Day 22 and I got a really late start. I did manage to paint this white orchid though and it turned out alright.
I had a lot of errands to run this morning and then I went to get a prescription filled and finally, I met my hubby for lunch. So by the time I got home, I was already late to start. I had planned on making crock pot barbecue so I got that ready and then I remembered I didn’t have a plant picked out to paint. Ugh…
Let me tell you, searching for a plant that I want to paint is like going down the rabbit hole for me. I started a search on a website I frequent called Paint My Photo. It’s a great site where you can go to look for reference photos and have the freedom to use them without worrying about the copyright. There are a lot of photos of the paintings the artists paint as well. It’s fun to look at all the art and the same photo depicted in different styles.
I found a lot of photos, but I actually ended up painting the white orchid from my own reference photos. So there went over an hour, seriously. See I told you… rabbit hole.
I took a slew of photographs a few years ago to a trip to a nearby zoo (Mesker Park Zoo) when they had an orchid show inside their fantastic botanic garden indoors. There are tropical trees and just all kinds of great tropical plants. I absolutely love it. However, it’s kinda pricey to get in, so I’ve only gone like twice not counting when I took my son when he was little.
If you’re following along with me during this challenge here on my blog, you may remember I have painted an orchid already. It was a more yellowy/green orchid than a white orchid. It did kinda read as white though I guess because I have had a few refer to it as a white iris. Huh. I guess because it was frilly. This is more of a classic orchid.
It gave me some trouble, but it turned out okay.
If you’re interested in purchasing this painting, use the PayPal button below. I plan to have my paintings from this month in my shop as soon as the challenge is over.
UPDATE 3/13/18: This painting has sold. I’ll offer prints in my shop and place a link as soon as they’re available.
What’s the point of the 30 Paintings in 30 days challenge?
I want to be a better painter. To be a better painter, I must paint more and more.
The whole point of the challenge is to get yourself back in the habit of painting everyday. Now I haven’t stopped painting, but I certainly haven’t painted as much as I wanted in the last few months. So I’m joining in with the challenge to give myself a goal and to help me to feel held accountable, too. Not that the Painting Police will come and pick me up if I don’t paint everyday, it’s more of a self motivation thing. I’ve signed up on Leslie’s website and I’m hoping to be able to accomplish a lot of painting.
I’m not expecting to get gallery worthy paintings each day, I may not even paint a whole new painting each day. I’ve been there done that and that was stressful. I put the stress on myself, but nonetheless, it was stressful. I do hope to foster the act of going into my studio each and every day to get more painting accomplished. You know what they say about habits, it takes 21 days to form one. It will help me get better by practicing more and more.
See the paintings I’ve painted during this challenge here. Thanks for stopping by.
Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page in the menu at the top. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started creating more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is mystery.
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