Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Flowers: A Painterly Palette

The past month has been a busy one, and it hardly feels like "work" when you have the joy of walking into the flower market and seeing the explosion of colors available.

It reminds me of my art school days when I would go shopping for oil paint. I could stare at the richly colored tubes for hours, wanting every one that I saw.

This is the best time of year to play with colorful flowers, textures and fruits as a painter would. There are the traditional vivid oranges, reds and golds and they are always lovely and festive. I love to add fruit and berry elements to these arrangements. Not only are there apples available; but also pomegranates, persimmons and rose-hips.

 I also tend to be drawn to the wealth of complex and unusual shades like taupe roses, chocolatey brown orchids, and the dahlias that look like the've been splattered with a paint brush. There has been gorgeous porcelain berry in the studio for the past few weeks (the blue berry pictured above).

As well as enjoying a busy wedding season; we have been sending out lush and seasonal gift arrangements, hostess gifts and flowers for intimate dinner parties at home. Everyone is turning their attention to entertaining indoors, gift giving, cooking and crafts. We are gathering our ideas for holiday flowers and decor and will be sharing more soon!

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