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, September 13, 2019

Quiet Moments

Quiet Moments
16 x 16 Oil Painting

Every once in awhile I have a painting that has potential, but just doesn't turn out as I'd expected. Sometimes I just toss them out, but this one was a larger one that I scraped off with a palette knife. It has been hanging around my studio, unfinished, for over a year.

This week I decided to tackle it again. Looking at what the problems were with the original, I decided I wanted more atmosphere, some more contrast of hard vs. soft edges and to make the flowers a bit smaller so there would be more breathing room around them. The original background was a warm neutral and I decide to go a little  cooler/grayer and less towards brown.

I "oiled out" the canvas with walnut oil and then approached it as if it were a blank canvas, reestablishing where I wanted the shadows and proceeding from there.

I'm glad I saved the panel to revisit this painting. Much happier the 2nd time around!

Original painting scraped down with a palette knife

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Garden Romance

"Garden Romance"
16 x 16 oil painting
This painting has a beautiful story behind it. You may recognize it as the iconic bridge at Monet's Garden in Giverny, France.  But to the new owners of this painting, it has much more personal significance. I created it as a wedding gift for a friend of mine, Charles Needle. He's a nature photographer and leads workshops all around the world.

Back in about late 2006, we spoke about the possibility of teaching workshops in Monet's Garden. Shortly thereafter, he started teaching photography workshops there and I  began teaching painting workshops there too. On one of his workshops, he met Missy, a photography student. They became friends and over time evolved into a deeper relationship.

Last year, Charles arranged to propose marriage to Missy on Monet's bridge- an inspired and romantic gesture, commemorating where it all began for them. This week, I am honored to attend their wedding. I created this painting as a gift for Charles and Missy, so that each day in their home they would have a visible reminder of their love story.

 Congratulations Charles & Missy and may you live happily ever after!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Azalea Season

Azalea Season
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello


This was a demo/paint along for my beginning oil painting students at a recent workshop at The Bascom Center for Visual arts in Highlands NC.  On the first day we reviewed  oil painting supplies and did exercises for color mixing and value control. On day 2, we were ready to apply those fundamentals to a small landscape painting- a scene from Callaway Gardens in Springtime.

Before jumping in to the color painting, I had students do an 8 x 10 painting of the scene in just black, white and gray so they understood the value structure of the design before getting "distracted" by color.  Then they did an 8 x 10 in color.
Below are some of the steps along the way to see how this painting unfolded. Worked on a toned canvas, progressing from dark shapes to light, large shapes to small, thin paint to thicker.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Urn with White Flowers

Urn with White Flowers
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Two of my favorite things, flowers and urns.  I especially love to paint them together. I've been painting flower since the start- 25 years ago. Have painted many landscapes as well, but even those scenes usually include some flowers for some bright, clean color.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of when I started painting (as an adult-  other than my elementary school experience). To celebrate, I'm going to be sharing how I got started painting and some highlights over the years, as well as a special offer for my followers during the week of 6/15-6/21.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Garden Hydrangeas

Garden Hydrangeas
16 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Spring is in full bloom in Atlanta. My husband cut these beautiful hydrangeas for me from our garden and  I arranged them in the studio. The set up is below.   "Garden Hydrangeas" is my interpretation of this arrangement.

Lately I've been concentrating my art on more of how I feel. It's more important to have a painting that feels alive and shows the paint quality with expressive brushstrokes than to paint exactly what's there. It's freeing to just paint what I want to be there and how I feel about it.  I've summed that up in a new statement of my artistic voice: "Classic Beauty. Alive with Color, Paint and Passion." This is what excites me about painting and what I want my paintings to convey.

Below are some steps along the way to creating this painting.

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General  size and placement

Blocking in the darkest value shapes
Adding the next darkest value- the shadows

Starting to Block in the flower shapes

Adding a rough block in of the supporting elements

The inspiration from my garden

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


16 x 20 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

 I've been really doing a lot of introspection lately on my authentic artistic voice and what I want more of or less of in my art. I've been clear for a long time on the subject matter that speaks to my heart - flowers, gardens, beautiful  romantic or lush, sunny places, like Italy, Bermuda, France. 

 This year is my 25th anniversary of when I began my artistic journey and it almost feels like it was an accident, but I know that it was revealed to me as part of my true path and purpose to "create a world of beauty, love and inspiration".  

So I know pretty much what I want to paint and why I want to paint it, but now focusing on the how. Not the "how" as in basic foundational /technical skills. But "how" in terms of expression. The main areas I want to focus on now are having my paintings feeling alive-  having what I'll call "A Life Force" and having visual interest thru paint quality, thick paint,  rich, exciting color and visible, expressive, luscious brushstrokes.

So this was the first painting where I was really clear on focusing on those things and letting go of some old concerns of drawing and getting things "right".  It was really freeing and exciting so I am committed to exploring this path for now.

I consider this painting a "breakthrough painting", one in which you take a clear jump forward. I called it "Celebration" as both a celebration of the joy of flowers and a celebration of my own progress and growth over the past 25 years of creating art.

Below are photos of the initial idea sketched in my hotel room on their pad ( I was on a trip to Melbourne), the approximate set up ( didn't have all the real subject materials so had silk flower "stand-ins"), some of the progression shots along the way and some brushstroke close-ups.

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