Emily Isaacson

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What Is A Wild Lily?

What is a wild lily? Emily Carr wrote in her books about the fields of wild lilies in early British Columbia. If you are wondering what a wild lily is, well it refers in this case to any earth-bound lily in contrast to the gilded lily or fleur-de-lis.

What is a gilded lily? Fine art is perhaps the refining of art to its gilded or air-brushed state. There is the raw and savage nature of the subject, then the perception and interpretation of the author, the use of medium and muse, the paper, paint, pen, paper, shoes, potter's wheel, ipad, multi-media of beginnings. Do we make our object of study more savage, the wild lily or more cultivated and civilized, the gilded lily? (The Waterhouse Gallery, Fine Arts).

The gilded lily or fleur de lis is a stylized lily that is the symbol for French Royalty, and the traditional symbol of France. it is also used in Quebec on their flag.

"The French monarchy may have adopted the Fleur-de-lis for its royal coat of arms as a symbol of purity to commemorate the conversion of Clovis I, and a reminder of the Fleur-de-lis ampulla that held the oil used to anoint the king. So, the fleur-de-lis stood as a symbol of the king's divinely approved right to rule." ( Source: Wikipedia)

About the word wild: read more . . .

Our A list of Wild Lilies in history: Archetypes


Dying Swan 


Black Swan 

the book

the film

the poetry

Shakespeare's Sister






Elaine (The Lady of Shalott)


The Little Match Girl

The Beast (Lord of the Flies)


Golden Oil Prophets




Woman Who Poured out Costly Perfume


Mary Magdalene


Medicine Woman



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