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!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Garden Trio

"Garden Trio"
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300


I bought some roses that unfortunately were a little quick to die. Petals were falling off before they ever opened. However, I was able to salvage a few for a small painting and with a little artistic license brought them back to life on canvas.

I use several different approaches for painting flowers. Sometimes  i use a transparent underpainting method which I learned initially from Hedi Moran, sometimes I wipe out from a dark underpainting and this 3rd method, which I learned from studying with Dennis Perrin.

Below are the flowers under a single light source in my studio.



The initial sketch 


Blocking in darkest value first

Then adding the next darkest value (the background in this case)

Blocking in general shape of the shadow

Adding the light shapes

Palette of 4 general values used for the block in. After blocking in the whole canvas, then each area is refined for shape, value, color, edges etc..

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Green Pot

The Green Pot
6 x 6 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $100

 
Started out painting the hydrangeas, but soon the pot wanted to be the star.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spring Scent

"Spring Scent"
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300

 
 I don't see lilacs very often in Atlanta. I think it's too hot for them here to really thrive. But I was able to find some at one of my favorite places to get flowers, Cut Flowers Wholesale in Atlanta.  "Spring Scent" is my interpretation of these fragrant beauties.



Lilac Fun

Lilac Fun
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

 
Did find some lilacs at a floral wholesaler in Atlanta. Did a quick little study last night in preparation for a larger painting I'm doing today. Trying a dark background on the next one for more contrast. Will share that once it's complete.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Desdemona Monday

Desdemona Monday
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $100

 

Painted some flowers from my garden today. Not the best of arrangements,  so I improvised to make the one on the left larger and more detailed. These flowers are very delicate and don't do well out of water so even though I had them in a florists water tube, they fell apart pretty quickly.  Below are a few steps in the initial block in of this small study.





Sunday, May 13, 2018

This Bud's for You!

This Bud's for You!
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

 

Study of a Desdemona rose bud from my garden. Below are photo's of the flower and some of the block in stages along the way.




Saturday, May 12, 2018

Lilac Explosion

Lilac Explosion
8 x 10 Oil painting on panel
by Pat Fiorello
$300

 

I wanted to paint some lilacs today, but couldn't find any at local florists. Been trying not to paint from photo's this month as part of my 30 day MayFlowers challenge, so I resorted to making this one up from my imagination.
Sometimes you're just in the mood to paint purple with thick paint and you've got to go with it. The result may be a "Lilac Explosion"

Friday, May 11, 2018

From My Garden

From My Garden
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300

 

Tried a different approach with this painting. Laying in the major shapes with a palette knife initially, letting it set up a bit for several hours, then refining with a brush. The set up time was important, otherwise the thick paint was a little too wet to handle.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spring Peonies

Spring Peonies
8 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$200

 

A friend of mine  a fellow artist and instructor, Deb Nadelhofer, stopped by to visit last night after teaching her afternoon painting class. She thoughtfully brought me the flowers from a still life set up her class had been working on earlier in the day. The peonies were on their last legs, after being under hot studio lights all day, lots of petals falling off, but I managed to hold on to them for one more day. Their last hurrah as a model and inspiration for yet one more  artist.  Spring Peonies, above was what they inspired me to paint.



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hydrangeas in Blue

Hydrangeas in Blue
8 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

 

Fun with the blues and lavenders of hydrangeas ( hydrangeas are tied with roses as my favorite flowers). Further experimenting with palette knife.

Below was the start of this painting, just roughing it in with broad palette knife strokes.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

White & Blue


White & Blue
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

 
Been doing a little more experimenting with the palette knife- trying to get the right balance of texture- some to get the spirit of the type of flowers, but not too much.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Golden Moment

"Golden Moment"
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $100



The other day I posted a yellow rose against a soft light greenish background.
Today I painted another yellow rose against a dark background. Interesting to see the difference in mood just by changing the color of the background with very similar subject matter Here is the earlier rose for comparison.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Reds

"Reds"
6 x 6 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

 

Painted a single red rose from life today. At first, I painted it pretty realistically. Then I decided to loosen it up a bit with a palette knife.   The knife can give you some nice textural effects.  Kind of spontaneous like a watercolor can be. You're not sure what will happen, but it's fun experimenting. If you don't like it you can scrape it off and try again( (unlike a watercolor).



Saturday, May 5, 2018

Yellow Rose of Texas


Yellow Rose of Texas
6 x 8 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$100

Doing a series of single rose studies this month as part of my May Flowers Challenge-a month of painting flowers daily. More to come...

Friday, May 4, 2018

Silver & Gold

Silver & Gold
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300

 
Saved this old silver teapot that was on it's way to Goodwill from a relative cleaning out her closet. But when we polished it up, we both thought the same thing- this needs to be painted! So now it's officially part of my painting prop collection. Fun to paint silver- it's all about the reflections.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Red & White

Red & White
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
$300

 
 Tried something new today. I wanted to paint some flowers not in a vase but just sprawled out. I intended to do an 8 x 10 painting.  As part of my May Flowers Challenge this month I'm keeping the paintings on the smaller side .

I took the flowers and leaves and laid them out on top of another 8 x 10 canvas    (fortunately that one had a plastic wrap still on so the panel didn't get wet). This allowed me to physically lay out the composition the way I wanted and know that it would fit on an 8 x 10 canvas.

I didn't have a white rose available, but used the pink one as a stand in and made it a little bit whiter.  Below is a photo of my layout on the canvas.



Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Peony Symphony

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




This month I'm taking on a challenge to paint flowers every day. I'm hoping to be able to paint from fresh flowers each day. Today is day 2. I painted Peony Symphony inspired by these peonies picked from my garden. Peonies are super fragile but these made it as my models for today. Then they were done.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

#PatsMayFlowers Tribute

Tribute
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
 $300

 
Remember the old saying, "April showers bring May flowers". So know you know why May is my favorite month of the year. It's exciting to see all the flowers and colors popping up in the garden after a dreary winter.

To celebrate the Joy of Spring, I'm creating a challenge for myself to paint flowers every day during May. They will be small works (6x6, 6x8, 8x8 or 8x10) available for sale, ranging in price from $100 to $300.

I'll post them daily on this blog, on Facebook and Instagram. If you fall in love with one and would like to own it, they will be available for purchase here (on button above) or through my dailypaintworks on-line gallery