So this past weekend I did a wedding out of town. Got home late, late Saturday night. And then did a fall wedding shoot on Sunday and Monday at Lake Logan Martin about an hour out of town. Goodness, or as my mother says - good grannies. It was an intense week. I was literally up to my eyelashes in flowers of all colors, shapes, textures and varieties. The wedding was all about the soft peach of juliet roses merging with whites and the green of geranium leaves and the shoot was inspired by the colors of fall foliage - bright leaves in red, burgundy, ochre and orange and the subtle neutrals of fall grasses. Anyway, I had a lot of left over flowers and I happen to have a bit of a compulsion to save every flower I possibly can. I absolutely hate throwing flowers away. It pains me!
I was able to take some to Studio by the Tracks where I teach art to adults with autism and kids with emotional and behavioral problems. Some of the adults love to draw flowers so I like to bring them living subject matter when I can. Otherwise they draw from photos in books. The boys are at an age, around 12 and 13, where they are not yet too cool to love flowers so I adore being able to pass out stems for them to take home when I can. I think fresh flowers inspire everyone so I like to share the love whenever possible.
These photos are of an arrangement I made in an old mason jar with my last bit of leftovers. I took some individual "portraits" of some of the components because I just thought they deserved one last moment in the spotlight. First we have a tree peony, leucadendron, a lovely bi-color carnation, antique red dutch hydrangea, astrantia, linguster berries, an ivanhoe garden rose and lastly some wild fall grasses. The enormous flower in the center of the arrangement is a newly opened coral sunset peony which is appropriately named as it changes color during the course of it's life from a super saturated pink to a pale, pale, almost translucent peachy yellow in it's last moments - like a sunset. A beautiful flower. Enjoy.