Esmée Winkel



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Selected Botanical Art:

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Vallée des Orchidées

Reuzenorchis

Vallée des Orchidées
Ophrys fuciflora, Ophrys insectifera
and various accompanying plants.

This painting was made after a most exciting plant expedition to the beautiful South of Belgium where we found these gorgeous orchids on a hill.

Watercolour on paper
50 x 40 cm (19.6 x 15.7 inch)
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Giant orchid
Himantoglossum robertianum


In March 2020 this species was discovered in the dunes of Noordwijk. It was a privilege to paint this orchid, new for the Netherlands. See also an article here

Watercolour on paper
80 x 60 cm (31.5 x 23.6 inch)
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Brassavola nodosa

Ophrys bombyliflora

My Roots
Brassavola nodosa

This orchid grows on the Caribbean island Curaçao, drawn in pencil in the back of the watercolour. It has been growing in my mother's garden since I can remember and in the evenings its flowers produce a lovely smell. This painting holds many wonderful memories.

Watercolour on paper
50x 60 cm (19.6 x 23.6 inch)


Enchantment
Ophrys bombyliflora with Eucera oraniensis

After just having a couple of pollinia get stuck to its head by a bumblebee orchid flower, this little long-horned bee became enchanted by another one. Flying off to the next one the light from the left follows the bee to the awaiting flower.


Watercolour on paper
75 x 60 cm (29.5 x 23.6 inch)









Tulip tree in ink




Tulip tree Watercolour

Tuliptree
Liriodendron tulipifera

This Tulip tree was planted in 1716 by Prof. Herman Boerhaave, prefect of the Hortus Botanicus Leiden at that time, making this specimen 300 years old in 2016.

Pen and Ink on paper
50 x 40 cm (19.7 x 15.7 inch)
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Tuliptree
Liriodendron tulipifera

This artwork was also inspired by the over 300 year old Tulip tree at the Hortus botanicus Leiden. The painting was part of the exhibition Out of the Woods in the US and is now part of a respected privat collection.

Watercolour on paper
50 x 40 cm (19.7 x 15.7 inch)
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Ophrys spruneri

Ophrys apifera

Early spider-orchid
Ophrys spruneri

Bee Orchid series, #1
RHS Gold Medal 2018
 
Watercolour on paper
45 x 35 cm (17.7 x 13.7 inch)
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Bee orchid
Ophrys apifera

Bee Orchid series, #2
RHS Gold Medal 2018
 
Watercolour on paper
45 x 35 cm (17.7 x 13.7 inch)










Ophrys fuciflora

Ophrys reinholdii

Late spider-orchid
Ophrys fuciflora subsp. apulica

Bee Orchid series, #3
RHS Gold Medal 2018

This painting was also part of the exhibition '23rd Annual International' by the American Society of Botanical Artists and Wave Hill, US.
 
Watercolour on paper
45 x 35 cm (17.7 x 13.7 inch)



Ophrys reinholdii

Bee Orchid series, #4
RHS Gold Medal 2018
 
Watercolour on paper
45 x 35 cm (17.7 x 13.7 inch)










Ophrys scolopax

Ophrys tenthredinifera

Ophrys scolopax subsp. cornuta

Bee Orchid series, #5
RHS Gold Medal 2018
 
Watercolour on paper
45 x 35 cm (17.7 x 13.7 inch)


Sawfly orchid
Ophrys tenthredinifera

Bee Orchid series, #6
RHS Gold Medal 2018
 
Watercolour on paper
45 x 35 cm (17.7 x 13.7 inch)











Dried fruit composition

Galanthus woronowii

Dried Fruit Composition

A composition of various types of dried fruit found at the Missouri botanical garden.

Watercolour on paper
9 x 12 cm (3.5 x 4.7 inch)
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My snowdrops
Galanthus woronowii

Watercolour on VEllum
15x 10 cm (6 x 4 inch)
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Diospyros lotus




Diospyros virginiana

Date plum
Diospyros lotus

In this watercolour a flowering branch from both male and female tree are painted. The male tree was planted in the Hortus botanicus Leiden in 1736. The female tree is much younger and can be found in the fern garden.

Watercolour on paper
30 x 20 cm (11.8 x 7.9 inch)


American persimmon
Diospyros virginiana

In fall the American persimmon turns from green to golden orange with a reddish cheek and tasting deliciously sweet when ripening. A branch was given to me on a conference in the US.


Watercolour on paper
12 x 20 cm (4.7 x 7.9 inch)











Seaweeds_Composition_1

Seaweeds composition #2

Seaweeds composition #1
Fucus vesiculosus, Gracilariopsis longissima

These seaweeds form a composition of seaweeds from the Noth Sea. This piece was made for Naturalis Biodiversity Center and included in the series "Leven in de Noordzee".

Watercolour on paper
30 x 15 cm (11.8 x 6 inch)
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Seaweeds composition #2
Ulva lactuca, Gracilariopsis longissima

These seaweeds form a composition of edible seaweeds from the Noth Sea moving with its waves.

Watercolour on paper
50 x 60 cm (19.5 x 23.5 inch)








Selected Botanical Illustrations:


All images are © Naturalis Biodiversity Center.


Orchid - Dendrobium goodallianum
Legumes - Tadehagi triquetrum Orchid - Specklinia pfavii
Orchidaceae Dendrobium goodallianum
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for Dr. E. de Vogel, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and R. van Vugt, Hortus Botanicus Leiden.  not for sale

This species is named in honour of Dame Jane Morris Goodall who is a biologist best known for her work with Chimpanzees.  She still is very active promoting nature conservation across many countries and all generations. Together with Gail Hudson, she recently published the book 'Seeds of Hope', in which an entire chapter is dedicated to the conservation of orchids.

Published in
Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 14
Leguminosae Tadehagi triquetrum
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for Dr. F. Adema, Naturalis Biodiversity Center - Herbarium
not for sale


Orchidaceae Specklinia pfavii
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for Dr. A. Karremans, Lankester Botanical Garden, Costa Rica.

This orchid species is part of a series of illustrations made for the thesis 'Systematic, phylogenetic and pollination studies of Specklinia (Orchidaceae)'.  not for sale





Orchid - Chelonistele maximae-reginae
Fungi - Russula vesca
Euphorbiaceae
Orchidaceae Dendrobium kruizingae
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for Dr. E. de Vogel, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and R. van Vugt, Hortus Botanicus Leiden.  not for sale
Fungi Russula vesca
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for publication in Persoonia.
not for sale



Euphorbiaceae Endospermum diadenum
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for Prof. dr. P. van Welzen,
Naturalis Biodiversity Center - Herbarium.
not for sale





All images are © Esmée Winkel or © Naturalis Biodiversity Center. All rights reserved.