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Art in Bloom 2023

I interpreted the painting "Fruit" by Louise Moillon in the flemish style which is characteristic of the era. The Red, Peach, and Purple Floral Represent the fruit in the painting, and is designed using fresh and dried floral along with accent picks.

The richness of the Plums is exhibited in the jewel purple hues of the Phalaenopsis Orchid Stems, Mini Calla Lilies, and pockets of Purple Veronica placed for texture throughout the purple side. I've used grasses such as Purple Agonis, to add texture underneath to create a sweeping movement.

On the other side of the arrangement is the vibrant rich red Garden Roses, and "Freedom" Rose Variety, Red Strawflowers , along with Red Mini Carnations that symbolize the Raspberries. For the Peaches in the painting, I used orange/peach Peony Tulips, which are quite popular in flemish designs. Leucadendron "Safari Sunset"in shades of golden peach, accented with Peach Hypericum Berries.

To create the backdrop, brown branches with dyed Preserved Burgundy Fern, and Dark Millet, Dried Baby Blue Eucalyptus, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus dyed in shades of plum, cascade throughout the design creating the dramatic setting for the arrangement. A round gold container that mirrors the frame, encompassing all the floral to create one unified cohesive piece.

Overall the arrangement has a dark moody backdrop showed with textures of grasses, ferns and leaves. The brighter pockets of light focus on the fruit and are shown with dramatic colorful floral.

I was honored to receive the Juried Vote Runner-Up for this event hosted by the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Amy Hill

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