Behold the bouquet and boutonnières I made for my beloved cousin and her bridegroom on their wedding day. These weren't even finished at this point, but I never got another chance to shoot these babies so you'll just have to believe me that it was a heady bundle of verdurous LOVE. Have you ever smelled blooming acacia? It will change your life (it did mine). And do you know that silver dollar eucalyptus makes the faintest brushed-taffeta sound as it rustles? Also: old-fashioned English roses, lavender, rosemary, sea holly, silver brunia berzelia, and horse-muzzle-soft scented geranium leaves the size of kittens. Botanical opulence! Esoteric fleurs! 18th-century herbalism! Literary nosegays!
HOWEVER. There may or may not have been a waver of first-timer's confidence when it occurred to me that I had amassed (possibly) the floral ingredients for an under-the-sea-themed prom as hosted by a high school Shakespeare society, or, (better? worse?) a Renaissance faire for mermaids. But confidence was quickly restored with the addition of madcap black scabiosa, petticoated David Austin roses in conch-shell-blush, and heaps of devastatingly lacy Queen Anne's lace. OH! And fruiting olive branches from California, the home state of our beloved cousinly bride. PHEW.
Holding the half-finished bouquet is my other beloved cousin (cashmere cable-knit; we are some classy bitches even in the throes of wedding floralling), with whom I so exuberantly floralled. There is so much more to share. I promise you more flower pictures (with a real camera! Imagine!) this week.
In other news, Free People paid me a studio visit a few weeks ago, and you can read the interview up on the BLDG 25 blog, here. I probably made a bumbling ass of myself but my new paintings look effing excellent in that northern light thanks to lovely Julia, and really, that's all I ever ask. In fact, I'm going to add a proviso to the bottom of any contract I sign from here on out that says:
CONDITION OF TERMS:
a) good natural light on paintings; b) scented geraniums in the bride's bouquet
Ok, back to work everybody, but not before I polish off these exquisite Marcona almonds.
Hope you had a good weekend.