Oncidium, Euphonia, and Physalaemus

Oncidium Orchid with Thick-billed Euphonia; 27" x 35" mixed media
Oncidium Orchid with Thick-billed Euphonia; 27" x 35" mixed media

You’ll enjoy, loving cool words as you do, knowing the names of two of the organisms found in the artwork above: Oncidium (thanks, Julie Zickefoose for identification) and Euphonia laniirostris, commonly known as thick-billed euphonia. Nice names to store away in your natural history vocabulary folder.

Closeup detail, thick-billed euphonia
Closeup detail, Thick-billed euphonia
Drawing on site in Panama
Drawing on site in Panama

This is a mixed media piece measuring 27″x35″, pastel and graphite over acrylic on Rives BFK (see previous post for step-by-step instructions in washing your art). The oncidium was drawn plein air on Barro Colorado Island from about 10 feet away and from under the awning of a potting shed (it was raining) next to the greenhouses and the basketball court (mostly used for parties) and the euphonia was drawn on Pipeline Road in Gamboa, grafted into the final enlarged painting back home in the studio.

The greenhouses on BCI are surrounded by water-filled moats to keep out leaf-cutter ants; they are used as mating grounds by tungara frogs (Physalaemus pustulosus) which called wonderfully (if not euphonically) for hours while I drew.
The greenhouses on BCI are surrounded by water-filled moats to keep out leaf-cutter ants; tungara frogs make the most out of these mating sites. They call most euphonically and bloat engagingly as they sing. This one was nearly underfoot. See video, below.

4 thoughts on “Oncidium, Euphonia, and Physalaemus

  1. Pam says:

    Debby, In my quest for words to convey my feelings about your latest piece, I went to the Thesaurus as ‘stunning’ just wasn’t enough so…. Extraordinary work, staggering quality, incredible depth created with your choice of media, outstanding idea, with amazing, astonishing results. Marvelous (especially how the yellow flowers just pop off the sheet) and last but not least, phenomenal!! You are really pulling it out and putting it down. Go Girl!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Hi Debby, Fantastic and stunningly beautiful! This work really captures the feel of the rain forest. I love the way you’ve captured the depth and yet isolated one piece of the scene. It is my favorite of all your works. It’s just fabulous!

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