Here is a brief sequence that hopefully illustrates the concept of bringing a drawing/painting “into focus”. First of course, is the pencil drawing which is transferred to Fabriano hot press paper. Then I begin to lightly—very lightly— lay down layers of color, paying close attention to how light hits the forms. Image number three is about six hours in, I’m still slowly applying color layers. This piece is about 40 percent done, still a long way to go. More work on lights and darks, adding leaves and grasses in the foreground, and tons of sharpening and burnishing.
In the middle: a pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) with two common fragrant orchids (Gymnadenia conopsea) on either side. It is quite difficult to tell these two orchids apart in the field.