A flower bed of daylilies ran across the front yard of the house in which I grew up. 4 feet deep and 20 feet across, it included dozens of plants. My mother added them to her cooking, making butter-drenched buds and stuffed blossoms. When I was 13, the city curbed the street and the edge of our lawn moved out about 8 feet. The lilies were no longer a border and my parents thought the flower bed looked odd position in the middle of the front yard. My father and I dug and hauled to transplant many of the lilies to another space in the yard. The long, tuberous roots are hard to dig and, if you don’t get the entire root, the plant re-grows. We fought the lily battle for some years. That’s why, when I was looking for flowery symbols of strength, the daylily came to mind.
Persistence and determination to grow are some of my favorite definitions of strength.
I love watching videos of artists working and daylilies are a comment subject. Before starting to paint, I watched:
I admire the “wet into wet” approach of the first video, but I haven’t found a way to work that way since my easel is tilted and I can’t work on a flat surface from the wheelchair.
For my image source, I used:
After an initial sketch, I painted the green background., Then, I did several painting sessions filling in yellow, orange and red blossoms.
Leaving the light areas for the stamens was a constant challenge. (When I played with this image again for the creative experiment, I happily made the stamens brown to escape this issue.)
Next time, I’d like to keep the background less intense to make the foreground stand out more.
I enjoy my painting sessions!