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I thought it was time to switch gears from painting fairies and focus on botanical painting this weekend. Variety is the spice of life, right? I’ve never painted orchids before but I was drawn to the soft pinks and purples in this variety. I think the natural touches of red in the center of these orchids add interest to the painting and keep it from looking too monotone.

I’m particularly pleased with this color scheme. The colors are bright and soft at the same time. For the background I dropped in cobalt blue, cerulean blue, aureolin, and permanent rose. For the flowers I used permanent rose, cerulean blue, aureolin, and Winsor violet. For the leaves and stems I used green gold, cerulean blue, and raw sienna. This painting is based on a tutorial in Ann Mortimer’s new book, “Orchids in Watercolor.” Here’s a close up view:

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33 Comments on Cymbidium Orchids in Watercolor

      • I have been very well, thank you for asking 🙂 I just seem to be having alot of trouble with any and all electronic items in the house lol. They keep breaking down on me. This past week or so it been the computer (so i’m way behind on checking out all the lovely blogs) the sky box (no TV arhhhh!! and now the phone. hehe oh well maybe I’ll get more stuff done around here (probably not) 🙂 Sorry to whine, I hope all is well with you 🙂

    • Thank you, Beth. The colors of the painting are much softer than the photo. I took the photo at night, which changed the colors a bit. I may retake the photo in daylight and repost it.

    • Thank you, Elena. That’s quite a compliment. I love your bird children paintings. Would you be willing to post a peek into your painting process? I’d love to learn more about how you create them.

    • These cymbidium orchids were so much fun to paint. This painting is one of my personal faves. Did you see my hydrangea fairy? I was very pleased with that painting, too. Thank you for all the lovely comments, Mary,

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