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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Dendrobium spectabile: Limited Palette and Magic Eraser Sponge

LIMITED PALETTE

Learning from my failures when painting Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi and how important to effectively pick and mix paints, I decided to do my Dendrobium spectabile with as few pigments as possible. I used only 3+1 paints, W&N Perylene Maroon (PM), Indanthrene Blue (IB), and Daniel Smith Hansa Yellow Light (HYL) and, for some area, Permanent Rose.

I am pleased that these four are all single-pigment paints and two of them (PM and IB) have a great range of colour-mix, from which I could get all colours I need to paint the orchid. They covered the "white" lip/labellum, greenish yellow sepals and petals, to the very dark burgundy pattern on the lip.

Beside having significant amount of clarity of colours when finished, I found painting with fewest possible pigments eased my mind. I worked with wet in wet washes a lot, which allowed me to let the paint flow and mingle with each other. These limited palette really helped me avoid muddy colours, which could easily result from inadvertent clashes of pigments. In addition, the limited pallete brought about harmony to the whole painting.

MAGIC ERASER SPONGE

Magic eraser sponge can completely remove unwanted marks from the paper but I avoided using it due to its abrasive nature. However, I made a mistake, which couldn't be erased using eradicator brush. Hence, I used my eraser sponge this time, but with care. 

My tips of using magic eraser sponge:
1. Make sure the colouring is final. Once rubbed with the sponge, the paper surface impacted is somewhat damage and difficult to paint.
2. Use masking tape to protect the other area for precise result. Make sure all paint and paper is completely dried.
3. I cut the sponge into a small square because I prefer to use pointy corners to rub tiny areas.
4. Dampen the sponge and rub it gently until the unwanted mark completely removed. Wash and rinse the sponge regularly.
5. Remove the masking tape when the paper completely is dried
6. If you need to tidy the edge, apply only dry brush, as dry as possible.

DENDROBIUM SPECTABILE

The orchids are native to Papua island (Indonesia and PNG). The blossoms have an alien look, but I fell in love with it since our first encounter at a local orchids nursery in Yogyakarta back in 2013. Their extremely twisted sepals, petals and curling lip made them look as if they danced and their intricate patterns were the very first reason I had a crush on them.

By mid of this month, I visited the same nursery and I was happy to find it bloomed, reminded me of my long desire to paint it. So here is my latest painting, Dendrobium spectabile, The Dancer!

10 comments:

Janene said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your orchid painting is so beautiful that I feel happy just looking at it. It does look like an Indonesian dancer--very exotic and graceful! I am glad to know that someone else likes to use a limited palette. Most of my paintings are done with only 3 or 4 pigments, and the ones you mentioned are among my favorites.

Vicki Lee Johnston said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your blog posts are so informative and the photos are exquisite, loved seeing the detail.
Great advice about the pigment colours too - I look forward to all your posts. Lovely work Eunike x

Inky Leaves said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This painting is amazing!!! I love it. Its really coming right out at you.

Mayumi Elisa said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

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Eunike Nugroho said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My apologies for taking too long to reply your comments, Ladies. I really appreciate all of your feedback.

Thank you, Janene!
Thank you, Vicki!
Thank you, Jess!
Thank you Mayumi :)

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Herry Pat said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your post because I like the way you collaborate and share your opinions, great blog, carry on.
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Mariann Reid said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This piece is stunning. I just found you searching for an eradicator brush...do you have a brush you recommend? I was watching a B. Shovel tutorial and used her name in the search and your blog came up in the search.

Eunike Nugroho said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Mariann Reid Thank you for your comment, Mariann. I have written about my eradicator brushes on my other post >> http://eunikenugroho.blogspot.co.id/2014/09/tips-blueberries-painting-bloom-and.html

I hope it answers.

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