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amaze_1101
02-07-2008, 04:22 PM
Hi folks

This is the fourth commissioned work for my client in Miami. It is a phalaenopsis orchid, aka Moth Orchid. The brief was to have a square format, darkish background and white bloom with maybe some yellowish hints.

The work is 36" x 36" on unsteretched canvas. It will be shipped rolled then "ornately" framed in Miami.

Not varnished yet so all C&Cs welcomed.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2008/41055-Charles_Hanna__Moth_Orchid.jpg

gaykir
02-07-2008, 04:35 PM
Each painting of yours is better than the last! White is a favorite color of mine but it's so-o-o-o hard to paint. This is magnificent.

loobyteacher
02-07-2008, 04:46 PM
Orchids are my favorite flower. You have done a beautiful job. no critique needed.

idylbrush
02-07-2008, 04:59 PM
exquisite

lilbelle
02-07-2008, 04:59 PM
GORGEOUS!!! Your glazes are always so smooth looking. It's beautiful!!

solonite
02-07-2008, 05:05 PM
This is beautiful..curious..how long do you have to let this dry to be able to roll it for shipping without any problems? Do you have to roll it in any special way? I think your clients will be tickled pink????
Susan

gurleygirl
02-07-2008, 05:27 PM
Gorgeous.
Tracey

Margaret 59
02-07-2008, 05:29 PM
Elaine, I've run out of words for your paintings. :thumbsup: :clap: :clap: :clap: :wave:

TxAggieDarlin
02-07-2008, 06:06 PM
Yep, it is hard to find the words....WOW does it :)

CamiTampa
02-07-2008, 06:09 PM
I'm in awe. Beautiful work. So delicate. I agree with TxAnggieDarlin WOW.
Cami

clementine
02-07-2008, 06:17 PM
the colors,the light ,the softness are superb!I am a fan of sqare format and your comp is a delight!bravo!
clem

amaze_1101
02-07-2008, 06:22 PM
Thanks for looking in guys

This is beautiful..curious..how long do you have to let this dry to be able to roll it for shipping without any problems? Do you have to roll it in any special way? I think your clients will be tickled pink????
Susan

Susan Firstly I'll let it dry for a week before sealing with two coats of flexible varnish. Then after that it will sit for a couple of weeks (maybe three)before shipping. Someone from here gave me some good info on shipping paintings. (Sorry can't remember who it was now :o ) For unstretched canvases it says to lay the painting face down onto a clean sheet of polythylene plastic about 4mil thick (no less) and roll both around a cardboard or plastic tube no leass than 6" in diameter, larger if possible. Don't roll it too tightly, but also not too loose so as to avoid the painting slipping and sliding around the tube. Use more plastic sheeting around this for cushioning if desired, then insert into a 'Sonotube' for shipping. Hope that helps.

*Violet*
02-07-2008, 06:29 PM
wow ... you've done justice to the exquisite orchid !! ... i've many references but always felt intimidated by the flatness of the orchid's format thinking it difficult to portray ... yet here you have fabulously ... your abilities are inspirational !!

C_Line
02-07-2008, 08:09 PM
Gasp. Oh Elaine, you've lived up to your name "Amaze" in every way...now one of my new favorites of yours.

purplepansey
02-07-2008, 08:10 PM
What a coincidence, we had our bridge party luncheon today and all the tables had these orchids on them, they looked so spectacular as does yours. I love it.

Thanks Elaine for giving the name of them which I was unaware of.

Tiasa
02-07-2008, 08:21 PM
I agree with everyone else here--this is really a spectacular painting! You have captured some very subtle changes and value and color.

How do you work on unstretched canvas?

I'd like to try that, but it sounds like it would require a style with a lot of texture or thick paint. Your picture shows that it can be done with fine value/color changes.

Paulafv
02-07-2008, 08:39 PM
Perfect. Perfectly beautiful and so true to this orchid. I admire orchids for their color and structure and longevity when neglected (I know). I'm glad you have a client who appreciates your excellent work. You are worth twice whatever you are paid, I'm sure.

LavenderFrost
02-07-2008, 09:03 PM
Whoa! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

amaze_1101
02-07-2008, 09:11 PM
Thanks so much for the lovely comments

... i've many references but always felt intimidated by the flatness of the orchid's format thinking it difficult to portray ...

Violet If you can get the light playing on the flowers at a good angle then you have more chance of finding colours within the whites.

How do you work on unstretched canvas? I'd like to try that, but it sounds like it would require a style with a lot of texture or thick paint. Your picture shows that it can be done with fine value/color changes.

Hi Tiasa Thanks. Yes I have painted it in thin glazes. No thick applications or textures. I tacked the canvas to a 3/4" thick board. Front, edges and back, and it has held nice and tightly throughout the work.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2008/41055-Orchid_canvas_001.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2008/41055-Orchid_canvas_005.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2008/41055-Orchid_canvas_004.jpg

rmc
02-07-2008, 09:50 PM
Your skills are awesome Elaine - beautifully smooth glazes and subtle colours and values. However what stands out for me is the composition - did you take the photo?
Thanks for the info on how you paint unstretched canvas - I've got a roll of 30 x 1.5 metres or so of linen to use from my sister - where did you get the board from?

Borum
02-07-2008, 10:00 PM
Amaze, amazing.........:thumbsup:

Linee
02-07-2008, 10:06 PM
The flowers almost look like they are floating like moths...or angels! Lovely color and light and drama. The background is the perfect color.

amurphy
02-07-2008, 10:11 PM
ooops! you did it again.......Beautiful!

amotwell
02-07-2008, 10:12 PM
I agree. Gorgeous!

