|Flower Study 8|
Roses & Lilacs
6 x8 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Opening auction bid $25
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I just posted this painting in conjunction with an on-line art fundraiser to contribute to Hurricane Sandy.
It's always difficult to see and comprehend the destruction, disruption and impact these types of events have on people and communities, but this one hits close to home for me. I grew up in NYC and lived in NJ for many years before moving to Atlanta. All my family lives in Brooklyn, Staten Island, NJ, Connecticut- everyone is okay, just shaken up and all still without power.
My heart goes out to those who have lost family, homes and their sense of life as they once knew it. A number of artists are contributing work to raise funds to help.
I contributed this painting for auction with a starting bid of $25. It will be open for bid for 7 days with 100% of the proceeds going to the recovery fund.
To bid on this or other artworks see Hurricane Sandy auction
Thanks for your concern and compassion in the face of this disaster, in whatever way you choose to express it.
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, October 31, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
|Yellow Roses- Light Study|
6 x 8 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
I haven't gotten back in the studio yet since returning on Monday night. Thought I might do so today but instead I spent the day culling thru my new photo's from this latest trip to Tuscany. I went thru over 1100 photo's, selected the top 85 and then from those picked about 14 that seem to have the most potential for strong paintings. Been working with those images today, printing, cropping, looking at value patterns etc..
Did a small value sketch of the one I want to do first, so hope to get started tomorrow. I'll post new work as this new series unfolds.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
9 x 12 Watercolor Painting
by Pat Fiorello
I've taught at the same location for the past 5 years, and the familiarity is nice, but it's also fun to visit some new towns. This scene is from Piensa. It was my first time there and it was probably the highlight of the week. Great sun and shadows and I took over 300 photo's there that day. The title of this post "Eat, Paint, Shop" pretty well sums up a perfect trip.
Below are some photo's of my students painting on location in Piensa.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
9 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Well this one was definitely outside my comfort zone. I paint a lot of green things - landscapes, flowers, but this is the first oil painting of a car I've ever done. I did a watercolor which included a car many years ago, but it was a minor element of the painting, not the focus. Recently, I had a collector of mine, who I just finished 3 commissions for, ask if I could paint her husband's car for a gift.
I was a little unsure since I hadn't done that type of subject before, but I said I'd give it a shot. To get over my initial skepticism, I tried to convince myself it was just a shiny rectangle with some details. Once I got started, the challenge was actually fun. I've heard it said, learning doesn't happen when you are in your "comfort zone" nor in the "panic zone". Only when you are between those 2 spaces are you in the " learning zone". I have to admit it was fun to figure out how to get started and how to depict certain elements like a sense of reflected light on the side of the car and try to keep it not too overly detailed. The tires were the toughest part to simplify- there were tons of spokes which I tried to suggest but not report precisely without losing the spirit of the car. I delivered it today and my client was very happy.
On another note, I was recently asked to put some of my small paintings into floater frames. I looked on-line and found some options, but many were deep and I typically work on panels rather than thick stretched canvas, so that type wouldn't work. I did discover a wonderful framer, Mike Schmidt of Framer's Outlet in Lawrenceville , GA. He put them together for me exactly as I needed them and did so quickly and at a reasonable price. Even if you don't live nearby, he will ship to you. He's been framing for 30 years.
His info is: firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-228-8527, 770-822-6388
Here's an example of one of my 6x8 paintings in the floater frame. This one is walnut, but he had several other options.