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!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Tuscany- Beyond the Poppies
|Beyond the Poppies|
6 x 8
by Pat Fiorello
I've been focused on primarily florals and still life's lately while doing my challenge of 50 floral paintings, but do want to get back into some landscapes as well for a new series I'll be working on in 2012 called "Enchanted Italy". I decided to get back in the landscape mode by doing a little "mini" study of a painting I had done in larger from earlier this year. This one was based on some photo's I put together from a trip to Tuscany where we visited the poppy fields. I liked the idea of looking beyond the fields to the villa in the distance. The villa wasn't exactly placed in the right spot, so using artistic license, I moved it to where I wanted it in the composition.
If you have always wanted to paint in Tuscany, please contact me at email@example.com. I'll be returning for my 5th year to teach another workshop in 2012. Click here for details.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Still Life : Spode & Cherries
Spode & Cherries
12 x 16
by Pat Fiorello
I bought this Spode china vase in an antique shop in NJ a few months ago and have wanted to include it in a still life set up. I like the delicate orchids and branch that lead you to the vase. I had a real one for the original set up, but also found a pretty good silk orchid branch at Michaels to use as a "stand in" for future set ups if I don't have real orchids available.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Take time to smell the roses
With Thanksgiving upon us, it's a good reminder to take time to smell the roses in life- the people, places and things your are grateful for.
Thank you for following my blog and sharing what I'm up to with my art. It is a personal joy to make art, but it makes a difference to share it with others too.
Hope everyone has a Thanksgiving filled with love and gratitude.
Monday, November 21, 2011
6 x 6
by Pat Fiorello
Just a little quickie today to work on loose brushstrokes- practice, practice, practice.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Scottsdale Artists School Show, Painting Flowers Alla Prima
I was excited to learn that one of my paintings, Sunflower Morning, shown below, was accepted into the "The Best & The Brightest" Show at the Scottsdale Artists School. This is an annual juried show open to anyone who has studied at the school in the past year. I was there earlier this year studying with Hedi Moran. She was wonderful. The show runs from Jan- March 2012. If you happen to be in Scottsdale during that time you might want to check it out. I saw the show this year and there were some really magnificent pieces. The show is pretty competitive to get in so I was honored to have a painting included.
I'm also excited to announce that I will be teaching a new workshop in March 2012 in Atlanta- Painting Flowers " Alla Prima" in oil. Details are listed in the announcement below. Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested.
Flowers Alla Prima
Oil Painting Workshop with Pat Fiorello
This 2-day workshop will help you to approach painting flowers directly in oil with a loose, fresh, soft approach. There will be demo’s, studies and instruction (including understanding and simplifying flower shapes and form, and mixing color for flowers and foliage, among other topics) and guidance while you paint from Pat. We will be working from your own fresh flower set-ups.
Pat is known for her romantic landscape, garden and floral paintings that have a soft, impressionistic feel. She has had over a dozen solo shows including shows at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Callaway Gardens. Passionate about flowers, Pat has studied floral arranging design at the Halls Design School. She teaches painting workshops in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe, including a past workshop at Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.
Supply list to be provided.
Saturday & Sunday 3/17-18, 2012
Workshop fee: $300
Students- minimum 5, maximum 15
The Art School at Sandy Springs ( specific location tbd - either Sandy Springs or a nearby Atlanta location)
To register contact Donna Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-755-1079
Monday, November 14, 2011
Flower Study #50
|Flower Study # 50|
Pinks & Greens
6 x 6
Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
This is the last of the series of 50 floral studies that I embarked on earlier this summer. This little one I did with a 45 minute timer on as an exercise to keep it simple and not overwork it.
All 50 have now been posted on my blog, mostly during Aug- Oct of this year.
You can also see most of them all in one place on my DAILY PAINTWORKS GALLERY where many are available for sale. If you see one that you are interested in, feel free to get in touch with me at email@example.com
I actually laid out all 50 in sequence on the floor to see how the paintings had evolved, the experiments I tried and what I had learned along the way.
It has been a fun challenge and I am now ready to embark on a new sereis which I'm calling "Fresh from the Garden". The focus will still be flowers and I'll still do some small studies, but will shift more towards some larger pieces for upcoming shows. Stay tuned. I'll share them as I complete new work.
I will also be teaching a new 2 day oil painting workshop in Atlanta in 2012- Flowers Alla Prima. For more information see The Art School in Sandy Springs and click on the March calendar.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
2012 Painting Workshop in Tuscany
by Pat Fiorello
This is a painting of a Villa in a small town called Vagliagli, near where I have been going each year to teach a painting workshop. I typically go in the Spring, but for 2012 I decided to change things up a bit and see Tuscany in the fall.
We stay at a beautiful 12th century monastery which has been restored to modern first class lodging accommodations while retaining and old world authenticity. The views are spectacular and we have our own chef who cooks for us in an authentic Tuscan manner, including of course, plenty of vino from the local Chianti Region.
The workshop will be October 13-20, 2012. It is open to artists of all mediums and experience levels.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested joining us for a painting dream vacation.
For more information see Paint Tuscany
|Our home base in Italy San Fedele, not far from Siena.|
To see a slide show of the rooms and surroundings click on facilities
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Flower Study #49
Monday, November 7, 2011
Flower Study #48- Poinsettias
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Flower Study #47 - Giverny Morning
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Paint in France
|Monet's Church, Giverny France|
22 x 30
by Pat Fiorello
The painting pictured here is one I did inspired by my last trip to France where I taught a workshop at Monet's Garden. I've been mostly focused on teaching in the US and Italy the past few years, but will be making another trip to teach again in France in Summer 2012. This time I'll be going to the Champagne Region and can take up to 7 workshop participants. Artists of all mediums and experience levels are welcome to participate.
We are staying the the beautiful
La Bonne Etoile Artists Retreat. La Bonne Etoile is located 60 miles southeast of Paris, in the small village of Fontaine-Fourches.
Details can be found on the flyer on my website at:
or contact me directly at email@example.com.
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