Thursday, June 26, 2008

Spider Orchid - WIP#4

This is the result after class on Tuesday night. I'm a bit sad that I didn't get this finished, but I also don't want to rush it. So, unless I make time to work on it over the next three weeks, it will be on hold until next term starts.

I did some more work on the background but also started adding detail to the flower. Just adding the lights to the petals and a few darks has made the flower appear more 3D.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Spider Orchid - WIP#3

I have spent a couple of hours today, whilst Katie is at pre-school, working on the background of the painting. I'm getting there, but still a ways to go!

I will take this to class tonight (last for this term) and see how close I can come to completion.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Spider Orchid WIP - #2

Finally, I made it back to art class and worked a further two hours on the spider orchid. (Missing one week of class makes it feel like ages since I was last there). I don't feel there is much progress to show as I was working mostly on the background. Still more work on that as I am not happy with it so far. I really want to work more on the flower but as most of the work remaining on that is detail, it has to be left until last.

I know I have quite a bit more work in adding darks to the background. That may make quite a difference to how I view the background, and will add more depth to the image.

There is only one more class for me this term, so hopefully I will complete it, but not sure at this stage. Otherwise it won't be until next term that I get back to this. Maybe some time away from the painting and fresh eyes next term will make a difference?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

No art update this week

Missed out on class this week so hopefully, all will be well next week and I'll get on with the Spider orchid!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Spider Orchid - WIP#1

I have had the most fantastic night at art class tonight. When I got there I didn't know what I was going to work on, having just finished the Blue Sun Orchid painting. I had a couple of ideas but they just didn't grab me. Then I decided to do another orchid. Many thanks to Tom for his wonderful photos!

Boy! am I glad I decided to do this orchid. Something just clicked once I'd made the decision. I chose the paper and sketched out the flower in no time at all. (I didn't even have to make any corrections to proportion!) And then I just started blocking in the pastel. Next thing I knew it was five to nine and time to pack up and I had this:-

My instructor believes I'll finish it next class. It seems that working on the very large painting may have made a difference to how I paint. I don't care why, I am just so excited tonight at the amount I have accomplished in two hours.

On Art Spectrum Colourfix, dark brown, 9"x12". Various soft pastels and pastel pencils.

The flower is called a Majestic Spider Orchid and it is a wild orchid from Western Australia. I fell in love with this flower when I first saw it as it made me think of a dancer. It is amazing what things can be found in nature.