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User Image brengarestudio Posted: Jan 19, 2018 10:44 PM (UTC)

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"There is a silent eloquence, in every wild bluebell, that fills my softened heart with bliss, that words could never tell... O, that lone flower recalled to me, my happy childhood's hours, when bluebells seemed like fairy gifts, a prize among the flowers..." Anne Bronte, The Bluebell #100daysofspeakingflower
User Image brengarestudio Posted: Jan 12, 2018 9:15 PM (UTC)

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A few 60 degree days and I'm shopping the seed catalog with plans of an entirely new color scheme for my summer flowers. | Quaker Ladies (Houstonia caerulea) #100daysofspeakingflower
User Image brengarestudio Posted: Nov 15, 2017 7:57 PM (UTC)

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November in Atlanta means the Camellias are blooming. I usually avoid cutting “fluffy” flowers—I think it is a lack of negative space thing. I may need to spend more time with them. Their meaning alone is reason enough—“perfected loveliness” that is what the white Camellia means in the language of flowers. #camellia #100daysofspeakingflower
User Image brengarestudio Posted: Sep 7, 2017 2:19 PM (UTC)
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Fields of yellow goldenrod accented with pale wood asters--Trees painted with the faintest blush of color--Cold nights and crisp mornings: Reminders of September's beauty. #goldenrod #ageratum #purpleaster #100daysofspeakingflower
User Image brengarestudio Posted: Aug 25, 2017 3:03 PM (UTC)

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I've always dreamed about growing lush curtains of blue morning glories. My past attempts could be described as lackluster at best--such is the struggle of a gardener. As I cut back tired perennials and trim annuals crispy from two weeks without rain, it is hard to appreciate the season at hand and not yearn for the hopeful promise of renewal and the chance to try all over again. #100daysofspeakingflower #morningglory
User Image brengarestudio Posted: Jul 17, 2017 3:11 PM (UTC)

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"Impatient" (impatiens) 41/100 • I still haven't given up on my #100dayproject. I think I should rename it #100in200days... I spent last week at my computer editing repeat patterns and cleaning-up artwork scans. I think this week will look much the same as I'm trying to get a few more pieces ready before placing an order for printing. #shopupdatecomingsoon #brengarestudio #100daysofspeakingflower
User Image brengarestudio Posted: Jun 20, 2017 9:28 PM (UTC)

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"Ingratitude" Buttercup (ranunculus acris) 40/100 • "I wander out and rhyme; what hour the dewy morning's infancy hangs on each blade of grass and every tree, and sprents the red thighs of the humble bee, who 'gins betimes unwearied minstrelsy; who breakfasts, dines, and most divinely sups, with every flower save golden buttercups,--on whose proud bosoms he will never go, but passes by with scarcely 'how do ye do,' since in their showy, shining, gaudy cells, happy the summer's honey never dwells." --John Clare "The Eternity of Nature" 🐝 If I was a bee, I too would be filled with ingratitude towards buttercups. #100daysofspeakingflower #100dayproject #buttercup #ingratitude
User Image brengarestudio Posted: Jun 12, 2017 8:40 PM (UTC)

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"Adoration" Dwarf Sunflower (helianthus indicus) 39/100 • I was surprised by a delivery of these cheery blooms on Friday afternoon. They skies are dark and gloomy in Atlanta today. I'm grateful for the vase of sunshine on my studio desk and I have nothing but adoration in my heart for the sweet man who sent them. 🌻 #100daysofspeakingflower #100dayproject #dwarfsunflower #adoration
User Image brengarestudio Posted: Jun 9, 2017 5:19 PM (UTC)

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"Ambition" Mountain Laurel (kalmia latifolia) 38/100 • I have the first group of turned wooden ornaments from my brother on my desk today--I'm hoping to get a few painted! Perhaps I should swap my afternoon LaCroix for hot chocolate to drum up some holiday spirit 😂!?! What are your ambitious goals for the afternoon? #100daysofspeakingflower #100dayproject #mountainlaurel
User Image brengarestudio Posted: Jun 7, 2017 8:20 PM (UTC)

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"Bluntness" Borage (borago officinalis) 37/100 • I planted borage this year for the bees--supposedly it is a favorite of theirs. I didn't know this, but as the Borage flowers age, they gradually turn from blue to pink. I had to do some internet searching when I saw the pink in this bloom I picked this morning. As a curious person I love the internet's ability to provide immediate answers to my constant wondering. #100daysofspeakingflower #100dayproject #borage #sofarbehind
User Image brengarestudio Posted: May 25, 2017 11:42 PM (UTC)

