“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.” (artist Georgia O’Keefe)
Sadly, my own mum passed away back in 1988 so each year when Mother’s Day comes around, I try not to notice all the emotionally-manipulative advertising and soppy movies on TV featuring mums and their wayward kids who finally come home. But this year, I’m especially motivated to acknowledge the annual celebration of all things maternal thanks to author Debra Usher and her lovely new book The Love of Flowers which makes an ideal gift for that mum who has everything….and doesn’t need any more chocolates, lace handkerchiefs or designer spatulas!The 450-page full colour, hardcover book is full of glorious images of flowers – over a thousand photos of original artwork from esteemed Canadian artists, plus a few celebrity US painters including TV and movie star, Jane Seymour (yes, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman herself!) – here’s her contribution to the book:The Love of Flowers is a special collectors’ edition of contemporary art that recaptures the beauty of flowers. Once a dominant theme in the history of art – the centrepiece of works by Luc Tuyman, Matisse, and Van Gogh – the celebration of flowers in art and their power to inspire and move us has somehow been overshadowed by other themes. Yet in our daily lives these creations of nature are still the center-piece of our very special moments: Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Happy Mother’s Day, Thank You, I Love You, Thinking of You – whatever the message, flowers have a unique and special power to put a smile on our face and touch those we care about, those we love in immeasurable ways. Debra Usher, author.
Take a look at a few of the pages…. Debra (pictured below) continues with her story behind the publication of this book: It started with my own personal journey, the memories of my mother, her joy when we shared moments over flowers, but it soon gathered momentum as I explored the importance of flowers to others and other artists joined me in sharing their stories and their art. It became a journey that made me aware that we cannot lose the importance of this beauty and we need to celebrate it more. So The Love of Flowers is my report card on that journey – one which I hope you will cherish as much as all of us who have told our stories.
So with less than 2 months to go (Sunday May 14), I recommend you purchase a copy now (it comes in a lovely presentation box) from the publisher’s website: www.arabelladesign.com/flower_book Still lots of time to allow for shipping.
So beautiful and contemplative, The Love of Flowers could easily become a family heirloom; each artist’s work is accompanied by info on their work, so you’ll also learn about Canada’s premier artists – the book is both entertaining AND educational!And if you’re in the New Brunswick region, why not meet Debra and get your copy personally autographed at one of these upcoming meet-n-greet events:
Scheduled for Saturday May 6, 1:00-3:00 pm at Gallery 78 for Mother’s Day Celebration.
May 12 – HANDWORKS GALLERY in Saint John, NB
May 14 – ALGONQUIN RESORT in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, NB