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, July 19, 2018

For Shelly

For Shelly
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
Not Available
A friend of mine, Shelly, has been on several of my painting workshops in Italy and France. This year she joined me in Tuscany. Our group of 9 stayed in a lovely private villa where each night dinners were specially prepared for us. The table was beautifully set and we'd  always have flowers picked from the villa's own garden to decorate the dinner table. Shelly was asked to create some of the dinner bouquets. This was one of the lovely bouquets she created for us to enjoy.

Shelly recently had a special birthday, so I thought it might be nice for her to have a painting of one of her floral creations as a memory of our wonderful time in Tuscany together.  I surprised her with it this week and she was delighted to have a reminder of that special evening in Tuscany to enjoy in her home every day.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lucky 7






Lucky 7
16 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$1200

 


Had started this painting a few weeks back when I had the fresh flowers arranged in my studio. Before I left for a 3 week trip, I got to a stopping point but still felt like the painting wasn't complete.

 Upon returning, I decided I didn't like the background being as dark as it was, so I lightened it and warmed it up a bit.  Of course re-painting the background is not as easy as it sounds because it creates hard edges that silhouette the flowers. You really need to go back in and adjust the edges of the flowers so it doesn't  there feels like some atmosphere and the flowers don't feel so "cut out". Revising a painting is not that easy. A painting is a series of relationships- colors, shapes, sizes, values, edges. Once you change one thing, it impacts everything else. The earlier version is shown below.







Monday, July 16, 2018

Tender Moments @AnneBargeAtelier



"Tender Moments"
 12 x 12 oil painitng
by Pat Fiorello
 NFS

"Tender Moments" is one of my recent "Forever Bouquet Paintings".  This painting was not created for a particular bride, but was created as a display sample. It is currently hanging in the elegant Anne Barge Atelier, the flagship store of Anne Barge in Atlanta, GA.  Many thanks to Anne Barge Atelier for sharing my bouquet paintings with their brides.


I have been to Anne Barge Atelier on several occasions and as an artist, appreciate the artistry that goes into conceiving of the gown designs and then the quality craftsmanship that goes in to the the selection of fine materials and exquisite embellishments for the actual creation of their bridal "masterpieces".  Like any great work of art, regardless of the medium,  it requires a vision, commitment to excellence, quality materials and attention to detail. Below is a photo of some "inspiration boards" for gown design for the upcoming seasons displayed at the Atelier. It's fun to see a peek into their creative process.  
   
                    


If you know of a bride-to-be who is looking for an exceptional wedding gown, Anne Barge Atelier is sure to offer many breathtaking options for classic, timeless designs. They are having a Trunk Show from 7/27-8/4,  so brides-to-be looking for a dress for their special day will surely not want to miss that opportunity.  


Anne Barge Atelier, Atlanta, GA


Here's a bit of background if you are not familiar with Anne Barge designs or the Anne Barge Atelier.


Founded in 1999, Anne Barge is renowned for timeless style with a contemporary twist. Inspired by vintage couture, the Anne Barge Couture collection combines the best of classic design and modern trends, using the finest fabrics, embellishments, and embroidery sourced throughout the world.

Anne Barge is based out of Atlanta, GA with retailers worldwide. A favorite among celebrity brides and red carpet icons alike, Anne Barge has created custom designs for Laura Benanti, Johanna Braddy, Kristen Cavallari, Yvonne Orji, Violett Beane, Amirah Vann, Leah Pipes, Taraji P Henson, Amber Riley, Lauren Alaina and more. The collections have been featured internationally in top publications including Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, The New York Times, Town & Country, Grace Ormonde, WWD, New York Magazine, and many more.





You can see their exquisite wedding gowns by appointment at the Anne Barge Atelier, located at 120 Interstate North Parkway North in Atlanta 
Building 400, suite 404, with exclusive bridal retailers nationwide or by visiting their website.




Saturday, July 14, 2018

Nashville Nuptials

Nashville Nuptials
12 x 12 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
Sold
This one of my "Forever Bouquet Paintings" was created for a lovely couple who recently were married in Nashville. The bouquet included a pleasing combination of peonies, roses and calla lilies in a warm palette with assorted greens and plants for texture.

