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, December 31, 2014

Frosty


Frosty
9 x 12 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
$425


Today's inspiration, a close-up view of an all white holiday bouquet.

Thanks so much for following my blog this past year! I appreciate your interest and support.

Best wishes for a very happy 2015. May your year be filled with an abundance of beauty, love and inspiration!



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fillmore Garden

Fillmore Garden
 12 x 12 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
Did this painting as a gift for my cousins. They have an abundant container garden in their backyard in NY so I attempted to get the feeling of the energy of all the wild bright colors that show up each spring and summer.



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hydrangea & Stock II

Hydrangea & Stock II
12 x 16 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
$650


Decided to do another version of the Hydrangeas and Stock arrangement while the flowers were still in pretty good condition. This time I envisioned a dark background as indicated in the value sketch below. Set up the still life with the darker background pictured below. Flowers were half gone by the next afternoon, so glad I took some photo's. Flowers on the tabletop are some silk "stand-ins" I keep in the studio to fill in as needed.





Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hydrangea & Stock I

Hydrangea & Stock I
12 x 16 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
$650

I recently found this beautiful blue glass vase at a local consignment shop. Wanted to contrast it with some white flowers, so found both hydrangea and stock at my local Whole Foods. Set them up in this arrangement. Added a few silk flowers  I keep in my studio on the tabletop.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Poinsettia in Pink

Poinsettia in Pink
6 x 6 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

 A little taste of the season.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink
16 x 12 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
$650
Saw this lovely bouquet at Frameworks Gallery's 40th anniversary celebration a few weeks back and took a photo on my phone. Not the best of lighting, or ideal setting, but tried to distill what I had to capture the simple beauty of the bouquet without a lot of extraneous detail.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Garden Roses

In honor of 2014 marking my 20th year of painting, I am having a special thank you anniversary sale on Saturday Dec 6, 1-5pm at my studio in Atlanta. If you are in the area and would like to attend please contact me with your email address and I'll send the details. For those of you who are not in the Atlanta area or are not available on Saturday I am extending the sale on-line from 5pm Friday 12/5 thru 5pm Saturday 12/6. 20% off all available oils and 50% off all available watercolors. To see a broad selection of what may be available visit my Daily Paintworks gallery.                      


Garden Roses
12 x 16 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
$650



I had done a small painting of this grouping of flowers a few years ago, but recently came upon the original photo again and couldn't resist revisiting this inspiration. This time did a 12 x 16 and emphasized more of the feeling of these flowers emerging from the garden.


One of the things I've been working on is integrating more grey tones in my paintings. I'm mixing up a large batch of grey before I start painting and then include it in my shadows and other places where I want to tone  down the vibrancy so I can emphasize the vibrant colors in other areas by contrast.

I recently did a study of greys pictured below. I took 5 differnt grey combinations( mostly complementary pairs) and then mixed a bit with white, and made a slightly warmer and slightly cooler version then mixed those families of grey with 29 other colors on my palette and then added white to each one. I haven't calculated how many greyed colors those amount to- but it felt like a lot while doing this study. It's on and 18 x 24 canvas panel to give you an idea. I have it out in my studio and before I et started painting I look to see if there's a particular grey combination that seems best suited to the overall color harmony of my scenes and then prepare some of that before I get going. Since working with more greys is a new habit for me, I'm being intentional about being prepared ahead of time so I don't fall back into old ways.

I find as I am exploring new directions in painting , I can focus on making one ore 2 changes at at time and integrating those into my process. Will keep you posted on my learnings in this area.


My study of greyed mixtures