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!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Painting with Dreama Tolle Perry

I had the great opportunity to paint in a workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry when she was in Atlanta several years ago. I have also studied with Hedi Moran, who was one of Dreama's mentors, so was familiar with and mostly paint with the method of transparent underpaintings and finishing with thicker more opaque paints on top. but still picks up some new tips. There is always something to learn from everyone.

This year, Dreama launched an innovative on-line program. One of the things that had me register was the program was more than just a series of "how to" painting videos, but was more comprehensive in that it dealt with the inspiration and more emotional side of making art.

The program did not disappoint, Dreama's "Dream.Love.Paint." progam offers both a very professional education on the  techniques and how to's of painting but also a very sensitive and real dialogue about the inner work of painting. I love her notion of "plant yourself in JOY" when you step in front of that easel.

One of the double edged swords of painting is that you never seem to be as good as you want to be. On one hand that keeps us open and growing, inspired to pursue a sense of mastery. On the other hand, it can also create a doubting voice in your head thinking that your art is not good enough, or worse that you are not good enough.

Dreama's program was very positive and empowering and I find myself back in the place of fun and excitement I was in when I first started painting over 20 years ago.

She had 6 different "paint along" lessons over 6 weeks too. This post includes all 6  recently completed during the program.  If you are looking for some fun instruction and inspiration, I'd recommend you check her program out.


  1. Great post Pat. Dreama is an inspiration to me as well. Looking forward to looking at her course more soon, previous obligations have kept me from diving in. I'm on the slow track!

  2. Thanks Bruce! Well you were away in Cuba so can only do so much at one time. It's nice to be able to go back and savor each week again. Look for my next blog post, I'm revisiting a subject from our France trip- see if you remember it. some of those lessons are finally sinking in I think:)