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Art – Acts of Creation

Art – Acts of Creation

To Create

What is it ‘to create?’

Why  might this interpretive definition be important to you?

While I’m specifically  writing this article for the current participants of my courses in Perth, I feel it is  relevant for many others who’d like to be encouraged,  as they create.

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Acts of Creation, palette knife & watercolor

People who create things – ‘Creators’

We do not, need to be  painters,  to be considered creators of art.

If you make things, build things, develop things – you are a creator.

 

We have been led, to believe only a select rare few, are artists. Are deserving to be named art creators.  Not so. We are all, born to create. In some form.

Art, takes an infinity of forms: Music, photography, dance, building & bridge design, digital apps., surgery,  interior design, fashion design, coding, cooking, sculpture, writing, martial arts….  We can make anything an ‘art form’  if that is our desire.

To take something to an ‘art form,’  we must truly love the subject.

Become partners with it. At ease and in tune with how it looks, moves, feels, sounds, responds.  The beginning of artistry is love, time, connectedness.

Whether we’re painters, teachers, computer app designers,  composers, surgeons, city planners – we all can enhance our work when we “feel” the situation, the surroundings, immersing ourselves in the subject. Being connected.

Its this way we can best share the excellence of creation we have  envisioned with the world.

 

palette knife in blue
Knife’s Edge A Dance in Blue

Acts of Creation:  All In

We use, channel, harness all of our senses in order to create the art.  

But, we must do so opened up.  All In.

To be All In,  means you’ve put everything on the line.

Wabi Sabi, tears and tears

You are Vulnerable.

Stripped down to your core. And must engage the process  with sensitivity, with feeling.  Being attuned to,  in time with our chosen partner,  i.e. subject.

What is your subject – Is it the Mountain? The ocean? The forest?  The dancers at the ballet?   The little rose bush, that the frost of autumn has  aged overnight?

 

Those cool professional walls, barriers, and that distance put into place to keep us “safe” and protected from feeling hurt, or embarrassed?

They don’t help us.

What they do is  negate the power of creation we  could have  infused our art with.

 

Why do we copy?

Replicate Joe Smith’s painting?  What ‘risk’ are we taking in doing that?  If it is mocked and we are embarrassed, we can always say, “Oh well, I only copied Joe. Its not mine. Not really.”  And, no. It’s not.

When we open up, we then are so vulnerable. And this is the  scary thing.

It is an uncertain thing.  

We do not like the fact that we don’t know for certain if  our creation,  will work or not.

IF, it will be ok.  Be ‘good enough.’ Or not.

To have family, a friend, a mentor … “approve.”

Get “likes” or not.  Get followers or not.

Life is way too short, for us to make those approvals of monumental significance.

Your own opinion, that’s the one that is of monumental significance.

 

And, yes. It is a struggle.

Every time we pick up the pen, the brush, the mouse, the knife, we hear the voice in our head tell us to  do it better this time.

 (Silence that voice each time.  It knows nothing.  Nothing…. of relevance to the act of creation.)

 

It is the Uncertainty,of not getting it right, that stops us.  It is what blocks us, chains us, ties our hands from trying.  

It is the Uncertainly that stops us from being  ‘ALL In.’   Prevents us from  giving it every thing we have to give.

But if we never try, never summon the courage, (in some cases we must  invent it if that is what is required)  then the world, misses out on what we alone have to give.

 

monotype in blue
Fallen upon my knees, failing

Yes.  We will stumble.

We will fall to our knees.

We will fail.

Its ok.  I repeat, it is ok that we make mistakes, stumble, fail.

*side note,  if you are a bridge engineer, aircraft mechanic, heart surgeon, airport traffic controller…. its ok,  if you have a little higher standards than what I’ve just mentioned.  In fact, thanking you in advance for it.  cheers!

 

For too long we have all been told, trained and conditioned, to believe in the god of perfection.

“Get It Right.”

No errors. No flaws.

No scars.

No visible signs of cracks, age, wear or tear.

In other words, absolutely no signs that we are, after all,  Human.

How sad.

Because, being human is the greatest asset we have. Flaws and all.

