"My bubble paintings are filled with imaginary seeds that will blossom.
They speak of the fruitfulness of life." - Flo de Bretagne
The First Apricots16 x 16 in, $550
This garden is blooming, spring is here with the first apricots already plump!
Bubbles or Seeds?
In her series "Seeds," Flo de Bretagne depicts decorated bubbles which represent imaginary flowers. They are beautiful gardens filled with fruitful plants that will never cease to grow and blossom.
Can a positive mindset truly change your life?
"There is a saying that artists always have obsessions. Hearing this made me smile, as I am obsessed with two things: the rounded shape and the idea that there is always hope in any situation. The rounded shape looks soft, tender and reassuring to me. It lacks the aggressiveness of the sharp angles of a square, a rectangle or a triangle. Instead the circle is harmonious and reminds me of the sun, the moon, or soapy bubbles of happiness. The sun immediately brings me images of life and blossom, spring and summer. A full moon suggests a romantic night with a magical light in the dark, a special time with someone I love.
My bubble paintings are filled with hundreds of patterns or seeds, each one of them bringing new life. They speak about fruitfulness. I am convinced that almost any situation can be fruitful with a positive mindset. Even from darkness grow the most magnificent blooms. Each painting within my "Seeds" series has its own title and story. I give a lot of attention to the choice of the title as I believe this is one more layer of reading. Some of the titles are "Time Travel", "A Romantic Song", "The Dandelion", "My Grandmother's Garden", and so on. "Time Travel" for instance represents a trip throughout my thoughts. The past still exists, it affords more depth and more beauty to the present.
The artistic Process
"I don't make any sketches and don't have a defined idea of the finished painting or the composition. I start with a plain background color. I paint a few colorful circles and add patterns into the circles. Then I add several more layers of circles and patterns. Some, partially cover the previous circles and some don't. I play with transparencies. I sometimes change the background color in some areas but not everywhere. I keep adding, modifying, decorating, both the circles and patterns, a few stems here and there to show that these bubbles are actually plants. I use various brushes to paint the patterns. Some of my torn and old brushes make interesting patterns while other newer and smaller brushes allow for defined, tiny patterns. Sometimes I will hide a few secret smiley faces for the viewer to discover. Only when I have created a balanced composition with so many layers and details that the viewer will always discover something new every time, I consider it complete. I would like to think that one might be mesmerized by the bounty and richness of these gardens and his soul and spirit will be uplifted."
Where did Flo find her inspiration?
The "Seeds" series is Flo de Bretagne's signature work. Flo has been working on it for the past 20 years. She was inspired by French tapestries created by Dom Robert as well as these other artists: Le Douanier Rousseau, and Yayoi Kusama.
Flo's Seed paintings have won several awards and recognitions: "Bubbles of Light" was awarded first place in an art competition organized by "Caring with Colors," an organization focused on assisting patients with cancer. Similarly several of her Seeds have been placed in health facilities, and several others have been purchased by art collectors to celebrate big milestones: such as a first child, a birthday, or that special bundle of joy whose parents waited so long for their arrival.
Are you available for commissions?
Flo's Seed paintings range from very small (10 x 20 in) to large (60 x 72 in). Flo de Bretagne can also create a new iteration for your home, on commission, based on of your preference of size, colors, and whatever else you are interested in.