|Iris Garden I|
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
This painting is a special gift for a client who is giving it to his wife for their anniversary. Her favorite flowers are irises, so I went through my reference photos and found the inspiration for this in a photo I'd taken a few years back at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in GA. As an artist it is helpful to have reference photo's on hand because not all commission clients have access to the image they want, when it is needed.
Irises are challenging but fun to paint as the leaves and petals offer lots of opportunity for movement and a dance of light and shadow. Every time I paint irises it I imagine why Van Gogh must have been drawn to them.
There is a fun weaving of leaves, a kind of hide and seek of what is in front and what is behind that is almost like a puzzle.