If you know of someone getting married who would love to have a painting of their bouquet as a keepsake, please feel free to share this post or direct them to bridalbouquetpaintings.com.  Gift certificates are available for parents of the bride, husbands or anyone else who would like to give a meaningful, beautiful and lasting gift of love as a wedding, shower or anniversary gift.

It's a joy to be able to use my artwork to help families celebrate love!


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Violet Dreams

Violet Dreams
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $300



Every once in awhile I like to paint from my imagination. I may have an idea of a color- in this case violet roses- which are not that common, but very pretty- and then imagine what other containers, background colors would support those flowers.  Then I imagine how lighting would change from light into shadow. This painting was created in that way.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Peony Study

Peony Study
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300



Today's exercise. Small study of peony and buds in a dark container.

Monday, July 2, 2018

White Roses

White Roses
8 x 10 Oil Painting
$300
This shows how the simplicity of a limited color palette can really work.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Iris Pair

Iris Pair
6 x 8 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

 

Quick study of a pair of irises yesterday.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pienza Love

"Pienza Love"
12 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$550

 
Fresh on the heels of my "Painting Villas and Gardens "workshop in Italy, I came home filled with ideas and inspiration. I am going to use some of the beautiful places I saw while traveling as the springboard for a new painting series, "Italian Gardens" .

This painting "Pienza Love" is the first in that series. I fell in love with this building completely enveloped in flowers and vines.

 If you've ever been to Pienza you know there's a lot to love there. It's one of my favorite towns in Tuscany. Totally charming. It was rebuilt by order of Pope Pius II to be the ideal Renaissance town. You can learn more about Pienza here .  If you're planning a trip to Tuscany, I'd strongly recommend a short visit to Pienza.

Friday, June 22, 2018

La Foce Garden

La Foce Garden
8 x 8 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $200

 
Part of the inspiration for my latest workshop, "Painting the Villas and Gardens of Italy" was seeing this book at the NY Botanical Gardens a couple of years ago.


I've been to Florence Italy and the Tuscan Region at least a dozen times and was not familiar with this particular garden. Turns out it has a very storied history which you can learn more about here. The gardens were exquisitely designed and one of the former owners, Iris Origo, was an author of the book War in the Val D'Orcia set in this part of Italy. She was a true humanitarian and used the home as a refuge for the pilgrims and peasants that had no place to stay. 

While we we were not permitted to paint on location in the garden, we did go on a private tour to better understand the history and design of the garden. I came home with lots of photo's and inspiration for future painting. "La Foce Garden" above was a small painting I did during the workshop, but I hope to create many more paintings of this special place in the days and weeks ahead.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Roses of San Giovanni D'Asso- watercolor and photo's of Tuscany

Roses of San Giovanni D'Asso
9 x 12 watercolor
by Pat Fiorello
SOLD
This is a watercolor version of the same scene painted in oil that I posted the other day.  Since I had painters who work in both mediums on the workshop I try to do demonstrations in both. This one went home with one of my students who purchased it for the memory of the lesson and the beautiful place in San Giovanni D'Asso  that we called home for a week.

 We had such a wonderful time visiting and painting different villas, gardens and villages and soaking in the Italian experience.
Here are some of my favorite photo's to give you a flavor of the trip.

Gardens at La Foce

Villa Barberino

Special event in Florence

Botanical Garden in Florence

Poppy fields we stumbled upon

Poppies on the train tracks

Oil demonstration in our garden



La Foce
Villa Barberino

View from La Foce


Beautiful Pienza

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Joy of Poppies

Joy of Poppies
9 x 12 watercolor
by Pat Fiorello
$100

 
This was a "paint along" I did with students on my workshop who were beginning watercolorists. We did it together breaking it down, step by step. Splattered a bit just to convey the "Joy of Poppies".

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

San Giovanni D'asso Rose

San Giovanni D'Asso Rose
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 SOLD

Some of my students at the recent "Painting Villas and Gardens of Italy" workshop wanted to see a demonstration on how to paint a single rose.

So one afternoon, we set out to the garden of the villa where we were staying and I did a short demo on this rose. The sun wasn't cooperating too much,  but with a little artistic license was able to show how to simplify the rose into big shapes- -the light shape, the shadow shape, the background and suggest the rose without having to slavishly copy every petal and little detail.









