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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Paphio praestans: Back to Indonesia

While preparing for my return to Indonesia for good, I managed to paint this before leaving Sheffield. I have received too much blessings while living in the UK, which I lose count, but the most important one is my journey through botanical arts. I am not sure how my new-found love for botanical art will survive Indonesia since finding botanical art societies, even fellow artists, will be difficult in my home country. However, let's worry not. Instead, I thank for all things life has given me. Hence, I'd rather think about many intriguing plants in Indonesia waiting to be painted!

This is a painting of Paphiopedilum praestans, lady slipper orchid from Papua, Indonesia, based on my study sketch and photographs of the specimen I did last year. Somehow having a baby changed my initial plan on how to paint it. I left my previous sketch of a complete plant (with leaves and roots), then drew a new sketch driven by my current feelings. If you notice it, I paint the blossomed flower to pose as if hugging the bud. Have I become such a sentimental painter now?

"The Old and The Young I", Paphiopedilum praestans. Watercolours on Fabriano Artistico HP paper.

7 comments:

Ariadne said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So many changes in your life! Having a baby, going back to Indonesia! Who knows maybe there are artists in your country to like what you do and maybe you will find a new circle of friends. But on the other hand maybe you will start a school of botanological painters!Good luck!AriadnefromGreece!

evamariaruhl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Eunike, your work is brilliant. I have a feeling we will continue to see botanical paintings and illustrations from you. Wishing you all the best on your new adventure.

J R Shepherd said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is GORGEOUS!!!! I love it, I really do. It's such a powerful orchid, it has real zest to it. Fabulous - I want to see more!!

Vicki Lee Johnston said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am sure your botanical art will survive the transition back to Indonesia Eunike, for me here in Western Australia there are very few similar artists and we don't have a society but still manage to work in with other artists and create even more interesting art groups.
I love your painting - it is very poignant and meaningful. Best wishes to you x

Luca said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Eunike. Why haven't you posted anymore? Love your work.

Polly said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Eunike this is so beautiful! I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work.

Eunike Nugroho said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you! I really thank you for all your kind comments and continual supports. I feel as if I have many friend within my arm's reach although we live far apart.

@Ariadne, thank you for your kind wishes. Unfortunately, I've still yet to meet botanical fellows or the community here :)

@Vicki, many thanks for sharing your experience in Western Australia. Yes, I think I can find other art groups here. Yogyakarta is city of culture. It has quite many art communities and I am happy to live here. My best wishes to you, too. xx

@J R Shepherd, Thank you, Dear! Congratulation for being featured in BBC4. I wish I could watch the program. Please let me know, if there is any link to watch the movie. Thanks!

@Evamariaruhl, @Luca, @Polly, thank you for your encouraging comments. Actually I have something interesting to write by the end of this month. Please bear with me while I try to find something else to write in between :p xx