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Dreamy Photoshoot Inspired by Van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms Paintings | Art & Design

Who doesn’t love almond blossoms? One of the first flowers to appear after a long winter, the delicate white blossoms are a welcome sight after many months of cold and endless dreary days. Almond blossoms have inspired artists since the beginning of time and they continue to until today. From Van Gogh’s incredible almond blossom series of paintings to our photoshoot based off their dreamy wonder, the almond blossom is an inspiration for everyone.

Almond Blossoms – Symbol of Spring, Hope, and Beauty

There is hardly a culture in the world (that was graced with the almond blossom’s beauty) that did not revere its uniqueness and appreciate its wonder. Almond blossoms are symbolic of so many positive things; spring, new life, hope, and beauty. Usually, the very first flowers to appear after a long winter, they are always a welcome sight. Is there anyone who is not excited to catch a glimpse of the season’s first blossoms?

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Almond trees, which originated in the Middle East and have since spread to similar climates around the world, have made their way and shown their importance in countless cultures and religions. In Greek mythology, they are considered a symbol of pure, eternal love. In Judaism, they represent hope and renewal and are usually used in the Tu Bishvat celebrations.

Van Gogh’s “Almond Blossoms”

One of the world’s most famous representations of the lovely almond blossom was painted by Vincent Van Gogh in the late 1880s. A stunning depiction of the beauty of spring, this painting has always inspired us with its simple beauty. Although Van Gogh had a whole series of almond blossom paintings (and blossoming trees in general) “Almond Blossoms” is his most famous. The pinkish-white blossoms against the blue sky provide a dreamy, impressionist image of the flowers that inspired us to recreate their delicate grace in a real-life photoshoot.

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Handmade Almond Blossom Dresses

Israel’s rainy season was coming to an end. The spring was in sight. We were beyond excited. Wildflower season in Israel is something, unlike anything I have seen in the world. A partially desert climate, the country has a few months of “rainy season”. The more rain we get, the better the wildflowers will be. It’s incredible to watch the desert turn into a green, flowering oasis. But, there is a risk. The summer heat comes quickly (Israel hardly has spring), and with the heat, comes the dryness. The flowers have a life span of just a few weeks. Only a few short weeks to appreciate their beauty. The almond blossoms were the first to bloom. We were going to be ready. Pink beautiful dresses to compliment the delicate blossoms. It was time to create.

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The Design

Deciding to use some of the fabrics from our collection, we rummaged through the piles of textures and prints until we found this stunning pink satin-like material. Given to us from an estate sale at least three years ago, it seemed like this fabric’s time would finally come. We had yards and yards of a dark pink satin and a few yards of a baby pink textured fabric. We decided to use both of the fabrics to exemplify the nuances of the pinks and white in the actual blossoms themselves.

The Creation

Satin always brings back memories of the stunning gowns of the 1930s. The evening dresses were simply unmatched in their graceful and flattering lines. Searching for some inspiration online, I finally found a few dresses that would make a good prototype or inspiration for the first dress- a combination of a slip dress and an evening gown. We designed it to be floor length, with unique, twisted straps that extend into trailing ribbons of material at the back.

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Brooke’s dress proved to be a bit more of a challenge. We picked a pattern, cut it out, and sewed it all together only to find that it was a stiff and horrible choice. The fabric was not the best quality and far too rigid for the look we were aspiring to. We tried to come up with solutions to alter it somehow to make it wearable but to no avail. We realized the best thing to do was just to start over. Using the leftover fabric from my dress, we created a simple and chic slip dress to replace the original. Together, they were perfect.

The Photoshoot

Remember how I mentioned that there is only a very short time frame to catch the almond blossoms in their full glory? Well…we almost missed it. By the time we finished the dresses and found a day to go out to do a photoshoot, the season was almost over. Driving to multiple different areas, we were devastated to see that all the stunning locations had already shed most of their beautiful blossoms. Only after about an hour of driving around and searching did we come across this beautiful orchard that was still remarkably in bloom.

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Where to Find the Best Almond Blossoms in Israel

1. Latrun – This is where we went! There were beautiful fields ad very lush and beautiful! The biggest downside is that it is also one of the most popular locations and it can get quite busy. Although we arrived early in the morning, there were so many people picnicking and taking photos by the time we left in the afternoon.

2. Midrach Oz – If you’re visiting the north of Israel, this place is remarkable! Seemingly endless beautiful fields and not usually that crowded!

3. Lachish – Specifically in Yaar Hamelachim there are many beautiful trees.

4. Park Canada – If you’re looking for more of a rustic, in the nature type scene, this is the place for you!

5. Tal Shahar -Another beautiful location to scout some beautiful blossoms

For more specifics on locations, check out this link (in Hebrew but can be translated to English).

