Museum Lilies: Part 2
Part 2 is a continuation of the Museum Lilies blog posts from the Aiken County Historical Museum. To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 1, click here.
I was attracted to the scene in my Crisscrossed piece by the design the group of anthers formed. The unique V-shape of the lowest two anthers caught my attention immediately because it was something that I had never seen before. My artistic vision was to place the anthers in the frame with the V being near the bottom and the remaining anthers coming up and into it above them. Once again, by concentrating on the stamen while composing at two times life-size, the shallow depth of field turned the background into simple colors and shapes. While I didn’t intentionally utilize the rule of thirds when framing this, the rightmost one third line cuts through both sets of the anthers that cross each other (at the top and the bottom). Surface textures and individual pieces of pollen can be seen thanks to the high level of captured detail.
I liked how the anthers were clustered into a tight group in my Heat Seekers piece and felt that they would work well framed vertically. My artistic vision was to place the anthers nearly centered just slightly above the hottest, most intense area of background colors. In my mind’s eye, the stamen looked like they were gathered around and soaking in the warmth of a fire. While the depth of field was fairly shallow, pollen and surface textures are still visible.
The colors of the daylily in my Starburst Red piece drew me right over to where a group of these flowers had been planted. While searching for the best composition, I noticed a small sign that was stuck in the ground identifying it as a starburst red daylily (hence the name). My artistic vision was to capture the flaming bowl the stigma and stamen were coming out of as they make their way up into the frame while arching away from and rising above the intense heat at the core of the flower. Surface textures and pollen can be seen here as well.