Picture Profile: 0805 Slipper Orchid IV of V

0805 Slipper Orchid IV of V

0805 Slipper Orchid IV of V

Botanical Illustration. Artist Code: 0805. Completed November 2007. Original SOLD. Water colour on Aquarelle Arches 100% hot pressed cotton rag paper. Unframed size 12″ x 16″. Framed size 19” x 15” 

SOLD at the Society of Botanical Artists 2008 Open Annual Exhibition, Westminster Hall, London.

Selected for the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) Exhibition, Westminster Hall, London, 2008.

My neighbour grows beautiful orchids and regularly hands them to me over the garden fence as they come into flower so that I can paint them in my studio. This Slipper Orchid is the fourth of five I painted to illustrate “The Botanical Palette”, being one of the paintings submitted to the Society of Botanical Artists in the first year to gain Membership. (For other four orchid paintings, please see Artist Codes: 0806080408030802)

Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum schaetzehen (maudiae ‘Claire de Lune’ x Charlesworthii). Special A2 prints of this orchid were supplied to Project Art, London. Also contracted 2011-2013 as wall decor available to the trade via Felix Rosenstiel’s Widow & Son Ltd, Publishers of Fine Art (in sepia format).

Poem

“Paphiopedilums”, number four of a set,
I had to paint when first we met.
This tender, mauvey, lineared flower,
To paint it right, took many an hour.
To get the mottled leaf effect—Well,
mistakes I made you can’t detect!