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 |
16 x 20 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
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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.
Best wishes for a beautiful holiday season!
Monday, November 18, 2019
|Red & White Roses|
12 x 16 oil painting
By Pat Fiorello
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.
|Some students at work|
|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|
16 x 20 oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
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
9 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
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
|Original painting scraped down with a palette knife|