Friday, April 13, 2018

Pave' Workshop!

The rainy skies cleared, so where was everybody? A mix up in printed times caused a staggered arrival and finally our group was gathered.

It was a mix of those who have worked with flowers a lot and those who had no experience. The best combination really. I think there is something about a group of people with a spirit of adventure and goodwill that lifts everyone up, no matter their experience level.

And ah, the agony and ecstasy of a manual camera. The ISO was set really high and gave the photos a grainy sixties feel. I feel like these arrangement photos could have been pulled out of an old "Life Magazine"!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pave'/Flower Carpets Workshop!

It's Pave' Workshop time again. I usually hold this workshop around Valentines Day. As many people come back again and again to do Pave', it will be held later so we'll have a different seasonal group of flowers to play with. These flower carpets are more like painting to me than any type of arrangement. A flat shallow container of water holds the short stems and there is a painterly aspect to creating these shallow 3 dimensional compositions that can be geometric and tidy or sprawling and natural. In keeping with my promise to myself to broaden my color palette, I am exploring colors that are not magenta and mauve. 

Workshop Details:
Date: April 7, Sat
Time: 9:30-1:30
Cost:$115 includes all materials but not container
Where: College of Marin
Link for workshop, listed under HOME AND GARDEN


Those gosh darn dandelions. And the sour grass; just can't stop them from getting in everywhere!

And speaking of Pave's being painterly; I find this resulting photo flattened and floating in an interesting way. If a painting were made from it that was big enough to fill a wall, it might have the feeling of a photo realist painting- or not.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Daily Vase, daily life...

Where have I been? Do you ever just look up and wonder where two weeks, or even two months have gone?
I wonder if people's perception of time has changed with all attention on screens every moment. It sometimes seems like life is lived in the little moments of a text or an email or a Netflix or the latest thing Donald has said and- wow, wasn't it just Christmas and now it's almost spring.

Thankfully, the nature of flower work commands a certain kind of attention that has one focused on the seasons. Roses may be available all year round from some part of the world, but the fragile spring flowers like frittilaria, muscari, fruit blossoms, magnolia, etc, etc are fragile and ethereal. A sigh of delight, manifested in matter -  those have a short window.
You have to pay attention or they will go by.

So, a few to share.

Above, we have tulips and hellebore's,  and young buckeye branch mixed with a tillandsia plant from warmer climates that insisted on being part of the party.

Below are anemones, coming in like crazy. The first of the field flowers ( or hoop house flowers). This black, purple, somewhat crimson color is my favorite this season.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Bold and Dramatic!

Is the last flower long gone? And the vase- have you used it again, since or is it washed and put away? Now that the day is a distant memory, it's a great time to revisit that arrangement made in early February!

The passage of time gives a great perspective on what you did without the filters of the day. I'm hoping you feel a sense of pride for what you accomplished on your floral journey, cause the arrangements were pretty awesome.

Friday, January 26, 2018

My Belated New Year's Resolution

                                     A Darcy Rose trying to masquerade as a Peony                            

 Is late January too late to become resolved? 
Because I'm really serious about this one. 

It's this color, this dark pink/ magenta. It keeps following me around and I can't shake it. It's the color of a lot of my clothes and the minimal lipstick I own. It keeps popping up in my paintings, in my house. It's everywhere. And then there are flowers; the queenly garden roses, peonies, and dahlias- what is that one- that's the size of your head? Emory Paul, that's it- the one I special ordered two weeks ago.

If someone were to ask what my favorite color is, I would never, ever, say dark pink/ magenta- It's too girly, too...But just look around- gotcha!

And why do I have such a problem with it, is the question? I think it represents doing something habitually. It's fine to have a go- to color. But it makes me feel in a rut to continually reach for it.
So this year- this year I will resolve to
not go on auto pilot and explore other colors madly, deeply.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

And a Happy New Year

Wreath Season came on and I can't tell you how much fun it was to play outside the box of the traditional wreath. I firmly believe that it is necessary to allow oneself to do adventurous and goofy things in all things creative to keep growing and keep a fresh perspective. Give yourself permission to make something completely out of your comfort zone. There will be something of value to hold on to when you step back in. 

This year I experimented with materials that have been sitting around my studio that were picked up here and there because they were interesting and seemed to have potential for what??? There were bags of cotton fiber and copper wire, leftover flowers left to dry along with leaves that are naturally gold on their back-sides. A friend brought over a piece of beautiful leather that quickly was incorporated as a wrap. Spray paint was involved as well and the hot glue gun. And tassels- did I tell you that I've become a tassel maniac?

They feel like rough sketches; ideas to be refined down the road- or not. 

Wishing all of you a healthy, rich and rewarding New Year. I am so appreciative of the flower loving community that has grown around the 7petals Workshops  and look forward to creating more adventures in the New Year!

                          With and without celosia

Holiday Wreath Workshop 2017!

The quiet hum of concentration in the Holiday Wreath Workshop resulted in particularly fine wreaths this year, very textural and lush with little surprises. Don't you think?

My apologies for those photos that didn't come out as sharp as they could. After reviewing them later, I realized that my reading glasses are now essential for viewing them....

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Season of Circles

Here is the the first wreath of the season made this Thanksgiving weekend from a whole shelf full of leftover this and that from events done throughout the summer.  The dried marigolds were bought from Serenity Farms, a small Northern CA Farm They have been growing and drying a lot of flowers this year that one doesn't often see. It appears dried flowers and wreaths are making an appearance again. It's not that they ever completely went away, but they became very predictable and statice filled. With so many local flowers being grown now, I look forward to the growth of this little dried flower/ wreath niche.

I was hoping to use my vast mix to create this wreath, forgetting once again, how much material is required to make a wreath when you want to repeat your pattern. I could have started over making a smaller wreath, but I always like to play.  So the addition of some fresh acacia darkened half of it and felt fitting of my mood around this Thanksgiving- which was a little bit dark and a little bit light.

It is a complicated stew of Thanksgivings past with loved ones gone, our one year old president vs wonderful relationships formed, the growth of 7petals and my beloved family and friends, including finally meeting the magical little Evelyn, my sister's granddaughter showing the rest of the family how to be the best butterfly.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Celebration of Fall Workshop

This workshop focused on the use of metal pins frogs to hold weighty flowers and botanicals in place. It's just one of many  flower support options and is particularly useful for home use as it reusable and works for a number of different needs.

It's amazing how unique and beautiful each piece is.  Really beautiful work, everyone!