I’m just back from a trip to sunny Florida, and whilst we had a great time away, it’s always lovely to be back home!

And back to the easel. 

When I’m away from it for too long I really start to miss painting.

I can hardly believe I went for years and years without painting before (check out the video here if you want to hear me talk about that)

So, as a fond farewell to tropical climes, I wanted to share with you how I went about painting the detailed stripes on the Phalaenopsis Orchid from last time.

Hint: you’ve got to get the ‘white’ of the flower as dark as it needs to be before you paint those stripes!

I hope this encourages you to tackle a complicated pattern like this! If it does, be sure to let me know in the comments 🙂



  1. beverly 4 years ago

    Just beautiful and very enticing. Oh …to paint like you do.

  2. Geraldine Suggett 4 years ago

    Halo Anna
    Beautiful and inspiring painting once again. Your path into botanical painting is so similar to my own but you have been so much more successful due to your dedication. I will renew my determination to paint on a more regular basis so that I might be able to emulate your amazing work!
    Thank you for being so enthusiastic and encouraging of us aspiring botanical artists.

  3. Lesley J Finley 4 years ago

    It is Beautiful.x 🙂

  4. Marie 4 years ago

    Thank you Anna. So lovely & delicate! You certainly have a good eye to reference the darks & lights!

  5. Robbin Sheltren 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful and I definitely can’t wait get started. I very much enjoyed this video. As I watch the painting process and not being too experienced I wonder what to do or what you do between drying sessions. Thanks.

  6. Liz Davies 4 years ago

    Most inspiring. Love watching how you work. Thanks

  7. Mary 4 years ago

    Beautiful Anna, thank You

  8. Sally 4 years ago

    An inspiration for me to see how you have achieved what only a small number of people can do, but I WILL continue to endeavour

  9. Mairead 4 years ago

    Anna – a lovely memory of your holiday

  10. Samir 4 years ago

    Very nice I hope I hope I can learn suchlike,

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