Vanilla_au
02-07-2008, 11:18 PM
Stunning!!
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

amaze_1101
02-08-2008, 05:28 AM
Thanks again guys.


Thanks for the info on how you paint unstretched canvas - I've got a roll of 30 x 1.5 metres or so of linen to use from my sister - where did you get the board from?

I got it from my local Mitre 10 Mega Store. It came in a 1.2m x 1.8m sheet and they cut it down for me to a metre square. Cost $18. It's quite a soft partical board and I think it's what they used to use for notice boards way back. Can't remember what it's called.

idylbrush
02-08-2008, 06:10 AM
Looks quite like a recycled paper product here in the states called homosote. It is easily tacked and stapled but sturdy enough to hang paintings on etc. Great product.

What is nice is that it is lightweight by comparison to plywood or particle board. I have a sheet of it covered in black felt that I use for a photo station. Really great stuff.

look here:

http://www.hstech.org/howto/material/homosote.htm

solonite
02-08-2008, 07:47 AM
I am sorry for asking so many questions however what is the advantage of stretched canvas over unstretched? I don't want to take away from the beauty of your painting by any means but you all here have such great advice. Thanks Elaine for your patience.
Susan

ben151suz
02-08-2008, 02:07 PM
Very Georgia O'Keeffe ish both in style and in size. superb piece, no critique necessary here.

mseymour
02-08-2008, 02:30 PM
Very, very, very nice, Elaine.

hoofty
02-08-2008, 03:22 PM
Excellent as always!! Just beautiful.

amaze_1101
02-08-2008, 03:31 PM
Howard Thanks. That looks just ike what I'm using. Mine is painted white on one side.

I am sorry for asking so many questions however what is the advantage of stretched canvas over unstretched? I don't want to take away from the beauty of your painting by any means but you all here have such great advice. Thanks Elaine for your patience.
Susan Susan The reason for THIS painting being on unstretched is purely ecconomical. I live in New Zealand, my client is in the USA. Shipping cost is horrendously expensive, so rolling the painted canvas makes for a smaller package. My client is happy to arrange for framing on his side of the ditch.

Thanks Ben Merrit and Hoofy:wave:

lasib
02-08-2008, 04:51 PM
This is so beautiful. It reminds me of photo of orchids that I have taken.

laudesan
02-08-2008, 05:57 PM
Elaine another absolutely beautiful painting from you. I love the classical look. Your client has good taste..

JJ

bchlvr
02-09-2008, 09:18 AM
Gorgeous!!

Ozone
02-10-2008, 01:47 PM
Hi Elaine,

One of the best, from one of the best. The perspective is awesome. The lower buds appear several feet below the upper flowers. My pleasure!

Ozone
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Lulu
02-10-2008, 03:30 PM
Elaine, your work takes my breath away.............so looking forward to seeing it all soon! and you too :lol:

amaze_1101
02-10-2008, 07:56 PM
Thanks Guys

One of the best, from one of the best. The perspective is awesome. The lower buds appear several feet below the upper flowers. My pleasure! Thanks Ozone. I'm not sure what you mean by "several feet". Is that something that needs fixing??

LULU When are you heading south? I forget. I'll be in Wellington next weekend Fri - Mon. Looking forward to seeing you.

Lulu
02-10-2008, 08:33 PM
LULU When are you heading south? I forget. I'll be in Wellington next weekend Fri - Mon. Looking forward to seeing you.

26th Feb, will be in touch before then. Enjoy Welly!

Ozone
02-10-2008, 09:22 PM
Hi Elaine,

Is that something that needs fixing??

Oh, absolutely NOT. I suspect that you painted this as a side view, but I view it from the top down. It is great, anyway you view it. Don't touch a thing!!!

Ozone
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Aim small, shoot small.

jgary1
02-10-2008, 10:14 PM
The illusion of depth is mesmerizing. The flowers pull my attention to the surface, but the background looks warm and invitingly dark . It makes me want to sit below the flowers and daydream. Looking at the painting makes me feel like I'm almost there. Thanks for the peek.

Gary

Assaf
03-31-2008, 10:29 AM
I just saw it, and I'm not afraid to bump this thread up. This is your best work, Elaine. I love the lower buds, because the dark shadows make them contrast beautifully with the upper flowers. If you sent it to the client already (been 5 weeks since the photo was posted), could you show us a photo of the painting on his wall? Must look amazing framed.

amaze_1101
03-31-2008, 02:36 PM
Assaf Thanks for the kind comment. No it is still in the studio. It will be sent to the client in a weeks time. I will definitely post a pic of it framed and hanging if he remembers to send me one.

AMuse
03-31-2008, 03:05 PM
Wow!

I missed this thread before.

I am totally inspired by this!

couturej
03-31-2008, 03:27 PM
This is beautiful! Lovely colors and very soft! :)

*Violet*
03-31-2008, 04:53 PM
i look forward to seeing a pic of this framed !! ... awesome work !!

~~Kathleen
03-31-2008, 06:05 PM
Lovely, I am sure your client will be thrilled when they receive this!
~~Kathleen

susme48
03-31-2008, 10:18 PM
All the good words are gone...used ....and I agree with everyone of them, strongly! So I will just say AMEN!!!!

edtree
04-01-2008, 07:42 AM
:wave: I don't know how I missed this one either, Elaine! Outstanding painting! I loved seeing it on your easel and I can't wait to see the framed version! I hope the client remembers to send a pic! Exceptionally good work, as usual! :clap: :D :clap:

Elizabeth

amaze_1101
04-01-2008, 02:49 PM
Thanks for dropping in for a look and for the kind comments. :wave: