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Red Lilies Returned

Yesterday I heard the last cicadas sing.
And look who arrived on the scene just about the same time.

A red spider lily blossom.

Studying the shapes of the subject is not the most exciting phase of the dye project. Sluggishness sets in more often than I wish to admit. The insect scene outside shifting from my beloved cicadas to crickets doesn’t help neither.

Colored pencil drawing of spider lily petals, in process.

But before I had a chance to zombify myself, spider lilies turned up, slightly earlier this year, in much like a bull fight fashion.
(Red works for me too!)

Resuscitated, now I’m back on a river-side path where I fell in love with those lilies a year ago. A lady with a dog greeted me back (“I was wondering whether you’d show up this year”). Nice to be remembered as a lily-fanatic with a camera.

Red spider lily blossoms.
Red spider lilies, close up.

Red. Unrest.

Drawing of a spider lily petal, red colored pencil.
Drawing of spider lily petals, red colored pencil.

Why is it that, while ocean emits big quiet even during the worst of the storms, spider lilies manage to scream without making a sound at all.
The kind that stays in your ears and makes them ring every time you see a certain shade of red.

Ocean surface in spring storm.

彼岸花は、物音一つたてずに叫ぶような存在感を発する。嵐で荒れる海に感じる巨きな静けさとは対照的だとふと考える。

Drawing of spider lily petals, red colored pencils.

Very red drawing is of spider lily petals, continuing study of the blossom for my upcoming dye piece. (What piece? View the previous dyed threads here.) It’s dimension is 54 x 38 cm and I did study until the surface began to tear.
Currently going through bouts of mini-overwhelm at the sight of the bold red challenge. Too late though, I’ve already seen too much (details).