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!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Garden of La Bonne Etoille

Garden of La Bonne Etoille
9 x 12 Watercolor
by Pat Fiorello

Here's a small demonstration painting I did in the garden of the farmhouse we were staying in France.  Thanks to one of my students, Monique Carr, who took some photo's so you can see the painting in process.
 Typically I  paint watercolor is  a traditional approach: light then dark, large areas then small, vague areas, then specific. However, when I have scenes that include flowers,  I like to get them in early so that they are on top of the bright, clean, white paper so they remain as clean a color as possible.

I added in more of the light yellow flowers and light foreground passages.

Started adding in some of the darks in the background that serve as a foil for the light foliage in the foreground and around the arbor.


Painted around the arbor negatively to allow that to be lighter when all was said and done. Painted the arbor in later.  It was extremely damp so things were taking forever to dry. Ended up having to do another glaze on the background to further darken it once back in the studio.

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