Royal ladies slipper orchids


Royal ladies slipper orchids, by Alison C. Dibble, is a large, original oil paintings that puts the viewer right in the forest, but without the pesky insects.


Royal ladies slipper orchids by Alison C. Dibble, oil on canvas, 24 by 48 x 1.5 inches (61 x 122 x 3.8 cm). Original, one-of-a-kind fine art painting. Unframed deep canvas, ready to hang. Price includes shipping within lower 48 states of USA*.

In late June, in Maine, I hiked about 1.5 miles into a cedar swamp, partly bushwhacking through wet forest, to see these spectacular tall wild orchids in flower. I was with several good friends plus a cloud of determined mosquitoes. I sat on the moss among the orchids for a while, sketching them in their habitat. The flowers seemed to light up the forest from below. The sun slanted through the cedars.

Later, in my studio I designed a grisaille (underpainting) in raw sienna, then added color, texture and details to bring the scene from a monotone to full color. Though I sought to convey a sense of mystery and remoteness, the orchids in this painting seem to be communicating with each other in a collegial manner.

[Item number 4611]

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