Lilies always make good subjects for art. There are so many varieties and colours of lilies. They can be described as elegant, calm, vibrant, fiery, and peaceful. There is a lily for every mood. I painted the above lilies in different styles (abstract to classic) using different mediums, i.e. oil, watercolour, gouache, and acrylic.
I have the Lily of Peace, also known as White Sails, (above), growing in my garden. These flowers are a source of inspiration so I paint them often – just as they are in the flower bed, or I set them up in vases. The botanical name for this lily is Spathiphyllum wallisii.
There are 36 species of the Spathiphyllum wallisii. These flowers are native to South America. This species was once picked up in the swamps of Colombia’ and sent to botanical gardens throughout the world and into cultivation, but it was never found in the wild again.
Beneath is a short poem I wrote about the Lily of Peace, which highlights the character of this lovely flower. I hope you enjoy it!
LILY WHITE.© Elegant lilies of white Upon slender, fleshy, stalks, Amidst tall, lush leaves Thrive in the shadows of the trees. A few spathes slowly unfurl, Whilst those in full flower Flare out towards the light. Their heads gently sway in the breeze, Like white sails on a calm sea. Surely, an uplifting sight Are the lilies of white, Whilst they proffer daily greetings And sprinkles of inspiration From the busy sidewalks.
©Copyright. Caroline Street. Lily Art and Poetry, ‘Lily White’.