Debra Prinzing

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Art from Flowers

June 22nd, 2013

Bowl on kitchen counter

I placed my beautiful bowl of zinnias on the kitchen counter, in front of a botanically-inspired tile triptych by artist Paula Gill of Red Step Studio

This bouquet, which is featured on page 77 of Slow Flowers (Autumn|Week 3), features a framed trio of hand-carved and colored tiles that I purchased from one of my very favorite Northwest artists, Paula Gill. Paula owns Red Step Studios, and anyone who has attended the Northwest Flower & Garden Show or San Francisco Flower & Garden Show over the years has inevitably fallen in love with her beautiful tiles. I have a collection of them and I’ve given them as gifts to many friends. Check out her work here: Red Step Studio.

After the book was published, I sent Paula a copy so she could see how her artwork looked with one of my arrangements. Out of the blue, a big envelope arrived in my mailbox recently – and much to my surprise, I found inside a set of hand-printed notecards from Paual. She wrote:

“Hi Debra, Your book was so delightful that I savored it over several days after you sent it. And then you inspired me! Your arrangements ignited a creative spark. These images were made with ‘stamps’ I cut from blocks. Thank you – and I hope you’ll enjoy. All the best, Paula”

Thank YOU, Paula~! You have, as always, a whimsical touch to your artwork. I love how you reinterpreted these vases and flowers of mine with new eyes, using distinct graphic shapes and a playful style. How can something two-dimensional look so three-dimensional! It must be the way you cut the little blocks and layered them as you made the prints. Oh, and your use of color is sublime!

I’ve got to share them here. These little works of art will put a smile on your face:

back of card

The back of each card has a little hand-lettered reference to “Slow Flowers”

Tulips Twigs

So happy that Paula chose “Tulips & Twigs,” the first bouquet of Spring – and the cover art for Slow Flowers.

Zen in Bloom

“Zen in Bloom” from Week 2, Spring, features daffodils in a charming block print.

Pitchers of Poppies

Coral-red Icelandic poppies in my celadon-green pitcher, from Slow Flowers, Week 11, Spring.

American Roses

American Roses with purple smoke bush, Week 4, Summer. Love the way Paula rendered my McCoy flowerpot.

Clusters of Pink

Late season dahlias and hydrangeas from Week 5, Autumn.

Market Fresh

Dahlias grown by my friend Dan Pearson in “Market Fresh,” from Week 7, Autumn.

Happiness is going on here at my house today, thanks to this generous and unexpected gift from a friend. Clearly, I am having selfish thoughts about NOT sending these cards to anyone, but perhaps I will frame them for my office wall. Isn’t that a great idea?








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