 

 

Acrylic Creations

I’m currently mentoring privately a beautiful person, with acrylics. We are working on a helpful approach to lessen the fear of mistakes, flaws.  We’re developing a program with Multiple creative  resolution methods, imaginative  solutions, thinking outside the box.

Addressing –  Society’s obsession with imperfections.

It is a challenge to go against our training.  But, we can do it.  We simply repeat, the acts of creation we desire. Over and over, and over.

In the mentoring sessions,  we are repurposing used acrylic canvases. They already have  colors and textures on them,  in abundance.   But, they were not quite working.

The next step is to brush over, in selected areas large swaths of contrasting paint.

We used White. Brilliant!   This creates a lovely and lively sensation of vibration and contrast. The underlying base comes through in places  with the white, skimming along the surface to create fascinating patterns suggesting of bark, trees, foliage shapes.

This Technique clearly demonstrates that the underlying “Imperfect” canvas, with its scars, its hard edges, its yucky bits…. actually was the perfect substrata for the project.

I like how this art creation process can also be interpreted through the lens of life as well.

An Act of Creation, Victoria Jane 2019
This is one of the pieces, my friend created using the acrylic methods described above.   A Wonderful, act of creation.

Art of Connection

I am in fact, expressing in paint, my world. Not yours. Not Joe’s. Mine. This is a very important distinction artists, creators need to make.

When I create a painting, or photographic art image,  I am primarily attempting to convey the dialogue.  In other words,  the  dialogue that is going on between the subject and myself.

 

That simply can not occur if I refuse to spend alone time with it.

If I treat it callously, abruptly,  with little regard, and simply want to “use it” to make a pretty little picture to boost my ego – then, no, I can’t expect its true beauty to shine through.

Its more effective to become friends with the subject.

To learn about it. To immerse oneself into its world.

 

Then…. Maybe I can create art that has a beautiful life energy within it.

What I hope to create, is to convey the essence of what  I myself connect to and  “feel.”

To define this. I think of it in these terms:  of having the emotion of Love of life,  emanate from my creation.  Just as a warm fire in winter compels and draws people closer.

I know.  That is,  a lofty goal. And one I often stumble, fall and abjectly fail at.  That’s ok.  I’m All In.   I’ll keep trying.  Some, do work quite well.  I’m happy with that.

 

In whatever form,  the art chooses to take for each individual, we want to strive to impart a piece of our selves,  into our  “Acts of Creation.” 

 

 

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Cereal Boxes and Printmaking Landscape Collagraphs

Cereal Boxes and Printmaking Landscape Collagraphs

I created a random design,  using a discarded cereal box to cut shapes from.

Then … I thought I’d try to be clever.  Tricky.  Try something new.

Instead of doing the normal thing, I chose to try a new path.  I used small foam sticky pads to adhere those shapes to my base plate.

You never know. Until you try.

 

 

Collagraph Print

It didn’t work properly.

It would’ve been better had I used my regular glue  ie (acrylic matte medium) to glue the cut cardboard shapes onto the base plate.

 

The Problem:

The sticky foam pads,  allowed the cut out shapes to fall and sink unevenly.  Which meant that the ink being rolled on the plate from the brayer, wouldn’t be level and smooth. The ink would be a hit and miss affair…….oh dear.

 

Oh well.

Too late. I needed to try, to make it work.

I was in class, it was a demo for Atwell Gallery class.

 

What. do you do?

You get on with it.

 

printmaking collagraphs, beginner printing paper and glue, oil based printing inks, debiriley.com
collagraph from cereal box cut outs

 

Printing Processes

I gave up trying to continue on with the normal hand printing process with barren and wooden spoon to get the ink onto the paper.

The shapes were too uneven and the ink wasn’t ‘catching.’   Wasn’t getting onto the paper.

 

I used Masa paper a very versatile paper great for lots of media.  And my hand,  mainly my thumb to press the ink onto the paper from the shapes.

 

 

This last print,  I think is rather nice. Not as solid dark as the others, it has more feeling in it.

There is some lovely texture, tonal variations.

It seems to have a mood to it.

 

The other collograph I constructed not using the foam tabs, was a much better plate.

It provided a far superior printing experience that I let a student borrow for class.

