The photo at the left is the “before” picture of a bride’s beautiful bouquet. Rather than throwing her wedding flowers away, pressing them in a book or simply drying the blossoms, she chose to let Missy Cannon create a beautiful work of art that will surely become a treasured family heirloom! Believe it or not, the exciting, visually stimulating work of art on the right is the product of Ms. Cannon’s marvelous multi-media talent.
Ms. Cannon, who resides in Lafayette, LA, has a BFA in painting and has done years of research in flower preservation. Flowers Into Paintings is her own original, one-of-a-kind concept. Missy says her flower presentation is “not a craft, but a work of fine art.” She combines actual flowers with the fine art of painting, in which she believes flowers are not lost in time, but take on a new life. Another remarkable example of a bouquet before and after (at the left and right) is a testament to her philosopy.
The process begins when you deliver or ship your bouquet (in good condition) to Missy somewhere within 10 days after your wedding. Your flowers are then pressed over a four-to-six-week period, after which they’re applied to your custom painting. You can choose the color and style of your painting or leave it up to Missy, who will choose the colors that look best with your flowers. Each painting undergoes a preservation process to make sure your artwork endures for years. The complete process, from pressing to painting, takes 12 to 15 weeks, depending on the size of your order.
Enchanting Wall Flowers
Not surprisingly, size matters when it comes to her rates, too. The artwork on canvas only, which allows you to frame it after you receive it, runs from $250 for an 11 x 14 to $440 for 20 x 24. A custom gallery-wrapped canvas (shown at the left) will cost you from $265 for a 12 x 12 to $795 for 36 x 36. Missy will also do custom sizes to fit your needs.
Bring Art to Life for Your Wedding
When you think about it, there are a number of ways to incorporate art into your wedding plans. Design your theme around a famous work of art by your favorite artist, like “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh. Use his rich palette of blues, gold and white for your decor, and choose wedding favors that support your theme, like the “Wish Upon A Star” Bottle Stoppers.
Like Missy Cannon, it just takes a some thought and creativity to come up with a work of art, no matter what your medium–and is there any moment in time more personal, memorable and enduring than your wedding?