For Valentine's Day my husband gave me some beautiful Irises.
This morning as I put on some beautiful music called "Spirit Romance" by David Lanz and Gary Stroutsos, I felt moved to play with the flowers.
I pulled out one of my favorite vases and a twisted branch Fernando had collected a year earlier.
I carefully tucked in each flower stem secured by the twists and turns of the branches.
I worked intuitively, following the lines of each material.
After I make an arrangement I like to look at it from various angles.
Then it struck me how this arrangement is a perfect expression of Lent. Purple is the traditional color and the brambles remind me of the thorny crown worn by Jesus. As I look at this arrangement I see reflected back on me the challenging journey we each travel. Amidst our trials and tribulations we can and do blossom.
I collected three more Irises and arranged them in another type of vase.
I love how this one turned out with the peaceful Buddha in the background.
As I turned I noticed that from the side it looks like the Buddha is smelling the flowers. When I called Fernando into the room to check it out, we laughed at how easily amused we are...we really don't need much.
For the third and final arrangement, I tucked three Irises into a heart-shaped dish and placed it in front of a wood carving symbolizing our infinite love.
This arrangement touches my heart for it was the practice of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) that brought me and my husband together three years ago. We believe it will be one of those artful and contemplative practices that will keep us growing strong together.
Every time I create an Ikebana arrangement, my heart swells with joy. I'm delighted to create these arrangements just in time for Lent. I like the idea of making time each week during Lent for this art form. For me it is more than creating a pretty arrangement, it is an opportunity to still my busy mind to focus on balancing the materials. It is a lovely way of bringing nature into my home and the final design always reflects back a story of where I'm at in the moment.
I've missed my Ikebana practice. Today, I'm feeling renewed!
What practices are you inspired to pick up in this moment? What is calling you?
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva + Creative Dabbler