Cymbidium Orchids in Watercolor

Cymbidium Orchids in watercolor

I’m still playing around with my new scanner this afternoon on yet another rainy day (goodness, when will it end?). Laundry and housework can wait; I’m having way too much fun.

Learning how to use watercolor pigments was certainly a challenge, but it was well worth the effort. I love the bright, transparent, highly saturated colors.

Cymbidium orchids in watercolor. This painting is based on a tutorial in Ann Mortimer’s book, “Orchids in Watercolor.”

32 Comments on Cymbidium Orchids in Watercolor

  1. Cynthia
    March 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful! ;)

  2. Boomdeeadda
    March 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s like there’s a light behind your art shining thru, wonderful colours and composition

    • afternoonartist
      March 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Kelly. I can’t resist beautiful flowers.

  3. TheCrazyBagLady
    March 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm (4 years ago)

    absolutely lovely! Such cheery colours :)

  4. gsburek03
    March 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovely…we need these brilliant colors on dismal days

  5. marthakeimstlouis
    March 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm (4 years ago)

    glad you’re loving your new scanner. Great image and watercolor

  6. Nuno
    March 30, 2014 at 10:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Very nice!

  7. occasionalartist
    March 31, 2014 at 6:35 am (4 years ago)

    What a lovely cheerful painting. Makes me smile.

    • afternoonartist
      March 31, 2014 at 11:08 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Karen. I really enjoy using bright colors. This painting is one of my favorites.

  8. Carol King
    March 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm (4 years ago)

    your flowers are gorgeous with beautiful, transparent colors.

  9. Pat
    March 31, 2014 at 2:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovely work.

  10. Karen
    April 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Your watercolor is beautiful. I find it very challenging to paint with watercolors and get that translucent look…mine tended towards muddy looking.

    • afternoonartist
      April 6, 2014 at 11:15 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Karen. I find using less paint equals more transparency when using watercolor paints.

      • Karen
        April 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm (4 years ago)

        I hope that someday I’ll have more free time to paint again and you will be my inspiration to achieve that transparency. :)

  11. Susan
    April 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Really lovely! Great color!

  12. violetski
    April 7, 2014 at 7:28 am (4 years ago)

    Another beautiful artwork! ❤️

  13. Draws Shoots and Leaves
    April 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi, well the scanner seems to be doing a brilliant job. Maybe I do need to revisit the idea. Do you think you would get such a good finish on coloured pencil work, they have more inherent texture I think.

    • afternoonartist
      April 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm (4 years ago)

      I think it would do a fine job with colored pencil. I can scan one of my colored pencil drawings and post the result so you can take a look.

  14. Our Handmade House
    April 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm (4 years ago)

    I like how you captured the bold center of the orchid and the lightness of outer petals. Lovely!

    • afternoonartist
      April 18, 2014 at 1:34 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Heather. I was a little hesitant to add the red in the centers of the flowers, but I think it worked out just fine.


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