With just over a week until Valentine's Day, I can almost feel the tension of all those people ordering flowers for someone special. And all those who are anticipating the delivery of a bouquet to their office next Friday.
I love getting flowers as much as the next person. But what I like as much as receiving them — or perhaps even more — is watching them slowly dry up, the petals twisting and turning, curling up or hanging slack, the color leaching away.
And there's only one thing better than a dead bouquet and that's a drawing of it. The ultimate practitioner of that art is Horst Janssen. His work includes the most unsentimental drawings of flowers, trees and landscapes of any artist I know.