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!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Garden Trio

"Garden Trio"
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..

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