Cheap Trick

Vanda orchid and Jamba fruit dove, joined together in a festive eye-candy scuffle. Acrylic on cradled board, 28" x 24".
Vanda orchid and Jamba fruit dove embroiled in a festive color scuffle. Acrylic over graphite on cradled wood panel, 18″ x 24″.

Does anyone remember the seductive purple Vanda orchid that won my heart at OKC’s famous Myriad Botanical Garden a few months back? I paired her with a jambu fruit dove (Ptilinopus jambu) from the Oklahoma City Zoo’s aviary.

Jambu fruit dove, sketched in OKC Zoo's aviary. Graphite, 8 1/2" x 11".
Jambu fruit dove, sketched at the OKC Zoo. Graphite, 8 1/2″ x 11″.

Another irresistible lure came in the form of a tube of interference violet acrylic. Call it too much of a long cold winter, call it low blood sugar, call it a screaming need for eye-candy. Yes, I did it, and I’m not sorry.

Looks normal from the front. Step to the right, shine a strong light on the orchid, and get a hit of glittering violet. My next painting may be on black velvet.
Looks unassuming and straightforward from the front? Take a step to the right.

My next painting will be on black velvet.

Happy Sunday.

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