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Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Watercolor - Orchid


Orchid in Pot
8x8in watercolor on Strathmore paper

I have been painting, but not posting
- too busy enjoying a house guest.
She is a fellow artist so we have had a great
time together.

Artist Note
I find the orchid can be difficult to paint.
No - not the flower, but the space created
by that very long stem between the
flowers and leaves.
Talk about linkage problems!
When I saw this plant at a friend's house
and the graceful way the
flowers linked towards the leaves
I knew I would enjoy painting it.
And I did!

(I am going to try it again on Yupo paper)

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39 comments:

  1. Very wonderful flower painting !!!
    Have a nice day Julie !!!

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  2. I like it nicely the flower melting in the air. Love it.

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    1. ...and I love all your paintings. Beautiful.

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  3. Lovely work Julie - I really like your colour choices in this one. Do you have any tips for a first timer working on Yupo? I have a sheet waiting for me but I don't know where to start :)

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    1. Tips for Yupo? Well, Leesa, you enjoy drawing so use a watercolor graphite pencil and try your sketch first. Start SMALL!
      When you start placing the color on remember that if you go over a color you have already placed you are in danger of it lifting off. Puddling color on and letting it dry will give you smooth areas with slightly dark edges. Working "dryer" will give a different look too. Advantages outweigh the learning curve. It does not have to go under glass and It lifts completely OFF when you want to get back to the white.
      I have still not mastered it, but I am only work at weekends with it. I am really enjoying using it.

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    2. Thanks Julie for your generous advice! I am really excited now to give it a go, the tips you have given me make a lot of sense and I have quite a few watercolour pencils as well :) thanks so much :)

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  4. Oh how pretty!!! Linkage problems indeed, but you've solved them beautifully!!! Look forward to seeing this on Yupo!

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    1. Always good when you visit. Thanks, Sherry.

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  5. It's very graceful. You solved the linkage problem nicely:)

    Enjoy the visit with your house guest!

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    1. Thank you, Libby.
      I enjoyed your long post.

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    1. Thanks, Kim,
      I feel the same every time I see your work

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  7. A beautiful painting of these Orchids, Julie..and love the background!!! also, having a house guest is wonderful but having a house guest that is an Artist makes it even better!!! Enjoy your time with her.!

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    1. Hi Hilda - thanks, and let me tell you what a pleasure it was seeing your latest portrait. Amazing.

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  8. Absolutely stunning, Julie. Elegant shapes, rich colors and glorious shading on the flowers.

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    1. Pleased you like it Carol.. Thank you.
      Your seascape is truly marvelous.

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  9. The background colors bring out the orchid beautifully. Lots of subtle variations of red going on. Lovely painting.

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    1. I really like this color background, Blanche. It is a couple of pieces of scrapbook paper I place behind many of my still life set ups.

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  10. Very nice! Love the way the composition leads your eye through the painting. This was a stand out on my blogs list.

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    1. Nice comment and much appreciated - thank you.
      I enjoyed seeing the early watercolor on your blog. It really glows.

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  11. Julie, look at those edges. They are outstanding.Soft and lovely.Great variety of loose and sharp. You rock.
    I commented on your last post........looks like the email genie got it!

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    1. Your comment made me laugh and feel good- thanks, helen.
      Love your cattails...took me back in time.

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  12. Julie - so nice that you and your friend are enjoying your time together. This lovely watercolor looks like you are using your fracturing technique. Very beautiful. Hope to see it done on Yupo paper. Take care and have a great week-end.

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    1. Yes, I had a lovely visit and happy painting times. She is a fellow blogger and after a couple of years it is easy to feel a true friendship.
      Loved your post on Zucchini and the many ways it can be used.

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  13. Beautiful! Orchids are my favorite flower but I've never really been happy with my paintings of them. Now I know why! Thanks for the clarity!

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    1. Hi Bruce and thanks - lucky you getting to paint at Wenmohs Ranch.
      Will look forward to seeing more of your beautiful plein air paintings.

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  14. You seem to have solved that long stem problem quite well. What is Yupo paper? We watercolor novices are curious. --Maybe that long stem is more a compositional problem requiring the addition of a backdrop? You got me thinking with this post. :-))

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    1. Hi Linda - yupo has a synthetic, plastic type surface. Paint can be lifted right off. Difficult to use at first for a realist and easier for non representational artists.
      You have an interesting post of paint ingredients. Fascinating stuff.

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  15. The melting colors are so pleasing to watch, it is a lovely job as always, look forward to the yupo work.

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    1. We both do love color, don't we Padmaja?
      Your latest painting from Hawaii are beautiful.

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  16. Perfection, Julie! Love the composition and colors!

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  17. High praise indeed as your paintings are always strong in those areas.
    Thanks, Dean.
    Your sunlit boy is a treasure.

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  18. Another outstanding painting, love the colors. And the composition is just perfect.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I loved the colors you used in the shadows of your white hydrangea painting, Joan. Thank you for the lovely comment.

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  19. Beautifully done! Love your color palette!!

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  20. the white blossoms have a wonderful porcelain quality...very beautiful!

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Julie