Inspired by William Blake’s poem, “The Lilly,” which goes
“The modest Rose puts forth a thorn:
The humble sheep, a threatening horn:
While the Lilly white, shall in Love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.”
Named after the Greek word “calla,” meaning beauty, this flower is said to symbolize purity and holiness, which is why the Virgin Mary is so commonly depicted with it. It is also associated with rebirth, so it is fitting that this flower is a perennial.
I began this painting by searching for photographs of the calla lily flower. It was hard to choose just one considering the wide variety of colors they come in. After finding a good picture with vibrant hues, I sketched out the shape with pencil. To avoid adding too much watercolor at once, I made sure to use a small paint brush.
-The main colors I used were:
pink-red & white for the petals:
yellow to accent some areas:
burnt orange & dark blue for the spadix (middle part):
dark green for the stem:
and a deep blue & black for background:
All of the colors are from my Koh-I-Noor watercolor color wheel, which I will do a review on in the near future
I had a lot of fun creating this one. So much so, that I hope to paint more of this unique flower with different color schemes.
I bought these pencils in January from Amazon. Although they were only $7.91 at the time, I did have high expectations due to the positive reviews.
These did not disappoint. Unlike most other pencils, they are made entirely of graphite. Instead of a wooden outer layer, there is a lacquer based coating to prevent the color from coming off on your hands. This helps extend their longevity.
But one downside to this is that they are more fragile. A few weeks ago, I dropped the case and the yellow pencil broke in two, but this does not really matter since I will just sharpen the other piece when needed.
The colors are smooth and very pigmented. I took these swatches of the pencils by putting down two layers of color with very light pressure. Most of the names are not very creative, except for “Hooker’s Green” of course. They all blend very well, but my favorite colors so far have been “Light Yellow,” “Carmine,” and “Light Blue.”
These pencils are neither hard or soft. Their weight is similar in that they are neither heavy or light. Maybe I should call them the “Goldilocks’ pencils?
The plastic tin that they come in is very handy to keep all the pencils in place. It measures about ½ an inch high. I just use the tab at the top to pull it out from the paper covering.
Overall, I think that these pencils are excellent if you are looking for high quality at an affordable price.
Have any of you tried these pencils? If so, comment your opinion on them below!