Saturday, May 16, 2009

Oh Oscar

"The artist is the creator of beautiful things.  To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.  The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.  The highest, as the lowest, form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. 
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.  This is a fault.  Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated.  For these there is hope.  They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.  There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book.  Books are well written, or badly written.  That is all.

The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium.  
No artist desires to prove anything.  Even things that are true can be proved.   
No artist has ethical sympathies.  An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
No artist is ever morbid.  The artist can express everything.
Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art.
Vice and Virtue are to the artist materials for an art.
From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is the art of the musician.  From the point of view of feeling, the actor's craft is the type.
All art is at once surface and symbol.
Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
It is the spectator, and not the life, that art really mirrors.
Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.
When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself. 
We can forgive a man for making a useful things as long as he does not admire it.  The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
All art is quite useless."

--Oscar Wilde

Friday, May 15, 2009

Ocean Bouquet

We opted for a deconstructed loose and free feel for this 
oceanside bouquet.

We gave a sophisticated feel to the chaos by clustering different design elements together such as thistle, hydrangea, lilac and lisianthus.

The coral was a fun textural and structural element!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Congratulations Jen, David, Madison, Heather, Haley, Thomas, Andrew, & Matthew!!!! (

I loved this lace detail that Christi found for Jen's Bouquet wrap!  

Beautiful Girls in Victorian Lilac with lots of color pop

Jen is a fan of color so her bouquet was filled 
with it, along with warm white peonies for a bridal touch!

The intense palette sat comfortably at 2nd fiddle and created a 
gorgeous framework for the eye-popping locally grown anemones.

This is the bouquet we created for the girls (we hadn't cut the stems yet here).  A bridesmaids dress hickup caused Jen, our bride, to switch her Sr. Bridesmaids from Lilac to Navy last minute.  To roll with the change, we introduced some bolder color to the design palette and used both Victorian Lilac and Navy ribbons on the bouquets as well as on accent vases.  

Hmmm, Sweet Little Bouquet what stories of today will you tell?  
Love, Life, New Beginnings....