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Orchid temptation

Focus on detail as you paint an orchid flower step by step with Elena Parashko



How to paint detail in oils

Paint a pale flower on a dark background

Practise oil or acrylic painting techniques

Imake it a habit to photograph anything and everything that looks interesting. Over the years, I have collected a huge number of my own reference photographs that I can use as inspiration for original artwork.

I therefore never run out of ideas for subjects to paint. Sometimes the photos need to be changed a lot to translate them into a successful painting. With this reference photo of an exotic orchid, I tried to reproduce the structure of the flower faithfully but I changed the background to a simple dark backdrop to enhance the subtle colours of the orchid.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter. We have a fantastic array of tutorials and techniques to try in this month's issue, from how to use masking fluid with watercolour and how to fill your sketchbook, to step-by-step demonstrations in water-mixable oils, oils, drawing media, acrylics, watercolour and coloured pencils. Learn how to paint animals in wet-in-wet watercolour, draw a detailed study of a badger with coloured pencils and paint wild animals en plein air. Understand how to paint the effects of aerial perspective and how to paint portraits in miniature. This month we also have great pleasure in publishing the award-winning work from this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition. Enjoy your month of painting.