Saturday, July 24, 2010

Orchids

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Oil on 5x7 hardboard.

This is my submission to the WDE at Wet Canvas. The reference photo was supplied by Dewi.

Not normally a floral painter, I went for these beautifully colored orchids. Thought that they make an interesting composition.

The board was first covered in black gesso. I used a touch of acrylic pthalo blue to the gesso to darken it even further. I like how it makes the color pop right from the start!

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11 comments:

  1. Dean,
    this is wonderful! I love the texture, colors and softness... I hven't been around for awhile... glad to come back to see this painting.

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  2. Wow Dean! This is so beautiful! love that black background and the way parts of the flower is still in shadow in some parts and then pops out so wonderfully into the light.
    I also like the delicate way the composition flows across the canvas.

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  3. This is a prime example of using just a few well-placed strokes to create a masterpiece! Perfect.

    -Don

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  4. A most beautiful color combination here, Dean. I love how you've given light to these pretty flowers!

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  5. Yet another string to your bow Dean - flowers, and these really do "pop" as you say!

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  6. Very nice Dean, simple, and masterful.. Good job!
    Rae

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  7. I really like this one - just lovely!

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  8. At first I did not realize they were painted! Very excellent, Dean!

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  9. Very beautiful, Dean - love the dark background.

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  10. Beautifully done Dean... that dark background really makes it pop.

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