Three Subjects …Floral Friday

We usually have some sort of theme in mind when creating some sort of artistry or personal expression. In fact, a theme or motif is often the

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motivation for our work or play. Three subjects came to mind for today’s post.

A thrift store find triggered the mood for this topic. A  charming salt-cellar designed for Teleflora, reminded me of some happy times I spent in the Netherlands. The Dutch windmill applique’ immediately brings to mind the floral culture of the low countries. Risking cliché, I used a trio of tulips as the focus of the design.

FF101714cThe subject of seafaring is one that has fascinated people for centuries. Ocean trade has enabled the blending of civilizations since pre-history and remains vital to this day.  I used A miniature clipper ship and small seashells as the backdrop for a colonial era Indian brass jardinière. A simple, rust-colored Gerbera is all that is necessary to bring the ensemble to life.


A sparkling crystal vase presented an initial challenge. The gold trim is worn away in many places, and I didn’t want to restore it. Instantly, I thought of Hallowe’en. The well-worn artifact reminded me of the old Addams Family teevee show. I half-filled the vase with light pink, glass marbles to serve as the mechanicals. Gold color spray paint accents the twigs. The twigs and a commercial highlight provide a structure for the spooky-looking orange flowers. The result is twisted elegance.

What subject do you want to become lost in, today?

mini-moiThe Blue Jay of Happiness remembers this thought from Pablo Picasso: “If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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