Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Nature's Sculpture

We live in the foothills of the Alps and are constantly discovering the most expressive rocks. They are aptly called "Nature's sculpture." This one reminds us of an antique bust. The smooth monstera leaf contrasts with the rugged stone while mimosa and anemones add just the right touch of color.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Last Camellia?

This is quite possibly the last work this year featuring the exotic camellia. Blossoms are literally dropping off the shrub as spring temperatures continue to rise. In this Ikebana, a dried lotus leaf provides a stark contrast to the delicate pink blossom and buds.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring Fever

Clematis blossoms compliment this work structured with curling agaves anchored in a glass vase. We are finally enjoying a bit of Spring weather here in the South of France.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Embrace

It's always amazing what one can do with old vines found during a walk in the forest. Of course, there is considerable manipulation of the material before it expresses what you want. The founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, Sofu Teshigahara, said, "Capturing nature means making nature into something of your takes a piece of nature and adds something that was not there. This is what creation in Ikebana means."