 

Still,  I do enjoy this one featured.

It was a challenge.

Its kind of cool.

 

 

Materials

I used a wonderful ink, not available now.

A professional grade, gorgeous velvety black Daniel Smith oil based printing ink.

I had some saved from about 15 years ago.

It Still,  is still great to use.

It rolls out perfectly. Even after all these years.

 

In class I demonstrated soaking a variety of good printmaking papers, including Rives.

This process worked out nicely. whew.

 

I love doing this,  with the oil ink and using better quality print papers which provides such a beautiful professional finish for even beginners.

Spendy… but hey, once in awhile  its a fabulous pleasure.  And, bear in mind, it can last decades.

 

 

 

Learning Points

experiments,  may not  go the way you expect

stay cool

back up plans,  creative thinking go a long way to making even those work out ok

buying good quality materials, though more money,  usually proves to be more cost effective in the long run

 

 

Watercolors Rescued… from the bin

Watercolors Rescued… from the bin

A moment of despair.  It didn’t go as planned. The result was not what was expected, wanted, desired.

And so, it was crumpled. Torn. Thrown away.  Discarded.

How many times, how many ways, how many things does this relate to? I wonder.

We often panic too soon it seems.

 

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Rescuing a palette knife painting from out of the bin  (mine)

 

Rescues

Both of these images were “rescues.”

One  was from a student below, and one was mine.

Both show evidence of impatience, of frustration, with damage done to the papers.

 

The damage…. we can view as being like scars upon the landscape of the painting.

 

Without such scars, without the etched in grooves and lines and evidence of its character layered deep…. we might,  merely skim along the surface shallows.

 

 

Precision. Perfection.

Doesn’t quite have… the richness, the elegance, the depth of character that time, weather, and those storms  have created.

 

In other words, the compulsion…. to Get It Right, should be a low priority  and the higher priority should be on Expression.

ie…

How does it feel, to be in the moment, creating this?

Did you enjoy the moment?  Were you ‘in the creative zone’?

Did you  express your own interpretation of  the mood, the feeling,  emotion  of the subject?

Those, take precedence.

 

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another rescue- student’s work

 

The wrinkles and crumples (from the unhappy creator)  do not concern me. I like them.

It is a wonderful technique, creative and fun,  to crumple your watercolor paper before you begin!

Smooth it out best you can,  and carry on with painting.   Try it, and see.

 

This abstract image, I rescued is filled with lively, loveliness of color.

Such luminosity and movement.   Such spirited transitions of tone, textures.

I could not,  allow this to remain in the bin.   It needed, saving.

 

And,  that hint of cobalt teal blue along the bottom edge  made sure that this watercolor ink piece was rescued!

 

 

 

 

Yes… I suppose that Sometimes, a piece truly needs to be retired to the bin.

But  not nearly as often as many of us opt to do as first response.

 

So many of these pieces can be wonderful Rescues.

Not throw aways.

 

I need to alter my pattern of thinking:  to believe  I can find ways, of making use of products,  images, and things.

To be less hasty in ‘simply discarding’  anything that is frustrating and disagrees. That doesn’t work or fit into my mental vision planned.

 

 

 

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Landscape in Blue

Landscape in Blue

Landscape in Blue.

Lone tree rising,  somber.  Where, is the foliage?

 

landscapes in blue monochrome, mountain and tree in the landscape, somber and quiet mood in art, printmaking styles for beginners, debiriley.com
A Lone Tree, rising against the stark blue bluff

 

Monoprinting in Blue

While this is not really a recent work,  the  monoprint was done in the past 24 months.

 

 

Our class topic at the time was on using color and line, format, and subject placement to create a ‘feeling’ that would be clear and evident for viewers to identify.

I created,  a somber nearly desolate feeling in this landscape.

 

While working the process that day I finished quite a  number of monoprints.

Some were florals, some animals & people –  which you have seen.

And then this one,  which  you haven’t seen.

 

 

Blue Ink

I chose to use only the blue ink and hand printing on a pale creamy paper.

The paper wasn’t pure white.

I thought, I might temper the starkness… just a little.

