Painting Kuching in Watercolour

Denbrobium superbum

Posted on: 29/12/2009

This was quite challenging to paint and took quite a number of Sunday afternoons. The bright mauve colour was slowly built up with light washes of permanent rose, mauve and quinacridone magenta. For the fuzz on the flower centres, I stippled on the colours carefully, leaving bits of paper untouched. The colour of the leaves was gradually built up with successive glazes starting with aureolin yellow, magenta, marine blue, indanthrene blue and sap green. The waterdrops were added last, with only 4 dabs of titanium white for the highlights.

The flowers smell of raspberries! I saw some canes on sale at the Sunday market – this orchid only flowers on the old canes, so don’t think that stallholder is pulling a fast one on you with a sad, dingy looking plant.

Watercolour, size 10″ x 14″, on Fabriano cold pressed paper 140lb, Winsor & Newton + Holbein colours

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E.LIM


A rank amateur self-taught watercolour artist

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