Artist Lisa Davis is an avid gardener and nature lover. After many years of gardening, she developed her own art form as a way to preserve flowers in a unique fashion – and Wallflowers And Cards was born.
At first glance, Wallflowers And Cards’ artwork may appear to be dried/pressed flowers or paintings. In actuality, they are digital images of fresh flowers arranged at the height of their freshness. But these images aren’t taken with a camera – they are taken with a flatbed computer scanner in what is called scanography or scanner photography.
The flowers themselves are placed directly on the glass of a flatbed scanner and scanned. Since the lid of the scanner can’t be closed without squashing the flowers, a background is colored in a graphic arts program. This black background seems to make the flowers really pop out of the picture.
Naturally, flowers and nature are inspiration for Lisa’s work. Several years into Wallflowers And Cards, she started visualizing fairy clothing in her flowers, so she used flower and plant parts to give form to fairies. Once an image is complete, Lisa can do different things with it. As with any photograph, there are many options. One of her favorite things to do with an image is to make a grouping of fairies or flowers.
Through Wallflowers And Cards, Lisa has learned to take time to really see things. This requires slowing down – which can be a difficult thing to do for her Type A personality! Even the simplest designs require several hours, with the more intricate pieces taking over 40 hours to complete. But the extensive time doesn’t bother Lisa. She has discovered that when you do something you love, it doesn’t feel like work at all. Instead, it feels like playing and oftentimes, Lisa finds it difficult to return to the “real” world.
When Lisa began working with this technique, she was computer illiterate. It took several years before the floral images she captured could be considered “artistic.” Now, Wallflower And Cards’ stunning designs are available on her website and at art shows. She has also written three books and is working on a fourth. Her books contain her art – both fairies and flowers – with little rhyming poems to accompany them.
Visit www.WallflowersAndCards.com for Lisa’s show schedule and more information about her innovative technique. And visit the Wallflowers And Cards booth at the festival for unique, wood-framed pieces that are not available online.