Constance Spry on ‘artistic’ people wanting to learn to arrange flowers…
“Quickness and a sure hand are far more useful, for an eye can be trained more readily than a character changed.”
A sure hand? Isn’t that just the crux of it! How does one become sure? .
Practice. For the record, when I do up one of these follies I’m very quick, too quick. The kind of ram-it-in and if it doesn’t work yank or cut it out kind of quick. I’m experimenting, but also conscious that I’m ‘doing it for the image’ and that feels lesser somehow because I am haunted by the words of a famous designer I once heard say: ‘I never design for Instagram’. Sigh. I do, I love making pictures, particularly when beauties come back to me after being on the job and still have life in them. I live in a floral vacuum for months of the year. What there is I use, and use again.
So practice: One step forward, two steps back. And quite literally too: look through the camera, dive back into the arrangement, tweak, and back to the lens. With practice, I can bang out an image from inception to edited in under an hour. But this week I’ve started following @annstreetstudio and have been riveted by her process (detailed divinely in stories). And I have been filled with awe and envy: imagine taking that time for one’s art?! Imagine being an artist like that?! Imagine the patience! Can a character like mine be changed?
In the dark of December I have a wish: to have a studio or a space with access to a flower market so that I might create art in the winter. Bigger wish? To count myself as an artist. To give myself that time and space.
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