As I strolled through my photo archives to find examples for more
Arrangements of Nature, I was looking for those arrangements which
included some of my favorite natural elements:
Shells ! Starfish ! Rocks! Twigs!
Even one who adores flowers must mix it up and include some of
Mother Natures' other treasures. The first image clearly illustrates
my simple theory of arranging anything:
Repetition - Layers - Contrasting Textures.
Repetition : Multiple starfish in varying sizes and types
White starfish + White Conch shells
Layers : Not just a container of starfish sitting on the table -
Table + Metal tray + wooden bowl + moss + giant shell
Contrasting Textures: Rough antique wood + smooth metal
+ more rough wood + soft fuzzy moss + all the variations
on the surfaces of the starfish / shell
More layers , more contrasting textures in this photo.
Rough antique farm table +smooth black woven mats + wrinkled muslin
runner + scalloped vintage silver tray + round glass bowl with bottom covered
in smooth black river rocks + willow twigs & Casa Blanca Lillies
Same antique farm table with a rather Zen motif happening.
You'll also see the same wrinkled muslin runner layered over those
square black mats. The central element is a large bowl shaped woven
basket, in which I've stacked two Chinese Lopans topped with a
tan starfish. [ FYI - a Lopan is a compass used to measure directions
for Feng Shui]
What ever could those odd objects on either side of the central basket be ???
Why .. . those would be pomegranates loosely wrapped with twine.
But of course.
I guess it's pretty clear that I'm in awe of the treasures
Mother Nature provides. The fun comes when we take
a look at these "common" objects and start to play with them!
[these subtle textural variations are best viewed larger
by clicking on each photo]
photos copyright Judith Thibaut