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!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blue and Yellow Make Green

"Blue and Yellow Make Green"
8 x 8 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello

I usually like to have flowers be the central focus of my still life paintings, but for this one I started with a lemon and looked to add some other simple shapes and colors. I also found a lime and then selected the blue glass vase which I've had  on my "still life prop shelf" for awhile, but never painted before.

Without the flowers these other objects can look pretty static, so I dragged my brush out in places to add some energy and unity to the painting.

The set up

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sweet Memories

"Sweet Memories"
11 x 14 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

This is my latest bridal bouquet en route to a bride in Washington D.C.  Roses, ranunculus, lisianthus all soft and delicate. I typically do not include much, if any, of the bouquet handle, but in this case the handle was wrapped in lace from her mom's wedding dress so it had special meaning and memories.

This was a gift from Ambers in-laws. I previously created a bouquet for their daughter when she got married a few years back and they wanted to have one created for their son and his wife as well.

If you are interested in a custom painting to express your love in a beautiful and lasting way, please contact me for a complimentary design session where we can discuss your ideas and come up with something special.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Juliet & Silver

Juliet & Silver
16 x 20 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Haven't been posting much lately since I've been working on a number of commissions which are surprise holiday gifts so I can't make them public for awhile, but I did take a break from those this past week and bought some beautiful David Austin Juliet roses to do a still life. 

Photo of the still life set up in my studio
Close up of these amazing flowers
Best wishes to all for a Happy Thanksgiving!
 Thank you for your continued interest and support of my art-filled journey.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hydrangea Lesson in Oils

Hydrangea Lesson
9 x 12 oil painting

Had a private student here in my studio this week wanting to learn how to paint flowers. This relatively straightforward approach which I first learned from Hedi Moran at the Scottsdale Artist's School is a good place to start. Block in shapes loosely with transparent colors, then build form with opaques. After the first stage, the painting looks pretty garish since you use only transparent colors and no white, but then as you move into the second phase things start to come together.

This is the method I share in my "Painting Flowers Alla Prima Workshop in Oils". The next workshop will be in March of 2017 at the Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross, GA.

Below are the steps along the way to the finished painting.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Peony Surprise

Peony Surprise
123 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Been away several weeks and happy to be getting back to my studio these past couple of days. To get "re-booted" I decided to treat myself to some special flowers from Cut Flowers a wholesaler in Atlanta.

I went in looking for white roses but to my surprise and delight they had peonies which I didn't expect to see this time of year (they can get them, but usually by special order).

Below are some of the steps start to finish as well as reference photos. The flowers changed a lot over 24 hours as you can see in the last shot.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After

Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After
12 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Here's my latest bridal bouquet painting commissioned by a young man in Iowa to give as a special gift to his wife for their first anniversary.

Here's what he shared after he surprised his wife with this painting:

"Pat, I gave my wife the painting and she was absolutely blown away by it.  She couldn’t believe the amount of detail in the painting and how accurate it was to her bouquet. She is excited to have it displayed in our home forever and have it be a constant reminder of our wedding day. She has continuously mentioned that her bouquet was one of her favorite parts of the entire wedding, so I am glad she now has something that can remind her of that forever.
 Again, I can’t thank you enough for helping making this 1st anniversary very memorable for us".

I went through many photos from the wedding looking for the best view of the bouquet to serve as inspiration for the painting.  After seeing the photo's you almost feel like you were there for the wedding.  I really enjoy being part of creating a surprise gift for someone.

If you are interested in a bridal or anniversary gift for someone special, please contact me. You can learn more at