“Spotted Orchid” – oil on canvas – 24×20″ – is one of the floral paintings I’m taking over to Somebody’s Gallery in Petoskey. I painted it last winter, using the forest from my studio window as background. Long-gone are the deep, caramel-colored needles from the tamarack trees. What’s left is a nearly colorless landscape, with days and days of dim light and no sharp shadows. Which is probably why I’m such a sucker for orchids! Yes, the blooms are pretty – sometimes borderline gaudy – but it’s the shape of the leaves and the way they reflect the light amazes me. How could you really notice them until you have the challenge of trying to paint them?