 

 

The solitary tree rising, carries with it a feeling of not just aloneness,  but also the sense of barrenness.

There is no foliage in sight.

 

Where, did all the foliage go we wonder?

Where are the other trees?

 

And,  then,  the next thought our minds consider,  might be:

“Is this tree still alive?  Still struggling?  Or is it finished?”

 

 

 

The prints you have previously seen:

arabian horse print indigo debiriley.com
Lines in Indigo Blue  monoprint…..     debiriley.com  (c)

 

 

Dream Horse in Blue, mono print debiriley.com
Dream Horse in Blue – Monoprint debiriley.com (c)

 

 

 

monotype, indigo fields, debiriley.com
Evening… Indigo Fields  –  debiriley.com

 

 

monotype painting, woman, calmness, debiriley.com
just for a  Moment – Close your eyes……..

 

 

 

 

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floral rose monotype, simplicity, zen minimalism, red white and blue palette, debiriley.com
Red Roses, Blue Vase  – monoprint process    debiriley.com (c)

 

 

 

Watercolors and Oils: Doors to The Masters

Watercolors and Oils: Doors to The Masters

Three Masters: Thomas Moran, Pierre Bonnard and John Singer Sargent.

Each, presenting ‘the door’ in their own way.

 

 

Art Masters to know

 

Sargent

Sargent, with his loose and easy watercolor flair.

Seemingly just flinging color in the air; then it all,  as if by magic, comes to together.

 

The shadowed door, off to the right takes the eye in, causing us to wonder a moment.

To enter ‘their’ world.

We wonder, Who, might have lived here once, so long ago?

 

The overriding blue throughout, unifies and calms. Soft gentle ripples, tell us it is a quiet day, early in the morning.

Sargent created a calm and relaxing scene here.

But then,  was it really that peaceful upon the water highways in Venice in those days…….

 

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John Singer Sargent

 

 

 

Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard,  his oils quirky and so bright.

It is apparent, he breathed color in.

And then it was released.

 

Color,  exudes from every painting he created.

The door,  shadowed grey, in a butter yellow room, creeps open.

A figure, begins to peek in,  as ‘Marthe’ seems to try to sneak her way inside.

 

It is deliberate.

Bonnard’s choice of the door being …. only barely ajar.

As well as the green cap and green blouse.

So too the warmth of the room she  is entering into.

His choices, cause us to respond a certain way.

 

There most definitely is, content and meaning, within the objects used and all

the choices Bonnard made.

 

As we pause, and look at the painting,  I’m sure the  door, its symbolism won’t be overlooked.

Bonnard, is a fantastic artist. All you have to do to see more is Google. His work is stunning.

 

Bonnard painting with door, the door in art symbolism, bright quirky colors paintings, debiriley.com
Bonnard in oils

 

 

Moran

Thomas Moran, skilled and knowing.

His movements are purpose driven, deft and certain.

Moran, knew watercolor.

Knew their capacities and then, stretched those capacities to their farthest reaches.

Moran watercolors, Venice building and doors,
Moran, watercolor  Doors and Windows

 

Many watercolorists,  may never have heard of Moran.

Thats a shame, for his skills in this medium were amazing.

If, you’re a beginner watercolorist….. you can’t go amiss, by looking up his paintings and studying from them.

Google, Pinterest, etc.  will provide hundreds of his watercolor paintings to ogle.

More, on Thomas Moran at Smithsonian. 

 

Moran’s painting, is set further back into the distance, than Sargent’s or Bonnard’s.

We are at the same time more removed from the scene, yet we are entranced and drawn in too.

 

That warm ball of evening sun, pulls us in compellingly.

Even while the doors and windows seem cool and almost, rebuff us from trying to enter into them.

There isn’t the same feeling, of wanting to Go Inside these doors.

Not at all.

 

Moran, didn’t want us to.

 

 

 

 

Key Points ….from The Masters

  • Doors,  a symbolic element in art
  • Painting, make each action “A Purpose Driven Movement”
  • Placement of objects,  creates a story, a message
  • Color – it makes us Feel!

 

 

 

 

 

The Meaning of Doors….

The Meaning of Doors….

Doors and Windows: they’ve fascinated all of us in one way or another for centuries.

