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04-11-2007, 11:39 AM
I got some odd size canvases and decided to paint this fake orchid I have. You can see the plant in the background. I know it needs work and was thinking about changing the color of the pot to red. It is a WIP.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.


04-11-2007, 02:09 PM
I don't have any suggestions, but did want to say: "Particularly nice work on the doily..."

04-11-2007, 02:27 PM
The painting is coming along very well. The orchids look lovely and I like what you hae accomplished so far with the doily. How a about a bluish-green with touches of red as accent or in the shadows. Don't have a clue what it would look like but . . . :)

04-11-2007, 02:35 PM
Very good.JAN

04-11-2007, 02:45 PM
Looks good so far. I wouldn't change the pot.

04-11-2007, 02:55 PM
Lovely painting so far. I would darken the background behind the flowers as at the moment my eyes are drawn to the leaves which seem to stand out the most. I like the colour of the pot.

04-11-2007, 04:26 PM
I'd add more highlights and shadows, it all looks a bit flat. Great start, but I think it might need a bit more dimention to it. Of course it might just be an issue with the photo/monitor combo.

I like the unconventional size, I use those kinds of canvas once in a while, they're fun.


04-11-2007, 05:24 PM
Well,I changed the pot color. Worked on bkgd and leaves actually reworked most of painting. What do you think?:confused:

04-11-2007, 06:01 PM
I think its looking Very good!! :) seems to be more unified with the work youve done on the values, only 1 thing throws me is the shadow the pot casts - compared to the shadow cast onto it from the leaf and root thingys, they seem to me to have a different light source or something. All the best...Tony.

04-12-2007, 09:17 AM
Thanks, I see what you mean.

04-12-2007, 09:59 AM

04-12-2007, 10:16 AM
I too think it looks more unified now and is coming along very well. I agree to about the shadows. In looking at your still life setup, there is very little shadow on the doily in front of the vase. So changing the angle or direction of the shadow more toward the back would bring it more in line with your light source, do you think?

04-12-2007, 10:56 AM
I think the change in the pot color really made the difference. Love the doily.

04-12-2007, 12:59 PM
I think it is lovely........

04-13-2007, 04:26 AM
Well done, its come together well. Just the tweak with the shadows and then it's done.

04-13-2007, 04:57 AM
I think this is some very good work here - however I would have said (if I'd seen this earlier) don't go for red plant pot - looking at the before and after the red pot draws my eye away from the orchid, which is a shame 'cos the orchid is beautifully painted...

Also ditto on the comments about the doily - looks great...

out of interest what size is the canvas?

04-13-2007, 05:05 AM
wow,how beautiful...lovely
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04-13-2007, 09:28 AM
Thanks for all the imput on this painting. I haven't done many acrylics on my own so color decisions are difficult.
The first photo shows setup but not lighting. I had lighting coming from right side and to the back.
What if I darkened the top right corner a bit to make the orchids stand out more?

By the way, the canvas is 8x24 inch.


Charlie's Mum
04-13-2007, 05:10 PM
Marilyn - I think the balance is better with the strong red of the pot!
It grounds the plant and pot within the canvas I think.

Here it is converted to greyscale so you can decide if the b.g needs darkening near the flowers :D


04-15-2007, 09:05 AM
Thanks for the grayscale, Maureen. I can always try it and if it doesn't work change it. I think that is why I like acrylic. A lot more forgiving than watercolor.

04-15-2007, 09:46 AM
Jan, I love the tall format! I also like the change of the pot to red. What's the size of that tall canvas? Are you going to custom order a frame for it?


04-15-2007, 01:00 PM
The canvas is 8 x 24 and I will probably have custom framed by my special framer if I can't find one

04-15-2007, 01:39 PM
Ok I am confused, you have signed your name Marilyn but Jamie called you Jan :confused:

Beautiful painting ...I love how you turned it around by bumping values and daring to add more colour. Very nice piece and a great shape too! :thumbsup:

04-15-2007, 04:54 PM
This is beautiful, love the way you used the suggestions and made changes.

04-16-2007, 11:50 AM
I liked the blue pot. Oh well. Still looks good. I would leave out the stick proping up the flower. The painting can stand on its own.


Lady Carol
04-16-2007, 04:35 PM
I thought I commented on this....I guess not :(

The red pot seems to pull it together better than the blue as the red is also echoed in the flower. Nice scale and dimensions.