Painting Kuching in Watercolour

Coelogyne

Posted on: 07/01/2010

Here is my painting of the coelogyne orchid from the tree in the park, done over the long weekend. Composition needed a lot of thought as the flower growth is lax and rather floppy. I also wanted to paint the dappled sunlight. I had wanted to leave the background my usual stark white with the long green leaves showing up the white flowers but this made the background distracting so I decided to go all dark. This was done on Fabriano Artistico Bright White 140lbs hot pressed paper, a fine satiny smooth surface, good for painting fine detail but difficult to handle. The secret is to wet the area first and float on a light wash of colour. I wasted a couple pieces of paper before I got the hang of it, and at RM5.00 per piece, a very expensive lesson!

12 x 9 ins, Fabriano Artistico Bright White 140 lbs hot pressed paper, with Holbein colours. The shadow colour is a mixture of light red and indanthrene blue, very versatile, you can go warm and cool depending on how blue or red.

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1 Response to "Coelogyne"

Elsie,
I don’t know where to begin. Is this Art imitating Nature, or the other way around? What superb artistry!
Maggie

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E.LIM


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