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, February 7, 2018

Drama Queens

Drama Queens
8 x 8 Oil Painting
 by Pat Fiorello


I recently painted "Quiet Moment" shown below and then wondered what the same flowers would look like with a dark background.  The result is the painting above, "Drama Queens".

 The original version with the light background gave more of a quiet pensive or possibly even lighthearted feel. Simply changing the value of the background made a significant change in mood. The dark background added a lot of contrast and more dramatic lighting effects.

Often my students will paint flowers and then at the end try to decide what to do with the background, but I stress the importance of deciding on your background upfront since it has such a major impact on the overall painting. It effects not only the mood but the overall value and color relationships in the painting.  Generally, you'll either have light flowers agains a mid-tone or dark background or mid- dark flowers against a lighter background. The same mid-tone flowers can look either light or dark depending on the background they are in front of.

If you'd like to learn how to paint flowers in oil in a fun and easy approach,  please join me for my upcoming workshop "Painting Flowers in Oil Alla Prima". May 4, 5 & 6th at the Booth Museum Art Academy in Cartersville, GA.

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Quiet Moment
12 x 12 oil painting

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