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, June 5, 2020

Ring Around the Rosie

Ring Around the Rosie
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

If you have been missing me, I apologize. I  haven't been active on this blog for awhile because I've been focused on my #365 campaign where I'm sharing daily on Facebook and Instagram. Since January 1st of this year, every day I am sharing an image of beauty to uplift people often accompanied by words of inspiration or an inquiry about the nature of beauty.

If you'd like to see a positive message each morning, feel free to follow #Beauty365 on Facebook or Instagram.

I've also been sharing more video from short and time-lapsed videos to a complete on hour demonstrations video. These are on my youtube page.

I did a short video on the painting shown above which might be of interest.

Below is a mixed bouquet my husband recently surprised me with the other day. It had lots of different types of flowers and shapes- large and small roses, several types of mums, lilies and carnations. The variety makes for a lot of interest, but can be challenging for a painting.

 Ten different artists could look at this bouquet and paint it 10 different ways. Even one artist could get 10 or more painting ideas from this one bouquet, depending on what they chose to focus on at any given time.
It’s important to select one idea or story for each painting. It’s easy to fall into the trap of loving everything and trying to make everything important and in doing so nothing stands out. When I think about starting a painting, I’m thinking about what I want to be the star of the show and how to I want to create eye movement and energy in the painting.  In this case, what stood out to me most was that single rich, red rose and I liked the way the white flowers and lit part of the other flowers encircled it and moved the eye around in kind of a loop. I decided to make that my priority and that meant downplaying other areas, like the lilies, which due to their size could really take over if I tried to paint everything exactly as I saw it.  

Once I have my idea, then I think about how I want to get started. I have several different approaches to starting a painting. I decide sometimes depending what I think will work best for that particular scene and other times just what I’m in the mood to do. Sometimes I’m looking to be realistic and sometimes a little more impressionistic and suggestive.  In this case, I was not looking for an exact rendering of this particular bouquet but using the flowers at hand to get that movement. I am always free to add, delete, or change anything to serve the vision of the painting- that main idea I started out with. 

 For this particular painting, I wanted to keep it loose and fun and have vivid colors, so I started with an underpainting of transparent colors.  You can see with this approach in the beginning the colors are brighter than they will end up being, but I can always dull something down. It’s harder to brighten up something that is dull. This colorful underpainting is just the base upon which I will add another layer of paint, but it it al done, alla prima- while the paint is wet- not waiting for it to dry and doing sequential layer over time which is ore of an indirect painting approach.
I took some photo’s along the way during my painting process and then did a voice over to explain what I was thinking along the way. Here’s a short youtube video clip (about 5 minutes) that takes you through the development of “Ring Around the Rosie” (The title came to me after I looked at the finished painting, as if often does).

Hope you enjoy the video and feel free to message me if you have any questions.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Emerald Jar

The Emerald Jar
16 x 20 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello

You may have noticed I'm not posting to my blog as frequently as in the past. There are 2 reasons for that.

 Part of that is one of my goals for this year has been to create larger paintings, which are more complex and time consuming, so I don't have  as many completed paintings as in the past.

But the bigger part is that on January 1, 2020, I kicked off a campaign, #Beauty365, where I committed to share something of beauty every single day this year. Beauty can restore us from the things that wear us down in life and these days it seems like there's a lot of that going on.  So my commitment is to share something beautiful each day- whether a photo of flowers,  an inspiring landscape, my own paintings or art created by someone else to provide a moment of beauty each day. You can take a deep breath and get re-grounded when you see something beautiful and have that sense of pleasure and peace.

I am sharing those posts daily on both Facebook and Instagram. I invite you to follow me there to stay in touch and get a little extra moment of beauty in your day.

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I'm also posting both my larger paintings and small studies on my on-line gallery at   See.

And as always, we can say connected on what's new and upcoming events, workshops etc. through my monthly "Bringing Beauty to the World" newsletter.  If you don't already receive it and would like to be included, you can sign up for free on the home page of my website, Look for the sign up box near the bottom of the page. Your information is only used for newsletter purposes and never shared anywhere else. You can sign up here.

So I'll continue to share on this blog from time to time, but as the world continues to change, there are more current and direct ways to keep connected and I invite you to be in touch there.

Thanks so much for your interest in my artwork.
 May you have a beautiful day!
With gratitude,

Saturday, January 4, 2020


12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 "Juliet" is my first new painting of 2020. I hope you enjoy it.
These are David Austin Juliet roses. I bought the roses a few years back for another painting and did a large still life painting of the flowers and vase, but recently revisited a photo of them and saw an opportunity to come closer in and capture just the flowers. They are wonders of nature!

Some people have asked about them so below is a chart that I found on line (not sure who to credit, but most likely the David Austin company, so please forgive me if that is not correct) that shows the beautiful unfolding of these roses.
Be on the lookout for unexpected beauty today!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Circle of Love

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.

 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

 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
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

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.