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!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Fruit & Flowers

Fruit & Flowers
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

A small study of a glass bottle, added the roses and lemon to bring color to the otherwise fairly colorless scene and get some nice reflected light in the bottle.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures
8 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$200

 


Took the same flowers from the "Hydrangea Bliss" painting and I did another version of it with  lighting from above this time. Sometimes I use side lighting and other times top lighting. The effects are very different in terms of mood, colors, light and shadow patterns. Note the shadows on the wall vs. tabletop in the photo's below.



Monday, May 28, 2018

Hydrangea Bliss

Hydrangea Bliss
8 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $200

 


I'm lucky to have hydrangeas coming up right outside my front door. Clipped a few this morning and set up a still life.   Lit it from the left. Note photo's blow out the light, so the photo below is more extreme than reality.



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Keira Dreams

Keira Dreams
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

Study of a single rose- David Austin Keira roses.  The flowers from the bouquet I painted the other day are still hanging on, so trying to paint them while they last.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hydrangea in Light

Hydrangea in Light
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $100

 
Here's a different version of the hydrangea set up I did a few days back. That one was more pastel in nature, I wanted to try a slightly different approach to push the light and shadow even more. This one's smaller, so less room for detail, but a good experiment to see other possibilities.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Sweet Heart




Sweet Heart
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$650

 


 I was able to get some beautiful Keira roses from David Austin through a local floral wholesaler, Cut Flowers in Atlanta. Thought they'd look great in this ruby red vase that I added to my prop collection last month.

Here are some of the earlier stages along the way.

 I took some artistic license making the vase smaller and the flowers larger- they are the main event, after all. The flowers changed quite a bit from one day to the next, so some adjustments were needed but here's how the painting began for the initial block in.

The set-up


Initial drawing or value map
Laying in the darks first
Added background value
Begin adding shadows on flowers, table top values
Add light shapes. From here, begin to refine all shapes to transitions between lights and shadows, and adjust shapes and color temperatures and needed. The final painting. "Sweet Heart" is at the top of this post.