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!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Roses & Ivy

Roses & Ivy
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
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Just delivered this commission painting today. A woman requested a painting to commemorate the special symbols of her sorority- salmon colored roses, ivy and apple green color. I created this for her as a reminder of her special ties to this group. Her mom had also been a member of the same sorority for 75 years. Always love to create something meaningful for someone.  As the title of my blog suggests, there are so many ways that "Art Elevates Life".

Friday, May 29, 2015

Suncatchers

Suncatchers
12 x 16 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
$650


Approached this scene with a different method than I usually do for flowers. Typically I block in the shapes with transparent colors, then build opaques on top to refine. A method I learned from Hedi Moran, Ovanes Berbarian ( he had a slightly different take on it) and reinforced by several other artists I've studied with over the years. I like the luminosity it provides. Feels natural, probably my earlier training in watercolor is creeping in. 

On this one thought, I used an alternative approach that I saw Ovanes demonstrate. he had toned the canvas in black and thalo blue ( I know, hard to imagine), then drew, and starting building the shadow shapes, leaving the light for last.

Below is a glimpse at the process unfolding that led to the finished  "Suncatchers" painting shown above.

As much as I may be "attached" to the way I usually like to start things, this alternate approach made sense too and I was happy with the end result.

Just a good reminder that there are many ways to approach a painting. Not one right or best way. Each painting is it's own unfolding journey and there are many possible ways to get there. Good to have many paths available.




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Azaleas

Azaleas
8 x 10 Oil Painting
$300
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A short demonstration from life at the Ocean County Arts Guild in NJ last week.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

How to paint peonies with oil paint, Peony Study

Peony Study
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $300

 

Before the peonies I used for the last week's painting were totally gone, I did another small study. Here's a peek into how it unfolded:

Set up in studio, lit and cropped

Photo of the subject

Initial drawing/block in

Adding the darks

Defining light vs shadow areas

Further refinements 

Photographing the painting outdoors upon completion