C5535 Ivan Heartleaf and Malcolm the Waterwrung – Rebecca Bromley
Framed original mixed media
Image size: 10.5cm x 14.8cm
Rebecca Bromley – Botanical Series
December 2018 -Michigan State Univerity Botanical Gardens
It was soggy, freezing and dead. Sticks, brown seedheads attached to crumpled shrubs, leaves trapped under ice, and strands of what once were plants hanging off trellises.
But there were hopeful labels by each dead botanical, of names that were silly, wonderful and half in Latin, suggesting how lovely the dead things had been. And would be again, when the spring came back…
I imagined the plants coming back to life, and what their characters would be when they did. Here are some of them. They are shy but friendly once you get them chatting. I may have tweaked their names a bit… Five of these are based in Michigan. One (Maud in the summer) is based on an equally wintry Knightshayes, Devon