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!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

"After Mortelmans"

"After Mortelmans"
12 x 16 oil painting
NFS
For many centuries, artists have studied and copied the masters to build their own skills. In "copying" a masterpiece, you attempt to reverse engineer and figure out ,"how did they do that"? Or maybe more accurately, how can I make marks and use my knowledge of drawing, values, colors and edges to simulate what another artist created.  A caveat is that doing this it that it must be solely for learning purposes. It is not ethical to sell or enter a show with art that is copied from another artist - whether living or not.

Today's learning exercise was to create a painting inspired by this gorgeous painting by Frans Mortelmans, 1865-1936. Although not as well know as some of the other expert floral artists, like Fantin-Latour, Mortelmans did leave an exceptional body of work (including other genres beyond florals as well).

This is one of my favorites of his, so I decided to give it a shot. My aim was not so much to replicate it exactly, stroke for stroke, but to paint it using similar colors, shapes and values so I could get a sense of how he was interpreting the scene before him. In painting from another painting, someone has already taken the 3 dimensional world and translated it into the language of paint, so the hard part has already been done for you, but nevertheless there is value to painting it to understand that interpretation.

Below are the steps I took in creating  my version of Mortlemans' painting.

Rough drawing for placement

Block in the darks


Add background
Add table top, after this, lights placed to complete block in
and then shapes, colors, values, edges refined
 


Mortleman's print on left, my finished painting on right.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Spring Renewal

Spring Renewal
9 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$425

Attended a wonderful workshop given by artist Daniel Keys at the Scottsdale Artists School last week. It's tough to get into his workshops so I was grateful to finally have the opportunity to study with him and I was not disappointed. We painted from life each day. Below are photos from day 1. I did not complete this painting in class, but since I had the photo's was able to finish it back in my studio.

The focus of the workshop was on the fundamentals of painting: Drawing, Values, Color and Edges. Sounds simple. But takes a lifetime to master.





Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Holiday Spirit

Holiday Spirit
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $300

 

As the 2018 holiday season ends, the celebrations are complete and we put away all our decorations, my wish for you is that the spirit of the holidays- love, generosity and wonder, with a touch of magic thrown in- stay with you each and every day throughout the coming year.  Happy 2019!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Poinsettia

Poinsettia
9 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$425


As this holiday season and 2018 draw to a close, I'd like to thank you for your interest and following along on my art journey this past year.

Best wishes to you for a very happy New Year and a 2019 filled with beauty, love and inspiration!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Gather 'Round

Gather 'Round
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$750

 


Been busy with holiday and year end activities this month so I haven't been posting to the blog as much, but I have been painting with a focus on still life this month. Gather 'Round above is the latest of these paintings.  Some of the others completed this month are below. All are available on my Daily Paintworks gallery.


 One of my intentions for 2019 is to do more still life paintings incorporating props I've purchased over the years for still life set ups but have yet to paint.  I have a whole book case filled with props of all sizes, colors and surfaces and  many of them have yet to make their painting debut. So stay tuned for some new inspiration in the coming year.


Thank you for following along on my blog. I appreciate your interest in my artwork.

Best wishes for a very happy holiday season and may 2019 be your best year yet!

Brass & Pears

Red Jug Study

I Dream of Genie

Yellow, Purple & Green

Mandarins!

Green Glass

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Garden Light

Garden Light
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
I had observed these beautiful roses in what looks like a parking lot.  I liked the shapes and pattern of light and shadow, but decided to use some "artistic license" to transform the parking lot into a garden scene.



 Here are some of the steps getting started on "Garden Light".