12 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
I've just begun a new series of paintings from my most recent trip to Italy When I returned last week, I loaded the 1100+ photo's I took on to my computer culled thru to get down to the top 85 or so and form there printed out about 15 that I could not wait to paint. Those are typically the images that grab me emotionally and also have good design potential in terms of light and shadow patterns. I put those photo's in a binder and then each day that I am ready to paint it's like going into a box of chocolates. I know I love them all, but which one will I choose today?
I find this prescreening process helps me to have ready reference material for inspiration yet gives me some freedom to choose what I am in the mood and excited to take on any particular day.
Pienza Garden is first one I chose to do. Pienza was a new town I visited and I fell in love with it. Up till then I had taken 500 photo's on my trip and that afternoon I took 300 just in Pienza. It exudes classic Italian charm. A pretty little town with lots of great architecture, great views and I even found a little hidden garden. The sunlight was great which always helps me find interesting compositions. The photo I took of this particular area had started out as a rectangle( original photos is below) but I wanted to see how it would look as a square format.
I was pretty happy with the first in this series. At least for me, it did capture the feeling of joy that I had standing in that sunny garden spot.
|Initial block -in|