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!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Seeking Stillness




Seeking Stillness
9 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$425

 

Wanted to create an elegant, peaceful feeling painting of roses and hydrangeas. Below is my set up and steps along the process in creating this painting. Note photo's exaggerate lights and darks so didn't want things to be quiet as dark as they appear in the photo of the set up.


The set up, lighting from overhead.

Initial general drawing- get things in the ballpark of where they will go.

Start blocking in darkest value shape

Then next darkest value shape


Shadows on flower shapes added

Background and tabletop blocked in a lighter value, but leaving room for lightest value yet to come

 
Added lights, block in complete. From here is a process of refining shapes to resolve things to the level desired.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

June Joy!

June Joy!
16 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 SOLD


June Joy! is a recent bridal bouquet painting that a loving husband commissioned as a special gift for his wife.   He asked if I could include their wedding date in the painting somehow. The date is embedded in a leaf, so it's there if you're looking for it, but not too obvious to take away from the flowers. A beautiful collection, primarily peonies, roses, sweet peas and ranunculus. Some close ups of the painting are below.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Garden at the Hotel Baudy


Garden at the Hotel Baudy
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$650


This painting was inspired by garden roses I had seen growing in the garden of the historic Hotel Baudy in Giverny France. The hotel is not far from Monet's Garden. The Baudy is now a restaurant, but in the heyday of the impressionist movement, many artists, not only Monet, were drawn to Giverny to paint. Back then the Hotel Baudy  started as a shop, but was converted to a hotel. It was a place where artists might stay overnight. Madame Baudy even built a small studio in the back which still stands there surrounded by beautiful gardens.
To learn about this historic place more click here.

I know the reference photo was taken there because I recognize the distinctive chairs they have in front of the studio (see a piece of the green chair in lower right corner of the bottom photo).

I didn't want to make the flowers quite as pink as the original photo, but was more interested in getting a feeling of being right up close to the garden to you could touch and smell the roses and also to have a feeling of sunlight on the flowers. I cropped in quite a bit, selecting which groupings of flowers I wanted to focus in on.

I usually take photos of my finished paintings outside in daylight. With the dark background and wet canvas there is a bit of glare on the photo of the canvas.  

While I was outside for the photo,  I placed this painting near some foliage to see how true it felt to the feeling of a garden in sun and was pleased that the foliage colors rang true.




















Friday, August 25, 2017

Petite Roses

Petite Roses
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $300

 
Came across a charming little pot of tiny roses at Trader Joes last week. I couldn't resist them so they were coming home with me! Decided to paint them leaving out the pot and imagining how they might have been still growing in the garden.



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cloisters Garden Study





Cloisters Garden Study
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300

 
 Have a scene from a garden Italy that I've always liked. Did a small study here to test it out and see what I might want to emphasize or change if I scale it up to a larger painting. Had to greatly simplify the reference photo to get it even to this stage.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Summer in New York



Summer in New York
8 x 10 oil painting
 by Pat Fiorello
 $300

 

Inspired by some of the beautiful roses I saw during a visit to the New York Botanical Garden last summer. They have an absolutely exquisite collection of roses in all colors, shapes and sizes. A feast for the eyes.