New York Spring

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Spring has basically come and gone since I was here last. The windows are open, the fan is on and sticking has started. Roses, iris and vibrunum are out in Brooklyn and it feels like the start of the next big thing. The totaling of the truck is a long released nightmare of a situation but I've actually almost enjoyed being vehicle-free.  The past few months have been spent reconnecting with the sidewalks- the true home of all New Yorkers. The sidewalk here are our backyards, our only daily connection to nature. There is something more inspiring about a violet growing in a cement crack than damn near anything else in the world. And can it please going without saying that we are all that violet in our own way?
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This winter was brutal. Truly. I felt abandoned by this city and ready to abandon it right back. But seasons have a way of turning corners and this place still has me under its thumb. Not just because of my loving boyfriend here and enough stuff to fill several large dumpsters, but at this point, I'm finally ready to be called a New Yorker. Not permanently, maybe just for now, but after 11 years of hustle I better face facts. The scales tipped when I did the flowers for a party at the Met this month for the opening of the new Costume Institute show. This place has been hard on me, but wow. That was everything.

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(Here is a photo I took with my phone of that, since I am camera-less these days. Those instagram kids get all the news as it happens. But they don't get my heart like you do.)

43 comments:

  1. Oh..it's so good to hear from you again. Everyday I hope for a post from you. :)

    My sister lives in New York and thinks it's the best compliment ever to be called a new yorker. It's a magical place and I'm so glad to hear you're soaring big there.

    XO Sarah

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    1. Being called a New Yorker is either a big compliment or a big insult- depending on the situation :)

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  2. Congratulations on the job at the Met; super well deserved!

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  3. Wow, those ranunculus are incredible.

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  4. those ranunculus... stunning.
    how are those four leaved pink blosoms called?
    i´ve never seen these here in germany and they are so pretty

    big violet fan!

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    1. thank you so much!

      this variety isn´t that common here, we´ve got mostly white ones...

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  5. You are such a beautiful person! And congrats on the Met. Cannot think of a more deserving person.

    -Alex

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  6. Such a beautiful arrangement! Congratulations for your job at the Met - you've done yourself proud!


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  7. Congrats on the job at the Met-brilliant! Love looking at your arrangements;-)

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  8. I was excited to see the news of the Met on Instagram... huge congratulations! Glad good things are taking over lately. If you haven't read this article yet, maybe it will make you laugh? http://www.theonion.com/articles/84-million-new-yorkers-suddenly-realize-new-york-c,18003/

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  9. Wow! That looks like a quaint painting. You are super talented!

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  10. The only thing better than a Flemish still life are your gorgeous arrangements...they are always amazing. Bravo on the Met gig.

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  11. beyond gorgeous! I second what simplequietmodern said, on both fronts!

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  12. Such wonderful loveliness - am glad to see that you're posting again - I understand the pain and mourning of your van (senseless destruction is never a good motivator for one’s own peace of mind) but I am pleased and happy for you that your life is going on - and strongly so it seems. Congratulations on that glorious opportunity of the MET deco.... woaw.
    Your creations are like paintings - only fresher! :)

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  13. Very nice work. Congrats on the Met gig.

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  14. Hello Amy! I was wondering if you ever hire interns or extra help during busy seasons? I am a student at NYU and I took Lily Stockman's Intro to Painting to class my sophomore year (which is how I found your blog via her instagram). Please keep in touch! I would love to hear from you :) adc351@nyu.edu

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  15. yes we all have those 'violet' moments..stunning photos ..x

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  16. Amy!! New York is that, isn't it?..
    you hate it, you love i. It hates you, it loves you..
    and it drags you around to make sure you are strong enough to take it!
    I reached a no return point and moved to CA...:)
    But you... must stay strong and keep making beautiful flowers to brighten up New Yorkers with your magic!!

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    1. Yes, living here is like being in a really dramatic relationship. When it's good it's SO GOOD, and when it's not.....

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  17. I love your photos! The floral arrangements are gorgeous. I wish there were more flowers in the inner city.

    Thought I would let you know that I featured you on my blog. The post can be found here http://stringingpopcorn.com/2013/05/26/seven-sites-on-sunday/

    If you aren't okay with that I can remove it.

    Again, thanks for the awesome posts! :)

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  18. I'm in love with the dogwood flowers :)

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  19. <333 things get tough, but then we get tougher. doesn't it feel great to be so strong? :)

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  20. So happy to hear that you are feeling brighter, you deserve it:) Congrats on the Met, WOW!

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  21. Congratulations !
    And yes, i prefer your beautiful photos on the blog.

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  22. Very nice flowers in the blog.I have been reading out a few of your articles and I can state pretty nice stuff. I will surely bookmark your website.


    Think Ties

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  23. Amy, beautiful blog (one of my happiest discoveries of late), beautiful photographs -- may I ask what camera you use? Your photos of Edgewood are so dreamy and then these are just out of a painting -- great versatility! Thanks for letting me know if you can, and thanks for your lovely thoughts.

    Sara

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    1. Whoops! Elmwood, excuse me! Late night writing a 26-page paper about the European Courts!

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    2. Wowza, that's some paper!

      I shoot with a 1st generation canon 5d and a 50mm 1.4 lens but many of my photos are also taken with a Canon rebel dslr. It's more the lens you use and a little bit of knowledge to stop shooting on automatic.

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  24. I love passing by your blog and being cheered up with some of your beautiful creations. Your work is truly inspirational!!

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  25. Glad to know I can be filled in via Instagram now... so lovely!

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  26. Gah, your photos are SO STUNNING! Now that I've got my veggie garden in control you have inspired me to add some much needed flower power!

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