The Trickiness of Yellow
A single and simple yellow lily branch with flower and bud offers a light and cheerful beauty. Who picked it, and what message were they trying to send? Tradition says the yellow lily communicates, "I'm walking on air."
Yellow is a tricky color to paint, because how does one achieve a dark, dark value, and not make mud?
The lily was a symbol of the Greek goddess Hera (Roman: Juno), again showing purity and innocence. One tale tells of lilies springing up from drops of milk spilled from Hera’s breast as she nursed Heracles. Another tells a story of how the lily acquired its pistil: as Venus rose from the ocean, she saw a lily and, jealous of the beauty of the pure-white flower, created an ugly pistil that came up from its center, thereby marring its beauty. This story accounts for the lily’s additional association with fertility and eroticism. Lilies were associated with dea...