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Old 03-20-2012, 05:53 AM
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April 2012 Watercolor Challenge - Phalenopsis

Posting this early as I am away until 15th April.



This is a lovely Phalenopsis orchid that I painted as one of the Kev and Doug challenges 4 years ago. There is a large photograph in the Reference Image Library HERE.

And here is my painting:


12 x 12 on a Langton Rough block W&N Dioxane Violet/Ultramarine Blue mix for the background, Winsor Orange and Cadmium Red for details, Viridian/Raw Sienna mix for green areas, same+Burnt Sienna for greys.

As you can see I simplified the background.

Have fun!

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Re: April 2012 Watercolor Challenge - Phalenopsis

This is beautiful and your painting is amazing! I think this time I'm going to try this, since it is more up my alley. I can play brass instruments, just was terrified to paint one. Everyone who did the challenge did an awesome job though.

I hope you and Ruth have a wonderful and safe trip!
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Enjoy your trip. I think this one is the next one on my board too.
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Re: April 2012 Watercolor Challenge - Phalenopsis

This looks interesting.

Enjoy your trip Doug
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Re: April 2012 Watercolor Challenge - Phalenopsis

Gorgeous painting! The flowers look like a great challenge - thanks for posting! Enjoy your trip!
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Re: April 2012 Watercolor Challenge - Phalenopsis

Have a nice trip Doug. Your painting is beautiful and what a coincidence I had painted that one for the January Plant Parade-2012. 22x25, W&N colors. Posting it here again.
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Cerann, great value changes, color in flowers as well as background. Very stylized approach...love it!
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C, this is lovely. I enjoy the changes you made!
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Re: April 2012 Watercolor Challenge - Phalenopsis

Doug, lovely flowers and I love your painting of them. Hope to try this one. Lil
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Hi Artcat and Debra, thank you for your nice comments.
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Re: April 2012 Watercolor Challenge - Phalenopsis

I hope to be able to try this one soon, also. I love orchids.
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I am almost done painting it. It's quite a larger size 12" x 24" I have a frame for that size so.......


Have you change the name of this challenge?
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Doug, you are a master,can't possibly do these flowers justice, but they are so inviting that I'll give it a try !
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Re: April 2012 Watercolor Challenge - Phalenopsis

Almost finished, few more touches yet. Still wet. Arches 140lbs 12x24" Da Vinci paints. I added one flower to the bottom. I needed that for height.



I painted the background first outlining the flowers, After the background I painted the flowers, later I went back to the background four or five times till I reached the color I wanted. I waited for the background to dry before I put another coat.

It was more involved to do the background than the flowers. I painted the flowers with blue, red, yellow green purple gold.
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Re: April 2012 Watercolor Challenge - Phalenopsis

Just got a chance to log in from NZ.

Good to see you are not put off by the complicated flowers.

Wonderful detail Nur, and yours is looking great Emmy. I first tried doing the background pattern but eventually gave up.

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