Girl with Orchid Tattoo

Girl with Orchid Tattoo

I always wanted to do a nude figure painting of a woman with a tattoo. I love tattoos even though I don’t have any.  After a few drinks with my fellow graduate students one of the painters piped up that she had an awesome tattoo. After several more drinks she stated she would be willing to pose nude for me. Later when I saw the tattoo I had to agree with her, it is an awesome tattoo. She did not tell me the name of the artist or I would credit his/her work.


When my graduate adviser viewed the work she did not like the oil painting nude tattoo work. She said the work looks to much like a posed study. I think the reason she said that is because I did not know my model as well. Most of the people I asked to model for me I had gotten to know. It also might be that I was focused on the tattoo and not on the model herself.


Later on I was doing some research about flowers and came across the meaning of orchids. The orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. – Orchid Meaning Now that I know the meaning of the flower, perhaps I should find the young lady for another painting. Creating a piece that incorporates the meaning of the flowers into the work

  • Medium

    Oil on Canvas

  • Size

    54 x 36"