Chinese Orchid - Art by River Han
Chinese 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 calligraphy for the poem was written in semi-cursive script style (行書). I am including the typed Chinese characters in the calligraphy for reference.
Below is my translation:
Beautiful orchid with purple stems and flower petals
Used to grew high in the mountains, nourished by morning dew
Since I moved it to my garden and replanted after last winter
Root has taken to the soil- and the flowers are now waving in the spring breeze
Painted and calligraphy in mid-autumn of 2015