These are a few of the first Orchids I painted – I have found I have a great love for painting these weird and wondrous plants!
The top set was painted from live plants – I randomly spent one saturday morning with a girlfriend of mine driving to a sale for ex- rental plants, and these were among the treasures they had for sale. … At the time the orchids had finished flowering and they were selling them off for a mere $2 each – I bought six, and somehow they decided to flower for me, even though I knew nothing about their care…. and definitely hadn’t fed them! This began my infatuation with them, and I have since joined an orchid society in Wellington – so I have been lucky enough to learn about and own many more…. though I am definitely still a beginner when it comes to growing (…and I still cant reliably get any of my Cymbidiums to flower!!!)
The bottom two paintings are of slipper orchids -so so weird – and unfortunately not something I have had success with… I sadly killed the only one I have yet attempted to grow (too damp a house me thinks, the root base got some sort of rot… though I had been ever so careful not to over water it) As yet I have been too timid to try again, so these come from photos I was lucky enough to take as reference at one of the shows held at the Wellington botanic gardens.