Video Archive: Oil Painting-Isola Madre, Improving upon your travel photo references with Pat Fiorello


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How to turn inspiration into art!

Often we are in a beautiful place and are inspired to paint it. We have our camera, but conditions aren’t right for getting a great photo reference to work from when we get back home. Maybe the lighting isn’t ideal or the scene is too fragmented or busy and cluttered with unnecessary information.

In this lesson, we’ll learn how to simplify and transform a so-so photo into a design for a strong painting. We will work with one of Pat’s photos from Isola Madre, a botanical garden island in northern Italy on Lake Maggiore, to better understand the thinking process for improving on our photos as reference material.

What students from Pat’s past zoom classes had to say…

Another great class today. You really have strong teaching skills. I learned a LOT. The full hour allocated to critiques at the back end of your classes is so helpful. Your lessons sink in so well when you can point to examples of issues on someone’s canvas, but you also teach how to correct. And you are always very complimentary and talk about the positives as well.  ~ SG

It was fun! You are the best teacher ever! Thank you so much, time goes by so fast in your classes because they’re so engaging!   ~AW

Garden at Isola Madre, oil painting by Pat Fiorello