Keeping a little summer around all year long
I’ve always loved flowers, all types, especially wildflowers. I think it’s the assortment and colour I love most, and, of course, the smell. I always try to keep flowers in the house yearround: As the seasons change, so do the flowers.
I especially look forward to my birthday and Mother’s Day as all three of my kids, Jamie, Frankie and Roberta, give me bouquets of flowers.
It was on Mother’s Day that I received my first digital camera. It sat on my dresser, in the box, for three days. My husband would come home from work and say, “So, have you tried it?” I would reply, “Nope, but I did look at it.” I’d never owned a camera like that before and, truthfully, I was afraid of it. I finally learned how to use it and began taking pictures of everything inside and outside of the house: the dog, my husband, the kids—even the car!
I began spending summers taking photos of my garden and, to this day, I can’t wait to plant my flowers to see what grows. I love sitting in the yard, breathing in the scents when everything is in bloom.
I decided to use my love of flowers to create art projects. In the summer months, I cut flowers from my garden and put them in vases. When the blooms are close to dying, I snip them off the stems and use them to form words, and then photograph the result.
There aren’t really many tools needed, except a good pair of scissors and some imagination. Besides flowers from my garden, I also use my birthday and Mother’s Day flowers, as well as “anytime” flowers when I stop by flower shops—that way I can have fun working on projects all year long.
When I begin work on a project, I choose a word that inspires or makes me feel good, such as “peace” or “love.” I then find a backdrop: It can be anything—the floor, a rug or a piece of material in
my favourite colour. I arrange the blooms into a word and grab my camera to snap the photo. Sometimes, I take a lot of photos because I want to see what it looks like from different angles or views. I also move the word around quite a bit if I feel that the colours of the flowers and background clash. I try to capture more of a warm, soft look to my projects just because they are flowers.
Once I’m done, I upload the photographs to my computer and review, choosing the ones I like best. I use a lightroom to adjust any imperfections such as light, colour tone and background. Once everything is put together, I make prints of my favourites and frame them so I can enjoy them forever. n
When designing her floral projects, Diana uses words that make her feel good.