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This is a discussion on NZ Perching Orchid within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; New Zealand perching orchid, Earina Macronata 'Peka-a-waka. It is epiphytic. The fragrant flowers are tiny, ...
New Zealand perching orchid, Earina Macronata 'Peka-a-waka. It is epiphytic. The fragrant flowers are tiny, less than 1cm across.
Great illustration! I would love to see a photo of the blooming orchid along with your rendering.
(ps - I moved this to the 'eye candy' section instead of the orchids in bloom section of the board.)
Sorry I do not take many photos.I only paint from the plant and not from a photo.Everything has to be measured and counted etc. No guessing.I did a Botanical Diploma Course in painting and illustration at The Chelsea Physic Garden's English Garden School. I am often asked about the relevence of botanical art. The human eye can still see colour better then a camera, eg. reds do not reproduce well. Also we do not know how long the present image recording will be around as it is changing so quickly. Hence places like Kew and the Hunt Institute are still collecting botanical art. Hybrids come and go in fashion and it is good to record them before they go out of fashion and get lost. The camera is still the best for recording location etc. I did get instruction in botany on the course but that is not my job I depend on a botanist to tell me what is wanted in a painting. I might add I am also not a gardner. I just love plants. Thanks BD for your interest. Probably more then you wanted to know!
Are you working in watercolors? Beautiful rendition.
Yes I am working in watercolours. I did use some white body colour on the 'White Angel' Phalaenopsis orchid to help the edges of the petals show up on the vellum.