This lady slipper orchid may look a bit menacing, but at least it's smiling! I got a bit loose and abstract with the background, while keeping the flower sharp. I used the "lifting" qualities of some colors like cerulean blue and manganese violet to move gritty pigments around on the paper. This is another one on Fabriano Artistico, 14"x11" hot press paper. It was completed around January, 2011.