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Art of the Day: Monday December 10, 2007

Orchid - Oil Painting

- by Harlan

This week's theme: Better Late Than Never

It's December and it's time for EBSQ's annual "Better Late Than Never Show". This show is for all those show entries that were not finished in time. This week Art Of The Day looks at favorites from past year's shows.

Art: Orchid - Oil Painting by Artist Harlan
There is something magical about orchids. I find their shape and colors enchanting. Now normally my subject matter comes from my backyard or from special vacations I have been fortunate enough to enjoy and neither of these has brought me up close and personal with any orchids. To remedy that situation I visited a local greenhouse where I found these delightful white and red blooms. This is actually the second painting of this exact same subject. The first canvas upon which I started was defective though that was hardly obvious by just looking at it. There were no obvious flaws in the weave and it appeared to be properly primed but when I began painting I encountered the problem of "pinning" as I call it. Pin size dots on the canvas refused to accept and hold paint. I was spending a good portion of my time trying to fill in those dots. Brushes died left and right and the pin dots would reappear. I got about half way through the painting before I decided that it was time to start over with a good canvas. Fortunately one of the other 48x60 canvases in my studio was of much better quality and I was able to complete the painting


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