Van Gogh inspired florals / by Rachael Warren

Have you ever seen Van Gogh's famous painting Starry Night? Swirls of colour oscillate in patterns creating a sultry sky, while a luminous sun (or moon) glows in the background. It is a haunting glimpse into the artist's mind. At the time he painted it, he was voluntarily admitted to an asylum following his breakdown and the self mutilation of his ear. The painting has an eerie, dream like vibe and the artist was obviously fixated on the scene, painting it over and over again at least 21 times. There is something mesmerising about Starry Night, and I can see why it was one of Kathy and Ryan's favourite paintings! 

 

Kathy and Ryan celebrated their engagement party in August 2015. They found me through a mutual friend, and I'm excited to say that I'm doing the florals for their Wedding in a couple weeks! Back to the engagement though, their brief was one of the most fun I've completed so far. They wanted 5 small arrangements and a larger arrangement with a colour palette inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night! The Art History graduate and Florist in me, went into unified heart palpitations of excitement!

 

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Now, for all the florists out there, you would know that blue flowers are not the most common. Fortunately, at the flower market I was able to source privet berry, sea holly, dark purple sweet pea and stunning burgundy ranunculus. I contrasted the deep purples and dark blues with bright yellow ranunculus, gyp, roses and buttercream carnations. So much fun! 

Special thanks to Kathy and Ryan for sharing an image of their unforgettable night & Andy Warren for helping me with Photoshop x