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, May 18, 2018

Garden Trio

"Garden Trio"
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300


I bought some roses that unfortunately were a little quick to die. Petals were falling off before they ever opened. However, I was able to salvage a few for a small painting and with a little artistic license brought them back to life on canvas.

I use several different approaches for painting flowers. Sometimes  i use a transparent underpainting method which I learned initially from Hedi Moran, sometimes I wipe out from a dark underpainting and this 3rd method, which I learned from studying with Dennis Perrin.

Below are the flowers under a single light source in my studio.



The initial sketch 


Blocking in darkest value first

Then adding the next darkest value (the background in this case)

Blocking in general shape of the shadow

Adding the light shapes

Palette of 4 general values used for the block in. After blocking in the whole canvas, then each area is refined for shape, value, color, edges etc..

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Green Pot

The Green Pot
6 x 6 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $100

 
Started out painting the hydrangeas, but soon the pot wanted to be the star.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spring Scent

"Spring Scent"
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300

 
 I don't see lilacs very often in Atlanta. I think it's too hot for them here to really thrive. But I was able to find some at one of my favorite places to get flowers, Cut Flowers Wholesale in Atlanta.  "Spring Scent" is my interpretation of these fragrant beauties.



Lilac Fun

Lilac Fun
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

 
Did find some lilacs at a floral wholesaler in Atlanta. Did a quick little study last night in preparation for a larger painting I'm doing today. Trying a dark background on the next one for more contrast. Will share that once it's complete.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Desdemona Monday

Desdemona Monday
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $100

 

Painted some flowers from my garden today. Not the best of arrangements,  so I improvised to make the one on the left larger and more detailed. These flowers are very delicate and don't do well out of water so even though I had them in a florists water tube, they fell apart pretty quickly.  Below are a few steps in the initial block in of this small study.





Sunday, May 13, 2018

This Bud's for You!

This Bud's for You!
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

 

Study of a Desdemona rose bud from my garden. Below are photo's of the flower and some of the block in stages along the way.