Botanical Art- Paphiopedilum

by Mindy on April 22, 2012

in 52/52 Challenge, Botanical Art, Orchids, Uncategorized

Painting #15- Paphiopedilum

"Dark Beauty" Original Watercolor Mindy Lighthipe ©2012

I was hoping to get this posted some time ago because I was out of the studio on vacation last week. I finished the painting, got it scanned and then started to write the blog post. Unfortunately I ran out of time and didn't get it posted until I got home. Here is my 15th painting of my 52/52 painting challenge. I am back on track!

I really enjoyed painting this paphiopedilum. This type of orchid is also called a Lady Slipper Orchid and often the latin name is just shortened to Paph. Paphs mostly grow on the ground which makes them terrestrial orchids. Some do grow in trees making them epiphytes but this is not the norm. They love to be pot bound and will not flower unless the roots are in confined containers. It seemed weird to have this big robust plant with lots of leaves and this one tall flower in a tiny little pot that kept toppling over. The flower was propped with a stake made of bamboo and the stem was clipped to the bamboo so the flower would stay up. I kept moving it around and it kept falling over so I put it into a vase so that it would stand up. I was surprised at how much abuse it took. The flower lasted for about a month. This was great because I had a lot of time and didn't have to worry about it wilting on me. I am now currently out of orchids that are blooming but tomorrow night is my next meeting with the Gainesville Orchid Society and another guest speaker is coming in with plants for sale. I wonder what I'll come home with next!

If you have any questions about how I paint please feel free to ask me. I am always happy to give advice and explanations. Your questions make great blog posts!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

roberta king April 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I  so enjoy your work.  The orchard is a treasure. Roberta

Mindy April 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Thanks Roberta. I am glad that you are enjoying my paintings. Where are you located? I always love to know where my readers are in the world. Hope to hear from you again. Mindy

Debbie Nolan April 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

Dear Mindy – love your work – thank you so much for being generous in sharing.

Mindy April 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Dear Debbie,
Welcome to my blog. I am glad to have you as reader. Thanks for your kind comment.

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