Episode 11- The Art of Flowers

Host J Schwanke visits with P. Allen Smith at Smith’s Moss Mountain farm in Arkansas, and explores the ways flowers inspire and influence art, both in and out of the garden.

*Bonus Content- in the BLUE LINKS!

Obviously there is a deep connection with Flowers and Art. Artists for centuries have been creating art based on the Subject of flowers- and this week on J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom- we follow the connection between Flowers and Art. Flowers inspire art- whether it’s an artistic arrangement of flowers in a vase, landscape design, crafts or events- Art and Flowers go hand in hand!

J shares fun ways that art influences flowers on Life in Bloom this week!

J shares fun ways that art influences flowers on Life in Bloom this week!

When I furthered my studies in Flower Arranging and Design- I took a class from a world renowned Flower Artist- Phil Rulloda- and he really honed my skill regarding the elements and principles of flower design. Phil is the KING of artistic flower arranging- and he has inspired so many flower arrangers to incorporate Art into their flower arrangements.

Using different found objects is a great way to expand your flower arranging setting.

Using different found objects is a great way to expand your flower arranging setting.

The arrangement I create with found objects- Driftwood, Stones, Succulents and more- is partially inspired from his extensive inspiration. I’ve found that my flower arranging ‘style’ is definitely a combination of so many different flower artists- that have inspired me over the years- I’ve been very fortunate living my entire life in the flower industry- and the opportunity I had as a child to experience so many different flower designers… the list is long- but these people especially influenced the way I arrange and design flowers today: Haskell Eargle, Joe Smith, Phil Rulloda- and his Wife Cathy, Matt Wood, Gretchen Sell, Bobbie Ecker, Bill Harper, Richard Seaboldt, Rene’ Van Rems, Talmage McLaurin, Eddie VonBargen, and family- from my Father Mel Schwanke and Grandfather Carnation Joe Green-  even Martha Stewart and my friend P Allen Smith- whom we visit in this show.

The featured flower is Iris this week on Life in Bloom- and it's an artful choice for flower arranging.

The featured flower is Iris this week on Life in Bloom- and it’s an artful choice for flower arranging.

I’ve never been one to claim originality in flower arranging style- but rather graciously honored their inspiration – and shared their creative influence in my own personal style… I’m so thankful- that I had the opportunity to be influenced by so many great flower artists! The arrangement in this show- is a visit with creative naturalism- and is inspired by line, form and color- it’s done for enjoyment- and the experience of creating it was just as fun as looking at it…

J Visits Moss Mountain farm and friend P Allen Smith- on this week's Life in Bloom!

J Visits Moss Mountain farm and friend P Allen Smith- on this week’s Life in Bloom!

In this show I visit with my friend P Allen Smith- at Moss Mountain Farm in Arkansas. Allen has always been a wonderful inspiration- and being able to visit his farm, help in decorating the house for the Holidays- sharing time with his guests- and being able to appear on his Public Television show- have been incredible experiences and helped create life-long memories.

J with Friends Brent Walker, Patrick Green and Jeff Cerino- the PAS Posse- film crew!

J with Friends Brent Walker, Patrick Green and Jeff Cerino- the PAS Posse- film crew!

Allen and his crew- Patrick Green- and Brent Walker- created this segment for our show- and it’s a very special segment- that shares Allen’s passion for the Art Inspired Garden, Landscaping and takes you inside his world… with a personal tour of his magnificent Farm. Be sure to check out his shows on Public Television- and subscribe to his Youtube Channel- and remember- YOU Can personally visit Moss Mountain Farms- throughout the seasons- or even hold special events at the Farm… there’s information on visits on his website https://pallensmith.com/

Allen invites J to join in the cooking festivities at Moss Mountain Farm

Allen invites J to join in the cooking festivities at Moss Mountain Farm

Here’s a couple links to my appearances on Allen’s shows- I so enjoy our friendship and spending time at Moss Mountain Farm- it’s an inspiration-

Flower Crowns with P Allen Smith- Watch Now
Leafy Arrangement- with J Schwanke at Moss Mountain Farm- Watch NOW

Table-scaping with P Allen Smith- Watch Now
Rockin’ the Red Poinsettia- Watch Now
Mini Christmas Trees with P Allen Smith- Watch NOW

On the Set with Allen- as we created Christmas Flower Decorations for his TV Show

On the Set with Allen- as we created Christmas Flower Decorations for his TV Show

The Flower Inspired Craft for this week- is water color painting – with Iris as an inspiration. I’ve always enjoyed water colors- and more over- drawing has been an active process in creating my flower arrangements. When I started arranging professionally- I found it easier to make a quick sketch of the arrangement before I started- and today- it’s transferred over to a mental sketch- that I make in mind- (when I don’t have the opportunity to actually draw it out)… I find that the arrangement turns out better- when I take the to make the sketch- whether it’s actual or virtual. In my book- Fun with Flowers- I added a few of the sketches in the book- to show – graphically how that process works.  You can purchase a copy of my book at this link- www.uBloom.com/Books!

