Not All Calla Lilies are the Same

My yard is not big but a good size as far as California yards go. It is filled with flowers, a few fruit trees, many HUGE Bird of Paradise bushes, etc., to the point that you cannot even see the ground. I am told by some (particularly my gardener) that it is too full and difficult to get though it but I like the jungle look and also like that the ground is so covered that weed has little chance to grow…

Little did I know that some plants that find it hard to grow elsewhere LOVE my yard so much that they pop up everywhere, taking the weed classification of equivalence to dandelion! One of these is the giant Calla Lily! Its stems can easily be up to 6 feet tall. To collect a stem, one does not cut but pull (I learned this from the gardener) so that way one gets to the bottom of the flower. I simply have no vases tall enough to hold a Calla Lily like that without falling over and if I placed them on the table, they reach the ceiling of my house… clearly floor vase is needed!

With that all said and done, they are actually very beautiful and hardy albeit much softer than the Calla Lily types you see in flower stores for sale. The leaves are huge and simple green–no spots–and the flowers.. well.. you can sink an entire wedding bouquet into a single one sometimes. So they are clearly NOT for weddings but can look great in the corner in a tall vase.

Their white is VERY white so hard to photograph without much reflection of the light. Their pollen is extremely long and yellow, very dominant in looks. They are bulbs but quite irregular in share–nearly tuberose type but not quite. In general they are a nuisance but a beautiful one at that. So I painted one long time ago–on the computer of course, digitally by hand. But that was in 2009-2010 and since then my digital painting has seriously improved. So here is a painting update I have created last night in a highly impressionistic style.

White giant Calla Lilly painting

An impressionistic painting of a white giant Calla Lily

What is important to note is the pollen area. If you visit my artist website this flower by clicking on the word “Calla Lily” here, and click on the picture itself, it will bring up details of the textures in full size of a small area, so click on the pollen part. You will be amazed at what digital painting is capable of today! If you prefer to purchase a digital download, you should click here.

10 thoughts on “Not All Calla Lilies are the Same

  1. Beautiful painting! I grew up with the large white Calla Lilies as well (I’m a fellow Californian), but none quite as huge as you describe in your post. Wow!

  2. Thanks Priya! Where are you located? 🙂 It would be fun shooting together some day. Yeah, mine are that huge! I have been doing a good job at getting rid of them in most places in my yard–they take over completely. Since then they are only about my height and not taller. 🙂

  3. I love to paint on the iPad Sharon–albeit the one here is on my computer and not the iPad since it has a ton of textures and that is not possible with the iPad (yet!! app designers.. listen up!). But it is soooo versatile and fun. It is hard by the way. You never see the whole picture because the screen is so small… but it is more fun and has no stinky smell. 🙂

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