In this little vid I you how I went about painting the detailed stripes on a larger-than-life Phalaenopsis Orchid.

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 7 years ago

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

  2. Geraldine Suggett 7 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 7 years ago

    It is Beautiful.x 🙂

  4. Marie 7 years ago

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

  5. Robbin Sheltren 7 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 7 years ago

    Most inspiring. Love watching how you work. Thanks

  7. Mary 7 years ago

    Beautiful Anna, thank You

  8. Sally 7 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 7 years ago

    Anna – a lovely memory of your holiday

  10. Samir 7 years ago

    Very nice I hope I hope I can learn suchlike,

  11. Kathy Howard 3 years ago

    I love watching you paint. I know that your super realistic style isn’t something I can do, but I still love to watch. The color and shading info is still useful in any art. I just don’t have the patience or the steady hand for fine details. Even if I do a quick and loose style of painting I can and should slow down enough to layer and build up the colors.

  12. Shirley 3 years ago

    Upon first seeing the photo I truly thought that it was a real flower. It is so lovely and realistic looking. Thank you for this and each video that you post, they are so beautiful.

  13. Nickie Kuhlmann 3 years ago


  14. Thomas Van Driel 3 years ago

    The days are beginning to get noticeably brighter and longer. Still your message about vibrant colours is timely before I get out of this Canadian prairie winter chill.

  15. R van Elk 3 years ago

    Love your video, Anna, thanks for sharing!

  16. Lee 3 years ago

    Lovely work but I couldn’t find the blog post on the background for this painting..can anybody help with a link please
    Thank you

  17. Sandy Greer 3 years ago

    LOVE this !

  18. Margaret Axford 3 years ago

    Love watching you paint Anna. You make it look easy. Beautiful work.

  19. Linda Johnson 3 years ago

    Hello, I love your paintings and tutorials. I’ve expanded my painting to include painting on my iPad using Procreate app. I have been using the watercolor techniques you teach and am having loads of fun. I’m doing duplicate paintings using watercolor and Procreate of Osteopernum flowers. When I complete them I’ll send you pictures of each. Thank you for all that I have learned!

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      Anna Mason 3 years ago

      Sounds like you’re doing really well Linda!

  20. Mercedes Cabrini 3 years ago

    Gracias Anna por enviarme este video. Aunque esté muy lejos de poder realizar esa orquídea, disfruto mucho ver como la construyes. Es como una luz..

  21. Seema 3 years ago

    thanks Anna for your generosity to share this video. Its of great help to people like me who are self made artist.
    Stay blessed. Love.
    Seema Madan

  22. Sera sakaR 3 years ago

    I want to study with you at the end of this month . I like your oaintings very much. We will start painting together

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