Original "Lily Colors" watercolor and ink illustration painting.
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When I see a lily, I am drawn to their beauty and immediately have the urge to illustrate one. I love their showy colors, delicate pedals with tiny dots that remind me of confetti and their thin long green leaves. But, as soon as I smell the fragrance of a lily, I am taken back in time to moments that stood still and I feel like a breath has been stolen from me. It all seems to happen within 20 seconds. First I am taken to my little brother’s funeral where the beautiful white flowers seemed to cover the front of the church and the fragrance seemed to overpower the whole building. I instantly painfully miss my brother. Then I am taken to a small hospital chapel room where I was hopeful that our baby was going to pull through yet another big surgery. I feel depression starting to rise up but then in an instant I remember my friends beautiful wedding where she held the big beautiful blooms and the pure joy and happiness on her face. I remember walking into a nice restaurant with my boyfriend, now husband, and smelling the flowers while the hostess seated us and how much fun we were having and how in love I was and am with him. It is amazing to me that one tiny flower can stir up all of these memories and emotions in such a short time.
Lilies symbolize many things for many different cultures and hold meanings for almost every occasion. Lilies represent purity, love, fertility, femininity, unity, amiability and transience. They have long held an importance in ancient mythology too.
When looking at this artwork what does a lily symbolize for you?