No Parking

I tried to go back to the Botanic Gardens last Sunday and learned my lesson. The weather was beautiful and perfect for being outside so I figured I could go paint. The problem was that everyone else in Fort Worth thought it was a perfect time to be outside too so there were zero parking spots anywhere close. Although there is a satellite lot for weekends, there was no way I was going to be able to carry all my things to a good spot and back to the car. I decided to go home and paint from my “studio.”

A few weeks ago I built a canvas for a specific painting. I did a watercolor of an orchid back in the fall and I wanted to do it again only in oil. Since painting at the Botanic Garden was no longer an option, I figured I could work on that.

Part of the reason that I like plein air painting is that it makes me finish a piece in one sitting instead of agonizing over it and tweaking it for weeks. With that in mind, I set a time limit for myself to finish my orchid painting. Two hours was my goal. It ended up being about two and a half hours, but it’s okay because I did in fact finish it! Anyway, here it is! What do you think?!

Original Oil Painting - Orchids - Ellen Van Treuren
Original Watercolor - Orchids - Ellen Van Treuren
Here is the original watercolor that I did last fall.

Hope you like them! Be sure to “like” my page on Facebook, Ellen Van Treuren Artworks so you can see more of my updates.

Happy arty day!


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