Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fleur de lis

Fleur de lis    watercolor by Linda Hampton Smith 

In honor of Bastille Day, I rummaged around for my Fleur de Lis painting so I could post it here.  I've always adored the Fleur de Lis.  I suppose it's ironic that I'm featuring the very symbol that the citizens of Paris protested as they stormed the Bastille, for this represented the monarchy.  Politically incorrect or not, it's pretty - n'est-ce pas? 

                                            Fleur de lis Medallion

It's believed to be an abstraction of both the iris and the lily and I love its symmetry and its curves.   From my studio window (yes, I have fleur de lis sculptures on my windowsill!), I can see the abundance of blooming lilies in my backyard.  Fleurs de lis partout.  Happy Bastille Day! 

                 Les Lis      watercolor & gouache by Linda Hampton Smith

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