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!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Top of the Falls

Top of the Falls
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

I participated in a Plein Air in Sautee Georgia event this weekend with over 40 other artists. We had to get our canvases date stamped sometime after 7:30 am and then turn in one or more framed paintings of the Sautee Valley area by 4pm for a show opening and awards ceremony at 5pm.

"Top of the Falls" was the 2nd painting I did that day in the afternoon. It is of York Falls in the Skylake community. I have painted waterfalls before from photos, but I think this might have been the first time I painted any falls on location. Not only do you have to contend with the changing light conditions, but the patterns of the water are constantly moving. So it was a challenge to say the least.

I was very delighted to hear my name called twice at the awards ceremony. Once for a Merit Award of Excellence and a second time for the Patron purchase award. The painting was purchased by a local couple who live at Skylake and have fond memories of the waterfall since their grandkids love to go there.

Below are some photo's with the new owners of this painting.

Painting on location

8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
In the morning I did another painting of this building called Starlight. I'm not sure if it was a private home or bed and breakfast but I loved the white azaleas n front of the white house.

Below are some steps in the painting process including my initial value sketch which helps me plan out which shapes will be light, dark or in between.

Value sketch simplifies the value structure of the scene.

Starting the initial block in wiht dark shapes

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Lady Di And Plein Air Workshop

Lady Di
6 x 9 watercolor
By Pat Fiorello 
Wrapping up a 10 day painting workshop in New Zealand. Had students in a variety of mediums so I did demonstrations in both oil and watercolor.   This was a watercolor demo that I gave to Di, a local New Zealander, who was our van driver to help us get around to painting sites and other cultural excursions. Di went above and beyond so I decided to give it to her as a special thank you card. Below are some photos from the workshop experience. Working off an iPhone and shaky WiFi so not able to share too much at the moment.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Tuki Tuki River, New Zealand

Tuki Tuki River , New Zealand
Greetings from New Zealand. Here teaching a painting workshop in location. 
The painting above was a demo painting in watercolor. 

Will keep it brief since I’m sharing this via my phone but here are some other highlights of New Zealand. 

Some below should include Maori art and temple and Napier, restored in Art Deco style after 1931 earthquake so whole town remains in that architectural period. 

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Mt. Cook, South Island 

More near Mt. Cook
Sunset over Tuki Tuki River. Hawke’s Bay Area 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Azaleas in the Sun

"Azaleas in the Sun"
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello

This painting was done as a demonstration painting at my recent "Oil Painting Basics" workshop.
The group was comprised of mostly people who had never painted in oils or never painted at all before so we started with the basics-  materials, color mixing, value control, creating form, black & white and color studies and then brought it all together painting this landscape step by step.

Below are the steps in the process- placement, the block in (starting to lay in the darkest shape, adding in the middle values, bringing in the next lightest value and then ending with the lightest lights). Once the entire canvas was covered, the block in is complete. Then the final stage is refinement or fine tuning shapes, colors, values and edges.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

"After Mortelmans"

"After Mortelmans"
12 x 16 oil painting
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

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.