I awoke from my 20 minute hot weather Siesta the other day with a wide grin on my face. I think it had something to do with a sudden impishness that had washed over me during the nap. Along with the silly mood came the urge to be creative. What you see on this page is part of that flippant attitude.
I selected a small, vintage Frankoma urn from my supply shelf. The simple shape will accomodate nearly any sort of treatment. I wanted light, neon-like tones to create the shift from a standard arrangement into one with a slightly odd look. Because the weather has been hot, I wanted a blue shift in the tints to refresh the eyes.
Some of the best summer flowers, in my opinion, are basic gladioli. They are quite popular and long lasting. There are many ways to enjoy them. In this instance, I used two red spikes as the framework for a vertical composition. The lime -green glass jug vase provides the contemporary foundation for the idea. The metre-stick is an integral part of the arrangement. In fact, I’ve named the composition, “Seventy-four Centemetres”.
The stark, black, ultra-modern Toyo vase has puzzled my mind for several years. I haven’t been happy with the arrangements I’ve used in it until now. I decided to tap into some machismo as my muse.
The result is this space-age style that captures the current masculine paradigm and imagination.
I tried another visual experiment by pairing the Toyo vase with the glass candle holder Ikebana from a couple of weeks ago. I’m undecided as to whether or not the two work together as a single composition.
The Blue Jay of Happiness says to go with the flow, today.