Sunday, January 26, 2014

Paris in January

When you're living in the land of endless snow and sub zero temperatures, all starting in December no less, Winter tends to look longer and more ominous than usual. So while Paris in January may not sound so appealing to some, it was perfect for us. Paris is in what we would call here in the Northern U.S., early Spring.

Green grass (I don't think they ever lost it), green buds on trees and flowers were everywhere. There are many wonderful textures in Paris, today I'll focus on some of the natural ones. Believe you me that of the hundreds and hundreds of photos we took these are just a handful. Rest assured we have the very typical touristy shots safely tucked away digitally as well ;)

We walked and walked all over Paris, often stumbling upon things we had not planned on touring and the Kings Garden was just such a happy find.

Not the lush landscape of a Spring in it's full push that Paris is famous for, the green grass and budding plants were a welcome sight to these travelers from this frozen tundra none the less.

The Kings Garden is home to the Natural History Museum which happened to be running the exhibit NOCES VÉGÉTALES by Tzuir Gueta.

Serendipity, you are my friend.

You can watch a video on it here: and I highly encourage you to visit the artists site, he is AMAZING:

And I'll leave you with a few photos from the Latin Quarter.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Owl Love

I'm not shy about my love of owls and this Fall I visited the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center in the hopes of meeting a few. Established in 1974 the center is an internationally renowned educational facility and a rare opportunity to see raptors up close and personal.

So sleepy...

Speaking of owls, did anyone catch this article about the Snowy Owl on the move?

The Atlantic Coast is in for treat.

Last year my husband and I spooked a Snowy Owl out of it's perch while walking home on Christmas Eve. It was a frozen, snowy, quiet evening and had it not flown out right in front of us we would never have known. It was absolutely soundless and quickly disappeared over the frozen lake.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Maxfield Parrish

A couple of weeks ago I featured Joseph Low and this week I move on to Maxfield Parrish, rather funny when you think about their stylistic differences but they both use color so powerfully, and I do love color.

Maxfield Parrish is one of the first illustrator/artists I came to really enjoy during my first year of college. A lot of my contemporaries found Parrish too cutesy but I disagreed heartily. His subject matter is often whimsical (which I always enjoy) but his skill exemplary and his use of light aspirational, how does your heart not lift when you see this image?

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Granted, I went to college in the mid 90's and grungy design and illustration was all the rage (I personally preferred a clean Bauhaus approach.) Realism was so passé :)

Much like Norman Rockwell, Parrish did a lot of magazine and calendar work and while he may have been as popular at the time, Maxwell Parrish is now relatively unknown to the average plebeian.

This is my current favorite, it's true love:

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