Water Lilies

Nymphaeaceae /ˌnɪmfiːˈeɪsiː/ is a family of flowering plants. Members of this family are commonly called water lilies and live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs in temperate and tropical climates around the world. The family contains eight large-flowered genera with about 70 species

The roots of water lilies are embedded in the mud, well below the water line. The mud keeps the roots anchored and provides a source of nutrition, while richly oxygenated water seeps into the roots. The long, trailing stems also collect oxygen from the water they grow in, and the big leaves absorb sunlight for energy. Most reproduce by budding new tubers, which will densely concentrate the plants in one area of a waterway unless the tubers are distributed by animals or the current.

 

Water lilies are also religious symbols in many traditions, including ancient Egyptian polytheism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. They are commonly associated with enlightenment and resurrection, as many species close up and appear to die at night, reviving in the morning with the sunlight.

 

In Egyptian art, many royal representatives were depicted holding sacred lotuses, members of the water lily family, and the gods were also associated with these plants. In Buddhism, the lotus is an important symbol of enlightenment because it illustrates beauty rising through mud and water to bloom. Because many species tightly furl their blossoms at night and reopen in the morning, the lotus is also a symbol of opening to the light.

 

A beautiful quote about water lilies (lotus are a kind of water lily)

 

“You must be a lotus, unfolding its petals when the sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it!” ~Sai Baba

 

The pictures have been provided as base inspiration/reference to create a piece “In Your Style”.  These pictures were taken by me personally in Powell Gardens Botanical Park in Kingsville, Missouri. 

 

This Challenge is open to all artists, whatever your medium.

 

Please post your finished artwork in this discussion thread. We're looking forward to seeing the diversity in art created by one reference/inspiration photo!

 

 

 

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I used Monet's Bridge Over Water Lillies to create an example for students in my art class. I found myself painting this scene over and over again. Here is 1 of my interpretations.

Beautiful Barbara!



Barbara Airulla said:

I used Monet's Bridge Over Water Lillies to create an example for students in my art class. I found myself painting this scene over and over again. Here is 1 of my interpretations.

I love lotusses and water lillies and made already a few drawings and paintings from them. Here is a watercolour I did last year.

Very nice Barbara!

Barbara Airulla said:

Anja, very nice! I have to get working on mine...lol

Anja said:

I love lotusses and water lillies and made already a few drawings and paintings from them. Here is a watercolour I did last year.

Thank you pat. Good luck with yours.

Pat said:

Anja, very nice! I have to get working on mine...lol

Anja said:

I love lotusses and water lillies and made already a few drawings and paintings from them. Here is a watercolour I did last year.

Very pretty!  



Anja said:

Thank you pat. Good luck with yours.

Pat said:

Anja, very nice! I have to get working on mine...lol

Anja said:

I love lotusses and water lillies and made already a few drawings and paintings from them. Here is a watercolour I did last year.

Thank you Ange for the lovely comment.

Ange Clow said:

Very pretty!  



Anja said:

Thank you pat. Good luck with yours.

Pat said:

Anja, very nice! I have to get working on mine...lol

Anja said:

I love lotusses and water lillies and made already a few drawings and paintings from them. Here is a watercolour I did last year.

Thanks Alisa for this challenge. I needed something to keep me going, doing something different, but yet, also in my style. So here is my contribution. Love Rook xoxox

Very nice Rook!

Never thought about doing a water lily, thank you for challenging Alisa!

This waterlily is actually no more than a coloured sketch-to-practice, but I kinda liked the way it turned out, so that's why I like to share it with you :-)...

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