For the month of July, I studied the water lily. During a time of turmoil, I appreciated its affiliation with spirituality and rebirth. Indeed, the bloom shines yellow-white against the murkiest of swamps and rivers.
Water Lily for July Flower of the Month
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The water lily is a highly symbolic flower, although its meaning varies from culture to culture. Personally, I tend to associate it with purity and grief and always imagined that Ophelia was surrounded by water lilies during her final moments of Hamlet.
It’s a very symmetrical bloom, which tested my freewheeling style of sketching. I tried to draw out that characteristic while maintaining the whimsy of rippling petals on the water’s surface. My favorite depictions (although slightly obvious) remain Monet’s impressionist studies. I hope I can see them in person some day.