A red sun with blue and black clouds appear over a field of flowers underneath.
I wanted to keep the feeling of this sort of chaotic, like nature often is. I used colored pencils to lay down color, ink to sketch out the clouds, trees, and some flowers, and watercolor to deepen the colors and add more vibrancy.
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 Continue reading “Calla Lily Watercolor”
(Prints are available for purchase on Fine Art America.)
I took this photo after the hibiscus flower first bloomed in my front yard. Often referred to as the Hawaiian flower, this plant has many uses. It is edible, and can be drunk as a tea, made into a garnish, & cooked in soup. Some claim that it can calm an upset stomach. Although I must admit that I have never had the urge to eat a hibiscus flower. I am content to just admire it.
The Roman myth of the lily:
As Venus, the Goddess of love, rose out of the ocean, she saw a lily. Venus became jealous & threatened by its beauty, & gave it a pistil in the center, hoping that this would make the flower ugly.