I’ve been contemplating a book about artistic Minimalism this week, enjoying the total simplicity of the style. The illustrations are of artistic works with elements stripped down to only the bare essentials. A perfect example is Yves Klein’s “Monochrome Painting”
I got to wondering how I could interpret minimalism into the floral arts. It might consist of a dandelion in a jelly jar, or, at most, a solitary Gerbera Daisy as a modern Ikebana in a flat saucer. I’m going to keep thinking about this concept awhile longer.
In the meantime, I decided to go for “Presque Minimaliste” (nearly minimalist) as today’s theme for Floral Friday. I want to express a decorative appeal with the fewest amount of elements.
A couple of weeks ago, during the lawnmowing chore, I encountered a single miniature daisy growing in the yard. I stopped the mower, uprooted the entire plant, then placed it in water until I could do something creative with it. Later, I decided to place it inside of an ornate Indian candleholder, roots and all.
A “Frisco” brand planter made in Japan is the base for a conventional-looking planting. The basic floral elements of pot, foliage, and flowers, appear in a most simplified manner, to manifest as a more complex appearance.
A Japanese made triple cornucopia vase was the original inspiration for today’s attempts at Presque Minimaliste. A simple form in the primary color of yellow called out for red and green elements for completion.
A contemporary cobalt blue bottle with red rim holds a stem of orchids supported by buds and grasses in an uplifting composition.
So here is the result of my little mind play, today. The photos are clickable, as always.