I frequently Sketch out flower arrangements- and have included those sketches in my book Fun with Flowers!

I frequently Sketch out flower arrangements- and have included those sketches in my book Fun with Flowers!

I frequently create a quick sketch or enhance it with water colors- on a postcard for a special thank you card or birthday greeting- it’s a great way to incorporate my own personal touch- with flowers- for my friends. This week I take a crack at water color with Iris- I have to honestly admit- there’s something serendipity with water colors- and trying to set down and do it with a whole crew looking over your shoulder- makes for more pressure- and I find that my rough pre-paintings were better than the one I created on camera… should have stuck to drawing… hehehe!

A few of my "rough" Water color flower attempts- for practice!

A few of my “rough” Water color flower attempts- for practice!

I’m delighted that we included a couple of different flower arranging projects in this show about the Art of Flowers- the first is more Contemporary and the second is more about creating a Color Focused arrangement- with a more natural and less arranged…look. This is a good example of what I typically create for myself- I love a pretty flower arrangement that looks as if I lifted a section of the garden – and placed it into the container… it’s how I work with my personal garden and placing the plants- plus- I’m always focused on being able to cut everything I plant – and sticking with my ‘Arrange-plant’ concept-  To learn more about Arrange-Plant you can download this FREE Brochure - www.uBloom.com/GardentoHome

This Cool Color Palette flower arrangement is featured on Life in Bloom!

This Cool Color Palette flower arrangement is featured on Life in Bloom!

You can check out this entire episode- of Fun with Flowers and J- where this arrangement concept came from- on my Youtube Channel-
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My Friend Gary Wells AIFD created this interpretation in flowers from Art at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

My Friend Gary Wells AIFD created this interpretation in flowers from Art at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

I was the featured presenter- at the Art in Bloom Event at the Grand Rapids Museum of Art- and it gave me an opportunity to talk with many local florist friends- that participated in this wonderful Art and Flowers crossover. The concept- is simple- the Museum selects a piece of art- and the local flower artist interprets the piece of art in flowers- it’s also judged by local celebrities- and there’s also a people’s choice award- and a celebrity flower artist provides a program for their donors and museum patrons… there’s also a hands on class… where attendees get to enlist their creativity and create an art inspired flower arrangement. I featured my complete adventure- on my uBloom website- in this video- you can watch the entire episode here- J at Art in Bloom!

Fellow Michigan Flower Artist James Luetke making adjustments to his ART in Bloom installation.

Fellow Michigan Flower Artist James Luetke making adjustments to his ART in Bloom installation.

Ruben Antonio, Gary Wells, Robert Friese, Julie Johnson, James Lutke are my friends that are featured in this video. Each and every one is a talented artist- and they bring their own spirit and creativity to this event. I hosted James Lutke- on Fun with Flowers and J- and he and I created bird sculptures- that we filled with flowers- it’s a Wonderful Project- and included in all subscriptions to my website- www.uBloom.com – remember that “Life in Bloom” Viewers get an special discount on subscriptions with the discount code FIFTYOFF – use it here – at www.uBloom.com/Join/Annual

Rueben Antonio's installation at the Art in Bloom Event in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Rueben Antonio’s installation at the Art in Bloom Event in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Iris is the Featured Flower for the week- and here’s a fun project featuring Iris- that on my Youtube Channel- the project is included in my book- Fun with Flowers- with a complete recipe- (you can purchase your copy of fun with flowers here- www.uBloom.com/Books ) and follow this link to my Youtube/JSchwanke Channel- and subscribe- you can watch the Iris Garden Video here

Art is evident in all flowers- this Passion Flower Bloom is a great example of how a single flower embodies ART!

Art is evident in all flowers- this Passion Flower Bloom is a great example of how a single flower embodies ART!

I hope you enjoy this episode that inspired by Art- and created with Flowers- It’s a wonderful way to relax- and unleash your creative spirit- when it comes to creating with flowers! Check out my other episodes of “J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom” here!