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Bold Orchids

I have attached two newer prints I created using orchids as a subject matter. In the case of these two, I used an impasto technique to create two strong visual experiences. This technique uses large and bold brush strokes creating a very distinctive visual texture. Add bold colors and the prints definitely stand out.

Purple Impasto Orchids

A good friend of ours has a green thumb with orchids and I used two of her plants as inspiration for these prints. I loved the deep purple of the one plant which inspired the first print.

Back Lit Orchids

I also like the look of back lighting these types of flowers (the blooms are thin enough to create a glow when back lit) and tried to replicate that look with these red orchids.

Thoughts?

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Orchid Blooms to Cheer Up Your Day

Considering the state of affairs on our planet, I thought it would be nice to do a post to visually brighten your day. Being confined to our house there is only so much photography I can do, so this week I started going back through my archive files dating back to 2013. I came across an orchid bloom shoot I did of our neighbors orchids. I started playing with some digital effects on the shoot and narrowed a file of 50 shots down to the attached 5. Enjoy, take care of yourself, family and friends and together we will get through this!!

Orchid 1

Orchid 2

Orchid 3

Orchid 4

Orchid 5

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Red Veined Orchid Blooms – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

This week’s photo shoot circles back to simplicity in subject matter and in a photo shoot itself. I look at opportunities as they present themselves and then grab my camera. The orchid blooms in this weeks pictures are on a plant that was given to my wife last month from my sister as a birthday gift. My sister knows how my wife loves orchids and also knew she didn’t have any blooming at this time. My wife placed the plant in our dining room to add some color.

I have been looking at this plant for a month now and find the coloring very unique. I keep thinking I should do some macro shots, but haven’t found the time to get my light box out to take shots in a controlled environment (lighting and background). Today, the way the light was coming in through the blinds on the window behind the plant caught my attention. I went and got my camera and have attached 5 shots for what was a quick and easy photo shoot.

Red Veined Orchid 1

Red Veined Orchid 1

Red Veined Orchid 2

Red Veined Orchid 2

Red Veined Orchid 3

Red Veined Orchid 3

Red Veined Orchid 4

Red Veined Orchid 4

Red Veined Orchid 5

Red Veined Orchid 5

I really like macro flower blooms for art prints where the lighting is directional and the background is either white or black. I think of it as simplicity in the visual experience of art prints. Today I decided I wasn’t going to go to all that trouble and kept the lighting the way it was and didn’t move anything in the background. I think the horizontal slats of the blinds added a linear contrast to the delicate shapes of the blooms. The result accents the shear beauty of these particular blooms. The shoot lasted all of 5 minutes. I shot from various angles without disturbing the plant or adjusting the lighting. This is simplicity in subject matter and in the shoot itself. Thoughts?

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A Purple Orchid

Our neighbor has a gift of getting her orchid plants to bloom, bloom, bloom!!! I have never seen anything like it! She currently has a plant in her kitchen window that is overflowing with blooms. The other night we were over playing cards and I kept staring at this plant…it screamed to have it’s picture taken…..

I scheduled some time to come over and took a number of pictures of the plant…using a light box…also natural lighting and from a variety of angles. From this photo shoot, I have taken one of the shots for an example here on how one picture can take on many different looks depending on the final media used.

This first picture is the original shot…nothing adjusted or changed. The picture really isn’t one of the better ones, but I am using it because the paintings I did from it are actually some of the better final products.

Orchid

Orchid

So, we have established that we are working with a purple orchid…quite beautiful and I think you get the feel that this is one of a couple of branches and they are all quite full. So, why would I take a stunning purple orchid and turn it into a Black and White photo? As I have said before….black and white only works if the subject matter has distinct shape and composition, which this plant does.

Ok, so this leads to an interesting black and white, but again…let’s go back to the purple orchid….next I did an abstract type drawing and filled it in with watercolor….I even got away from the purple because I liked a little more red in this rendition….

Totally different look! This has an abstract bold look…the strong black drawing creates the shapes and suggestions of the blooms and as I stated, I took the liberty to change the coloring to match what “I” saw in this painting.

Ok…so back to the purple. I also did a more detailed drawing and again used a watercolor fill to capture all of the details of the flower…

So this version has all of the detail and I went back to the original color. Both of these watercolors use an abstract approach, but one being much more minimalistic than the other.

Another style I like is an oil using strong bold brush strokes. So I did the same picture in this style and got an entirely different look…

The look stays abstract, but in a more bold highly textured style. Again for this painting I stayed with the purple as I felt it was the best color for this style.

You can see how different the looks are from each other. Each one lends itself to entirely different decors.

I would love to get feedback on which one is your personal preference and why. As is always the case in interpreting art….there is no right or wrong answer as different looks motivate different responses in all of us. To see more of my work, please visit my main gallery: TheWallGallery.com

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