Flower Power

Now that it’s still light at 7 o’clock in the pm, and one awakens to the sound of birds and squirrels singing in the trees outside, I can declare with confidence, ‘hello Spring’. How I would like to be able to add that hot cross buns have arrived in the bakers and the first of the chocolate bunnies are peeping out from behind the curlywurlys in the sweet shop, but this isn’t the 1950s!!!! It’s the twenty fourteens! And what with progress and so forth we have hot cross buns all year round and gold wrapped Lindt bunnikins from Boxing day. Indeed the proliferation of Lindt rabbits is now such a problem in petrol stations, supermarkets, garden centres and most other confectionary and non-confectionary retail outlets up and down the land, that their numbers have reached plague proportions and maybe it’s time we considered introducing chocolate myxomatosis. ‘That’s like taking a sledge hammer to crack open an easter egg’ you say, well perhaps it is? But some of those thick chocolate eggs can be impossibly thick and welded together and other than gnawing ones way through, which inevitably means you get chocolate crumbs in your beard, or worse, if you are beardless chocolate burns on your chin, there is sometimes no other recourse than to the hammer.

What all this is bringing me round to is introducing my new project for the next 12 months. Following on from the moderate success of my ‘drawing everything that I ate and drank for a whole year’ project of 2001 and my frankly successless ‘drawing everything that I bought for a year’ project of 2004, I have decided to embark on a much less labour intensive undertaking which is to ‘make a flower arrangement once a week and paint it’ project. I must say at once, when the gasps and intakes of breath have subsided, dear readers, that I know very little about flowers and even less about flower arranging. I think this lack of formal training will help considerably with the originality of my arrangements, and I will not be shy of using unusual elements in my displays. I.e. dead plants, which I for one find as interesting as those at their peak of freshness. This is not to say that I will indulge in necrofloria, merely that I will not be shy of using some dead things if I feel the arrangement as a whole would benefit form their inclusion. How I bang on! I know you are crying out to see my first fist at floral fine art, so herewith…

In all honesty this was my second attempt as my first one looked like a very dull ‘A level’ still life. I have labeled what I think the contents of the vase are to the best of my ability. Your guess is better than mine when it comes to the green discy thing above the Camelia. My biggest concern with this display has to be the vase, which as you can see is tall and narrow. In my experience (which daily grows) tall narrow things fall over much more easily than things stout and wide. So whoever invented this vase presumably was very un-clumsy or it was a prototype and the design later abandoned, or his tables were topped with a layer of blue-tac, which while a momentarily charming thought, would on reflection be hideously impractical.

8 April, 2014 (11:00) | Musings | By: admin