Friday, February 05, 2010

Orchids For Sale

I've been working on this painting on and off for several months. I needed to punch up the color and white edges on the center orchid so I decided to make the painting mixed media and use a little acrylic white. I also stamped "Orchids for sale" on some Unryu paper and collaged them on the square in the upper right so that it would look like a sign in the window that you see in reverse from the inside. It's quite subtle even though I punched it up with a little gold acrylic. I didn't want them to stand out too much. The whole thing is meant to be quite illusionary; are the orchids on a mat or in a window? Let the viewer decide. The background was painted first with a lot of texturizing techniques then the subject was painted. It was done in many layers of glazes on a half sheet of CP watercolor paper and framed to 22 X 28.


  1. This painting was the first one of my paintings to be sold last week end at the Pine Island Art League's annual Show and Sale. The second painting of the day to be sold, I think. Later on two of my small paintings were sold, too. The event was a lot of hard work but worth it. I'm a joyful artist indeed!

  2. Oh my goodness, Jan! I love, love, love this piece! Am not surprised it sold right away! Hope you are going to do some more in this style. Congratulations!

  3. Thank you, Rosemary,for your nice comments.



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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.