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 27, 2011

Tuscan Vineyards

Tuscan Vineyards
9 x 12
Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello



Hope everyone had a good holiday. I haven't been painting this week with all the holiday activities, but did this one last week. Starting a new series 
" Enchanting Italy" for a show coming up in March. This is one from my Tuscany trip this past May.


 I'll be leading another workshop in Tuscany in October 2012 so will get to see Tuscany in a new season.  If you are interested in going on a painting trip to Italy check out this link for details or email me at patfiorello@aol.com.


There's an early bird discount on registrations by 12/31/11, so if interested, still time to check it out this week.
 Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Will You Believe Artist Myths or Be Responsible for Your Own Success in 2012

The Lily Pond
12 x 12
Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello

A fried of mine, Aletta de Wal, is the founder of Artists Career Training.com where she offers products and services to help artists "make a better living making art".  She and I share an enthusiasm for shattering the "starving artist" myth and we have worked on several teleclass and ebook projects to help artists create their own success. There is no reason for artists to suffer and struggle in the name of their art, when knowing and taking action on some practical approaches, and then being persistent over time, can lead to success. Recently Aletta  published a newsletter dispelling some other artist myths. Click on Artist Myths to see tips.

Consider sometimes myths are convenient to keep around because they allow us to blame something or someone else or circumstances and not be responsible for our own actions ( or lack of action) and  results.

Aletta is also author of the upcoming book:
"My Real Job is Being an Artist - What You Should Know Before you Quit Your Day Job (or Get One)"
which is due to be released Winter 2012.

 I had the honor of  reading and providing feedback on a recent draft. I have read and own many art marketing books, but hers is by far the most substantive and comprehensive book I've seen on the topic. It delivers no nonsense, practical guidance for artists. I look forward to re-reading it when it comes out and will keep you posted on the release once a firm date is set.

 In the meantime, this time of year is always a great time to reflect back on what you accomplished this past year, lessons learned and then create goals for the new year. It's easy to forget what we accomplished over the course of the whole year,. We also may miss the big picture when we are looking at what's coming up next. 

 Looking back on the year, I feel grateful for having set a clear plan with goals like getting into another gallery outside Georgia( I did get into a new gallery, the Spencer Gallery in Charleston  SC as well as a second new gallery The Art House in Atlanta), studying with some excellent instructors
( including Robert Johnson, Dan Edmonson and Hedi Moran at the Scottsdale Artists School) and painting lots to build my "brush mileage" and skills in oils comparable to my watercolors ( painted over 150 oil paintings) as well as led 2 painting workshops in Italy and my other ongoing classes and workshops. I ended up having my best year yet, despite the challenges of the economy.

Often people ask me how I can get so much done- and it is not anything magical or special. It really starts with a plan. If you don't know where you want to go- how will you get any there? Having a plan really helps to keep me focused and also to say no to opportunities that sound intriguing but  might really just distractions from the things that are most important to me.

If you haven't set your goals for 2012, I'd encourage you to find an hour of time between now and the end of the year and  get out a a clean sheet of paper. Imagine yourself at the end of next year looking back- What 3-5 things would you be most satisfied with having accomplished? Write them down. Try to be as specific as possible. If you are genuinely committed to those outcomes( not just a "hope" or "try", then work back and see what actions you'd need to take to get there. Then as Nike says- Just do it! Having a plan in writing that you can see on a regular basis will help you stay focused and true to your dreams.

Happy Holidays and best wishes for a new year that's filled with art, success and whatever''s most important to you!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Christmas Carol

For Me?  Silver & Gold
6 x 8
Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello


Well we are fully in the swing of the holiday festivities. I spent the past few days exhibiting as the featured artist at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.  For those of you not from Atlanta, it's like our own smaller version of the Lincoln Center-  an arts campus with Theatre, Symphony and the High Museum- the arts center of the city.

The Alliance Theatre performed their holiday classic "A Christmas Carol" and the Symphony featured the Holidays Pops. There were lots of other musical performances in the spirit of the season and families taking pictures in front of the big Christmas tree. 

Here I am with Scrooge ( aka actor John Curren)  in front of  the display with some of my paintings in the main lobby.

The "Gallery in the Galleria" is a program sponsored by  Digital Arts Studio  with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Alliance Theatre where they allow local artists to showcase their artwork.  My work is more traditional in nature, so I thought it would be a perfect venue for meeting new people who have an affinity for the Arts. I've already had several happy people go home with new paintings and will be there today too for both the matinee and evening shows.



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Yellow White & Pink in Silver

Yellow, White & Pink in Silver
12 x 12
Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello


Found a small silver dish with a "frog" in it to hold flowers in place. I've enjoyed making small,simple floral arrangements in this bowl. Here's a painting of  one with multi colored roses.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Morning Light

Morning Light
12 x 12
Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello



This image was based on a  photo I took in Italy earlier this fall.  Not what you might expect of  a typical Italian scene- but I just couldn't resist the lighting. It was a simple garden floral arrangement left over from the previous night's dinner that was still on our breakfast table the next morning. The natural light streaming thru the window created a beautiful play of light and reflections on the table.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Flowers II

Holiday Flowers II
6 x 6
Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello


Did another version similar to my last post. It's interesting when you do the same subject a 2nd time. Sometimes it turns out better because you learned something from the first one. But other times there's a tradeoff in less spontaneity compared to your original response. Perhaps you lose your initial intuitive impulse, over think it or are just more tired  so less energy shows up in the painting. In this case I think I like the original better in terms of freshness and bolder brushwork. Maybe the third time   (if there is one) will be the charm.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Flowers 1

Holiday Flowers I
6 x 6
Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Getting into the holiday spirit, thought I'd do a little" mini "of white flowers with red berries, just to practice some brushwork. Havent been paintings as much the past couple of weeks due to other holiday activities and shows. Its' amazing how fast you feel like you've lost your touch and need to get back in practice. It's all about the "brush mileage".
 I will be getting some new flowers tomorrow and hope to arrange them and have some time to paint in the afternoon while they are still at their freshest.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Hydrangeas & Delphinium

Hydrangeas & Delphiniums
8 x 10
Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello


I tried my hand at an oil painting version of the same set up I did  in watercolor for my demonstrations at the Art House Gallery in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA back in September ( see post on Sept 20 in blog archives ).
Of course the fresh flowers I used for the demonstration painting are long gone, but I did take a photo to work from.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

White Hydrangeas and Red Pansies

White Hydrangeas and Red Pansies
12 x 12
 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

 Did some holiday decorating shopping at Pikes Nursery in Atlanta this weekend. Got the usual tree, wreath, poinsettias but couldn't pass up this white hydrangeas. Also bought a flat of pansies for outside and combined the two for a holiday feel. Did a quick still life set up of the flowers before the pansies got planted.