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Orchids for Basho

by Amie R Gillingham

Botanical Florals Art Gallery


Art: Orchids for Basho by Artist Amie R Gillingham
This ukiyo-e style painting is based on a haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) The concise beauty of his verse, both singly, and as a larger grouping in "On Love and Barley" has always been an inspiration to me. My piece tries to capture that simplicity, that conciseness, as if, any second now, a butterfly might light on a blossom, sip deeply, and fly away leaving the orchid trembling from its kiss.

Orchid -- breathing
incense into
butterfly's wings.


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