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!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Roses Inspired by Sorolla

Roses Inspired by Sorolla
8 x 10 Oil Painting
$300

 



Sorolla is one of my favorite artists. I admire his ability to convey a sensation of light. I was fortunate to go visit his home, studio and garden, which is now the Sorolla Museum in Madrid earlier this year.

I created a painting ( see "Reverence" in the previous post)  inspired by this photo in the pink tones the other day. I had seen these beautiful sunlit roses at the Chicago Botanical Garden during a recent visit. 

As an experiment, I decided to paint them a 2nd time with the aim of capturing the sense of sunlight as Sorolla did. Just for fun, I changed the color of the roses in the reference photo.

I tried to push the differences between light and shadow and hopefully captured the feeling of the garden on a warm sunny day.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Reverence


Reverence
12 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$600

 

Made a visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden during a recent trip to that city. It was my first time at the garden there and we only had an hour to check it out, but it was very impressive and well worth going back to. 

Stopped in the rose garden and took the photo below of this beautiful cluster of roses in sunlight.  I played with the composition a little bit in photoshop (you can see the marked up image further below) and decided to create the painting in a square format.

Before painting it, I thought about the feeling I wanted the painting to convey. What came to me was reverence. Honoring the beauty of the flowers and the light and the source of all creation. We are blessed to have the beauty and magnificence of roses available to us.

Reference photo from the Garden



Playing with the design in photoshop


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dunwoody Home Tour 2018







The Dunwoody Women's Club is a volunteer organization that's been contributing in many ways to the Dunwoody, GA community. For 46 years, they have been hosting the Dunwoody Home Tour as a fund raiser to support their community efforts.  Usually 4-5 homes in the community are on tour for others to visit and be inspired by. 

I've been fortunate to be invited to be the artist for the program for many years.  Each year I paint the homes on the tour which are then presented to the homeowners as a thank you gift for the generous sharing of their homes on the tour.

These are the watercolor home portraits I created for this years tour. An extra venue was included this year- the historic Donaldson Bannister farm shown below.

The event will be held on Wednesday October 3. More information, including where to buy tickets, is available on the Dunwoody Women's club website .

If you are interested in a home portrait for yourself or as a gift for someone special, please contact me.


Historic Donaldson Bannister farm






















Backyard view of one of the homes

Thursday, August 23, 2018

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300

 
Okay if I was really being honest, a painting of "My Favorite Things" would have to include my husband, pizza and chocolate ice cream (with multi-colored sprinkles), but I wanted to do I still life today with this vase I bought in Pienza Italy and I thought this collection would look better together. At least a better color harmony! They do represents some favorites- flowers, paint brushes, Italy and okay, all things lemony.

Monday, August 20, 2018

"Charleston Dreams"

"Charleston Dreams"
16 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello


"Charleston Dreams" was inspired by the beautiful bouquet of this new bride who got married in Charleston earlier this year. Often I don't get to meet the brides if they are long distance, but Elyse is right here in Atlanta so she was able to come to my studio to pick up her painting in person today.  So nice to see the joy on her face when the painting brought back the memories of her beautiful wedding flowers and her wedding day.

If you know of anyone would like their wedding day commemorated with a beautiful painting, please contact me. You can learn more at bridalbouquetpaintings.com 



Friday, August 17, 2018

My Secret Garden



My Secret Garden
12 x 16 Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $750

 

Many years ago while on a trip to Italy teaching a painting workshop, I stumbled across a back alleyway in the small town of Pienza. I don't even think it's an official through street, just a way for some of the homeowners to get to their yards and garages.

Close up
 This alley has the most wonderful and abundant collections of flower pots that catch the light in such a beautiful way.  Every time I take a group of students to Pienza, I share my garden discovery.  I love spending time there, taking photos and just soaking in the beauty and peace. Just on the other side of this street is the main street of the town with its shops and tourist activity, but a few hundred feet away is this peaceful quiet garden.

 I'm sure others have discovered it too, but I like to think of it as my secret garden. This painting was inspired by my most recent visit there this June.