Photographic Floral Bouquets

Just in time for Mother’s Day.

Look at this beautiful bouquet. It looks like a master piece painting and it’s meant to, perhaps a Vermeer.

Bouquets to Art on Art is Everywhere

This beautiful arrangement is a part of Bouquets to Art, a floral art show by Sonoma County, Bay area residents who

create art arrangements inspired by select paintings from the de Young’s Museum’s collection.

Bouquets to Art 2014 on Art is Everywhere

The arrangements range from subtle to sublime to quirky and quite over the top.

bouquet inspired from sfcitizen.com.jpg on art is everywhere

art inspired bouquet via sfcitizen.com

bouquets to art on Art Is Everywhere

via whatwouldmomsay.com

Bouquets to waterfall on Art is Everywhere

via godutchbaby.blogspot.com

Bouquets to art on Art is Everywhere

via poeticandchic.com

bouquets to art inspired via www.sanfranciscosentinel.com on Art is Everywhere

via bouquets to art inspired via www.sanfranciscosentinel.com

bouquets to art on Art is Everywhere

www.friscovista.com

bouquets to gumball via richmondsfblog.com on art is everywhere

via richmondsfblog.com

This is the 30th anniversary year for this captivating floral art show.

Painterly flowers have never more been alive.

Click here to see more.

 Happy Mother’s Day!

Giving it Up for the GSA…

…and other federal artistic watchdogs, like the “florist-in-chief.”

What does this mean? Well, firstly, there was a fascinating article in Washington Post that describes how the GSA (General Services Administration — a federal watchdog agency) is on a hunt to recover “lost” artwork from the Depression, which was created as part of the WPA (New Deal Works Progress Administration), to help artists have employment and document historical art. At the time, the government paid artists up to $42 a week. This was a large amount back then and a life preserver during our nation’s worst financial crisis. Over 20,000 works of art were created in response. The value of these pieces range from $3 – $250,000. The responsibility for their welfare was transferred to the GSA when the WPA program ended after WWII. The Fine Arts Programs manages over 19,000 pieces that are displayed in federal buildings across the country. Federal law requires that government owned artwork must be displayed in government buildings.

RecoveredPainting_GSA as seen on Art Is Everywhere

A recovered WPA painting by the GSA, courtesy Washington Post

Here’s another known example of a WPA mural in Gloucester, MA’s City Hall.

Charles Allan Winter's "City Council in Session.'' via Boston.com, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Charles Allan Winter's "City Council in Session.'' Courtesy Boston.com

Another federal worker, who has her eye on art — the art of flower arranging — is The White House’s new florist, Laura Dowling. She uses an abundance of vegetables and fruits to create unexpected, large and small scale arrangements with her gorgeous flowers.

Laura Dowling. Photo by Bill O'Leary, WP, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Laura Dowling. Photo by Bill O'Leary, Washington Post

Laura Dowling apricot vase. Photo Marvin Joseph. As seen on Art Is Everywhere

Laura Dowling's apricot vases. Photo Marvin Joseph. Washington Post

If you’d like to see more impact with flowers in interior design, click on the Big Bang Design post that I wrote recently for Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog.