Orange flowers

A photorealist painting of some orange flowers

Photorealist painting - Orange Flowers
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When I come to writing these things for the website it is usually easy – there’s lots to say. Not so with something like this.

  • Here’s some orange flowers. Look there so pretty. Actually thery aren’t. They’re actually known as ‘orange pigface’.
  • Painting photorealism means painting abstract forms as accurately as possible. This is quite evident with this painting.


Dimensions: 21x28cm.
Painted: 2009.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.

It is sold framed behind glass.
Availability: For sale $250.

The story behind Orange flowers

Contemporary artists often think in terms of ideas and radical experimentation for their art; rather than just being merely decorative and beautiful. In their pursuit of being seen as part of the avant-garde, they lose the respect of a great deal of the public. Most often, the sort of paintings that the general public want is as simple as – flowers!

I spent a lot of time painting this rather small painting of these bright orange flowers – 48 hours to be exact. Photorealism isn’t easy to do. It is quite surprising what makes an image hard to do. It can be the colors, scale of the image, or the surfeit of details. This painting was all three.

These flowers are commonly known as ‘orange pigface,’ or their proper name is ‘Lampranthus aurantiacus.’

Photorealist painting - Orange Flowers - Source image
Photorealist painting – Orange Flowers – Source image
Photorealist painting - Orange flowers - Wall mockup
Photorealist painting – Orange flowers – Wall mockup

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