A wild, sweet smelling white star-shaped flower was growing on a sand dune on the coast of Crete. Its green leaves were visible, resembling blades of grass. It was intriguing to observe such a beautiful plant surviving and blooming in such dry, hot, hostile conditions.
The plant was a sand-lily and is also known as a sea daffodil. It can be found growing on beaches and coastal sand dunes of the Mediterranean.
If you are fortunate to discover the sand-lily, please leave it undisturbed so others can have the opportunity to admire its beauty as their numbers are decreasing.
‘Sand-lilies of Knossos’, an acrylic painting on canvas (61cm x 51cm (unframed) is part of my work focusing on the mythologies and mystical beauty of this wild flower.
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- ArtQuartet News – Winter 2023