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!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Classic Sunflowers

Classic Sunflowers
12 x 16 Oil Painting
 by Pat Fiorello

 Earlier this week I bought some sunflowers at the local Fresh Market and set them up in my studio for a still life painting.  Sunflowers are fun to paint, but can also be a little overwhelming if you try to get every petal exactly as they are.

It's helpful to orient the flowers facing in different directions, some facing more towards the front views, some with side views, some more in light and some more in shadow. I chose to go with a dark background because I was looking for a more dramatic, classic feel for this painting.

Initially the entire background was dark, but before I finished it felt too dark, so I did a bit of a gradation from dark towards a bit lighter (added some Naples Yellow to my dark mixture) from left to right to give it a little more atmosphere and soften the contrast on the shadow side.

The set up
The initial block in

Starting to lay in color

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