Monday, March 21, 2011

Golden Arch -Completed

My bronze/copper/golden orchids are finished. It's really better than I thought last night:-) The colors are very rich, especially under glass. The dark background ( almost black at the very top to dark green just above the flowers) adds drama to the painting. I am usually not a fan of anything with a yellow tone, but the magenta tones in the painting decrease the impact of the yellows/golds. 

I am glad that I tacked this painting...I really thought that it was going to be too complex for me, but I am pleased that I managed to do it:-) I am also pleased by the very positive reaction I got as soon as I posted this painting on WetCanvas, that had provided the reference.

What to paint next? I have another mascarone on the drawing board as well as some white peonies with some really wild and colorful reflections...I am also playing with oils again as well as contemplating trying a textured mixed media....As you see, once again, my problem is not finding inspiration, but stopping to procrastinate while I decide on what to select for my next painting:-) I am not sure if one problem is better than the other:-)

This painting has just been featured on Red Bubble:


  1. Gorgeous painting, Christiane.
    Love the dark background, and the lights against the reds just sing.

  2. Thank you very much, Pat. I have to admit that I was not very sure at first if I liked this painting. But, it is really growing on me:-)

  3. Absolutely beautiful, and I love the way you made the background from almost black into green without any division, just flowing together.

  4. Wonderfully done and so glad you hung in there and yes, tackled it! You did a beautiful job and I love the colors.

  5. Congratulations on a fantastic job, very real, especially the color that you use on orchids, flowers very beautiful congratulations, greetings.

  6. Jane, I am glad that you like the background. I do it in many, many layers. Thank you for your nice comments.

    Kathy,I like this painting a bit more every day! Thank you so much for your continued support. It is much appreciated.

    Ricardo, gracias! I have just visited your website and found your work very impressive! I hope that you will stop by again!