Group of Orchid - Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy by River Han
Group of Orchid, Art 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.
The orchid in this painting was painted using the Chinese red cinnabar ink.
The poem is authored by Zhong Banqiao (鄭板橋), a painter and poet of the Qing Dynasty. It was written on his painting “Orchids on the cliff”《峭壁蘭花图》to enhance the meaning of his painting and reflect his feeling of the injustice of the human world. Here I am borrowing his poem for my painting, calligraphed in semi-cursive script style (行書) which goes well with the orchid brush strokes.
I am including the typed Chinese characters in the calligraphy for reference.
Below is my translation:
Orchid leaves, suspending from the cliffs, look like countless arrows coming off the rocks
Roots saturated with green also showing as much elegance and beauty
Heaven provides rain and dew evenly to all
Why are there high and low unfairness in the end?
Authored by Banqiao
calligraphed in mid-autumn of 2015 by River