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, July 30, 2013

Iris Garden II, Presby Iris Gardens, Montclair NJ

Iris Garden II
12 x 16 Oil Painting
 by Pat Fiorello

The last iris painting was so much fun, I decided to do another while I was at it. This view is slightly further back from the flowers in the garden, so there is less close up detail on the flowers but more of them. I also wanted a hint of a suggestion of more iris fields in the distance in the upper left corner to balance the activity going on in the center of interest area in the upper right quadrant and also give a sense of endless fields of irises.  I gave my client the choice of whichever version he preferred.

Before moving to Atlanta, for many years I lived in Upper Montclair N.J. where there is a place called the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. The garden was created to honor a horticulturist and founder of The American Iris Society,  Dr. Frank Presby,  and his work on irises as a legacy and a beautiful gift for the public to enjoy. It is absolutely breathtaking- a hill of irises with thousands of varieties.  Yes, not only thousands of flowers, but 3000 different varieties of irises-simply amazing!  It is stunning and colorful- but fleeting as the blooms are only out for a few weeks in May each year. If you are anywhere near there during that time of year it is a sight to see. I miss seeing it each year but just learned now through the wonders of technology they have a " live iris -cam" on their website,  so you can check it out and have a virtual tour when it is in full bloom again next spring.



Presby Iris Gardens,
Montclair N.J.
(Photo credit: Irene Jeruss)


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Commissioned Painting - Iris Garden

Iris Garden I
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

This painting is a special gift for a client who is giving it to his wife for their anniversary. Her favorite flowers are irises, so I went through my reference photos and found the inspiration for this in a photo I'd taken a few years back at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in GA.  As an artist it is helpful to have reference photo's on hand because not all commission clients have access to the image they want, when it is needed.

 Irises are challenging but fun to paint as the leaves and petals offer lots of opportunity for movement and a dance of light and shadow. Every time I paint irises it I imagine why Van Gogh must have been drawn to them.



There is a fun weaving of leaves, a kind of hide and seek of what is in front and what is behind that is almost like a puzzle.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wedding Whites

Wedding Whites
12 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
SOLD

Here's another  bouquet painting for a lovely young bride who recently got married in Connecticut . Her mother contacted me to arrange the painting as a gift for her daughter. I typically work from photo's on these type of commission assignments,  however in this case the mom was so excited, she wanted me to have the real flowers to work from so she asked the florist to recreate the bouquet and Fedex it to me in Atlanta.

The bouquet arrived safely this week. When I opened the box it had an amazing scent and as you can see the bouquet was just exquisite. white peonies, roses, ranunculus etc.. Very elegant. The bouquet was designed and created by a talented floral designer Jane Rynaski of Just for You Floral Design Studio. Take a look at her website to see some of her other  work- one more beautiful than the next.

I had to get started quickly while the flowers were at their freshest.

Mom, bride and florist were all very happy with the result shown above.


This was the bouquet before it got shipped to me.



Having the real flowers allowed me to set up the bouquet in my studio with some attractive lighting. I then took photo's and  shared a recommended composition to the bride via email photo and we discussed color preferences. She did not like yellow as much, but loved the pink blush so I took some artistic license and pushed things in that direction. A stark white bouquet would be awfully flat, so subtle warms and cool tints are needed to suggest form and depth.



Here's the bouquet in progress in my studio.

I strive to have each bouquet painting be a stand alone piece of art - beautiful flowers that capture the essence of the bouquet and that anyone could enjoy. Yet it has  an extra special meaning since the couple knows it's a remembrance of their wedding day. It is something that they can see and enjoy each and every day in their home.  If you are a bride to be or know of a bride who might be interested, you can learn more about how I can create something special for them on my "Forever Bouquet Paintings" web page.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Landscape Workshop July 18-19


Sharing an announcement on an upcoming workshop that may be of interest:























Watercolors, All Levels

LANDSCAPES IN WATERCOLOR
STUDIO WORKSHOP
with Pat Fiorello











Join us for a special two day studio workshop that will provide all the essentials for painting beautiful landscapes in watercolor. Topics to be covered include how to achieve depth in your paintings, techniques for painting common landscape elements, and pulling all the elements together into a successful composition. Pat will also demonstrate how to achieve a variety of beautiful green hues. The workshop includes one-on-one instruction, multiple demonstrations, painting exercises, and time to paint from your own photographs. Minimum 6 students, Maximum 12 students.
The Art Loft
Thursday and Friday, July 18 & 19, 2013
Times: 10:00 AM-4:30PM
Workshop Fee: $225 | Lunch Provided
To register, call Anita Elder at 706-429-6008
The Art Loft | www.artloft.net | aelder1@windstream.net






Monday, July 1, 2013

Hearst Castle Study

Hearst Study
8 x 10 Oil Painting
SOLD



 This painting  taught me a lesson on "starting over."

I came home from some long trips and was anxious to get back to the studio to paint and also to apply what I had learned while studying in France with master Russian Impressionist Ovanes Berberian while things were still somewhat fresh in my mind. I did a couple of small "warm-up" paintings and then without any planning, jumped into a much larger, complex painting and got completely lost. I put it away for a day, painted something else, went back to it and was ready to give up on it out of frustration and not knowing where to go next.  There were so many areas that needed to be adjusted it felt overwhelming. Where do I begin?

 Instead, of giving up though, I thought maybe I need to take a step back. So I put  the large one aside and decided to do the same thing on a smaller scale. 

This is the  smaller 8 x 10 study which helped me find my way. It's called Hearst Study. It was inspired by a window I saw while visiting the beautiful Hearst Castle in California a couple of weeks ago.

So that's was the lesson from this painting, sometimes when you are lost (in painting or in life), it pays to start over to calmly find your way back home.