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!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Plein Air Painting

The Rose Garden
12 x 16 Watercolor Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Taught a plein air workshop at the lovely Smith Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, GA yesterday. The weather was ideal for painting outdoors- not too hot, not too cold, a nice breeze, sunny.  They have a beautiful rose garden with over 100 varieties of roses.

This was my demo painting from the morning. Painting all those greens was definitely a challenge. Also wanted the light peach-orange roses in the front to be more of the focal point, so it posed a challenge to have that remain the star and not be overpowered by the trellis with the red roses.  Of course I could have eliminated the trellis or changed the colors of the roses to something less prominent, but I wanted to see what it would take to make it work. With gardens you have to simplify, simplify simplify- even more than a traditional landscape scene. I think next time I will simplify even more.

Below are some photo's of the rose garden area as well as some of the students painting under the shade of a big old tree looking out to the rose garden area.

I'm going back to teach another one day workshop in September, so if you'd like to join us for some fun next time, please contact me at and I'll email you some additional details. Students of all levels and any mediums welcome. If you've never painted outdoors before and want to give it a try, this is a great location since it is a manageable size and not very crowded, especially during the week yet has lots of  interesting subject matter for painting.


  1. Pat, I enjoyed the class and the whole experience so much! Thanks again.

    Paula Campbell

  2. Thanks Paula, Glad you enjoyed the day. You did great for your first plein air experience.It's a wonderful way to have a peaceful afternoon away from everything else in life and present to the beauty around you and joy of painting. Hope to see you again soon.