Row of harbour cottages from an original artwork by (c) C.Rowe 2010

Thursday, 6 May 2010


I took these photos of an apple tree in blossom this week. I've always loved this time of year when everything is blooming and life is springing up all over the place. The petals all look so delicate and charming and this year i've learnt of a Japanese tradition called Hanami, when a picnic is taken under the blossom of an apple or cherry tree. The idea of this really caught me and i've been looking out and spoting trees in bloom since.

Perhaps because spring flowers are all so pretty and come in such a graceful pallet i've found these influences creeping into my recent work and i've just finished a set of new greeting cards which I hope to post later this week. The designs all seem to have flowers in them and all use a fresh and light range of colours. Quite delightful.

1 comment:

  1. Hanami is such a great tradition - everyone goes off down the park with a packed lunch and spends the day cooing at the blossoms. Then they have a gigantic piss-up. Awesome.

    The reverence for blossoms (especially sakura, cherry blossoms) is rooted in classic Japanese fatalism. Sakura fall from the tree without withering first, and so came to represent the samurai ideal of dying in one's prime. So really, the whole flower-viewing tradition is all about death... Cheery.