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!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Azalea Season

Azalea Season
8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello


This was a demo/paint along for my beginning oil painting students at a recent workshop at The Bascom Center for Visual arts in Highlands NC.  On the first day we reviewed  oil painting supplies and did exercises for color mixing and value control. On day 2, we were ready to apply those fundamentals to a small landscape painting- a scene from Callaway Gardens in Springtime.

Before jumping in to the color painting, I had students do an 8 x 10 painting of the scene in just black, white and gray so they understood the value structure of the design before getting "distracted" by color.  Then they did an 8 x 10 in color.
Below are some of the steps along the way to see how this painting unfolded. Worked on a toned canvas, progressing from dark shapes to light, large shapes to small, thin paint to thicker.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Urn with White Flowers

Urn with White Flowers
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Two of my favorite things, flowers and urns.  I especially love to paint them together. I've been painting flower since the start- 25 years ago. Have painted many landscapes as well, but even those scenes usually include some flowers for some bright, clean color.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of when I started painting (as an adult-  other than my elementary school experience). To celebrate, I'm going to be sharing how I got started painting and some highlights over the years, as well as a special offer for my followers during the week of 6/15-6/21.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Garden Hydrangeas

Garden Hydrangeas
16 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Spring is in full bloom in Atlanta. My husband cut these beautiful hydrangeas for me from our garden and  I arranged them in the studio. The set up is below.   "Garden Hydrangeas" is my interpretation of this arrangement.

Lately I've been concentrating my art on more of how I feel. It's more important to have a painting that feels alive and shows the paint quality with expressive brushstrokes than to paint exactly what's there. It's freeing to just paint what I want to be there and how I feel about it.  I've summed that up in a new statement of my artistic voice: "Classic Beauty. Alive with Color, Paint and Passion." This is what excites me about painting and what I want my paintings to convey.

Below are some steps along the way to creating this painting.

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General  size and placement

Blocking in the darkest value shapes
Adding the next darkest value- the shadows

Starting to Block in the flower shapes

Adding a rough block in of the supporting elements

The inspiration from my garden

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


16 x 20 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

 I've been really doing a lot of introspection lately on my authentic artistic voice and what I want more of or less of in my art. I've been clear for a long time on the subject matter that speaks to my heart - flowers, gardens, beautiful  romantic or lush, sunny places, like Italy, Bermuda, France. 

 This year is my 25th anniversary of when I began my artistic journey and it almost feels like it was an accident, but I know that it was revealed to me as part of my true path and purpose to "create a world of beauty, love and inspiration".  

So I know pretty much what I want to paint and why I want to paint it, but now focusing on the how. Not the "how" as in basic foundational /technical skills. But "how" in terms of expression. The main areas I want to focus on now are having my paintings feeling alive-  having what I'll call "A Life Force" and having visual interest thru paint quality, thick paint,  rich, exciting color and visible, expressive, luscious brushstrokes.

So this was the first painting where I was really clear on focusing on those things and letting go of some old concerns of drawing and getting things "right".  It was really freeing and exciting so I am committed to exploring this path for now.

I consider this painting a "breakthrough painting", one in which you take a clear jump forward. I called it "Celebration" as both a celebration of the joy of flowers and a celebration of my own progress and growth over the past 25 years of creating art.

Below are photos of the initial idea sketched in my hotel room on their pad ( I was on a trip to Melbourne), the approximate set up ( didn't have all the real subject materials so had silk flower "stand-ins"), some of the progression shots along the way and some brushstroke close-ups.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Top of the Falls

Top of the Falls
8 x 10 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

I participated in a Plein Air in Sautee Georgia event this weekend with over 40 other artists. We had to get our canvases date stamped sometime after 7:30 am and then turn in one or more framed paintings of the Sautee Valley area by 4pm for a show opening and awards ceremony at 5pm.

"Top of the Falls" was the 2nd painting I did that day in the afternoon. It is of York Falls in the Skylake community. I have painted waterfalls before from photos, but I think this might have been the first time I painted any falls on location. Not only do you have to contend with the changing light conditions, but the patterns of the water are constantly moving. So it was a challenge to say the least.

I was very delighted to hear my name called twice at the awards ceremony. Once for a Merit Award of Excellence and a second time for the Patron purchase award. The painting was purchased by a local couple who live at Skylake and have fond memories of the waterfall since their grandkids love to go there.

Below are some photo's with the new owners of this painting.

Painting on location

8 x 10 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello
In the morning I did another painting of this building called Starlight. I'm not sure if it was a private home or bed and breakfast but I loved the white azaleas n front of the white house.

Below are some steps in the painting process including my initial value sketch which helps me plan out which shapes will be light, dark or in between.

Value sketch simplifies the value structure of the scene.

Starting the initial block in wiht dark shapes

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Lady Di And Plein Air Workshop

Lady Di
6 x 9 watercolor
By Pat Fiorello 
Wrapping up a 10 day painting workshop in New Zealand. Had students in a variety of mediums so I did demonstrations in both oil and watercolor.   This was a watercolor demo that I gave to Di, a local New Zealander, who was our van driver to help us get around to painting sites and other cultural excursions. Di went above and beyond so I decided to give it to her as a special thank you card. Below are some photos from the workshop experience. Working off an iPhone and shaky WiFi so not able to share too much at the moment.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Tuki Tuki River, New Zealand

Tuki Tuki River , New Zealand
Greetings from New Zealand. Here teaching a painting workshop in location. 
The painting above was a demo painting in watercolor. 

Will keep it brief since I’m sharing this via my phone but here are some other highlights of New Zealand. 

Some below should include Maori art and temple and Napier, restored in Art Deco style after 1931 earthquake so whole town remains in that architectural period. 

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Mt. Cook, South Island 

More near Mt. Cook
Sunset over Tuki Tuki River. Hawke’s Bay Area