It seems like forever since my last post... not sure why? These are all the photographs from my "Color Me Pretty" column at Decor8. I was inspired by little cuttings from my garden and this whole notion of playing field botanist or something like that. It seems like many stores including Anthropologie are selling science type bottles for storage, flowers or just for accessorizing. I know this look has been around for a long time but it is fun to figure out ways to bring it into your home or creative projects.
As I explained in the column, I wanted to create a moveable board that incorporated a little clothesline to hang watercolors and other pieces of inspiration for this series. I fastened the twine to the back of an artist canvas so I would not have to drill holes in my walls. It creates a nice way to have a mood board at your work area, don't you think? It's funny, I wanted to do a whole winter forest mood board but being that I am in Los Angeles it is a difficult drive to the woods. Instead I had all these wonderful flowers blooming in my garden and decided just to paint them. I know it may feel like a "Spring" inspired board for some of you but I guess this is what LA looks like in November.
I bought most of my "science" bottles at a local laboratory bottle supply company. The vitamin bottles were either recycled or from the supply company as well. If you want lab/science bottles I would check online or in the yellow pages for a store near you that sells them individually as many companies only sell in packs of twelve.
I get very inspired by handwriting these days. I like looking at old letters and postcards from the flea markets just to examine the way people wrote. The way the ink flowed onto the paper and the cursive fonts are just beautiful. Vintage botanical prints have always been fascinating as well. That is what inspired me to paint the little cuttings from my garden. Of course I cannot draw like the masters but it is fun to really examine what is growing around you and possibly incorporate that into a creative project.
I suppose tiling some of my photographs up at the end of every series is my way of visually cataloging what I have been investigating for the past week or so. It is always interesting for me to go back and look at what I was inspired by...Do you go back and look at your work? Sometimes it is rather humbling because I wish I had photographed something differently...but those thoughts usually do not last for long as I am most often immersed in something else!
I truly appreciate you coming by my little space here and I am so very grateful for all your lovely comments of encouragement. They mean more to me then I could ever explain. xoleslie