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"Jealousy" • French Marigold (calendula) Day 36/100 • I think I'll be painting this pattern green with envy 😉. For now, today's flower is a work in progress as I couldn't resist turning it into a pattern. This series of pictures is a pretty realistic view of my progress. I always begin with observation and sketches. My preference is to plan out my designs completely before painting (or cutting). In this case, I scanned the drawing and used the computer to begin the seamless repeat. I fill the holes by drawing them in and then I'll paint the extra bits with the original drawing. The final step is to scan and edit the finished artwork. Because of my planning, it should repeat effortlessly. It is a little backwards, but, I prefer working by hand. Is anyone else this way in today's digital age? #100daysofspeakingflower #100dayproject #frenchmarigold #greenwithenvy #jealousy
User Image brengarestudio Posted: May 24, 2017 4:42 PM (UTC)

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"Sorrowful Remembrance" • Pheasant's Eye (adonis annua) 35/100 • I cut this flower a few days ago when I fell in love with the beautiful l flowers--they remind me of miniature anemone. I hate that for so many this week the meaning of this lovely flower is their harsh reality. 💔 #100daysofspeakingflower #100dayproject #pheasantseye #sorrowfulremembrance
User Image brengarestudio Posted: May 18, 2017 9:01 PM (UTC)

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"Malevolence" Lobelia (lobelia erinus) • Day 34/100 • Have you ever read Rappaccini's Daughter (Hawthorne)? You should. It's one of my favorite short stories--I've always loved the dichotomy between danger and beauty. The world of botany has no shortage of examples (foxglove, hellebore, nightshade...). There seems to be some level of correlation between negative sentiments and plant toxicity in the language of flowers. I suppose that is only logical--I enjoyed exploiting the contrast in this lacy piece. #100daysofspeakingflower #lobelia #malevolence #languageofflowers #100dayproject
User Image brengarestudio Posted: May 17, 2017 10:00 PM (UTC)

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Day 33/100 Jacob's Ladder (polemonium) "Come Down" I've been pondering as I cut about the meaning of this flower. My best guess is the meaning is tied to the name--my research has turned up little to understand the context this flower would have been given. Does anyone have wise insight or thoughts? #100daysofspeakingflower #100dayproject #jacobsladder
User Image brengarestudio Posted: May 16, 2017 9:03 PM (UTC)

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Day 32/100 Hepatica (hepatica nobilis) "Confidence" Sweet woodland wildflowers will always be my favorite kind of flowers. #100daysofspeakingflower #hepatica #confidence
User Image brengarestudio Posted: May 11, 2017 6:33 PM (UTC)

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Day 3/100 mounted and ready to frame. I was so excited to send this piece out my door today. One of the many in-progress tasks in my studio at the moment is preparing the other pieces from my #100daysofspeakingflower project in the same way. Fingers crossed I'll have them available on my website shortly. #brengarestudio
User Image brengarestudio Posted: May 9, 2017 6:04 PM (UTC)

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Day 31/100 Bundles of Reed with their panicles (phragmites australis) "Music" In January, my husband surprised me with a series of tickets to the Atlanta symphony. I cut this little bundle before we went to one of the concerts on Saturday. His sweet gift reminded me how much I love classical music--my favorite pieces are written in minor keys and express a lyrical range of emotion. #100daysofspeakingflower #languageofflowers #reed #commonreed #100dayproject #the100dayproject #papercutart #papercut #papercutting #papercutartist #doitfortheprocess #allthingsbotanical #atlantasymphonyorchestra #inspirationeverywhere
User Image brengarestudio Posted: May 4, 2017 11:16 PM (UTC)

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• Day 28/100 Blanket Flower (gaillardia) "Being with you brings me great joy" • Day 29/100 Blue Salvia (salvia farinacea) "I think of you" • Grey skies full of raindrops today in Georgia. I'm cozy in my studio painting a few patterns and snuggling with my kitties. #100daysofspeakingflower #brengarestudio


#doitfortheprocess #100dayproject #the100dayproject #paperlace #excelblades #paperart #papercut #papercutart #papercutartist #victoriabluesalvia #bluesalvia #gaillardia #rainyday