I’ve chosen them, as the Theme, for Term 1,  2018.

Why?

They’re interesting to paint, with great shapes and designs.

However, its more than just that.

 

Balmain NSW colorful stain glass window, debiriley.com
Shapes and Design:  Colors of the Door and Window

 

Art. Its not enough, just to paint pretty. 

The aim is to be able to ‘touch’ and move others through art.

Move them through “the doorways,”  whatever those doors might be to the viewers.

 

That.

Might be enough.

 

Doors

The origins of the word “door” in English began from a Sanskrit word,  Duarah.

This has the meaning of two doors.

And from this, comes the Greek Thura, then  German Tur, and Middle English Dure (Dor) and Old Norse Dyrr.

 

This is how our modern word, “door” originated.

 

The Gaulish, Doro… means mouth.

Doesn’t that provide a thought provoking picture?

Our lips the double doors.

Our words we speak from our lips, those double doors; might be crowds bolting out those double doors or they could be solitary entities slipping past the double guards…. almost unnoticed.

 

 

door and window, inspiration ideas for abstract paintings, geometric shapes, design ideas, debiriley.com
door and window: looking for inspiration

Thinking and Making Choices

Many of us, never pause, to consider “Why?”

Why we are pulled so compellingly to certain subjects, scenes, media, papers, colors, songs, etc.

 

I do…now.

But ‘you’ are an art teacher. (I hear you.)

 

Yes. Yes, I am.

But we don’t have to be practicing artists to stop and wonder for a quick second, for a moment,  why a thing might be.

It grants us a much better understanding and awareness of ourselves and those around us, so I believe.

 

I don’t see it as wasting time. Its something I can do while shopping, waiting in line, waiting in the traffic jam, waiting…. on hold.

I’m just ‘thinking’ after all.

 

 

solid timber Doorway, Balmain NSW Australia, buildings, debiriley.com
Doorway of Balmain

Door Subject: an  Example

Bold blue surrounds. Solid and sturdy big, double doors in  raw timber. Large iron hinges bolted in so securely.

The appearance given: Stay out. Shut tight against the outside.

 

Arousing curiosity.

 

And there it is.

A hint.  That if we as artists infer, and hint at something in our work – it makes the viewer much more interested.

 

To spell it all out,  show it all,  to reveal everything…. spoils the viewer engagement.

The mystery is over. The show is over.

The audience is now rather bored.

 

I think, that is why I love soft edges when I paint as much as I do.  Its the mystery.

And why I normally won’t paint from a photographic reference that  reveals it all.

 

 

 

UWA exterior debiriley.com
UWA   ‘portal’  arches

 

Symbolism

 

Doors, Windows, Gates and Portals

They represent opening and closings. Exits and Entrances.

Different pathways. New perspectives.

 

Doors can be things of mystery, things of the future, unseen  and hidden.

And they can be barriers, things that set boundaries where we are allowed and disallowed.

 

The closed door, is in itself presents “a challenge.”

Full of possibilities; we don’t know, what lies on the other side.

We can only guess.

 

 

 

If the door is locked, we must find the key.

Acquire permission, to gain entrance.

Somehow, we must pay the entrance fee, however the ‘payment’ is defined.

 

In a way, it is a test.

A test of our wills.  The intensity of our need to see, to get to the other side of that door is tested.

Will we, give up just a fraction of a moment,  too soon?

 

 

Doors –  Decisions To Be Made

Doors. Present us with a multitude of choices.

 

Which to choose, why we choose it, when to choose it.

Doors are never simple.

Even when you think they are.

Inside, our minds realize the complexities of the doors.

Inside the brain is processing thousands of ideas, concepts, problems, solutions.  All at once.

Thankfully, we generally are unaware of all this brain traffic going on.

 

 

 

 

UWA campus grounds, doors and windows, historic buildings, old buildings Perth, debiriley.com
Historic building, beautiful doors and windows.  Perth UWA

 

Painting and Drawing Selections

Decisions are made, as we draw and paint.  Actually, even before that.

When we are choosing… the doors.

 

We’re choosing if,  the door is to be wide open.

Or shut.

Locked up, with bars and padlock chains.

