Friday, September 9, 2011

"Fuchsia Orchids" by Jonathan Aller

"Fuchsia Orchids"
9 x 12 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
I didn't have to go far to get inspired to paint.  My girlfriends birthday was just the other day and she got a lot of flowers, you can say we have a garden growing by the day.  I wanted to paint this picture using natural light, I'm used to painting in artificial light because it's the way I was trained, although I know there's nothing like painting in natural light.  The only thing I don't like about it is that I have to sit down the whole time.  I paint in my kitchen to get the best natural light and the space is pretty tight so sitting is the best option.  That being said I really enjoyed the whole experience from the beginning to end, as stated before there's nothing like painting from natural light.  Orchids are challenging to say the least.  Their colors are pretty subtle and you have to be aware in the change of values that occur really quick.  I haven't painted orchids in a while and glad I did so, it really pushed me in studying these orchids in depth in every way.

You can see the in-depth process on my blog:

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