891, Color drypoint, aquatint, and soft-ground etching

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt, The Child’s Bath, 1893, Oil on canvas

Mary Cassatt, Gathering Fruit, c. 1893, Drypoint and aquatint in color

Mary Cassatt, Gathering Fruit, c. 1893, Drypoint and aquatint in color

Mary Cassatt, Mother’s Kiss, 1890-1891, Drypoint and aquatint on laid paper

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Pablo Picasso
Turkey, from Picasso: Original Etchings for the Texts of Buffon, 1936, printed 1942
Sugar-lift aquatint and drypoint

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Thanksgiving Menu

This year we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with the husband’s family, and I cannot wait for the delicious spread that’s sure to come, and the wonderful company of both my parents and my new extended family. This year is definitely going to bring some changes in our holiday traditions, as we navigate married life, and the combining of each of our family traditions, with those of our own.

We all have that one dish that makes Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving. Our annual family staple is known as ‘Pineapple Stuff,’ basically a sweet pineapple stuffing, and it looks like it’s my job to make it this year! I’m absolutely taken with these early 20th century menus, and the traditions that emerge! Consomme? Assorted candy, nuts and cigarettes? Love it.

What is your favorite it-isn’t-Thanksgiving-without-it dish?

George Elbert Burr
Thanksgiving Menu, 1905
Pen and ink and watercolor on paper

Thanksgiving Menu, Company 1968, 1933
Ink on paper

Some of my favorite Thanksgiving Day guides and menu ideas from around blog land (definitely keeping these filed away, for when the day comes that I have to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal):

Style Me Pretty Thanksgiving

Spoon Fork Bacon Thanksgiving Round Up

The Glitter Guide: The Perfect Pair

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Rainy Mornings

Love waking up to a thunderstorm, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

Helen Hyde
The Shower, 1897
Color etching on paper

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