Tag: bittersweet

Found and Collected

Autumn days are growing shorter. The time has passed much too quickly and I have a few photos to share, starting with this one featuring bittersweet (one of my favorite materials). The inspiration for this arrangement came after reading Dutch floral artist Gerd Verschoor’s book “Beyond Flowers, Collecting and Arranging Natural Objects”. In this book I found a kindred spirit…

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 151

Winter berries are always plentiful this time of year so I thought I would do something with them. The combination of winter berries (ilex) and pepper berries seemed too close in color so I added some bitterswwet for contrast and to get some movement with the twisting vine. It’s simple and understated for a winter display of ikebana.

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 80

My bittersweet vine theme continues for one more day, I was inspired by this bowl I received from my partner last month for my birthday. I turned it upside down and used the holes in it to build the ikebana. Kiwi vines as the base and a mass of bittersweet vines on the other side. I had a single chinese…

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 79

My physical and mental feeling is heavy tonight, very tired and I need to catch up on some rest. So for my arrangement I wanted to convey a feeling of being light and lifted on air. Some bittersweet from last night’s class and a bit a balloon vine combines to create such a feeling.

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 78

Tonight was my Monday night Sogetsu Ikebana class, we have it twice a month in a DC at a private home. On the table are the materials we were given to use by our sensei, bittersweet vine and chrysanthemums. The bittersweet had lots of leaves and needed to be removed before arranging. I tried to take a few photos during…

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 74

The mere mention of dried flowers brings visions to some of old fashioned 60s or 70’s arrangements that your mother or grandmother had at home. Filled with various dried fillers and often in colors that just were not natural (nor pleasing) in any way. Often designed in some almost Colonial American stiff formal style, no real freedom or movement. I…

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 45

Something simple for today, a very long day for me. The most challenging thing was doing my photo late in the day without natural light. I think that the lighting worked, and perhaps for the fall/winter arrangements it will add to the overall effect of the seasons. Learning to do an arrangement any time of day with any lighting is…

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 37

For some reason today I chose not to place the sphere I had been working on in the installation spot and instead was drawn to late summer materials to make a smaller piece. I chose some grasses, some bittersweet (still in the green stage), driftwood, hydrangea, a fading hosta leaf and some bright orange/red nandina. Perhaps it was meant to…

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 32

This week I have scouted out a few places along the stretch of beach here on the bay outside our artist’s “retreat” to use to make my daily arrangements. It’s a chance to get outside the studio and use things not normally available to me, and with each day I am finding more and more free materials provided by Mother…