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.
Thanks for reading!