Lady Slipper Orchid – pen and ink, colored pencil

This is a lady slipper orchid that I saw at the Meijer Gardens Butterfly exhibit a few weeks ago. I did work from a photo since I didn’t have time to sketch while we were there. I loved the rounded and curled petals and leaves.

I started with just a rough sketch and then decided to go over it in pen and ink. I wanted to add some color since it included such a beautiful purple, so I went over everything with colored pencil. I used three colors in most areas, except for the green stems (just using two there.) It was a relatively quick drawing that I did last night, so I was pleased with how it turned out.


  1. All your work here is lovely and this is no exception. It’s so beautiful and delicate!Thanks for your comment on my blog 🙂

  2. Hi Carol, I have enjoyed looking at your botanicals. It is nice to see someone using cps – my favourite medium! The houses on your website are great…even if they aren’t done in cps. 🙂

  3. Hi Teresa – thank you so much! I really appreciate your comments. I looked at your blog and website and your work is incredible! I love the detail that you do and the glow you get in your pieces. Wonderful stuff. I am really enjoying getting some color into my work and look forward to doing more colored pencil work.

  4. Your pink rose looked lovely when it was finished. You have made a good job of capturing the orchid and I like your use of the inks and pencils together. Glad you liked my blue leaf, thanks for the comment.

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