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!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Circle of Love


Circle of Love
16 x 20 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $2000
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“Circle of Love” is the most recent addition to my Urn Series. Flowers and classic urns are two of my favorite things and I love to combine them in my paintings - the natural beauty of organic floral shapes contrasted by a bit of man made beauty.

This painting was inspired by a floral arrangement I created several years ago. I love the flow of the foliage and the color palette seems perfect for this time of year.

Here's the original floral design I created a few years back. I only had the photo to work form. and here are some steps along the way as this painting was created.




 If you would like to add more beauty into your life to give you an experience of being restored from the everyday noise of life and uplifted to a place of greater peace and energy, contact me . I'd love to have a conversation with you to see if we can find a piece of artwork that speaks to you or create something just for you.


Best wishes for a beautiful holiday season!









Monday, November 18, 2019

Red & White Roses


Red & White Roses
12 x 16 oil painting
By Pat Fiorello
$750 

 Saturday, I taught a new one day workshop "Painting Roses in Oils, Alla Prima".

The subject was roses, but the broader lesson was using a transparent color block- in  before adding any opaque colors on top. This helps to keep the colors really clean which is especially important for flowers which are amongst the most vivid elements in nature.

The painting above is my finished demonstration painting. 

But I always have to caution students to be prepared for the end of stage 1 of the process which results in a very garish, bold looking, crazy canvas.

"I know you must be thinking -How is she going to work her way out of this mess?"(see below), but somehow having faith in the process and refining the image in stage 2 focusing on form and adjusting shapes and edges as needed, it all comes together. 


Painting in process at the end of stage 1
Reference
    
Some students at work
This is not the only process I use while painting but one of my favorite which I often use for flowers because it is very fun and freeing.


Some of my rose paintings on display for students to see the variety of colors and shapes of roses

If you'd like to learn more about how to paint flowers in oil, visit my website for the upcoming workshop schedule.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Brighten My Day!

Brighten My Day
16 x 20 oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$2000


I had some photo's from  a still life done a few years back and decided I wanted to have a more dramatic feel, so I went into photoshop and converted the original photo to have a dark background. 

Original reference photo
Edited in photo shop to see what it would look like with a dark background, It seemed like it would work so I gave it a try. The dark background gives it a whole different mood.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Garden Fantasy

Garden Fantasy
9 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $425
Mostly I paint from still life set ups, on location or even photo's or a group of photos, but occasionally I just like to make something up from my imagination.

After 25 years or painting, there are certain subjects I've painted over and over- flowers, urns, landscapes, so I feel fairly comfortable bringing that experience to create not what I see but what I would like to see.

I started with a rough idea of a composition in pencil, very loosely sketched, then brought that to a value sketch.  I started by massing in the urn shape and then just built the bouquet inside as I would create an actual physical floral arrangement, placing some of the star flowers (the big garden roses), then adding line flowers and vines for movement and some more delicate shapes contrasting the larger solid flowers. As I moved along, I decided it would be an outdoor scene so added some darks to suggest foliage in the background, but also added a strip of lighter green as sunlit grass to suggest a plane change to the flat ground behind the urn.   That wasn't in the original plan but felt right at the time so I went with it. The plan is just a starting point and can be changed at any point if a better idea comes along.

The result was Garden Fantasy shown above.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Quiet Moments


Quiet Moments
16 x 16 Oil Painting
 $1250


Every once in awhile I have a painting that has potential, but just doesn't turn out as I'd expected. Sometimes I just toss them out, but this one was a larger one that I scraped off with a palette knife. It has been hanging around my studio, unfinished, for over a year.

This week I decided to tackle it again. Looking at what the problems were with the original, I decided I wanted more atmosphere, some more contrast of hard vs. soft edges and to make the flowers a bit smaller so there would be more breathing room around them. The original background was a warm neutral and I decide to go a little  cooler/grayer and less towards brown.

I "oiled out" the canvas with walnut oil and then approached it as if it were a blank canvas, reestablishing where I wanted the shadows and proceeding from there.

I'm glad I saved the panel to revisit this painting. Much happier the 2nd time around!

Original painting scraped down with a palette knife

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Garden Romance

"Garden Romance"
16 x 16 oil painting
This painting has a beautiful story behind it. You may recognize it as the iconic bridge at Monet's Garden in Giverny, France.  But to the new owners of this painting, it has much more personal significance. I created it as a wedding gift for a friend of mine, Charles Needle. He's a nature photographer and leads workshops all around the world.

Back in about late 2006, we spoke about the possibility of teaching workshops in Monet's Garden. Shortly thereafter, he started teaching photography workshops there and I  began teaching painting workshops there too. On one of his workshops, he met Missy, a photography student. They became friends and over time evolved into a deeper relationship.

Last year, Charles arranged to propose marriage to Missy on Monet's bridge- an inspired and romantic gesture, commemorating where it all began for them. This week, I am honored to attend their wedding. I created this painting as a gift for Charles and Missy, so that each day in their home they would have a visible reminder of their love story.

 Congratulations Charles & Missy and may you live happily ever after!