One of my favorite books is “The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Clair who begins her chapter on white with quotes from Melville’s Moby Dick. “The Whiteness of the Whale,” is a powerful chapter touching on the psychological effect of the color white. It can be powerful and ominous with many symbolic meanings.
White is the total reflection of light, an achromatic color, or a color with no hue. We see the color white used in fashion and décor to create aristocratic and exclusive moods. Historically white flowers have symbolized purity and are often used for weddings and elegant occasions.
In early Renaissance paintings the single white lily symbolized both purity and fertility representing the Virgin Mary in paintings. Today it continues to be a popular color for weddings both for dresses, ceremony and reception flowers.
My inspiration to work with all white floral designs came from a John Singer Sargent painting of A Moroccan Woman. The white colors moved from clear almost blue gray whites to creamy yellowish tones. Textural contrast comes strongly into play when working with a single color design.