March 30, 2019
By Chelsea Reed
Guess what we have in time for spring? More flowers with mysterious flower language messages! For those who don’t know, floriography is the language of flowers. It's an ancient communication system used across the world. It comes in handy when you want to send a secret message you can’t say otherwise. Think of it as ‘natural texting’ before the smartphone was around.
Different flowers with different meanings... Let’s take a look at five of them as beautiful artwork in Seaside Art Gallery!
This wonderful sign of spring has even more meanings in the flower language. Innocence, purity, and loyal love are most common for the daisy, pictured in this oil painting by Karen Chamblin. The daisy’s literal translation from floriography is “I’ll never tell.” Coupled with the fern, which means “secret bond of love,” it’s the perfect arrangement for a secret admirer!
The zinnia is very special in the flower language. Depending on the color, it can send messages of goodness, constancy, lasting affection, and daily remembrance to the loved ones in your life. A color combination, like this watercolor by James Shell Jr., means particular remembrance of an absent friend. It’s a beautiful example of how complex the flower language is.
An iris is a very noble gift in the flower language. Its meanings are as beautiful as this oil painting by Alice Dobbin! The iris is the national emblem of France. It symbolizes wisdom, hope, faith, and valor. The literal translation of an iris is “Your friendship means so much to me” and “my compliments."
This classic spring flower is a wise floriography choice for a spouse. It means, “You’re the only one,” and “The sun is always shining when I’m with you.” That's certainly true in Connie Cruise's pastel drawing. A daffodil could also represent high regard or unrequited love. One flower…several meanings!
Everyone knows a bouquet for a romantic date should be in top condition. But what if you find out they have ‘foul’ breath, they’re not your ‘type,’ or things just aren’t working out? Thanks to the flower language, you can avoid the awkwardness of seeing them in person. Simply leave a bouquet of wilted flowers at their door. This mixed media painting by Jackie Zagon is a good visual example. A pack of mints wouldn’t hurt either.
A Message for Every Occasion
Floriography is much more than a springtime activity. You can ‘speak’ the flower language any time of the year. Want to try your hand at sending floral messages? Make them permanent with beautiful floral artwork from Seaside Art Gallery. Shop online, place a phone order, or visit in person at your convenience. We look forward to assisting you!
Chelsea Reed is a freelance copywriter. She writes articles, blogs, websites and online content from her base in North Carolina.
December 17, 2020
Rebecca Latham is in her studio surrounded by the artwork she’s creating. Her favorite household cat is curled up next to her keeping her warm... with a rolling purr. With her paintings in sight, you can feel the knobby pines, the downy swans, and the wiry coat on the fox kit as she brings them to life on canvas.
It is in this setting that Rebecca shares the journey that brought her here.
December 03, 2020
While Bonnie Latham was painting art to get ready for The Wonderful World of Wildlife event that is going on right now at Seaside Art Gallery, we found her in her studio and asked her a few questions about her career as an artist.
Here’s a look at a fun one-to-one chat with Bonnie.