Sunday, February 15, 2015

Orchid Dance

Orchid Dance 
12x16 Oil on canvas board

I feel for my homies in New England who can't even get out of their houses for the mountains of snow that are piling up there. There's a limit to one's patience in the face of needing to get to work or even just out and about. Most streets are now only wide enough for one car, including in my little beach neighborhood. Snow is so high you can't see around corners and driving is dangerous. Stay safe and warm is all I can offer.

Meanwhile, my classes at Von Liebig have been well attended and my 'girls' are coming to my home studio once a week to paint! 

I wanted to step out of the box and do a larger painting with a more complicated subject and so I set up my orchids. This is on a 12x16 canvas panel and I did a drawing first, trying for accuracy and taking my time. It took quite a while and I'm not completely satisfied with the result but I don't hate it either. There are areas where I need to do more on the flowers and I lost some freshness in the greens (put it down and leave it). I'll go at it again after it dries some and then do another with maybe just one orchid. It's all about practice. I really enjoyed it, which is the point.


drawing
initially I had more leaves (another plant) 
behind the left hand flower, but they didn't work so I eliminated them in the end. I also may rethink that permanent rose background. It may have been working against me.
my setup

6 comments:

Lorna said...

I can't begin to tell you how much relief from winter your orchid painting has given me. I thank you from 40 below Ottawa

Carol Blackburn said...

Very pretty Mary so nice to have fresh flowers in the winter. I got some Chrysanthemums but they are not happy here even in my sunny southside windows.

CrimsonLeaves said...

I think it is brilliant, Mary. I love those rectangles of color beneath the circular pots.

hmuxo said...

A beautiful set up and love the painting, Mary!!!! This morning it was 4 degrees....now its 22..
springtime in New York....

Sue Marrazzo said...

LOVE the colors!

Stephanie Berry said...

Catching up with your recent work--love it all as always. It's good to see you're taking on a larger painting. Glad you're enjoying some nice weather. Thanks for your sympathy towards us up north--we need it!

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