Uno Yellow Lily - New Limited Edition, Silver Gelatin Darkroom Print
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STORY BEHIND THE NEW PRINT
One of the reasons I create the majority of my fine art work in black and white is because it leaves something to the imagination and allows my viewers to bring part of themselves into the experience. Lilies and the color yellow have a long and interesting history. My artist originals favor positive and uplifting meanings because I want to bring something positive and hopeful to the world.
Dating as far back as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete, these majestic flowers have long held a role in ancient mythology. Derived from the Greek word "leiron," (generally assumed to refer to the white Madonna lily), the lily was so revered by the Greeks that they believed it sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods.
While white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue – and were the symbol of the Virgin Mary’s purity and her role of Queen of the Angels – as other varieties became popular, they brought with them additional meanings and symbolism as well.
As the flowers most often associated with funerals, lilies symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.
Yellow, the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness, has conflicting associations. On one hand yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy, but on the other, it represents cowardice and deceit.
Studies show that the meaning of the color yellow can be warmth, cheerfulness, increased mental activity, increased muscle energy. The color yellow helps activate the memory, encourage communication, enhance vision, build confidence, and stimulate the nervous system.
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