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, September 23, 2018

Roses Inspired by Sorolla

Roses Inspired by Sorolla
8 x 10 Oil Painting
$300

 



Sorolla is one of my favorite artists. I admire his ability to convey a sensation of light. I was fortunate to go visit his home, studio and garden, which is now the Sorolla Museum in Madrid earlier this year.

I created a painting ( see "Reverence" in the previous post)  inspired by this photo in the pink tones the other day. I had seen these beautiful sunlit roses at the Chicago Botanical Garden during a recent visit. 

As an experiment, I decided to paint them a 2nd time with the aim of capturing the sense of sunlight as Sorolla did. Just for fun, I changed the color of the roses in the reference photo.

I tried to push the differences between light and shadow and hopefully captured the feeling of the garden on a warm sunny day.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Reverence


Reverence
12 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$600

 

Made a visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden during a recent trip to that city. It was my first time at the garden there and we only had an hour to check it out, but it was very impressive and well worth going back to. 

Stopped in the rose garden and took the photo below of this beautiful cluster of roses in sunlight.  I played with the composition a little bit in photoshop (you can see the marked up image further below) and decided to create the painting in a square format.

Before painting it, I thought about the feeling I wanted the painting to convey. What came to me was reverence. Honoring the beauty of the flowers and the light and the source of all creation. We are blessed to have the beauty and magnificence of roses available to us.

Reference photo from the Garden



Playing with the design in photoshop


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dunwoody Home Tour 2018







The Dunwoody Women's Club is a volunteer organization that's been contributing in many ways to the Dunwoody, GA community. For 46 years, they have been hosting the Dunwoody Home Tour as a fund raiser to support their community efforts.  Usually 4-5 homes in the community are on tour for others to visit and be inspired by. 

I've been fortunate to be invited to be the artist for the program for many years.  Each year I paint the homes on the tour which are then presented to the homeowners as a thank you gift for the generous sharing of their homes on the tour.

These are the watercolor home portraits I created for this years tour. An extra venue was included this year- the historic Donaldson Bannister farm shown below.

The event will be held on Wednesday October 3. More information, including where to buy tickets, is available on the Dunwoody Women's club website .

If you are interested in a home portrait for yourself or as a gift for someone special, please contact me.


Historic Donaldson Bannister farm






















Backyard view of one of the homes

Thursday, August 23, 2018

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300

 
Okay if I was really being honest, a painting of "My Favorite Things" would have to include my husband, pizza and chocolate ice cream (with multi-colored sprinkles), but I wanted to do I still life today with this vase I bought in Pienza Italy and I thought this collection would look better together. At least a better color harmony! They do represents some favorites- flowers, paint brushes, Italy and okay, all things lemony.

Monday, August 20, 2018

"Charleston Dreams"

"Charleston Dreams"
16 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello


"Charleston Dreams" was inspired by the beautiful bouquet of this new bride who got married in Charleston earlier this year. Often I don't get to meet the brides if they are long distance, but Elyse is right here in Atlanta so she was able to come to my studio to pick up her painting in person today.  So nice to see the joy on her face when the painting brought back the memories of her beautiful wedding flowers and her wedding day.

If you know of anyone would like their wedding day commemorated with a beautiful painting, please contact me. You can learn more at bridalbouquetpaintings.com 



Friday, August 17, 2018

My Secret Garden



My Secret Garden
12 x 16 Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $750

 

Many years ago while on a trip to Italy teaching a painting workshop, I stumbled across a back alleyway in the small town of Pienza. I don't even think it's an official through street, just a way for some of the homeowners to get to their yards and garages.

Close up
 This alley has the most wonderful and abundant collections of flower pots that catch the light in such a beautiful way.  Every time I take a group of students to Pienza, I share my garden discovery.  I love spending time there, taking photos and just soaking in the beauty and peace. Just on the other side of this street is the main street of the town with its shops and tourist activity, but a few hundred feet away is this peaceful quiet garden.

 I'm sure others have discovered it too, but I like to think of it as my secret garden. This painting was inspired by my most recent visit there this June.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Memories of Sunny Italy

Memories of Sunny Italy
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300
One of many happy memories of Italy is seeing the vivid red geraniums that seem to be dancing under the Tuscan sun. The red and green look great with the terra cotta pots and stone.

