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Art of the Day: Wednesday March 30, 2016

Orchid -Oil Painting

- by Harlan

This week's theme: Orchids

The Orchidaceae - or orchids, are a diverse and widespread flowering plant that have a long history of capturing our imagination. Their blooms are prized for their beauty, colours and fragrance. Rare orchids are particularly sought after. Orchids are one of the two largest families of flowering plants and are certainly one of the most popular.

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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