The Foetid Forest. 14"x17" on Paris Paper

When you draw and paint, you have the ability to capture the truth, express an idea, share a dream, convey a thought, distort reality or make up anything you want. I started this drawing after seeing a very unusual flower on the Facebook group: Handbook of Philippine Plants and Flowers. Not all plants included in this drawing are from the Philippines. After a while, I started including some really foul and other odorous plants and flowers among them the corpse flowers, carrion flowers and fecaloid smelling ones. I also included members of the Fungi kingdom, the stinkhorns. You may recognize Rafflesia arnoldi, Amorphophalus titanum, Symplocarpus foetidus, Hydnora africana among the smelly plants. Stinkhorns include Lysurus periphragmoides, phallus hadriani, Lysurus gardneri, mutinus caninus and mutinus elegans. I also included Passiflora, Nepenthes and an image of the twelve year old staghorn fern, Platycerium superbum, growing in my childhood home.


Katherine Thomas said...

I can't say it strongly enough, how very much I admire your work!! The shapes and forms and lines... it's so beautiful and so creative! Also, how did you create this blog format? It's fantastic!

Steve E said...

Ces...your mind must have emptied itself (momentarily ) in this sketch-- drawing, squiggling painting. I love all the little people, even hiding in the woods.

There are hundreds (thousands?) of details. My title for this picture:

LOVE thoughtful craziness!

Cecilia P. Adorio said...

Hi Katherine. Thank you very much. As for my blog layout, it is from blogger which I just customized by experimenting. Once I set it to this width I am no longer able to go back to the usual blog body widths because my photos are always posted as extra large.