|E. Louise Marillier ~ Peonies, 1912|
[Art Gallery of New South Wales]
One of the most essential things required is a good background. I have several which I have painted in oil-colors on artist's large-sized canvasses. My favorite is shaded from rather light gray to warm gray-brown.
Flowers should always be gathered fresh and put into water for two hours before arranging them. This is best done on a deal-top table; it is a trying ordeal and sometimes much patience is required. As it is very difficult to get the blossoms and foliage into satisfactory focus, a little wire or a pin has to be resorted to if the exposure must be long, for I find the flowers are inclined to move...
Photo-era magazine, The American Journal of Photography Volume XXII, January 1909, to June 1909, published by Wilfred A. French
|Photographer unknown ~ Hibiscus, ca. 1915|