By Barbara Falconer Newhall
Just for fun, I’m tossing a few bouquets to you from among the many I spotted at the Bouquets to Art exhibition on Thursday at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Lots of anthuriums and proteas this year. And a gorgeous mystery blossom that I’m hoping you can help identify.
For me, the most enchanting designs are the ones that rely almost entirely on flowers and other vegetation — seed pods, tulip bulbs, cabbages. Andrea Frenkel’s bouquet to the 19th century painting, “A Celtic Huntress,” does this beautifully. The huntress’s hair, dress and fleshy shoulders are captured subtly with living leaves and blossoms.
Unfortunately for me and my preferences, more designers than ever seem to be relying on strips of metal, sheets of plastic, or sprayed-on metallic paint to make their artistic statements this year. The artificial to natural ratio is creeping up. I wonder why.
If you’ve just gotta see more flowers go to “Point and Shoot Heaven: Photographing a Flower Garden Just Before Dusk” and “The Downside of Things Beautiful — Mighty Rose to Humble Daisy.”