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).
Naomi Wilkinson Illustration
In celebration of his upcoming birthday, my father is taking on Wisconsin’s Tough Mudder today, a hardcore 11.8 mile “obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.” Though my dad is an experienced triathlete, this is going to be a toughie, boasting obstacle titles such as the “Electric Eel” and “Firewalker.” Seeing as how the longest race I have ever participated in was a 15k, (and sans climbing walls and barbed wire laden mud pits), I am in total awe of my pops. I couldn’t ask for a more inspiring father! Happy birthday Dad, and good luck to all you Tough Mudders competing today!
Félix Vallotton (Swiss, Lausanne 1865–1925 Paris), Street Scene in Paris (Coin de rue à Paris), 1895, Gouache and oil on cardboard
Milwaukee is bustling! Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival, is currently taking place here in Milwaukee, and having an extra 900,000 people packed into the city makes it feel a bit more crowded than usual, especially living within walking distance of the fair’s lakefront location. Though I’m not a fan of my quadrupled commute time, or the fruitless attempts at walking our 4 month old puppy without stopping every other step (which rarely happens on a deserted sidewalk, much less a packed one), I’m still looking forward to stopping by Milwaukee’s annual fest (primarily for a taste of Saz’s famous sour cream & chive fries? guilty.) Though Milwaukee’s crowds are not as glamorous as Vallotton’s, absolutely in love with the artist’s broad saturated planes of color.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), The Grasshopper from the illustrated book Eaux Fortes originales pour textes du Buffon (Histoire Naturelle), print executed 1936, published 1942, Aquatint, etching, and drypoint
Talented Wisconsin-born filmmaker and wildlife-lover, Jordan Brown, was recently featured in the Washington City Paper, for his stunning footage and stills of the hidden world of insects, his subjects captured in Washington D.C.’s Rock Creek Park. Check out “Oh, You Bitty Things: Jordan Brown Documents the Lives of D.C.’s Bugs” by David Frey, at the Washington City Paper’s Arts Desk.
Jordan Brown, A Jumping Spider Seeks Shelter
Jordan Brown, Firefly Larva
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926), Feeding the Ducks, c. 1895, Drypoint and aquatint, with monotype inking, in color on cream laid paper
Spring finally reared its head in Milwaukee this weekend, and the city was out in fully force. The new apartment is steps away from both Milwaukee’s RiverWalk, which runs along Downtown’s Milwaukee River, and the Hank Aaron State Trail, which though 10 miles in total, is also a perfect shortcut from our apartment to the city’s Lakefront. I love that despite the fact that we’re in the middle of the city, we can still catch a glimpse of our agrarian neighbors. This week’s sighting, the most delicate, Cassatt-worthy duck’s nest, right on the river boardwalk.