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, September 30, 2011

Flower Study #37 Roses, Hydrangea, Delphiniums etc..

Flower Study 37
12 x 16
Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

Another informal arrangement of flowers I did with the "leftovers" from my floral design class, then painted.
Roses, hydrangea, delphinium and a few assorted other flowers and berries. Liked the limited and somewhat complmentary palette of the bouquet. Added a few lemons, grapes and ribbon on table top to repeat the colors.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Flower Study #36 Roses & Spider Mum

Flower Study  36
6 x 8
Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

This is a tiny still life, just trying to capture the essence of a vase of loosely arranged flowers featuring roses and a large spider mum. The mums can be a challenge since they have so many petals, so I tried to simplify that without losing the characteristic feeling of the flower.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Flower Study #35- Roses, Hydrangeas & Larkspur- 3 arrangements

Flower Study #35
Roses, Hydrangea, Larkspur
12 x 12

This paintings was inspired by one of my arrangements from my flower design class . Last week we took a selections of the same flowers- roses, lilies, larkspur, hydrangeas and some various foliage and 2 made 3 different arrangements. One was in a tall vase, one in a short vase and one in a basket. The photo's of the arrangements are below. One point of the exercise was to show how with the same flower materials we could make different arrangmetns that all had a different feel. The small one was my favorite so I started with that one as a painting subject.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Watercolor demonstration- Smith Gilbert Gardens plein air workshop

Smith Gilbert Perennial Gardens
12 x 16
by Pat Fiorello

We had another plein air workshop at the beautiful Smith Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, GA.
In this demo, I tried to capture the feeling of abundance of plants in a small section of their perennial gardens.

Here are some of my students having fun in the garden painting. It turned out to be a nice day- cooler than our last trip there in June

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Watercolor painting demonstration -The Art House- Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas and purple
12 x 16
Watercolor Painting
by Pat Fiorello

On Friday, I did a watercolor painting demonstration for one of the galleries who represents my work- The Art House in  the Buckhead are of  Atlanta. Proceeds from the evening went to support Fragile Kids Foundation which is doing great work providing equipment needed for medically fragile kids

The Art House is a unique gallery, which beautifully presents artwork of all kinds- paintings, glass, pottery,  jewelry- in the comfort and warmth of a vintage 1938 home in the heart of Buckhead.

Below are some photo's of  The Art House as well as me doing the demonstration and the flower arrangement I was using for reference. ( Yes, I  guess I did color coordinate my outfit to the flowers- wasn't originally planned that way- but happened to work out- as you can tell I love the blue-purple-lavender portion of the color wheel)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Flower Study #34 Roses & Hydrangeas

Flower Study #34
Roses & Hydrangeas
6 x 6 Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello


Tried a little more contemporary asymmetrical design today. Good opportunity to work on suggesting a grouping of roses.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Flower Study #33-Roses, limited palette

Flower Study #33
6 x 6 Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

This is a little study of a rose arrangement. Wanted to keep the color palette pretty limited- orange, violet & green and keep the suggestion of the roses loose. Used both brushes and palette knife.

If you are in Atlanta, tonight I'll be doing a painting demonstration at 

The Art House Gallery in Buckhead at 3193 Paces Ferry Place. It starts at 6pm. I'll be doing a watercolor of this arrangement of hydrangeas I pulled together yesterday. The event is free and open to the public so everyone is invited to attend. Gallery sales support the Fragile Kids Foundation.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Flower Study #32 Stargazer Lily

Flower Study #32
Stargazer Lily
6 x 6 Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

I thought this flower would be easy since it's just a few large petals- but if fooled me. I've done many of these lilies in watercolor and know how to make the transition between the red petals and the white edges smoothly, but this was a lot trickier. Will have to try a few more to get the hang of it.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Flower Study # 31 Yellow Roses

Flower Study #31
Yellow Roses
6 x 6
Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

Had a few yellow roses left over from last weeks flower arranging class, so chose those for today's study.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Flower Study #30- Roses & Friends

Here's a small study I started a couple of weeks ago. Was having a hard time with it that day and scraped it down several times, but decided to give it another try this week. Did most of it with a palette knife to try out a different texture and look.

Flower Study #30
Roses & Friends
6 x 8
Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Flower Study #29-Highlands Sunflowers

I did this painting from a photo- but it was of an actual arrangement I made for my demonstration in the painting workshop I led in Highlands NC last week.

Flower Study #29
Highlands Sunflowers
8 x 10
Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

Below is a photo of the arrangement as well as a couple of earlier stages in the process.which led to the finished painting above.

Here was the initial block in:

Then added in a background base before  the next stage of adding form to the flowers. I eventually went lighter and more neutral with the background, but started with a warm base underneath.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Flower Study #28- More Complex Floral Design-Classic Urn

I'm moving along in my flower design class and finished the week with a more complex arrangement that I decided to paint this weekend. A key point I'm learning in the class is to have a mass of weight lower in the arrangement for balance and stability and then use the lighter weight foliage for movement and texture. Many of the design principles make sense as I relate them to how I would think about composition of a painting. Since this was more complex than most of my earlier studies, and I really wanted an opportunity to work on brushwork for the foliage, I decided to do it closer to life size and did a 16 x 20 painting.

Here's the finished painting  (still a bit wet, so sorry about the glare in the photo):

Flower Study #29
Classic Urn
16 x 20 Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

Here was the actual floral arrangement I made after my class this week which I used as a model for the painting:

I was pretty pleased with how both the arrangement and the painting turned out. It was interesting to paint something else I had already created. I definitely had a deeper sense of knowing the flowers and foliage, having handled them to make the arrangement and also knowing why I put things where I did in the arrangement reinforced decisions about where to place things in the painting composition.

If I were to do it again, one thing I might do differently is add more dark, cooler leaves first then, lay more light leaves over them to add a bit more depth. But overall, it was a fun exercise on 2 levels- creating the arrangement and creating the painting.

Many thanks for my floral design instructor John Grady Burns for letting me borrow his gorgeous urn and for his wonderful instruction. But most of all for sharing his passion for beauty and flowers.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Flower Study #27- Rose Topiary

Flower Study # 27
Rose Topiary
9 x 12 Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

If you have been following my blog, you may recall that I am taking a program to learn floral design. It's partly for fun and partly to help get ideas for more intricate and interesting floral arrangements that I can set up for my floral and still life painting subjects rather than just pick up a pre-made bouquet at the grocery store and work with that.

This week I did a rose topiary in class, shown below. It was a lot of fun and I find that I can use much of my art design knowledge in floral design- its just a different (3D) medium. There are some differences, like sometimes in floral arranging if you are doing a centerpiece for a table, you want it to be symmetrically balanced, so it looks even from all viewpoints but in painting, I rarely go for symmetry- in fact it's something I tell myself to avoid so that my compositions can be more dynamic with an uneven division of space

After I took my arrangement home, I set it up in my studio in front of a white board and side lit it to paint from while the flowers were still fresh. I was working on a small panel to do a quick study so had to compromise on some of the height which I regret, but overall was happy to get the feel of the rose topiary in a suggestive way without having to report every last petal.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Flower Study #26 Blue Hydrangeas in a glass vase

Flower Study #26
Blue Hydrangeas
6 x 8
Oil Painting on Panel
by Pat Fiorello

Tried the opposite of study 25 here, That one was light hydrangeas in a dark vase against a dark background and in this one the flowers are dark relative to the lighter background.  Same flowers, totally different look and feel.
Which do you prefer?