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!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Spray Roses

Spray Roses
12 x 16 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
I have 3 general approaches for starting a painting and vary them based on my intention for the painting, the needs of the subject matter, or sometimes just the mood I'm in.    Sometimes I do a hybrid approach to combine the best of the methods. So there is no particular formula that is right. There are countless ways to create a painting.

For this one I decided to try an approach that I use least- that is to paint in  midtones and dark all over the canvas and then wipe out where my lighter flower shapes will be.  

I had these spray roses as subject. Didn't want to have them in the vase, but wanted to give more of a "gardeny" feel.

Here's the painting blocked in and then with the light shapes wiped out.
Then started to tone the shadow areas of the light flowers, add lights and further refine shapes.

I purposely did not want to spell out an exact rendering of each flower, but developed what I wanted as the center of interest further and left other areas just suggested.

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