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Old 03-12-2019, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Orchid; alcohol inks on engraved and tooled copper

Abstract botany - orchid painting requested by a good friend at the California Academy of Sciences - with creative license granted.

You probably know a lot more about these wild and crazy plants than I do - 25,000 species, 80 million years of propagation by various means, including crazy-gluing (shall we say CA gluing) pairs of pollinia sacs onto the backs of confused and mesmerized bees, etc.

Steps:
Freehand engrave a sheet of 28ga. copper from life.
Tool the copper with handmade wooden tools
Chase and repousse the sheet with hammer and smithing stakes, hand ground chasing tools, etc.
Clean well with acetone.
Color with alcohol inks.
Fix with archival UV resistant acrylic spray.
6x6 inches.





Fun little adventure.

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Bob,

van Gogh would be jealous at the wonderful colours that you display on your latest artistry. You Sir have a 'monopoly' on talent.
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Bob, You do KILLER looking work!!! Beautiful job (as usual)

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Wonderful artistry Bob. Love the colors.
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Always a delight to see what your creativity and skill lead to. Thanks for sharing
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Just beautiful!
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As always, beautiful work. Pure talent!
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Incredible work!
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Many thanks Peter, Jim, Mark, Duncan, Jay, Tom, and Jeannine!

Orchids live in their own colorific world - brings out my inner bee.

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Dangit Bob... don't ya ever get tired of being so darned... great?
Nice work, as always.
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