Pat Fiorello - Art Elevates Life

Art & Inspiration from professional artist and instructor Pat Fiorello. Pat is known for her romantic landscape, garden and floral paintings in oil and watercolor. Her paintings often depict beautiful places like Italy and France. Pat teaches painting workshops in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe. She is passionate about inspiring others to include art in their life. Whether creating it or simply appreciating and enjoying it, there are so many ways that art elevates life!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Painting a Floral Still Life

Here's the still life set up I worked on yesterday.
 I find yellow flowers to be the most challenging since it's hard to get the darks dark enough when working in the yellow family. 

Using the approach our instructor Hedi Moran is sharing with us (which is quite different from the other methods I've been exposed to before), I blocked in the overall shape of the bouquet starting with the transparent paints.

Next we add in the background, again in with transparent paint only. At this point everything starts to merge together.  Hedi says it should look like we are looking at the set up with glasses with  Vaseline on them- everything should be soft & fuzzy. From this transparent underpainting, we next begin to add more opaque paints, adding thicker paints, and pulling the painting out.

Here's where I got to by the end of the day.

More fun tomorrow...

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