Most people would agree that flowers are pretty to look at. Countless artists have used flowers in art, Monet’s paintings of flowers perhaps being the most famous and recognizable. But have you considered the flowers themselves as art? You can bet your florist has.
When you look at art, whether it is an abstract painting, a photorealistic drawing, a sculpture, or any other form of artistic expression, it is meant to evoke an emotion. The same is true of floral arrangements. A talented florist uses color, texture, and form to to evoke an emotional response from those who see her work.
Unlike what you might think of as traditional art, however, the art of flowers is fleeting. The florist knows his masterpiece will only last for a few days to a couple of weeks at best. How frustrating that must be!
You don’t have to be an art scholar to enjoy a painting and you don’t have to be a a florist to appreciate the beauty of an arrangement. The next time you see a floral arrangement, stop and consider how the florist’s choice materials and shapes makes you feel. And the next time you buy an arrangement, remember what you are really buying a piece of art.