Huge white and pink lilies have taken up residence in my garden, and every time I look at them, I hear a beautiful, sublime symphony pouring from the trumpets of the flowers.
And there is some universal injustice in the fact that this beautiful flower of the pure virgin Mary smells so unpleasant.
My mother taught me that you have to cut off the stigmatic anthers of the stamens on the lily. This helps take away the specific smell of the flower.
When people tell me that a lily smells good, I realize that the person probably only knows the smell of a “sterilized” lily. And you know, maybe there’s even some hint from nature for us in that “beautiful but bad smelling” combination.

Watercolor on paper
74x54 cm