Doris Creel’s unique gift of creating floral art masterpieces did not come to fruition until just a few years ago, and then quite by accident. Many years ago she had showcased her artistic abilities with water color and oil renderings. While visiting in a friend’s mountain home back in October of 2011, she gathered a few wild flowers, leaves and weeds from the area. Once she got back home to Dothan, her creative juices started flowing. She pressed her mountain treasures between book pages, and the experimentation began. She brought her water colors out of hibernation, learned the art of flower pressing, and hasn’t quit since. Mrs. Creel, also a gifted gardener and floral arranger in her own right, states that her own yard is the source of most of the plants and flowers used in her art work. Mrs. Creel acknowledges that she knew nothing about floral art, but after doing research and visiting with a lady that did gorgeous cards utilizing dried pansies, she became very encouraged. She commented on getting to meet this artist: “I was so excited about getting to meet a master. She encouraged me to keep at it, and not to be so critical of my work”. And, keep at it, she has done! She works on her floral art pictures daily, yet has given 90% of her estimated 150 creations away. Her tricks of the trade are to gather flowers when they are at their driest in the late afternoon. She meticulously uses tweezers, a small brush, and white glue to create her art work. Her quiet humor and sweet spirit are infectious! This delightful presentation was given at a recent garden club meeting as she pointed out: “You never look at nature in the same way after you do this”.
Dried pansies and cabbage are often used to create butterflies..
River Birch tree bark, Christmas cacti, hydrangea, rose petals, Ginkgo leaves, sticks, ornamental cabbage, dusty miller, Queen Anne’s lace, lavender, Nandina leaves, Poinsettia, primroses, and maidenhair fern are often incorporated into her pictures.
Mrs. Crim uses recycled frames from friends and antique shops to do her own custom framing. Often 3-D effects are created by using covering the mats in different textures and designs. Below wrapping paper is used to cover the mat.
This picture below is my favorite! She used dried pansies for the arrangement and bark to create a vase.
What an encouragement from Mrs. Creel to use our God given gifts each day! “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be having this much pleasure in my old age. God has been so good to this 80 plus lady. I realize the ability to create this art is a gift from God. It is my desire to use this gift to please Him and inspire, encourage and bring pleasure to others. It has been such a joy to share these pictures with family and friends. Every gift and talent we have is a gift from God. Each picture contains things from nature that God created. My eyes and hands are simply the instruments He used to design and create each piece of dried floral art”.