I’m not sure exactly why I seldom work with roses. Perhaps, it’s because they seem to be complete on their own. Maybe because I see no need to duplicate the two classic arrangements of them: a solitary rose in a bud vase or a dozen long-stemmed roses in a crystal vase.
For the first Floral Friday of 2017, I decided to use ceramics instead of the usual glass containers. I’m glad this idea works out.
The first arrangement is part of a photographic experiment using backlighting as the primary light source. This brings out a vision of age and nostalgia. The bunch of roses within a vintage McCoy vase takes center stage.
The heavy contemporary vase is the base for a black rose. The flower is like a black hole in that it necessitates the need for other elements in the design.
Jumbo and large roses are all that are needed to show off the vintage McCoy “grapes” vase. To get the colors and overall shape just right took more time than I anticipated.