“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
– Hans Christian Andersen
The Art of The Flower
Paintings of flowers will always have a special place in our hearts, representing the beauty and hope that comes with the spring and summer months. Fresh florals remind us of all that is good in the world and fill us with a sense of calm, making it a a true delight when you discover painters who can capture this very sense of serenity with their brush.
Spring comes on like a surprise. No matter how old you are, the vibrant yellow of the first forsythia or the range of pinks and purples of the ensuing azaleas and irises, followed by the bright reds and glowing whites of roses and cherry blossoms – you are surprised, as if you are a child all over again.
Some of my favorite artists specialize in landscapes, florals, and expressionistic images of nature’s inherent beauty. I am thinking of Cynthia Perryman, Ryan Cannon, Carson Overstreet and Camilla Moss – and others who never fail to create artworks that grace a room with the reminder that the world has perfection in it, along with imperfections. Conversely, some floral paintings capture the moment when a flower begins to fade and the moment of full bloom has ended.
The expression “Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers,” is of course, a reminder to enjoy the natural world that surrounds us. It’s also a reminder to live in the present and pause in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. To enjoy the quiet beauty of a painting you love or a simple vase of grocery store flowers arranged in an empty glass jar.
Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Some people like realism, some adore bright fantasy, others prefer black and white geometrics – and they are all right. But during this time of year, I gravitate toward art that reminds me of spring and summer greenery. I find comfort in knowing that when winter returns and the trees once more become bare and the grass begins to brown, paintings of flowers will always bring me joy.
When we think about interiors we love, the questions often arises- what is a perfect room? Something different to everyone perhaps. But to me, a room with inspiring art, a comfortable chair, a good book, and a vase of fresh flowers is about as good a start as one can get.
When you are feeling blue someday, try this: look at your favorite artworks online, in a gallery, or at your local museum and watch your spirits lift immediately. Nature and art. Art and nature. They will always be among the very best things about this life – beauty, color, and form.
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