THREE CALLA LILLIES

 

 

Saw a painting of Diego Rivera with Calla lilies for the first time in a house of a friend who had been in doctoral training with me. Her parents were missionaries for a long time in Mexico City.
There was something about his Rivera’s style that intrigued me. Later I learned more of his political paintings
and about Frieda Kahlo, his wife, also a painter.

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Calle Lillies straight up

Three Calla Lillies, Oil,  24 x 30 inch,  St Germain  (one of the series of 15 flower paintings)

VITAL to know -although Calla lilies are beautiful, they are poisonous to humans and several animals.

My Method: Since white is the sum of all colors, I could let my imagination go. White on canvas without any other color is quite flat, so the folds and angles one gets by putting colors on them.
Black is not easy either! If I would have used only black, it would have deadened the background.
My original plan to put a tomb stone in the background proved to be too distracting.

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A Personal Note about the painting: The number of the lilies are symbolic for the 3 days -from death to resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The third day, also called Easter or Resurrection day – or whatever you may name  it – is of great significance to me. That someone gave up his life for me and died in my place is the greatest gift anyone could give.

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I’ll do the second egg – all by myself!

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Not that I believe in the worship of the fertility idol (of Ephesus? covered with eggs) – simply because that idol
has not any power or redeeming quality – nor that Easter has anything to do with eggs. Some countries are known for their beautiful egg decorating like Faberge (although he was French, but his fancy decorations having to do with eggs caught the attention of Catherine the Great of Russia – hope am having the right royal here)

But egg decorating is always fun for kids.
For Blue Boy this was his first time, and did a great job!

 

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From my pink basket, “A blue egg for you, Peach!”

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All of this in Sacramento – here a NICE view of the Bridge in Old Town Harbor

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This painted looking sky – a drive by shot, straight out of the camera
going  home from San Diego was as wild as it can get:)

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Ending this post with a contemplative child on Good Friday

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Statue of child found in Huntington Library Gardens, Pasadena, CA

Wishing you A BEAUTIFUL  EASTER and RESURRECTION DAY on Sunday!

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47 thoughts on “THREE CALLA LILLIES

  1. Hi Jesh,

    What a wonderful post you have today! I love learning about the meaning behind the three lilies.

    Boy blue is a cuties, and I’ll bet his eggs turned out nicely. I always thought that we color eggs at Easter because they symbolize New Birth.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday and an excellent Easter celebration!

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  2. Your entire post is delightful, but I am taken by your painting of the Calla Lillies … and your explanation of their meaning. It reminds us that Easter is not a celebration of the Easter Bunny , but of the resurection of the man who died to save us. God Bless …

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  3. I prefer to think of the Biblical feast of Passover, Jesus, or Hebrew name Yeshua (Salvation) being our Passover lamb, but children do really enjoy dyeing eggs and having egg hunts, baskets, and chocolate rabbits. I’ve seen the Frieda movie, she had a sad life but created a lot of wonderful art. The Calla liliy painting, having some colored detail in the whites and blacks does give depth and shading, very interesting.

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  4. A delightful post…with a exquisite painting of the lillies. I had no idea they were poisonous so thank you for that info ;D
    I wish you a wonderful Easter and thanks for sharing your photos.

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  5. i love those calla lilies and the meaning behind them. may God continue to bless you and yours. i also love that bridge in old town harbor and the pond statue. so glad everyone had a nice time decorating the eggs and hunting them. hope all is well. have a great night~

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    1. Thank you for visiting me and for your kind words! Wondered how to comment on your pics – and the last one is from Feb. it seems? Also, I am not on Twitter. Nonetheless, wishing you a wondrful Easter!

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  6. I love your trio of Calla Lilies and the meaningful significance you gave them. I love egg painting, and like the significance of Resurrection that they’ve been given. Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

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  7. A lovely collection of images and the stories behind them. An artist friend of wine went through a long period including these lilies in her paintings.
    Have a wonderful week and blessings for Easter. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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  8. Happy resurrection day my sister in Christ – and I love your painting and enjoyed your notes. wow- do you really have 15 in a series. that is commendable. well I think ia m getting ready to paint this month. I am not a big painter, but I enjoy quick projects – and I am actually more of an art enthusiast and more of an elementary art teacher…. anyhow, I so enjoy seeing your work and the symbolism of the 3 works is quite nice. such a nice post. have a great week! 🙂 ~yvette

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  9. You have some beautiful pictures there. I especially liked the statue of the child. I’ve always wondered what Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny have to do with Easter. I still enjoy dying Easter eggs even though I don’t have any little children in my life.

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  10. Since you asked- my WP blog is my secondary blog that I only updated THIS MORNING, after my primary blog (rogerogreen.com) was down for about 15 hours.

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  11. the flowers are very lovely. I didn’t know they were poisonous! I love the sculpture in the Huntington Library Gardens. I’d love to go back there and spend the day. A few years ago, I went with a group and everyone was waiting for me to get on the bus! {:-D

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  12. All of your pics are great, (like every week : I enjoy coming on your blog at the occasion of the Weekend reflections contest), but I’m very fond of the pond reflection, with this glorious “amour” statue…

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  13. Love your Calla lilies and the lesson on how you achieve a live white or black on the canvas. Diego Rivera painted beautiful callas. Have you seen the silk scarves that have his lily designs on them? Gorgeous. Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  14. That is a lovely painting! It certainly looks like he had fun decorating eggs. I always like sharing my big goose eggs this time of year. They are great fun to decorate!

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  15. What talent you have!. A beautiful blog entry for Easter.
    Thanks for the visit and for taking the time to comment. After reading yours, I learned that you are Dutch. I lived in Wassenaar in the late seventies…..loved it.

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