Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson for WSJ,
Floral styling by Lindsey Taylor, Prop Syling by Nidia Cueva.
As I sipped coffee to jolt me out of a creative impasse, I realized the answer was staring right at me: that most classic of spring flowers, the vivid, graphic, kinetic tulip.
The saturated colors of these single, double and parrot varieties echo Mr. Stella’s palette, and the closed buds and foliage form points and arcs delightfully similar to those in the painting. It felt freeing and decisive to gather just one type of flower.
For my vessel, I chose a new design by event designer David Stark and ceramist Victoria Asheley Shaheen—a pierced ceramic lid set atop a simple glass vase. It allowed the sweep of the fresh green stems to show nearly uninterrupted, all the better to evoke my inspiration.