Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Language of Flowers

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Last year, I painted lots of figurative paintings.
The year before, it was vessels.

So far this year, it's all about flowers!

 If I had to guess, it's because of the types of novels I've been enjoying lately.
This "floral bug" bit me while reading Elizabeth Gilbert's 
breathtaking "The Signature of All Things".
I didn't know the "age of botanical exploration" could be so adventurous - or so mystical!

After reading Gilbert's book, I felt so sad that it was over….
 I began seeking more books about flowers - 
a strange tangent, but I wholeheartedly believe in following your muse.

So, "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was my next read.
Did you know that during the Victorian age, 
people gave flowers to communicate sentiments?
(We are talking more than giving red roses to express love here.)
In the back of Diffenbaugh's book, 
you'll find a dictionary of each flower's meaning - really cool!

"Floral obsessions" are showing up in my sketchbook and on the easel.

This baby is still in progress . . . but I thought I'd still share.

I'll leave you with Elizabeth Gilbert's "book trailer" 
for her beautiful book "The Signature of All Things".  


Margie said...

The language of Flowers is one of my all time favorites. When I started reading your post, I was going to tell you, and you already found it. Your flowers are stunning.

Eileen Sottovia said...

I love the direction that your painting has gone. Your work is really expressive and beautiful.

mjk said...

tracie, i saw your comment on MAM's blog about the flow book for paper lovers. sorry about this post here but i couldn't find a way to send you an email. could you please email about information on the book?

thanks, mary

Tracie said...

sorry Mary, but your email is not linked to your comment or on your blog, so hopefully you're subscribed to comments here….the site for the book (and their wonderful international magazine) is Enjoy!

Tabitha said...

SOLD! Oh, "The Signature of All Things" looks wonderful!!! I've already ordered a copy. Thanks for sharing. :)