Strelitzias,   otherwise known as the Bird of Paradise flower, stunning orange with a flash of rich French ultramarine blue.  Plopped in a vase they ended up staring at opposite sides of the room. Silly Saturday Strelitzias!

star crossed flowers on a silly saturday, debiriley
Star Crossed

What can you see or interpret, with these flowers?

Have a bit of fun imagining and reading things into the placement of these back to back flowers.

Perhaps, they might be rather miffed and cross with each other….  or maybe, they’re star crossed, ships passing in the night. Be inventive, turn your imagination loose on silly Saturday!   

In a previous post I’d mentioned symbolism, this could be a perfect example of using the elements in a symbolic fashion.




Composing and Telling a Story

Perhaps you might want to try these things sometimes, when you set up your still life to draw, or paint or take your photos.

This is the FUN part of drawing, painting, photographing!!

You, are the Director!


You get to move objects and shapes, change colors, wave a magic wand and make things vanish or appear at your discretion.

As the Director, the creator you use lines, directions, movement, color, tonal value key, object placement   to stir things up and invent a unique composition or message.  This is such fun, as you may have noted in Friday’s Quail Eggs, Freckles and Speckles!

The use of Line can be especially powerful combined with a targeted specified directional movement.   Creative Line Use  could be a useful post to review, as might The Thin Red Line for fun reading.


Color Opposites

Blue and Orange are Opposites,  complementary pairs.   The image below,  Shoreline,  a pastel painting was created using mainly the blue and orange pairing.

shoreline pastel landscape painting,
Shoreline in Blue/Orange

In Doorway,  Glorious Autumn Leaves, and  Landscapes,  you can see how this blue/orange combination helps to create visual interest.



Design Basics Guidelines Checklist

From a standard Design basics guideline, the Strelitzia flower photo is not ideal.

What’s amiss? And, in this case,  have the flaws been adequately camouflaged?


The vase is centered, flowers are smack in the middle, sharp pointy petals are all directing the eye out of the image, no clear focal point.


How,  have some of those issues been made to appear ‘less’ noticeable, or not as critical?


  1. That little bunch of rhodies bring the eye back into the picture, counterbalancing all those sharp edges that are pointing out of the picture.
  2. On both the left and the right sides, there is a subtle tonal darkening which serves to shift the eye back in as well.
  3. One strelitzia is just slightly,  more in focus than the other on the right hand side.
  4. The triangular shape on the bottom right corner seems to help bring the eye back in.
  5. There are some lovely negative spaces created by the strelitzia petals interlocking that capture the eye as well.



Original and Quirky,  Evocative

My eyes gravitate more to an image that is funny, quirky, or telling a story even if there are errors  – than the ‘perfectly’ executed artwork that is lacking that spark of personality.


I always remember the quirky one!

Silly Saturday, quirky, photographs,
Pegs Looking Left and Right

Gotta go.

As you can see,  There’s laundry to do………..



one last thing, 2  Milestones reached today!     Today’s views broke my old record.

and my website blog now has over 50,000 views since starting. Thanking you, for that!