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Chains across the Doors

 

Choices….

Should the door be left slightly ajar, just hinting at openings and possibilities?

Should we choose the door that’s wood, single door or double door?  Maybe the door has a window in it with a beautiful winged, design?

Or do we choose to paint a door that is carved with lions and protective icons as symbolic guardians?

 

A steel door, that would be significant as well.

What about a lovely colored door in soft gentle welcoming pale butter yellow?

You see, all the choices we make will influence the rapid fire pathways the viewers’ minds take. Their feelings and perspectives.

 

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arched doorways

 

 

If the door is closed, is there a handle or a key? What type of door knob is this?  Does the door, have a doorman, A gate keeper?

 

We face a closed door.

There is a decision to be made.

Do we turn away, or make the attempt to enter into this new place?

 

Doors opening.  Invitations. Opportunities.  New adventures.

The door of opportunity might be represented, if open or slightly ajar.

The doors of transition may be left ajar for us, or left unlocked.

Doors often symbolise a transitional change of some type.

We may have to delve, to discover the exact nature.

 

Doors closed.   “No, go away.”  Stay out.  Impasse. Protection and safety of the residents.

Doors locked.  Security is prioritised.  A Test of will and motivation,  decides what comes next.

 

 

 

 

Many artists of the past have painted great masterpieces, with doors, taking a major role in the work.

(art books Delacroix..and more)

 

John Frederick Lewis… (one of my favorite artists)

The Coffee Bearer

An Arabian Chief, seated in Cairo bazaar 

 

Ingres

Antiochus and Stratonice 

 

Jean Leon Gerome

The Green Portal 

 

Matisse

The Kasbah Gate 

 

John Singer Sargent

Venetian Doorway

 

 

 

 

I have constructed an art board, on my Pinterest site “Doors and Window.”

You can find dozens of brilliant paintings there.

Its dedicated to all things regarding doors and windows: paintings of the Masters, modern paintings, watercolors, oils, pastels. + Photography.

 

I hope my Atwell classes have found this article explanatory as to  “Why”  I chose this theme for the term.

And indeed, why it was, that a “theme” was appropriate for us now.

I’d like to think that while we paint with the aim to touch and move others, we also become more in touch with ourselves in the doing.

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely Orchid Art

Lovely Orchid Art

The colors of an orchid, delighting the artist within.

The lasting after effects of Valentine’s Day.

Its color, that touches the artist’s soul… more so, than chocolates.

 

 

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Bold colors of the orchid

 

 

In Love With Orchids

 

Orchids represent: beauty, peace, strength, elegance, perfection.

Due to their symmetry, and the straight lines on their petals, orchids represent beauty in symmetry, and considered epitomes of rare beauty.
In ancient Japan, orchids were royal treasures and considered symbols of wealth.
People of ancient China thought orchids were the epitome of human perfection….. ‘Lan Hua.’
In Victorian England, these lovely flowers were likened to a beautiful woman.
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orchid in pale butter yellow

 

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Into the Orchid
Luxurious.
Orchids are considered to be symbolic of love.
During the Victorian era, it was a custom to gift rare, exotic flowers to show love and affection.
The more rare the flower, the deeper your love… so it was believed.
Some areas, used parts of the orchids in special “love potions.”

 

carousel spider orchid, Perth WA, photo debiriley.com
Wild Beauty –  Carousel Spider Orchid, in Perth W.A.

 

symbolism of the orchid flower

 

Yellow orchids stands for friendship and new beginnings.

Blue orchids are quite rare.  Blue orchids represent uniqueness, luxury, meditation, spirituality.

White orchids: innocence, beauty.

Pink can symbolise innocence, femininity, joy. (Also used to celebrate the 14th and 28th wedding anniversary.)

Purple orchids represent royalty, dignity.

Red the universal colour of passion and desire. Red orchids also symbolise strength and courage.

 

 

cobalt watercolour flowers debiriley.com
Impressionist Watercolor Bush Orchids

 

 

orchid in morning debiriley.com
Orchid bright fuschia  pink and bits of yellow gold

 

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Magic of Color… Magenta Fuchsia.     gelli print, fun process