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, April 10, 2011

Painting En Plein Air- Callaway Gardens

I spent the past couple of days at Callaway Gardens in Georgia, teaching a watercolor workshop. I've taught there for the past 6 or 7 years and typically go in April which is prime time for azaleas. Each year the flowers are different depending on the weather that season, but this year is particularly colorful and we may have caught things at their peak.

Most of the students were  pretty new to painting outdoors . We spent the morning working on painting an azalea bush as a mass rather than individual pieces and also working on how to mix a variety of natural greens ( as opposed to many of the green paints which straight from the tube look very unnatural).

Then in the afternoon we examined reflections of the flowers in the lake 

The highlight of the day for me was seeing my students amidst the flowers, immersed in painting on an absolutely beautiful day.