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!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Breathe!

Breathe!
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300


A peek behind the scenes in the development of this latest painting entitled "Breathe"











Friday, November 2, 2018

Keeping the Faith



Keeping the Faith
16 x 20 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$1600

 

 I recently took a flower arranging workshop at Faith Flowers Studio in Atlanta. Laura Iarocci is the owner and offers classes, in addition to the exceptional floral design services she and her team provide for weddings and other special occasions.

The focus of this particular class was using grocery store flowers to make a beautiful arrangement at home. Laura shared her "recipe" for this arrangement and then the students (including me) were given a bucket of these flowers- roses, hydrangea, spay roses, carnations along with greenery like pittosporum and seeded eucalyptus to create an arrangement of our own. Below are some photo's of the arrangement I made during class,  the completed arrangement after class on the bench and then set up as inspiration for the still life shown above.





Friday, October 19, 2018

Dahlia Daze

Dahlia Daze
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$750

 
Bought a new green ceramic container at an antique shop last week and thought I'd have it makes it's debut at a still life prop with these colorful dahlias.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Something Blue- Flower Painting Workshop

"Something Blue"
12 x 16 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$750

 
This is my demonstration painting from my "Painting Flowers Alla Prima in Oil" workshop this past weekend at the Spruill Arts Center in Dunwoody, GA.

A fun group of students all did a "paint-along" of this arrangement with me.  I shared a method I often use to get a painting started in a fun, freeing way- and that is to just start out without drawing,  just massing in  general shapes with only transparent colors. The beginning part often looks way too bright, but then colors and values are adjusted during the next phase where opaque paints are brought in to bring the whole thing into balance.







Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Roses In the Sun

Roses in the Sun
9 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $425

 
 Continuing on with some experimentation pushing light and shadow, this is "Roses in the Sun" . I started with a reference photo I had take in a beautiful rose garden, but wanted to come closer in, so really cropped it in closely to focus on this cluster of 3 roses. Here are some steps along the way.

Original reference photo
















Started with a very rough sketch


Added the shadow shapes of the flowers
Added in background (sky)





Added in lights



Continued to refine shapes, leaves , adjust colors, edges etc..

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Backyard Blossoms

Backyard Blossoms
8 x 10 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
$300

 
I've been experimenting a bit with different  approaches to depicting  light and shadow. Revisited a photo I'd taken of these David Austin Desdemona Roses that grow in my backyard. I first painted them a year ago and thought I'd give it another try, focusing on strong light and shadow on the major blossoms and more suggestion of activity on the background.

Did this painting starting with background, wiping out the overall shape, building shadow shapes, then light shapes and refining from there. Here are some of the steps along the way below.



Monday, October 1, 2018

The Blue Vase

The Blue Vase
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300
I have been on the hunt for a ceramic black vase for months, looking in antique shops, on -line, pottery stores etc.. and no luck.  In the meantime, I came across this small blue vase. Loved the color, so the next thing you know it was coming home with me to be added to my still life prop collection. 

 Despite the end of summer, these yellow, orange and white flowers are lingering on in my garden so I clipped a few thinking they might be wonderful warm colors against the blue vase.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Things Are Looking UP!

Things Are Looking UP!
12 x 12 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
 $600

 


Over the summer I taught a painting workshop in Italy. the day I arrived and checked into my hotel, I realized I was just a block away from one of the world's oldest botanical gardens which is in Florence Italy ( built approx. 1545).

I stopped by that afternoon and  saw these luscious garden roses hanging form a trellis and new I wanted to paint them.

Since I came back home, I've been thinking this painting.  Initially I was going to paint literally what I had in the photo . I did like the flowers against the buildings to suggest Italy. But then I thought, why not simplify the design and just focus on the flowers against the sky.   I took the photo and kind of mapped out how it could be without the buildings in the background and gave it a shot.

I may still do another version with the buildings in the background, but that will be for another day.






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.