8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
I bought some roses that unfortunately were a little quick to die. Petals were falling off before they ever opened. However, I was able to salvage a few for a small painting and with a little artistic license brought them back to life on canvas.
I use several different approaches for painting flowers. Sometimes i use a transparent underpainting method which I learned initially from Hedi Moran, sometimes I wipe out from a dark underpainting and this 3rd method, which I learned from studying with Dennis Perrin.
Below are the flowers under a single light source in my studio.
|The initial sketch|
|Blocking in darkest value first|
|Then adding the next darkest value (the background in this case)|
|Blocking in general shape of the shadow|
|Adding the light shapes|
|Palette of 4 general values used for the block in. After blocking in the whole canvas, then each area is refined for shape, value, color, edges etc..|