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!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Painting Flowers

Any time is a great time to paint flowers, but spring is especially fun when there is an abundance of color  readily available in the garden. These beautiful flowers are from the garden of one of my painting students Barbara Wideman. She brought them in to a recent painting class and gave me permission to use the photo. I did a painting of them today. Almost finished . Will share that in the next post.

In the meantime, below are some photo's from students in my 7 week
"Painting Flowers : Loose, Fresh & Easy" class which I teach in Dunwoody, GA. Yesterday was the first day of the spring semester. The morning class sold out and we had a long waiting list, so we added another session in the afternoon. It was a full day with 24 students across the 2 sessions. Was especially nice to have a room full of eager students and their beautiful flowers.

Yesterday's lesson focused on capturing the  characteristic shapes of different types of  flowers,  loosening up and using brushwork to directly depict  the flowers.  One exercise included painting flowers directly on watercolor paper
(with no  preliminary drawing). It was out of the comfort zone for some people- but I hope it was freeing and fun to make shapes with the brush rather than be tempted to "color in" a tight drawing.

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