A representation of spring flowers in full bloom
and strong trees that have weathered through storms
Flower Paintings and Tree Paintings:
BIG - BOLD - STRONG
Flo de Bretagne's paintings of flowers and trees are full of energy. Her flowers are big and bold, wide open and blossoming with life. Her trees are strong whether they are bent or straight, whether they show their roots or not, as they continue to persist against the wind and the storms of life.
Flower paintings? Tree paintings? Or portraits of human beings?
"My paintings of trees and flowers are almost like portraits of human beings. When I depict an old tree, all scarred and bent, I am actually portraying an old man who has been through many challenges and yet still stands strong. When I paint a small round-shaped tree it's the portrait of someone well balanced and always happy. Many of my inspirations derive from my interest in parallels, particularly between humans and trees. I find that Peter Wohlleben explains this connection in a beautiful manner in his book, “The Hidden Life of Trees. He explains that trees can communicate and have feelings. They send messages to other trees when they feel a danger and want to warn them against it. I find that trees can be a powerful image to picture a human being. My tree paintings are very whimsical. For example, "The Four Seasons" integrates four clashing colors with one another, fusing dominant and soft tones into four different areas of the canvas. This composition was inspired by Swiss artist Niki de Saint Phalle and her tree drawings and sculptures. "Family Time" has some 3D components with sculpted fabrics glued onto the canvas. It represents a family of four standing strong together in the wind. "The Tree of Life," "The Peacock Tree," and "The Festive Tree" present a collection of colorful bubbles that resonate an outburst of joy and energy.
My paintings of flowers have a lot of energy too. "Coming to Life" shows a big bold fuchsia flower with golden accents. Depending where you stand in the room the golden accents pop up and extend outward in a manner that is almost three-dimensional. It fills the entire room with its energy and happiness. "Harmony" balances green and yellow tones to create a rich sense of harmony and soft, blooming energy. Flo interprets "To the Fullness" as a joyful flower waiting for someone to come in the room radiating with their own pride from all his/her projects and ideas.
Some of my tree paintings are oil paintings, others are acrylics. Some are 3D, resembling sculptures with fabrics sculpted and glued onto the original canvas before a single drop of paint has touched the painting. Some of my flower paintings are made with enamel. I have definitely experimented with various techniques, and always displaying willingness to represent voluminous flowers and strong, perseverant trees."
Do Emotions Exist?
Flo de Bretagne's floral artwork serves as a recounting of emotions. Flo's flowers are jubilant and whimsical, and her trees are curiously unique. You may see a tree with a broken trunk that continues to grow, or a foliage with bubbles. Each painting maintains its own personality and feelings, derived from the emotional connection Flo has with each work.
Flo's paintings of flowers and trees will sometimes borrow elements from her Seeds compositions or some of her trees are part of a larger landscape. Flo's series are not closed series with strict boundaries. Although Flo works in series , it is not uncommon for some paintings to belong to several series.
Contact Flo to inquire about her available tree paintings and flower paintings. Or if you want to commission a unique painting for you, based on the colors you hold most dear, and which feeling you want. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org