“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a popular reference to William Shakespeare‘s play Romeo and Juliet. spoken by Juliet (2.2.45-7)
When I think of roses I think of Carol Ann Atwood…my favorite rose. Carol Ann is one special person…she grows the most spectacular roses… in Florida!
Many flower quotes by William Shakespeare appear throughout his works.
“Of all Flowers, me thinks a Rose is best,” spoken by Emilia in “The Two Noble Kinsmen.”
A rose garden conjures up images of beauty, perfection and love.
Carol Ann Atwood shares a love of the rose with Shakespeare. It is not easy growing roses in Florida. Early mornings find Carol Ann tending precious roses before the sun gets too high in the sky and before the temperature rises to uncomfortable levels.
Late last year Carol Ann purchased one of my flower paintings. It is one of my favorites and I am so happy she is the owner. After a bathroom remodel Carol Ann asked if I would paint 5 of her roses…individually. She sent me 17 photos of her different roses…17 and they were all beautiful! I narrowed it down to 3 to begin with. After the first 3 paintings were semi-finished we placed them in her room to compare lighting, and rose colors. Carol Ann decided to move the roses to her sunroom where she could enjoy them all the time. She commissioned a 6th painting to evenly match numbers on either side of the french doors leading out to her terrace. We then chose 3 more roses to compliment the first 3. Back to my studio to continue painting. It was such a nice collaboration. Carol Ann was very patient while I worked on the paintings.
Thank you Carol Ann for entrusting your roses to my painting. It was such a pleasure to work with you and to see your enjoyment once they were hung.
And Roses are big this year! Veranda Magazine, one of my favorite home and garden magazines, March April 2019 issue just now at newsstands or in your mailbox! The entire issue celebrates flowers and roses. “Return of the Rose” about a pair of West Coast rose growers…”Cutting Class”, featuring flower designer, Shane Connolly at Wardington Manor in Great Britain…”In Full Bloom”, featuring a couple’s remodel of a midcentury home teaming up with Mark D. Sites and color, color, color…”Garden to Table”, featuring John Derian, a decoupage artist…using 18th and 19th century sketches to paint onto ceramics…”Rooted In Romance”, featuring designer and antiques dealer, William Eubanks, wow his rose guest bedroom!…”A Renaissance Rosarian” about celebrated David C.H. Austin, rose breeding and 24 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals…and “Uncommon Grounds” featuring a Provence farmhouse, orchards, and gardens. I thought you would like this! I read the issue cover to cover and will probably return to it. I always get inspiration for my flower paintings from Veranda Magazine!
I love this statement in Veranda Magazine by Danielle Dall’Armi, co-owner of Rose Story Farm in Southern California, “With roses, you learn to embrace the natural imperfection. You don’t get the fragrance and beauty without the thorns.”
Come celebrate with me. I’ll save you a seat in the garden.