Two years ago, Chad and I spent a long weekend in Chattanooga, TN. As we waited outside a restaurant one morning for breakfast, I noticed beautiful bouquets of flowers sitting next to a bright, red delivery truck. It was parked right outside the restaurant doors, the perfect place to catch the attention of people passing by. Had we not planned to tour the city by foot that day, I wouldn’t have been able to resist buying a bouquet. I snapped a few photos, intrigued by the idea of a traveling flower shop.
A few days ago, I was searching through my photos to find painting inspiration, and came across the ones I took that morning. As I considered composition, I thought about changing the color of the truck to a light, green-blue, a color that was less eye-catching so the flowers could take center stage. But before I did that, I decided to google the flower shop that caught my attention enough to take photos.
Through my search, I found Joli Jardin, a flower farm based in Chattanooga. I didn’t know it at the time, but the year we were there, 2019, was their first year taking the “Blumenwagen” on the road. What I found even more serendipitous, though, was that on May 1st, 2021, just four days ago (and two days after I started the painting), they held a grand opening for their own brick and mortar store.
With that knowledge, I couldn’t change the color of the truck in my painting! I wanted to honor it just as it is. I imagine it as an icon the residents of Chattanooga love seeing rolling down the street, or with a line of patrons at its side, waiting to take home vibrant clippings of nature.
I wish everyone at Joli Jardin so much success with their growing business, no pun intended. ♥
// “Flower Truck” – 6″ x 6″ oil on stretched canvas – coming to the shop, soon.