ART & FLOWERS STUDY, part one

During the quiet months of winter, I often enjoy taking on a design project for the pure joy of it. Winter is appropriate in part because I have the luxury of time to spend thinking and playing with an idea and in part because I crave the freshness of flowers throughout our cold months. This winter I was inspired by Art in Bloom, a springtime exhibit hosted by museums across the country, and chose to embark on an independent study of Toledo Museum of Art's works alongside my florals. After choosing a few obvious pieces and a few personal favorites, I took time to think about particular flowers, colors, and forms that felt representative of the artwork. This project was immensely rewarding by allowing me to design with new varieties of flowers and design styles, playing with photography, and exploring our fabulous museum in a new way. So much so that I've decided, I will continue to explore this study throughout the year in order to play more with artwork that  inspires me at different times of the year and the seasonality of flowers at those times. Enjoy a look at part one...

PART ONE:

Flower Still Life, Rachel Ruysch                                                                                                             

Icelandic Poppies, Garden Roses, Carnations, Ranunculus, Parrot Tulips, Spirea, Sweet Pea

Flower Brooch, Sterle' Jewelers

Icelandic Poppies

Dancer Resting, Henri Matisse

Fritillaria, Ferns, Roses, Ranunculus, Anthirium, Icelandic Poppies, Heather

Still Life with Bottle, Giorgio Morandi

Ranunculus

Flowers and Fruit, Henri Fantin-Latour

Ranunculus, Hydrangea