Stories from my Sketchbook . . .
The girls and I found a little fairy glen when we were out walking this week. While taking a not-often-used shortcut through a little bush track, amongst the usual undergrowth of scrub, discarded gumtree bark, fallen acacia pods, roo-poo and other general bush detritus, was a clump of little white orchids. (At least I think they were some kind of orchid. For all I know about plants they could have just as easily been some type of daisy, but for this post let’s just assume they were orchids . . . )
Orchids, I later discovered, are the largest family of plants in the world. There are apparently 25,000—30,000 different species of which at least 10,000 can be found in the tropics alone. They come in extreme variations of size, weight and colour. Some orchids are only the size of a small coin when in bloom, while others can weigh up to one ton with petals as long as 30 inches, and sprays of flowers 12—14 feet long. Orchid blossoms also appear in almost every colour imaginable, except for true black.
I think this sketch originally started off as being that of an orchid (although not the same species I saw in the bush I hasten to add) but as I was also playing around with colour and texture at the time I am not sure the finished product would ever be recognised as such. My little wannabe-orchid seemed to become ever more triffid-like as the drawing progressed . . .