by Mindy on January 24, 2012

in 52/52 Challenge, Botanical Art, Orchids

Painting #4- 52/52 Painting Challenge

Last night I attended the Gainesville Orchid Society meeting. I am a new member and found the group to be very friendly and very knowledgeable. I mostly joined because I love to paint orchids and am hoping to find some local orchid growers that I can meet and who might be open to having me paint from their plants. Each meeting the members bring in their blooming plants and they give out ribbons in the different categories. It was amazing to see the variety of shapes and colors that were on the tables. They have inspired me to start growing them.

Today's painting is a Catteleya. One of the things about buying orchids is that I need to start paying attention to exactly what kind of orchid it is. There are so many hybrids and it is important not only in the orchid growing world, but the botanical art world to know the Latin names of the plants. I am clueless as to what my plants are. I know that this one here is a Catteleya because of it's flower, leaves and pseudobulb shape. Hopefully as I continue to paint orchids my knowledge of growing and morphology will expand. When I meet some more orchid growers perhaps they will be able to identify the species in my paintings.

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laura Ashton January 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Oh I just LOVE this one.  Well done once again.   I love orchids and used to grow many different types.  There is so much to them once you start learning about all the different hybrids etc.  
Very inspiring,

Sketchbook Squirrel January 25, 2012 at 4:26 am

What a beautiful orchid. The colours are so fresh and zingy and just right for now. Orchids really are amazing, I love them and hope to paint one soon.

Vicki Lee Johnston January 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

Stunning colours Mindy … really lovely

Zoe January 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Lovely and so good to see new work.  Orchids are quite the challenge for me to grow and/or draw/paint.
And also a pleasure to see you adding your work on the Sketching in Nature blog.

Mindy January 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

Thanks Laura! So far I find orchids much easier to paint then grow. I am excited about joining the AOS. It seems like there is an endless amount of orchids to paint and grow!

Mindy January 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

Thanks Jarnie, I love the word ” zingy”. It describes the color perfectly!

Mindy January 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

Thanks Vicki. I love COLOR!

Mindy January 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Hi Zoe,
It is great to be in the New Year. I am enjoying doing my 52/52 painting challenge. It keeps me motivated to produce new work each week.

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