Macro Lilies At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 8

Yonce Lilies: Part 8

 

Part 8 is a continuation of the Yonce Lilies blog posts.  To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 7, click here.

 

 

Macro daylily stamen at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Stamen Stack

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The colors and patterns in my Stamen Stack are what attracted me to this scene.  My artistic vision was to focus on the anthers and highlight the filaments.  By placing the anthers high in the frame, I accentuated the length of the filaments.  For example, some of them are completely above the top one third line, using the rule of thirds, while the others have only a small portion below it.  To enhance that further, I let them originate outside of the frame and purposefully brought them in using the lower right-hand side corner.  I wanted to include the designs along the petal rims so I established boundaries for how far I could push the stamen group.  Though the depth of field is very shallow, surface texture and individual pieces of pollen are visible.

 

 

Macro daylily stamen and colorful petals at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Heartthrob

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As I had written in a recent post, I don’t see many opportunities to create a horizontally oriented daylily composition.  The alluring colors of the flower in Heartthrob were the most attractive aspect, but I certainly appreciated the ability to add another horizontal piece to my collection.  Further inspiration came from the tight grouping of the anthers, no intruding or visible stigma, and the right to left sweeping arcs of the stamens.  There certainly is a lot of pollen on the anthers, and thanks to the high level of detail, individual pieces of it can be seen along with surface texture.

 

 

Macro daylily stamen and fiery petals at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Fired Up

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I loved the fiery colors and the tight grouping of the anthers in my Fired Up piece.  Those two factors forced me to create this composition.  The whole flower was vibrant and fresh looking, and I really liked the sweeping arcs of the stamens and how the tips of the top anthers come to a sharp point.  The bold colors and tines produce a harder/hotter feel that doesn’t have many rounded or soft areas to calm it down.  I also felt that those characteristics endowed it with an unmistakable amount of intensity and verve which I like.  Surface texture is visible here as well.

 

 

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Author: Steven Dillon

Discover behind-the-scenes details, aesthetic decisions, artistic visions, and compositional choices for my pieces in The Artist’s Story posts.

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