How to paint an orchid with oil paints

Oil Painting of an orchid
(Image credit: Enzo Forgione)

Because I work mainly as a botanical artist, the subjects for my paintings can be found just by leaving the house and going for a walk in a garden or park. Nature is such an amazing source of inspiration. I think that focusing on a flower and drawing attention to it is a way of celebrating the uniqueness of nature, and, indeed, the planet!

For this workshop, I’ve chosen to paint one of my favourite orchids – a Paphiopedilum (slipper orchid) hybrid – which has just bloomed in my greenhouse. I’ll show you how easy it is to get hooked on the intriguing geometry and vibrant colours of orchids and how to capture their amazing details. Over the years, I’ve developed a fairly direct painting technique. And while it still takes more than a single sitting to paint a flower, I try and get all the effects in before the paint dries.

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Enzo Forgione

Enzo has worked for ten years as a full-time painter, taking on many commissions for clients. He has a degree from the Fine Art Academy in Turin and is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists.