Painting Kuching in Watercolour

The Pigeon Orchid (dendrobrium crumentum)

Posted on: 23/09/2010

At long last, it flowered on a Saturday! So I managed to do some rough studies on this short-lived orchid which only flowers for a day, exactly nine days after a drop in temperature. This is a very common orchid, you will see it growing in trees all round Kuching but its flowering somehow never coincides with my free- to- paint days until last Saturday.

It wasn’t pleasant drawing this orchid either. I had a couple of sprays in front of me in a vase and it filled the whole room with a strong scent. The smell got very thick and nose tickling early in the morning, reminiscent of a thousand cockroaches frolicking about in a field of jasmine. Yes, you read that right, cockroaches, the big brown ones.

I am hoping to develop this into a nice big watercolour of the whole orchid plant with sprays of flowers cascading down like upside down pigeons.


1 Response to "The Pigeon Orchid (dendrobrium crumentum)"

Nice capture in watercolour! Wow, I didn’t get to smell them as crockcoahes coz never get to take them home. Anyway, I had a blogpost about the pigeon orchid at another blog at Looking forward to see the full painting after the studies.

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