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!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Garden at the Hotel Baudy

Garden at the Hotel Baudy
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

This painting was inspired by garden roses I had seen growing in the garden of the historic Hotel Baudy in Giverny France. The hotel is not far from Monet's Garden. The Baudy is now a restaurant, but in the heyday of the impressionist movement, many artists, not only Monet, were drawn to Giverny to paint. Back then the Hotel Baudy  started as a shop, but was converted to a hotel. It was a place where artists might stay overnight. Madame Baudy even built a small studio in the back which still stands there surrounded by beautiful gardens.
To learn about this historic place more click here.

I know the reference photo was taken there because I recognize the distinctive chairs they have in front of the studio (see a piece of the green chair in lower right corner of the bottom photo).

I didn't want to make the flowers quite as pink as the original photo, but was more interested in getting a feeling of being right up close to the garden to you could touch and smell the roses and also to have a feeling of sunlight on the flowers. I cropped in quite a bit, selecting which groupings of flowers I wanted to focus in on.

I usually take photos of my finished paintings outside in daylight. With the dark background and wet canvas there is a bit of glare on the photo of the canvas.  

While I was outside for the photo,  I placed this painting near some foliage to see how true it felt to the feeling of a garden in sun and was pleased that the foliage colors rang true.

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