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Nature's Cradle
Original Oil on Canvas, 48" x 48"
Gallery Wrapped on 1 1/2" Depth Stretcher Bar

Anguloa clowesii
Artist Notes:
“As I sketched this species, I was drawn to the unusual shapes of the large fragrant flowers, more like a tulip than an orchid. Flowing leaves etched
with sweeping lines provided an elegant backdrop to showcase flowers whose interior parts resemble little chicks. I designed the composition to
entice the viewer to travel beyond the flower’s soothing embrace, to a plethora of textured botanical impressions embedded in the painting’s
abstract emerald background. Here the viewer’s imagination is called into play, as texture and light radiating through translucent color embrace the
About the Orchid:
This painting is inspired by Anguloa clowesii, a large terrestrial sometimes epiphytic orchid species, found at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters
on the western slopes of the Andes, in Columbia and Venezuela. It is commonly called the Cradle Orchid, because its large, yellow flowers have a
rocking lip, which is enclosed completely by the sepals and petals as in a tulip. This gives the plant its other common name, the Tulip Orchid. The
flowers are waxy, highly fragrant, and emerge at the base of the newest growths in late winter to early summer.
Detail images of
Nature's Cradle....

....The artist employs what she
refers to as "call and response"
to work each layer of  her
She skillfully responds to paint and light
working in cooperation over her foundation
of sculptural textures.
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Patricia Laspino