ancient orchid

Ancient Orchid; casein on board; 8"x5"; 2017
This orchid was purchased more than 10 years ago and has been the subject of many of my paintings and drawings.  This is the first time it's been painted in casein.  It used to be a youthful-upright plant putting out graceful-vertical-arching flower stems.  The leaves have grown to the side now and the root tendrils are plentiful.  In its advanced age, when it decides to flower, the stalk is more-or-less horizontal while the flowers cascade downward in a vertical line.  Aging gracefully - a good goal for all of us.

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