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Epidendrum

June 13th, 2006

I painted this epidendrum orchid in my back yard recently. The frilled, fringed flowers are commonly orange, yellow, red or cream colored and are borne on long spikes like this (I’ve only shown a part of it – the spike is probably 2 feet tall.) This painting was done in my 9 x 12 sketchbook as a study. I will likely do one on ‘real’ watercolor paper next. I added a little colored pencil for the accent parts.

This morning I’m off to paint at Descanso with my friend Robin and I’ve been looking forward to it all week.

Mandu is now living in the kitchen, on the floor, where she has a towel and all of her “things” close by. I see her moving from one to another, delicately touching them with her muzzle, to orient herself. We’re thinking that she may have some sense of light and darkness, but it is too soon to tell. At any rate, she does not appear distressed and is eating, drinking and washing her face as usual, although she’s not eating as much as usual and needs to be ‘reminded’ to eat, since she no longer gets the visual stimulus.

9 Comments »

  1. Beautiful Karen. Wow, I never anyone who raised orchids. And more, thanks for the update on Mandu. My heart just goes out to you and hubby.

    Comment by TeriC — June 13, 2006 @ 7:54 am
  2. These paintings and drawyings you’re making are really incredible. Thanks for the reports about Mandu. Good Kitty.

    Comment by pink — June 13, 2006 @ 12:18 pm
  3. GLORIOUS orchid Karen!! Colors, lines – the FEEL of it! My heart goes out to you and mandu ….

    Comment by Lin — June 13, 2006 @ 2:48 pm
  4. This orchid is just beautiful – I love the colours and light touch.
    Good to hear Mandu doesnt seem to be too distressed.

    Comment by Anastasia — June 13, 2006 @ 5:27 pm
  5. This is beautiful! I love it.

    Comment by Linda T — June 13, 2006 @ 7:06 pm
  6. Beautiful and so delicately done – I sense there is a deep change happening with your art?

    Comment by Felicity — June 13, 2006 @ 11:36 pm
  7. Thank you one and all …
    Felicity, yes I think something has happened and I’m not sure what or how. I do know that I was standing up and painting this, from life, with a big brush – no drawing ahead of time – just paint and paper. The less planning I do the better it seems to go – odd, isn’t it?

    Comment by Karen — June 13, 2006 @ 11:59 pm
  8. just simply beautiful

    Comment by Cin — June 14, 2006 @ 7:56 am
  9. this orchid study is scrumptious! yum!

    Comment by Starr — June 18, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

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