The above reference photograph is of the gorgeous pale blue to lavender cattleya orchid Dinard Blue Heaven. I fell in love with it at first sight and after bringing it home took over 100 reference photos of it. Today I began a rough lay-in of oil color on a panel and you can see the work in progress below.
12" x 12" oil on panel
Work in progress
It looks pretty rough right now, but my aim was to first cover the panel completely with color. The details will appear as the work progresses. To view more photos of this orchid on a prior post, go here.