Pink Miltonia Orchids in Watercolor

Pink Miltonia Orchids Closeup Small

Pink Miltonia Orchids Small

It was a dreary day today–cloudy, cool, and drizzly–not the best day to be outside but a perfect day to stay inside and paint. The soft lighting allowed me to sit by the kitchen windows and paint for hours without interruption from the late afternoon sun. These pink miltonia orchids were a pleasure to paint. The variegated leaves were easy to paint and the brightly colored petals really pop against the dark green background.

This painting was based on a tutorial in the book, “Orchids in Watercolor” by Ann Mortimer.

32 Comments on Pink Miltonia Orchids in Watercolor

  1. The Renegade Seamstress
    April 29, 2013 at 12:56 am (5 years ago)

    This is absolutely beautiful! I wish you made fabric so I could make a dress out of it for The Kentucky Derby!!
    Beth

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        • afternoonartist
          April 29, 2013 at 11:35 am (5 years ago)

          Plans to attend the Derby? No. Or plans to create a fabric line? I hadn’t thought of that until you mentioned it, but it would be fun and I’ll certainly look into it.

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          • The Renegade Seamstress
            April 29, 2013 at 11:37 am (5 years ago)

            Actually I was thinking about plans to have a fabric line. Let me know if something materializes (pun intended) I’d like to be your first customer. :) Happy Monday!
            Beth

          • afternoonartist
            April 29, 2013 at 11:40 am (5 years ago)

            That would be awesome, and I certainly will. Have a great day. Loved your polka top refashion!

  2. Cindy D.
    April 29, 2013 at 1:36 am (5 years ago)

    Beautiful flowers and wow! Those lines on the petals are so precise! Lovely. :)

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  3. violetski
    April 29, 2013 at 2:32 am (5 years ago)

    Absolutely beautiful !
    Great work ❤❤❤

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  4. faerysocks
    April 29, 2013 at 6:46 am (5 years ago)

    Gorgeous – I love the beautiful softness of the background.

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  5. pamtanzey
    April 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful! Yummy colors! I’ll bet the fairies would like to play in them!

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  6. Divad
    April 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm (5 years ago)

    Watercolors just the way they’re supposed to be!… Pretty

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    • afternoonartist
      April 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Divad. I love the translucency of watercolors.

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  7. Francesca
    April 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Amazing colors, Jill!

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  8. Pat
    April 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful painting!

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    • afternoonartist
      April 30, 2013 at 5:32 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you Elena. I had fun painting this one.

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  9. streamfairy
    May 2, 2013 at 8:34 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Jill,
    you paint such beautiful watercolors!
    Two or three years ago I attended to a watercolor course at the Rome botanical city garden, it was a unique experience: they teached how to depict botanical illustrations, such as these you may find in ancient books.
    I learned there how to use watercolors and then went on by myself.
    You have a wonderful choose of backgrounds, it is very important, in my opinion, for a painting :-)
    If you wish to know new artists, I add the links of my teachers, they are great artists as well, and dedicate to botanical watercolor painting:

    Aurora Tazza
    http://auroratazza.blogspot.it/

    Maria Rita Stirpe
    http://www.mariaritastirpe.it/wordpress/

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    • afternoonartist
      May 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Streamfairy. And thank you for the links.

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      • afternoonartist
        May 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm (5 years ago)

        Thank you again for the links. I love their botanical paintings. Gorgeous!

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  10. Mary Dreamsculptor
    July 19, 2013 at 10:56 am (4 years ago)

    Jill, this is very beautiful (don’t know how come I’ve missed it). I love the amazing delicacy and grace of your watercolor works.

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    • afternoonartist
      July 19, 2013 at 11:00 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Mary. You may have missed this post because my posts are no longer appearing in WordPress’s Reader and I can’t figure out why….

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      • Mary Dreamsculptor
        July 19, 2013 at 11:06 am (4 years ago)

        You’re most welcome, Jill. Then I’m gonna visit your blog more regularly. Can’t wait to see more of your wonderful paintings!

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        • Jill
          July 20, 2013 at 3:23 am (4 years ago)

          Thanks, Mary. That’s quite a compliment coming from you. I so admire your work!

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          • Mary Dreamsculptor
            July 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm (4 years ago)

            That’s very kind of you, Jill. Thanks to you!

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