By: Jacob Hawthorne
Gallery: Schmidt Fine Art Gallery
There is no more fleeting of a beauty than that of the orange lily. Each flower of this perennial lily blooms for only one day, then begins to fade back into the Earth and to spread its seeds for the next generation. One can’t help but relate to the orange lily in this manner, on the journey of their own life. Tirelessly growing, developing and reaching up for the stars all for one fleeting moment or opportunity at beauty.
Or is it just the bloom wherein lies the beauty? Because without the inglorious work and effort put in for the thirty to forty days required to achieve this bloom, it would have never happened. Without you putting in the twenty, thirty, forty years of effort, your moment would have never happened. So there is beauty in the entire process end-to-end. And the fleeting nature of the bloom, gone after one day to make room for the thousands of other blooms to occur that season, speaks to the need for collective beauty of everyone doing their part. If one bloom were to be around for a long time, due to the nature of things, our attraction to it would fade over time and the orange lily would lose its mysterious appeal.
To capture a lily bloom so perfectly in this moment encaptures the fleeting moment of perfection. What we see on our computer or phone screens in the world of celebrity stardom is but a fleeting moment of perfection for these bloomers, because we never see the years of study or the scratching and clawing to the top for their chance to bloom. Beauty is meant to fade, as is the spotlight of attention. We jest at those that try to hold on for too long, spending their fortunes trying to keep what they will inevitably lose, all while filling up the pockets of plastic surgeons and paparazzi witnessing their ungraceful downfall.
Flowers are a powerful way to convey emotion or intention, so be cautious when building a bouquet for a certain occasion. The orange, or tiger, lilies generally symbolize emotions such as confidence and, at the extreme, pride. Tiger lilies also symbolize wealth, due to their dotted patterns being associated with coins. So if you were to craft a bouquet, the orange lily would be perfect in a ‘good luck’ bouquet or a ‘congratulations’ bouquet, where the recipient needs that extra boost of confidence or pride in order to take the next, important step. These orange perennials may not be appropriate for romantic or somber bouquets and you may consider another type of lily.
According to ancient Greek mythology, the lilies were regarded as royal or majestic flowers, and the color of each lily holds a special meaning. Pink, or stargazer, lilies symbolize abundance and prosperity, so they could be added to your ‘good luck’ or ‘congratulations’ bouquet. Red lilies symbolize passion so add them to a romantic or wedding bouquet. Yellow lilies symbolizes thankfulness and desire for enjoyment, making them the perfect ‘thank you’ bouquet for your boss or to a new friend.
The white Madonna lily was a somewhat holy flower in ancient Greece as it was believed to produce milk from Hera, the queen of the gods. In ancient Greek folklore, Zeus, the king of the gods, wanted his baby Hercules to drink milk from Hera. Hera rejected that idea as she was not the birth mother, so Zeus fed Hercules as Hera slept. The drops of milk that were spilled, as the story goes, grew into white lilies. Yes, kinda gross.
The orange lily, pictured here, is also known as the tiger lily or the fire lily. Lilies make up a large family of flowering plants, containing more than 4,075 species. The orange, or tiger, lilies generally symbolize emotions such as confidence and, at the extreme, pride. Tiger lilies also symbolize wealth, due to their dotted patterns being associated with coins.
Grown from bulbs, orange lilies are perennial flowers that come back every year with minimal care, granted that they have been planted in a suitable environment. Orange lilies can have many blooms on a single scape, but each bloom stays open for a single day before beginning to fade. Each day of the blooming period, the lily plant has numerous scapes and, overall, the lily can produce hundreds of blooms in a season. The bloom season, which usually occurs from late spring to fall, lasts thirty to forty days, or longer.
The biggest cultivation of lilies occurs in the Netherlands; this cultivation is responsible for a whopping 76% of all lily cultivation around the globe with an estimated 2,200 million lilies. Because they are difficult to transport, most of these lilies are used locally. Some other countries with major lily cultivations are France, Chile, Japan, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an art collector in search of inspiring works to fill your home, Schmidt Fine Art Gallery is here to service you. We are a gallery for the artist by the artist. Our mission is to serve as the place for artists to simply sell art, without the overburdening of promotion, marketing and running a start-up business. We are committed to producing high-quality, museum grade products and timeless works of art that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Schmidt Gallery was founded by Kurt Schmidt with the vision to establish a photo-centric gallery in the heart of Montgomery county, Texas. Although it is all run online at the moment, Schmidt Gallery has dreams of opening up a brick and mortar gallery in The Woodlands just north of Houston. Schmidt Fine Art Gallery was founded in March 2020 as a startup funded by All ARK LLC.