I googled "Why is the Italian flag is red and green?" and this is what I found from a site called the Veeno Company:

"There are a number of theories of why these three colours were used. Some believe that the green represents the country’s plains and the hills; white for the the snowy Alps; and red for the blood spilt in the Wars of Italian Independence. Another more religious interpretation is that the green represents hope, the white represents faith, and the red represents charity."

I prefer to believe it was inspired by the colors of geraniums and their leaves :)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Hydrangea Burst

Hydrangea Burst
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $300
  
Been experimenting lately with using palette knives for painting. I am enjoying the energy and texture they help me achieve. I'd been working on that technique mainly with sunflowers so far, so decided to try it with hydrangeas.

 This one was done with palette knives on gessoboard (which is a very slick surface).  Between the smoothness of the metal knives, the slipperiness of oil paints and the smooth surface of the gessoboard, things are slipping and sliding very fast. But the energy of that is really fun.  I titled this painting "Hydrangea Burst"- it seems to be bursting with the energy and movement it was painted with. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Sunflowers and Irises in Oil

Sunflowers and Irises
12 x 24 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$1250

Been working on a series of sunflowers lately and I had a reference photo from a still life I had set up awhile back of sunflowers and irises.

I had used it for a commissioned painting earlier this year where the client was looking for a watercolor painting.  I loved the composition and wondered what it would look like in oil but hadn't had a chance to get to it yet. I have also been experimenting with palette knife painting lately and thought this might be a great opportunity to finally take on that sunflower painting.   the final painting of "Sunflowers and Irises" is shown above. Below is a close up so you can see some of the texture from the knife work.



Here is the watercolor version based on similar inspiration.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Classic Sunflowers


Classic Sunflowers
12 x 16 Oil Painting
 by Pat Fiorello
 $750


 Earlier this week I bought some sunflowers at the local Fresh Market and set them up in my studio for a still life painting.  Sunflowers are fun to paint, but can also be a little overwhelming if you try to get every petal exactly as they are.

It's helpful to orient the flowers facing in different directions, some facing more towards the front views, some with side views, some more in light and some more in shadow. I chose to go with a dark background because I was looking for a more dramatic, classic feel for this painting.

Initially the entire background was dark, but before I finished it felt too dark, so I did a bit of a gradation from dark towards a bit lighter (added some Naples Yellow to my dark mixture) from left to right to give it a little more atmosphere and soften the contrast on the shadow side.

The set up
The initial block in

Starting to lay in color

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

O'Hara Lights


O'Hara Lights
12 x 16 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$750


 Had set up some O'Hara roses a few weeks back. I initially had them against a light background, but then decided to see how they would look with a darker background for a more classic dramatic look.

So I took my initial photo and in Photoshop Elements put in a darker background. It's is just an approximation since changing one thing, has an impact on everything else, but it gives you an rough idea of the difference the value pattern created by the background might make.




Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Vincent's Inspiration

Vincent's Inspiration
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
SOLD 


Took the same subject matter, colors, composition but this time created it with exclusively a palette knife,  no brushes. Adds a lot of texture and a lot more activity/energy vs the earlier version( see below) painted with my usual brushes which feels more peaceful.

Do you have a favorite?


Monday, July 30, 2018

Sunday Sunflowers

"Sunday Sunflowers"
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello

  
Every once in awhile I have a painting that I want to revisit. I did Sunday Sunflowers after Saturday Sunflowers was completed. I intended to do this one with a palette knife, and oops!, before you know it I was halfway into the painting and realized I was automatically using my brushes. So, yes, there will be a 3rd version using exclusively the palette knife, coming soon.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Yellow & Blue

Yellow & Blue
16 x 16 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$1250




I bought this blue and white vase on a recent trip to Pienza Italy with the intention of including it in a future painting (at least that was my justification for buying another vase).

These yellow roses seemed like a perfect opportunity to include it in my  still life set up.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Saturday Sunflowers



Saturday Sunflowers
8 x 10 oil painting
 by Pat Fiorello
SOLD


A small study of Sunflowers on gessobord.  It can be fun and freeing to work on gessobord which has a very smooth surface to the brush moves quickly and brushwork is very visible which is perfect for sunflowers with their many petals going in lots of directions.

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