1.  The final panel in the Orchid Triptych is a Lady Slipper Orchid. Positioned to the right of the predominantly green Cattleya Orchid, this panel, when finished, balances the color scheme that was established with the Moth Orchid in the left panel.


2.  With plenty of green in the Lady Slipper, the red-violet hues come into play in the horizontal petals. 

Red (magenta) and red-violet are pleasing complements to green and yellow-green.
Paphiopedilum - Lady Slipper Orchid watercolor demonstration
5.  The "slippers" have their final details and the upright sepals are patterned with distinctive brown markings.

Filtered sunlight in the greenhouse creates subtle, soft-edged shadows on the leaves.

A loose, gently swirling background pulls all the colors of the piece together. 
4.  Darker values at the base of the leaves create more depth.

Some browns in the lower background hint at the basket of moss in which the orchids are growing.
3.  Preserving  the light-valued edges of the petals enhances the convoluted ruffles. They twist and turn in tight curves like lasagna noodles.

Watercolor Demo
Lady Slipper Orchid
Paphiopedilum: Lady Slipper Orchid
24"x28" 
1.5" dark brown frame, 2" ivory mat with brown liner
$2100  for the triptych     ©2012
Watercolor demonstration of Lady Slipper Orchid by artist Lisa Hill Step 1
Watercolor demonstration of Lady Slipper Orchid by artist Lisa Hill Step 2
Watercolor demonstration of Lady Slipper Orchid by artist Lisa Hill Step 3
Watercolor demonstration of Lady Slipper Orchid by artist Lisa Hill Step 4
Watercolor demonstration of Lady Slipper Orchid by artist Lisa Hill
Watercolor demonstration of Lady Slipper Orchid by artist Lisa Hill
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