Catteleya

Painting #4- 52/52 Painting Challenge

Last night I attended the Gainesville Orchid Society meeting. I am a new member and found the group to be very friendly and very knowledgeable. I mostly joined because I love to paint orchids and am hoping to find some local orchid growers that I can meet and who might be open to having me paint from their plants. Each meeting the members bring in their blooming plants and they give out ribbons in the different categories. It was amazing to see the variety of shapes and colors that were on the tables. They have inspired me to start growing them.

Today's painting is a Catteleya. One of the things about buying orchids is that I need to start paying attention to exactly what kind of orchid it is. There are so many hybrids and it is important not only in the orchid growing world, but the botanical art world to know the Latin names of the plants. I am clueless as to what my plants are. I know that this one here is a Catteleya because of it's flower, leaves and pseudobulb shape. Hopefully as I continue to paint orchids my knowledge of growing and morphology will expand. When I meet some more orchid growers perhaps they will be able to identify the species in my paintings.