Thursday, April 02, 2009

Purple Phalaenopsis....Completed!

Although it was a challenge and kept me on my toes the whole time, my Purple Phalaenopsis is now completed.

It went from almost finding itself inside the kitchen trash can a couple of times to one of my favorites. That is really the way art goes just never know.

When I last left off, the area underneath the painting had not yet been completed. I decided when I first started this painting that I wanted to have the orchid growing from bark. I thought it would look very textural and organic and really add a special touch to the painting. It took a while to get the bark looking just the way I wanted it too but I was finally able to create bark that has a real "texture" to it.

This moth orchid is painted in acrylic on 1 1/2" deep gallery canvas. The overall dimensions are 14" x 18".

The black background and bark are carried around all the sides. You will even find some bark chips on the bottom of the canvas.......

I'm really happy that I decided to go with the black background as I think it makes the painting "pop".

In the beginning......there was just a blank canvas and an idea which eventually developed into a sketch.

In the end.......the purple moth orchid or "Purple Phalaenopsis"is complete!! Coming soon to my website and my etsy shop... .
I've already got my eye on the next project I want to do.....a 24" x 30" still life orchid scene on gallery canvas. Before I take on that large task though, I'm working on an antique ceiling tin with african violets so stay tuned........


La Donna Welter said...

So beautiful!

Cindy B said...

It really the colors..lovely work...glad it didn't make it to the trash can! ( I may have to consider a new career as trash collector by your house in case you do throw out anything! .LOL)

NeereAnDear said...

Love it Ruth!

I have found that the ones that challenge me the most are the ones I end up loving the most... funny how that is isnt it?

The black background truly makes the colors pop


Anonymous said...

This is my most Favorite painting of yours!!! It almost looks like it came from a Botanical Book!
Beautiful Job Ruth!!!!



Suzanne said...

It is Beautiful Ruth! I love the bark, it looks so realistic! You've really outdone yourself! I know what you mean about wanting to throw out some of pieces out with the trash at times, but it seems there is always a learning curve with every new creation!

Catherine said...

It is Gorgeous Ruth!! I love seeing the progression of your paintings!:)
Have a beautiful weekend!

Catherine Holman said...

I think it's one of my favorites too! It's beautiful!

Donna said...

Beautiful, Ruth! You've done a fantastic job.


Gail McCormack said...

Beautiful Ruth, I love the black background.

Looking forward to seeing the larger sized one you have planned

Inspired Tokens said...

This is so beautiful. I can't wait to see the new ceiling tile with african violets ...those I think are one of my favorite flowers.
Beautiful work Ms. Ruth!

Betty Jo said...

Beautiful Ruth! I'm sure that took a lot of work. I know what you mean about it nearly ending in the trash. I feel like that sometimes on my projects, have many sitting on my PC, incomplete, but not quite trashed. I'm moving my blog and want to make sure you get my new link. I joined your blog followers too. Come and join mine. ♥

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Ruth, Your newest painting is simply gorgeous. What a beautiful color on that black background. Once again you have created a masterpiece. I love it!

Thank you for stopping by and entering my giveaway. Best wishes for a Happy Easter.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Siobhan said...

Hello Ruth, WOW...what a wonderful painting! It looks so real. Great job!



Donna said...

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Easter, Ruth!


Suzanne said...

Ruth, hope you have a wonderful Easter!

La Donna Welter said...

Happy Easter!