Friday, July 31, 2009

Angela's Invitation and Bouquet Painting

Angela is not a flower person, so she didn't start out interested in preserving her bouquet on canvas. However, when she saw that I also do paintings incorporating invitations, she had to have one!

Angela's painting is a 12x12 canvas. Her flowers consisted on white callas, the palest of pink roses, and several leaves (some of which were too big to include on the canvas!).

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sample Painting for Jacob Maarse

This painting was done as a sample to hang in the wedding meeting room at Jacob Maarse in Pasadena.

This was done on a 18x24 canvas, using pale pink, magenta, and yellow roses with filler and leaves.

One of the ways I can keep my costs at an affordable level, is by using extra pressed flowers from bouquets to create sample paintings.

My next sample will incorporate some wonderful banana and monstera leaves!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tiffany's Callas

Calla lilies are some of the harder flowers to press, as they shrink in size and do change color a bit. This painting is an 11x14, and was created to look like the flowers were growing from the bottom of the canvas. Some of the shimmer was done by the florist to add some glitz to Tiffany's bouquet, and the rest was added so that the rest of the painting was consistent with that!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Laurel's Bouquet Painting

Laurel's bouquet painting was done on a 16x20 canvas using a pale, neutral background. She also had a painting done for her parents, which included a photo of her and her husband (see the post below).

The flowers in Laurel's bouquet consisted of roses, dahlias, peonies, stock, and freesia.

The variety in both style and color made for a very vibrant combination!

Her actual bouquet is pictured here as well, to give you an idea of how the bouquet is transformed once pressed and sealed onto the canvas.

Pressing takes on average 6 weeks, but depends upon the amount of humidity in the air at the time as well as the type of flowers you have selected for your bouquet.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Laurel's Parent Painting

Laurel was my first California bride! This painting was done on an 11x14 canvas using their save the date in addition to her bouquet flowers. This size and style make great parent gifts or thank-you's to other people who played a part in your wedding day!

Stock, roses, freesia and peonies are used here with a neutral background. When a photograph is involved, you don't want the background to be very busy!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Terrah's Hydrangea Bouquet

Terrah sent in a gorgeous bouquet of white and blue hydrangea. She wanted the painting to look more like a bouquet than a landscape or something abstract, so I focused the majority of the flowers in this way.

Hydrangea are a finicky flower - they wilt VERY easily unless they're in water, so some of them did turn naturally during the shipping process. They are pressed as individual smaller flowers (one stem contains dozens!) and then re-assembled here to create the bouquet look.

This is a 12x12 painting, and can be hung from the side or from the corner.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Aimee's Bouquet Painting

Aimee's painting is probably my most popular to date. She also sent in a bridesmaid bouquet to have more options for the painting in terms of color - this is especially a good idea if your entire bouquet is going to be white!

The flowers were multiple shades of pink roses, white roses, and white hydrangea. Aimee wanted her invitation style to be incorporated, which is emphasized in the swirls of the painting and style in general.

The size of this painting is 18x24 inches.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Heather's Bouquet Painting

Heather's bouquet absolutely amazed me! She decided after the wedding that she wanted to have a painting done, and to try to preserve it as long as possible, had placed it in the freezer!

I would NEVER recommend freezing your bouquet, but in her case - it actually worked!

This bouquet features roses, gerbera daisies, freesia, and fern leaves with some additional filler that provides excellent texture to the final painting.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Debbie's Bouquet Painting

Debbie was unhappy with her wedding-day bouquet, so I did a bit of "fixing" with this one! I exchanged her deep pink roses with hot pink ones, and switched out the white forget-me-nots with blue ones. She had also wanted more of a cascade on her wedding day, but got hand-tied, so I created the painting to reflect more of what she had in mind!

Debbie's painting was done on an 11x14 canvas, with a muted background to enhance the vibrant colors of her bouquet.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chrissy's Bouquet Painting

Chrissy and Dave were married July 5th, 2008 in Cleveland, OH.

Chrissy's bouquet consisted of roses, lilies, and hydrangea. She chose the background color to compliment their master bedroom, where it now hangs!

The size of this painting is 15x30, and it is oriented vertically.

In all my paintings, the artwork itself wraps around the edges of the canvas to eliminate framing - they are all ready to hang!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Vicki's bouquet painting

Vicki chose a blue background color for her 18x24 painting. She wanted something flowing and whimsical for her flowers, which consisted of calla lilies, roses, gerbera daisies, irises and other filler flowers to add texture.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

How it all began...

The inspiration behind Curly Art bouquet preservation came when my daughter, Ana, was married in June of 2007. She wanted something different done with her bouquet, and asked me to experiment a bit!

Her flowers consisted of roses, hydrangea, lamb's ear, stock, peonies, and delphinium.

The painting (which now has a mate) hangs in her dining room. I matched the colors in the background to the colors of the room, and it hangs facing into the home so as not to get ruined by sunlight coming in.

The size of this painting is 15x30, and it's mate is a 10x30.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Welcome to my blog!

Well, I have finally decided to start a blog - so welcome!

The first several posts will be going back in time, looking at some of my past work.

As I go along, I will be posting all my current work, events, and ideas I come across and want to try!

This is a photo of me during the pressing process of a bouquet. Thank you!