Cymbidium Orchids in Watercolor

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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

  1. kellygrahamartist
    March 11, 2013 at 6:38 am (5 years ago)

    Just gorgeous Jill, I absolutely love this piece :)

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    • afternoonartist
      March 12, 2013 at 2:43 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Kelly, I’m pleased with the way it turned out. How have you been?

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      • kellygrahamartist
        March 12, 2013 at 3:11 am (5 years ago)

        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 :)

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        • afternoonartist
          March 12, 2013 at 3:25 am (5 years ago)

          All is good in my neck of the woods. No TV? Yikes!

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    • afternoonartist
      March 12, 2013 at 2:44 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Shree. Have you started painting yet?

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      • shreejacob
        March 12, 2013 at 6:38 am (5 years ago)

        Noooo I haven’t! I bought the paper some time ago…but I haven’t taken that step to paint yet…I don’t know ….I’m scared! It’s weird..and a little silly…but there you go! Hmm…you know typing this comment, makes me see that this is an opportunity to break the fear! :)

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        • afternoonartist
          March 12, 2013 at 11:07 am (5 years ago)

          Yes, it is! The easiest book to start with is “tulips in Watercolor” by Fiona Peart. Why don’t you pick up a copy?

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  2. faerysocks
    March 11, 2013 at 8:51 am (5 years ago)

    Gorgeous! Love the vivid colours, and you’ve captured the details of the orchids so beautifully.

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    • afternoonartist
      March 12, 2013 at 2:45 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Caitie. I love your work, too.

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  3. foodfrommetwoyou
    March 11, 2013 at 11:56 am (5 years ago)

    beautiful orchids..i agree is it bright but still soft… really beautiful… lovely post..sarah

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  4. Suzanne
    March 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful! do you have any paintings of peonies. It’s my favorite flower. Your orchids are lovely, I love pastels and LOVE flowers.

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    • afternoonartist
      March 12, 2013 at 2:46 am (5 years ago)

      I’ve never tried to paint peonies before, but I could give it a shot.

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  5. violetski
    March 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful work Jill! Love the colors❤

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  6. Francesca
    March 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Jill, this painting is superb! You really managed to capture the richness of the orchids’ texture. I love it.

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    • afternoonartist
      March 12, 2013 at 2:51 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. It’s feedback like yours that helps me to keep pressing on.

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  7. Beth Parker
    March 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm (5 years ago)

    This is really beautiful, Jill! So soft & delicate!

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    • afternoonartist
      March 12, 2013 at 2:56 am (5 years ago)

      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.

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  8. elenacaravela
    March 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm (5 years ago)

    Perfection! Joyous but painted with control and skill.

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    • afternoonartist
      March 12, 2013 at 2:59 am (5 years ago)

      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.

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  9. gabrielgarbowota
    March 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Your paint handling becomes more supple with each painting. There’s also a wonderful hint of the waxiness of the orchid petals coming through. Mmmm.

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    • afternoonartist
      March 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Gabriel. I always look forward to your feedback.

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  10. Mary Dreamsculptor
    July 19, 2013 at 11:04 am (5 years ago)

    Wow, this is amazing, Jill! Love it so much! I’m glad I’ve got the chance to see it, I’d missed this one too!

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    • Jill
      July 20, 2013 at 3:27 am (5 years ago)

      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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      • Mary Dreamsculptor
        July 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm (5 years ago)

        It’s my pleasure, Jill. Yes, your hydrangea fairy on her beautiful flower is quite lovely! I love how each petal of the flower is painted so perfectly!

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        • Jill
          July 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm (5 years ago)

          I painted each hydrangea petal separately, thanks for noticing, Mary. It was time consuming but so worth it.

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          • Mary Dreamsculptor
            July 21, 2013 at 12:10 am (5 years ago)

            It was my pleasure, Jill. I just feel the same when I have to draw hair. It takes a lot of time, however I enjoy it, and find that it’s really worth it.

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