Field Notes

Salut! Welcome to my Field Notes, with stories from San Francisco, Paris, and elsewhere. This is a collection of adventures: the people I photograph; the kitchen escapes; tidbits from my life; special projects; and a California/Paris guide. Whew! I hope you'll come along; it's going to be a lovely time!

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It is the beginning of September, and it pains me to speak to you about the holidays when fall hasn’t even started. I’ll be recycling this post closer to the actual holidays, but because everything in my shop is time-sensitive, I figured it’s better to be prepared than to not deliver later! When should I […]

You may have noticed that I offer $15 digital downloads in my print shop. You may be wondering, “what do I do with that?!?!?!” Here’s a guide on how to use your digital downloads. Use them as a background. Any background! Phone home screen, lockscreen. Desktop. iPad, tablet, any digital device that needs a photo […]

It was full sun and dry heat as we pulled away from the house, headed towards the Bay Bridge. The cloudless sky promised a golden hour glow, and my lap was filled with burgundy dahlias sloshing in their vase. The back seat was piled with dresses and hats as we bumped our way towards the […]

Walking through Paris and the Jardin des Plantes (one of my favorite gardens in Paris) at the end of spring/beginning of summer. I was feeling a little down because I had missed cherry blossom season in Paris, which I had been greatly anticipating and wanting to photograph on film this year. Although I did not […]

The first thing I did when I got back to Paris was take a mighty long stroll through Saint Germain des Près. It was the warm kind of day that says spring is over and summer is on the cusp of arrival; the air was sticky and just a tad heavy. The sky was a […]

It’s LIVE!! I’ve been talking about this for six months and working like a maniac the last six weeks. My print shop is OPEN!! https://www.etsy.com/shop/mwartenterprises/ To celebrate, I’m hosting a little giveaway with my friend, Val, of Kindred & Co. Head to Instagram for the deets! (A print of your choice is up for grabs!) Giveaway […]

Just before jaunting through Provence, Sarah, the picnic hostess to end all picnics, threw a Midsummer celebration in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in the 19th arrondissement. There was an heirloom tomato and burrata salad and bundles upon bundles of flowers as we gathered to celebrate summer on an ironically cloudy and eventually rainy Paris […]

The title explains it all. This band of artists/beauty seekers is PUBLISHING an ANTHOLOGY! We’re calling it “A Cultivated Life,” inspired by none other than Sarah. The whole idea spurted forth one day in Sarah’s kitchen, as sunlight bounced off all the copper and bathed the Pavoni in a warm afternoon dappled glow. Sarah, we […]

One of my last summer strolls in the city before whisking away to Provence and then the flurry of goodbyes. This was just a few weeks after I arrived back in the city, as I hungrily scurried the streets for beauty that only Paris does well. From the 7th to the 18th arrondissements, this is […]

If you’ve been hanging with me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been talking about a print shop for a looooong time. Like, six months. So, I’m super happy to finally say that the print shop is LAUNCHING on August 20th! There will be a limited number of digital downloads and fine art prints available. […]

Paris & California strolls; plenty of flowers; stories; and looking for the beauty in the everyday. I hope you'll come along as I take the year to document the entirety of my home state!

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