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!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rose Study #1


Rose Study #1
6 x 8 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Continuing my studies of roses, here's the latest...
With some preliminary steps along the way





Sunday, March 26, 2017

Holiday Floral

Holiday Floral
10 x 14 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$425
It may be getting close to Easter, so it feels a little strange to be painting a Christmas type subject, but I was asked to submit some artwork for a floral-themed card for the 2017 holiday card line of American Artist Group, a greeting card company who has published several of my paintings as cards over the years. I didn't have access to holiday flowers at this time of the year, but made this idea up from a combination of imagination, silk flowers and my own photo's from past holidays.

Click here to see my boxed floral card collection published by AAG.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

White Rose Study




White Rose Study
6 x 8 Oil Painting
By Pat Fiorello



Did a study of a single white rose as a demonstration in a workshop the other day and that has started me onto a series of studies, experimenting with different approaches, methods, colors etc..


Here were a few steps along the way, using the transparent underpainting method- one of the methods I often use for flowers to get an impressionistic feel.



















Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Soft and Lovely

Soft & Lovely
9 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

During last week's workshop I did a quick demo showing how to paint a glass vase. Decided the vase must have some flowers so added the roses later.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Petal Pushers- Painting Hydrangeas in Oil Demonstration

Petal Pushers
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$650

"Petal Pushers" is a painting I created as a "paint along" demonstration in the "Painting Flowers Alla Prima " Workshop I recently taught.   In that workshop, I introduced students to one of several methods I use in oil painting- but I find this approach, which I first learned from Hedi Moran,  is particularly fun and freeing for flowers. I start with a loose transparent underpainting of the subject and then the background till the whole canvas is covered.

At this point the painting is way too garish- but you have to go thru this phase underneath and you'll calm it down with the next round. I told the students it's like going thru the teenage stage- loud and ugly, but you have to get thru it to get to the other side and create something beautiful and colorful.

 Then come in with an second layer of paint on top of that where opaque colors can be used in addition to the tranparents.  You can continue to resolve the painting as loosely or tightly as you desire. Below are some of the steps along the way.    On the first day of the workshop I break down the process step by step and students follow along on the same painting.  On days 2 & 3,  once they understand the process, they bring in their own flowers to arrange and paint.

Upcoming workshops are listed on my website at: http://patfiorello.com/

If you are associated with an arts organization and would like me to come teach in your area, please contact me to explore the possibilities. Thanks!







close up of brush work and colors

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Study

Spring Study
8 x 8 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

 
A small study done earlier this week in preparation for a larger painting. Daffodils and Hyacinth were freshly cut from my own garden. My studio was filled with the scent of the hyacinths! Looking forward to the joy of Spring!