Sunday, June 17, 2018

Roses of San Giovanni D'Asso-oil version

Roses of San Giovanni D'Asso
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $300

 
This is one of the paintings I did as a demonstration during my recent workshop in Tuscany, "Painting the Villas and Gardens of Italy". One of my favorite subjects to paint is soft flowers against textured stone and Italy is filled with  that type of inspiration. This was right in the backyard garden of the villa we stayed at in San Giovanni D'Asso.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Flowers Recap

Examples of my 30 days of May -"May Flower Painting Challenge"

See all 30 paintings on my DailyPaintworks.com Gallery


May has always been my favorite month of the year, but last April I had a serious accident and was temporarily in a wheelchair and spent the entire month of May on my couch, feeling sad that I had missed out on all the wonderful spring flowers. This year, I decided I would paint flowers everyday during May and I added another layer to the challenge requiring that they would all be from life- not photo's. 

I made up this challenge for myself as motivation to be surrounded by beauty and joy each day and be immersed in painting for the whole month. I used flowers from my own garden, flowers bought at a florist, on a couple of days just used my imagination. I generally set up the flowers in a vase or with some still life props or some days did close ups of a single flower. The only time I used a photo reference was for a bridal bouquet commission. The paintings generally have been 8 x 10 or smaller with a couple of larger exceptions that took more than a day to complete.

The challenge has stretched me to think of new ideas and new approaches each day. I think the discipline of painting from life everyday rather than relying on photos added to my learning.

Needless to say, May 2018 has been a lot more fun than last May was. It was definitely a big time commitment to paint every single day. I've done 30 day painting challenges before that were organized by some other people, but this one was more taxing and time consuming since it required finding and setting up the subjects rather that painting from photo references

If you'd like to see the all the paintings they are on my dailypaintworks gallery .  See which one is your favorite. Some are already on the way to their new owners, but others are still available if you'd like to have one for your own or as a gift for someone special. 

Each one was also posted individually on this blog when they were painted each day during the month of May so you can see the archives for more. Several posts show steps and reference photos if that would be of interest.

Thanks for following along!





Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Fruit & Flowers

Fruit & Flowers
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

A small study of a glass bottle, added the roses and lemon to bring color to the otherwise fairly colorless scene and get some nice reflected light in the bottle.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures
8 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$200

 


Took the same flowers from the "Hydrangea Bliss" painting and I did another version of it with  lighting from above this time. Sometimes I use side lighting and other times top lighting. The effects are very different in terms of mood, colors, light and shadow patterns. Note the shadows on the wall vs. tabletop in the photo's below.



Monday, May 28, 2018

Hydrangea Bliss

Hydrangea Bliss
8 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $200

 


I'm lucky to have hydrangeas coming up right outside my front door. Clipped a few this morning and set up a still life.   Lit it from the left. Note photo's blow out the light, so the photo below is more extreme than reality.



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Keira Dreams

Keira Dreams
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

Study of a single rose- David Austin Keira roses.  The flowers from the bouquet I painted the other day are still hanging on, so trying to paint them while they last.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hydrangea in Light

Hydrangea in Light
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $100

 
Here's a different version of the hydrangea set up I did a few days back. That one was more pastel in nature, I wanted to try a slightly different approach to push the light and shadow even more. This one's smaller, so less room for detail, but a good experiment to see other possibilities.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Sweet Heart




Sweet Heart
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$650

 


 I was able to get some beautiful Keira roses from David Austin through a local floral wholesaler, Cut Flowers in Atlanta. Thought they'd look great in this ruby red vase that I added to my prop collection last month.

Here are some of the earlier stages along the way.

 I took some artistic license making the vase smaller and the flowers larger- they are the main event, after all. The flowers changed quite a bit from one day to the next, so some adjustments were needed but here's how the painting began for the initial block in.

The set-up


Initial drawing or value map
Laying in the darks first
Added background value
Begin adding shadows on flowers, table top values
Add light shapes. From here, begin to refine all shapes to transitions between lights and shadows, and adjust shapes and color temperatures and needed. The final painting. "Sweet Heart" is at the top of this post.