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Thursday, July 27, 2017

51. Painted Orchids: Slide Show

Orchids: "Mysterious."
Probably that is the word we often hear about orchids. I feel the same way when I look at them so closely to paint. I need to study every hair :), every curve, and every hidden corner to depict the whole plant accurately. The little nature's wonder amazes me all the time.

For a while, I have been painting orchids species mostly rare ones, along with my documentation of native plants of prairies and woods in Midwestern USA. With this collection, I keep most paintings in 22x30 inches. I incorporate enlarged image very often, which gives the delicate botanical art stronger wall impact.

Enjoy the slide show!
Painted Orchids by Heeyoung Kim


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

50. A Passion for Orchids and Conservation: Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

6 watercolor paintings of orchids at Chicago Botanic Garden, February 11 - March 26, 2017 

Installed with 10,000 live orchids. 
Some are luxurious and colorful, but some others are ghostly and mysterious. There are even weedy ones, too. Orchids. They have been a beloved group of plants among collectors and viewers as well. I have a special spot for them in my heart, too. Along with wildflowers of prairies and woodlands in Midwestern USA, I have been painting native orchid species locally, and rare species from other parts of the world. A very cute pink orchid, Paphiopedilum delenatii, was once considered as extinct, but found again in Vietnam. Darwin's Orchid, Angraecum sesquipedale, is definitely one of the most impressive and anecdotal species. I painted its pollinator, Xanthopan morgani with several orchids around it emphasizing their 'problematic', long spurs and the incredibly long proboscis of the moth. Two local lady's slipper orchids and Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid are rare and endangered species, which local conservation groups have been working hard to preserve.

Original paintings and Joel Oppenheimer Gallery collector's edition are available. For inquiry, contact me. For viewing full image, click http://www.heeyoungkim.net/artists/#/dana-buckley/   

Details of the paintings:
Angraecum sesquipedale and Xanthopan morgani, watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

Paphiopedilum delenatii, watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

White Lady's Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium candidum, watercolor, 22 x 30", ©Heeyoung Kim 2017 

Large Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubscens, watercolor & graphie, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid, Platanthera leucophaea, watercolor, 22 x 30", ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

Phragmipedium 'Jason Fischer', watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

49. Blooms with Birds and Butterflies



As a botanical Artist, adding insects or birds and butterflies is questionable, because scientific information about the plants was the major concern in traditional botanical art.

However, insects and butterflies, particularly pollinators, and birds, seed dispersers, are very important elements in ecosystem. So, I do not mind including them. They add more actions to the very quiet botanical paintings, and attract broader audiences as well.

Here are some examples of my recent works with fun and pretty birds and butterflies. These images were used for making my new postcards and greeting cards. Certainly people like them more than the cards with only plants.
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Eastern Bluebirds and Flowering Dogwoods, Colored Pencil, Copyrighted by Heeyoung Kim 2017

American Goldfinch and Sunflower, Colored Pencil, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017