I am so excited to say that I created this work for the New York Botanical Garden for their upcoming Frida Kahlo exhibition! Their shop will be selling prints, cards, and post cards, as well as some card sets of my other Flora Forager works. I am so thrilled about this partnership, especially since much of the proceeds will go towards botanical education, research, and the garden.
I will keep you posted as to when everything will be available, but for now I’m just celebrating such a momentous event for me as an artist and garden lover!
Thanksgiving is decidedly late this year. I am SO ready for Christmas. Last night we were driving and Harry was getting starry eyed by the few houses covered in lights. I can’t wait to stroll down Candy Cane Lane and shop at in the Village sugared with twinkles and trees!
But first, Thanksgiving. This season I have much to be thankful for. A new collaboration with the New York Botanical Garden shop for my Flora Forager art, healthy children (Oliver no longer has to wear his brace and can go into the rest of his life entirely clubfoot free!), my sister Jamie is home safe from her world travels, and My dear friend Joey’s book is soon to be pitched to publishers, something I’ve been praying and hoping for since I first read it two years ago! I am so filled with awe and love at the plans God has all along when in the thick of it all I have been known to be very persnickety and impatient with Him.
This week I want to try especially hard to focus on relaxing with family. I’ve been racing in my head and fluttering all over the place and I am longing for the slow paced days that allow room for walking in nature and stopping to discover the rare scent of a wild rose.
Right now I’m going to make gingerbread pancakes even though we’ve already all had breakfast. And I’m going to do it while listening to The Nutcracker!
When my photog cousin Jeremy saw my Flora Forager art he told me I ought to check out Karl Blossfeldt. I took one look and there started a new love affair of the grandest proportions. At first I thought these photographs were just new black and whites. But no! Karl Blossfeldt made his own camera with a lens that could magnify the little details in flora before color photography and macro lenses existed. During a time of botanical prints, Blossfeldt gave a new, rare perspective on plants. He was published in many scientific journals of the time. I love the way he sets his fronds and puffs down on the table in artistic whorls and forces you to look in awe at the symmetry and form of nature.
This meadow turned into the favorite of many, but I know (and now you do too) that I was really just mooching off the Edwardian success of dapper young naturalist. (You can find more of my work on Instagram. My usual @Bridgetbeth or @flora.forager)
I mention Karl Blossfeldt in an interview I did for the New York Botanical Garden shop. You can view it here: http://nybgshopblog.org/2014/11/14/interview-flora-forager
I realized after the fact that I had my setting on locked when I reminded everyone about my art sale this past weekend. I cried! But it was still a lovely event, and I got to meet lots of fascinating people and sold a few of my goodies. Thank you to my dear and new friends who came!
My Etsy shop is still open if you want to buy a Christmas gift, and I still have time to do a couple wedding bouquet commissions if you want to surprise someone with a cherished keepsake! My info and shop are in the column to the right>>>>
So. Two weeks ago I started a new Instagram feed called Flora Forager. I was encouraged by the editor of the chalkboard mag (and a friend of the writers group girls) to showcase my nature art. I laughed and thought “why not?” So late at night I somewhat randomly came up with a name, (it’s a play on words sort of…because I’m foraging Flora) and put some of my photos in. Suzanne regrammed a couple of the photos and told me to get ready…
Fast forward two weeks and I have 1,700 followers, have been regrammed by Design*Sponge, Houselarsbuilt, Rawfoodlove, The Chalkboard Mag, and…..Martha Stewart!!!!
I haven’t even told my blog followers yet! If you’d like to follow me as Flora Forager, my instagram handle is @Flora.forager
The top painting was done by my Grandmother Pauline. The bottom painting is by me. The middle art installation was at the University. All pictures by me.