“A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET”-SHAKESPEARE


“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.

Carol Ann's Roses in studio paintings by Kathy Miller

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.

Roses for a rose photo by Kathy Miller of Carol Ann Atwood

Hot Pink and White rose painting by Kathy Miller

Coral and yellow rose painting by Kathy Miller

Pale Pink and Yellow rose painting by Kathy Miller

White Rose painting by Kathy Miller

Yellow Rose painting by Kathy Miller

Pink Slamon Rose

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.

 

16 Comments

  • Carol Ann says:

    Well what a pleasant surprise! I couldn’t be happier with your placing your magical hands on my rose blossoms.
    I so enjoy them every day.
    Thank you Kathy for your artistry and lovely personality. So much fun to work with XOXO🌹

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Such a thrill to see our collaboration through to the hanging of your roses. Thank you Carol Ann! Loved working together!

  • Pat Troxel says:

    What a lovely tribute to Carol Ann and her love of and skill in growing roses! Carol Ann is indeed a beautiful and extraordinary rose herself.
    Love the rose paintings you created, Kathy! Two talented Amelia Island ladies.

    • Kathy Miller says:

      You know how special Carol Ann is! Such a fun time working together. Thank you Pat for your comment and we miss seeing you here on the island!

  • Clara Miller says:

    Have enjoyed watching Kathy paint these rose paintings at our office and to now see them in Carol Ann’s home is wonderful. A great tribute to her beautiful garden! Both ladies are very talented with roses.

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Thank you Clara! You know the time it took to paint Carol Ann’s beautiful roses. Can’t wait to see them in bloom soon.

  • James Miller says:

    🌹 😊 What wonderful paintings for a wonderful person!

  • Kathy Miller says:

    Yes sir! Carol Ann is the best!

  • Charlie Albright says:

    I just love this website. Your effort with Carol Ann is a perfect example of why. Just sensational. Thank you both for sharing . Charlie Albright

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Thank you Charlie! I always appreciate your readership and comments. Carol Ann is special and loved painting her roses!

  • Janet says:

    A perfect tribute to a Special Lady that works so hard to produce beauty in our world both in the garden and through her friendships with others.
    The paintings are wonderful and are hung in the perfect place .
    Good Work!!!

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Thank you Janet! I always enjoy visiting with Carol Ann and seeing what is new in her garden. Such a special lady.

  • Dickie Anderson says:

    Wow, wow and wow.

    Perfect collaboration with two of my favorite people!

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Thank you Dickie! You’re on my favorite list too. See you are planning another walking trip. Sounds like such fun.

  • Salli says:

    Seeing your beautiful rose paintings in Carol Ann’s sun room today was a joy. And your painting over her bed is perfect in that space, too ! You have made her very happy!

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Thank you Salli! Such a treat to paint for Carol Ann! Her roses are so beautiful and trying to do them justice was an enjoyable challenge. I think Carol Ann has some great friends.

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