This started out as a more botanically accurate portrait of the orchids I’m growing, which are creamy white, lavender, and pink. But the dreams I had on the nights after working on it were more about the forest habitats of orchids, and not realistic forests at that. I would say that the lack of color in this midwinter must be influencing my style, but all my botanical paintings tend to start out with an aim of realism and then explode into color and forms unbound by anything strictly realistic.
Not a bad way to dream, or to see the waking world, I don’t think.
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