This is 6in x 8.5in approx 15cm x 20cm approx
I get this orchid to flower once every few years it is scented and rather strange; there is something of the night about it. I found it for sale in, of all places to buy interesting plants, ASDA( or Walmart in the UK for international readers)! I bought two to decorate the house I was selling, the other orchid, a pretty coral pink, died years ago. This one seems to manage on the benign neglect I bestow on the rather more common moth orchid. The painting is drawn at about life size.
I am too nerdy for my own good , of course it felt silly to own an orchid and not know its name….so I googled “maroon green and purple orchid” and came up with: Zygopetalum Louisendorf from the images or rather I picked up a slightly similar Zygopetalum and then regoogled it. Oh the joys of infinite information…or rather information tending to infinity.
Saw the wren today looking busy…something I should be!
this is now for sale on ETSY:
size 12in x 6 in , 29cm x 15cm pen & watercolour on heavy weight rag paper
It has not rained today but it has been hot. Everything in the garden is liable to wilt and look miserable and that includes me.
The boys have had a great time in the giant paddling pool with a friend, I have been in myself long enough to get dizzy going round and round in a circle.
My mother is visiting so I bought fresh peas as she likes podding them. I should have grown some but germination of everything has been dismal this year. Very glad indeed that we do not attempt anything more than adding to the bought food with what we grow.
The double poppies stop me every time I walk past but they are dauntingly complex so I have taken a picture rather than tried to paint them.
I really like the string of buds on this little orchid. I say little, it is about twelve inches high; visiting a friend who really is into orchids once, as I looked at a tiny orchid he handed a jewellers glass over my shoulder and pointed out that the orchid had flowers if you looked closely enough. Yes the flowers were barely visible to the naked eye. Needless to say it was a valuable and collectable item.
I should paint some fresh peas though, if only to make a companion piece to the carrots.
#97 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog