I am so thrilled to have finally completed this piece. Orchids are my favorite flower to draw due to their incredible patterns and designs. X-acto knife in hand, orchid at my side, I added stroke over stroke until the flowers began to appear. That small section at the far left took me three weeks to finish, working every day! It's all about the amount of pressure I put on my knife, the layering and movement added and left out. I went back in and painted tiny marks of ink on the stems and other areas creating textures and patterns that appear on orchids if you come in close. By leaving out some of the details, the remaining intricate lines become the focus of this 60"x30" scratchboard. Now on display at Takohl Gallery, 110 N. Peoria, Chicago, IL.