|Things Are Looking UP!|
12 x 12 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
Over the summer I taught a painting workshop in Italy. the day I arrived and checked into my hotel, I realized I was just a block away from one of the world's oldest botanical gardens which is in Florence Italy ( built approx. 1545).
I stopped by that afternoon and saw these luscious garden roses hanging form a trellis and new I wanted to paint them.
Since I came back home, I've been thinking this painting. Initially I was going to paint literally what I had in the photo . I did like the flowers against the buildings to suggest Italy. But then I thought, why not simplify the design and just focus on the flowers against the sky. I took the photo and kind of mapped out how it could be without the buildings in the background and gave it a shot.
I may still do another version with the buildings in the background, but that will be for another day.