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, February 14, 2019

"After Mortelmans"

"After Mortelmans"
12 x 16 oil painting
For many centuries, artists have studied and copied the masters to build their own skills. In "copying" a masterpiece, you attempt to reverse engineer and figure out ,"how did they do that"? Or maybe more accurately, how can I make marks and use my knowledge of drawing, values, colors and edges to simulate what another artist created.  A caveat is that doing this it that it must be solely for learning purposes. It is not ethical to sell or enter a show with art that is copied from another artist - whether living or not.

Today's learning exercise was to create a painting inspired by this gorgeous painting by Frans Mortelmans, 1865-1936. Although not as well know as some of the other expert floral artists, like Fantin-Latour, Mortelmans did leave an exceptional body of work (including other genres beyond florals as well).

This is one of my favorites of his, so I decided to give it a shot. My aim was not so much to replicate it exactly, stroke for stroke, but to paint it using similar colors, shapes and values so I could get a sense of how he was interpreting the scene before him. In painting from another painting, someone has already taken the 3 dimensional world and translated it into the language of paint, so the hard part has already been done for you, but nevertheless there is value to painting it to understand that interpretation.

Below are the steps I took in creating  my version of Mortlemans' painting.

Rough drawing for placement

Block in the darks

Add background
Add table top, after this, lights placed to complete block in
and then shapes, colors, values, edges refined

Mortleman's print on left, my finished painting on right.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Spring Renewal

Spring Renewal
9 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Attended a wonderful workshop given by artist Daniel Keys at the Scottsdale Artists School last week. It's tough to get into his workshops so I was grateful to finally have the opportunity to study with him and I was not disappointed. We painted from life each day. Below are photos from day 1. I did not complete this painting in class, but since I had the photo's was able to finish it back in my studio.

The focus of the workshop was on the fundamentals of painting: Drawing, Values, Color and Edges. Sounds simple. But takes a lifetime to master.