Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tiburon Mariposa Lily

Tiburon Mariposa Lily - 22 x 28 - oil on canvas

I finished my lily! Originally intended as an environmentally themed floral, it morphed into something more surrealistic.

As you can see from my previous post, the morphing stared when I added all of the delicate hairy fibers that surround the petals. These are what make this plant so unique.

About this Lily
The Tiburon Mariposa Lily is rare and can only be found only on Ring Mountain in Marin County, California. It was declared endangered in 1987 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to loss of surrounding habitat to recreational activities, competition from invasive species, and proximity to dense population centers. The scientific name is Calochortus tiburonensis, a rare member of the family Liliaceae.

In order to do this painting, I obtained permission to use reference photos taken by two California photographers, RandomTruth and Tom Hilton. Thanks!

It was definitely a fun project! Here's to Earth Day 2010.