Orchid with Taihu Stone by River Han
Orchid with Taihu Stone (太湖石), Chinese Brush Painting by River Han
printed on Giclée Hahnemühle Bamboo.
In Chinese culture, it represents integrity, nobility and friendship, all of which are virtues of a perfectly cultured gentleman and scholar.
The Chinese orchid has a very unique fragrance, light, sweet and soothing. The flowers in bloom would last for several months, elegant and not showy.
Painting Chinese orchid is challenging, not only from the composition between the flowers and the leaves but also because every brush stroke needs to be final. No correction or change is acceptable. However, the end results are very often gratifying.
Taihu Stone is a kind of limestone produced at the foot of Dongting Mountain (洞庭山) in Suzhou. It is used to build rockeries in gardens and for use along the edges of small ponds or lakes, to enhance the beauty of the landscape. It is often referred to as scholar's rocks.