It seems I’ve been more obsessed with flowers this spring than ever. Perhaps because here in Northern California, everything has been blooming like crazy! I’m constantly discovering new floral delights, both of the cultivated and wild varieties. Our favorites are the wildflowers that can only be discovered by hiking into the woods, where they grow freely and without abandon. These paintings by French artist Laurence Amelie capture the untamed beauty of flora unleashed.
When we’re hiking, I often wonder how a certain flower came to be in the place we find it. Was it’s seed dropped by an overhead bird? Or carried on the wind to arrive at its destination? Whatever the method, the result is a beautifully haphazard garden where flowers grow content and untethered. On her website, the artist refers to this as “poetic disorder”. Such a lovely turn of phrase for the way in which wild things grow.