Fun Facts About Almond Blossoms

  • They are EDIBLE! Did you know that you can actually eat almond blossoms?? I can’t vouch for their taste, having only learned about this recently!
  • Sweet, gentle scent. Not only are the blossoms themselves delicate and beautiful, but so is their smell. They are not overwhelming at all, you probably won’t even smell them if you’re just walking through the orchard. However, if you hold one close, you’ll smell a bit of heaven
  • In Hebrew the word for Almond is shaked which is also a very common baby name in Israel
  • The edible part of the almond that we all call a “nut” is actually a seed
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Stay tuned for many more posts about the wildflowers in Israel!

Lots of Love,

Danielle and Brooke, Colorful Sisters

Join the discussion

  1. Chameli B

    As a huge admirer of Van Gogh’s work, this was pure delight to look at!

    • Colorful Sisters

      Thank you so much! So happy that you enjoyed 🙂

  2. Asya Givelberg

    So beautiful

  3. vaniheart

    Gosh!!!! ❤❤❤

  4. assemblagecollective

    This is such a lovely post! Thank you for sharing x

  5. Markgtr

    Beautiful colors!

  6. charlesfwh

    Amazing images of the environment. I love the idea of doing something like this based on the seasons, such a great post 🙂

  7. Courtnee

    I never knew almond blossoms were so beautiful! Thank you for sharing ♥️

  8. Happy Side of The Island

    Thank you for bringing the beauty of Israel alive for us 💕

  9. jbcowgill

    You two know how to blossom.

  10. terrifiedamateur

    Beautiful imagery, all around!

    I know just what you mean, about having such a brief opportunity to photograph the blossoms before they’re gone. It’s the same way around here with plum trees. Oh well, at least we get a glorious week or so, before a stout wind scatters the treasure for another year.

    Oh, fascinating fact about the blossoms being edible No doubt the blossoms taste just like amaretto. Sure they do..

  11. Milena Alien

    That’s cool, thanks for sharing

  12. peanutbuttersandwiches_

    Ooooh, cool!! Didn’t know they were edible. GORGEOUS photos!!

  13. singlikewildflowers

    Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Simon

    Beautiful pictures – so much creativity in one post!

  15. odylicious (Val)

    Such an enjoyable post! Love the Van Gogh flair and so much creativity. I now have spring fever. .

  16. viewfromoverthehill

    Love this post. You are so creative and talented.

  17. roylcam3

    Very, very good work. Impressive. Hecate was the goddess/image I used when I used to post at CGJungPage.org. A real tribute, that name, to the relationship of the Unconscious and the Underworld to that thin layer of reality, of the ego and the apparent physical world, which we inhabit.

    My blog, right now, will be concentrated on scientific overreach. I will get around to Hecate and other aspects of the Divine Feminine in the not-too-distant future.

    Thank you for following me, too. I really appreciate it.

  18. roylcam3

    Comment Number 2…almost forgot.

    Almonds have a history with humans. A great example of something we humans helped evolve. The almond was originally (apparently!) an extremely bitter and poisonous fruit. Some attempt to eat the seeds, maybe before the full cyanide (?) load had developed, led to the seeds being cast aside. At some point, through mutation, less poisonous versions of the almond began to appear and some wise, crafty human (probably a medicine woman, (a la “Iza”, in Clan of the Cave Bear), figured out that the almond could now be consumed.

    Information regarding its evolution I probably read in “Guns, Germs, and Steel”. Eurasia, having a great land mass with less North-to-South climate difference, was a great place for East-West transfer of knowledge, for metallurgy to agriculture.

    You two are real representatives of the Goddess. Yes. Photos of the flowers and photos of the nicely-dressed woman. Representative of the Goddess Incarnate.

    And, to pick Israel! A place of such history regarding our psychological and religious evolution. !!

  19. Veliki

    Love this post. Great writing and pictures!

  20. roylcam3

    One more point. (Forgive me!) Turns out re your comments re the 1930s, that 1939 was the year of the woman in Hollywood. More films oriented toward women’s taste and interest. The rise of the women stars such as Betty Davis. Those gowns reflected that “woman-coming-into-her-own”, as it were. Or, at least, that is my opinion to which my wife concurs. 🙂

  21. marlagro

    Wow, thank you God for such beauty, the flowers and these ladies!

  22. TRUTH TODAY

    Beautiful Ladies

  23. annmary0723

    I don’t know why, but I got such a big deja vu from your post, like I already saw it 🤔 great photos 😍

  24. Ramak Namak

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  25. Anna

    Lovely pictures. I have that Van Gogh as my Kindle cover actually!

  26. jacspoets

    So amazing ❤️

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