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!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Flower Study #28- More Complex Floral Design-Classic Urn

I'm moving along in my flower design class and finished the week with a more complex arrangement that I decided to paint this weekend. A key point I'm learning in the class is to have a mass of weight lower in the arrangement for balance and stability and then use the lighter weight foliage for movement and texture. Many of the design principles make sense as I relate them to how I would think about composition of a painting. Since this was more complex than most of my earlier studies, and I really wanted an opportunity to work on brushwork for the foliage, I decided to do it closer to life size and did a 16 x 20 painting.

Here's the finished painting  (still a bit wet, so sorry about the glare in the photo):

Flower Study #29
Classic Urn
16 x 20 Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

Here was the actual floral arrangement I made after my class this week which I used as a model for the painting:

I was pretty pleased with how both the arrangement and the painting turned out. It was interesting to paint something else I had already created. I definitely had a deeper sense of knowing the flowers and foliage, having handled them to make the arrangement and also knowing why I put things where I did in the arrangement reinforced decisions about where to place things in the painting composition.

If I were to do it again, one thing I might do differently is add more dark, cooler leaves first then, lay more light leaves over them to add a bit more depth. But overall, it was a fun exercise on 2 levels- creating the arrangement and creating the painting.

Many thanks for my floral design instructor John Grady Burns for letting me borrow his gorgeous urn and for his wonderful instruction. But most of all for sharing his passion for beauty and flowers.


  1. Pat, this turned out beautifully. It has been great following along with your daily postings of your oil paintings.

  2. Thanks Sue! Appreciate the feedback and thanks for following the blog. Hope you are doing well.