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!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Roses & Teal 2

Roses & Teal 2
6 x 8 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
This is another version of the painting I did for a client. She provided the colors she wanted. I provided a subject that I thought would fit the colors and decided to approach it 2 ways- one vertical and one horizontal- to see which she would prefer.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Roses & Teal

Roses & Teal
6 x 8 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100





This is one of the last paintings I completed in 2012. Put the paints away and cleaned up the studio to spend the rest of the year with family and friends for the holidays.

Best wishes to everyone for a happy holiday filled with love and beauty and lots to look forward to in the coming year.

Thank you for your interest in art and for your support over this past year. I look forward to sharing the new art I create and any exciting news with you in 2013!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Forever Sunflowers

"Forever Sunflowers"
9 x 12 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
$400






Winding down my painting for the year to concentrate on family and holiday activities for the next couple of weeks.  Finished one last piece today and cleaned up my studio so I can have a fresh start in January. 

I completed this painting the other day. It's a larger version of a "petite" study I did earlier this year after seing the endless sunflower fields in France this summer.

Thinking about my painting goals for next year. I'm always on a quest to improve and grow but have some specific goals or areas of focus for 2013: capture a greater sense of light, work on larger paintings (beyond my current comfort zone) and concentrate on more landscapes.   I already have a few opportunities to support my growth in these areas set up for 2013, so look forward to what I will learn and how my work will continue to evolve. I'll continue to share so you can see progress along the way that might inspire you.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Chateau Garden

Chateau Garden
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$600



Completed this painting this week based on a scene I saw while visiting a  beautiful Chateau in France this summer.  The place is called Vaux Le Vicomte. My main objective was to see how I could suggest the feel of the lavender flowers in the front without overdoing it.

Here's the reference photo which inspired the painting.   I repositioned things a bit and simplified it to improve the composition. Also changed the angle of the dark trees in the back  to give it a diagonal for more movement and also not to split the page in half.




















































































Monday, December 10, 2012

Winter Whites & Berries


Winter Whites & Berries II
12 x 16
Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
Sold



This is a different version of a similar painting I did earlier this year.  I love the white hydrangeas with the red berries. This one sold at the Spencer Gallery in Charleston a few months back, but I realized I had never shared it and the colors seemed fitting for the season. With all the holiday preparations and festivities last week, I did not paint since last Monday, so anxious to get back into the studio this afternoon.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Florence- Duomo Study

Duomo Study
9 x 12  Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$400





I've thought about painting the Duomo in Florence many times during my travels to Italy, but the building is so huge, complex and ornate that it is daunting. ( It actually took over 100 years to build and the dome was a major architectural feat at the time).

This week,  I finally attempted this subject in a small 9 x 12 study which required me substantially simplifying things. I was tempted to put in all the green marble design, but I gave up on that for something this small, just trying to capture the essence of the building shape in the context of the hills of Florence as a start.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Benvenuta

Benvenuta
9 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$400





Love the combination of stone walls contrasted with soft plants/ foliage in sunny Italy. The flowers are a happy welcome at the front door.