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, February 27, 2013


12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

I was driving yesterday and  noticed I was feeling kind of sad. It was a familiar feeling I've been having the past few weeks and then it dawned on me that I  seem to feel that way when I'm driving. I put 2 + 2 together and realized, I'm responding to driving in the rain. It's been so grey and gloomy here in Atlanta for weeks that I hadn't realized how much it was affecting my mood.  ( I know I can't complain compared to those of you living in areas where you are dealing with snow and blizzards.)

I decided that I will "create my own sunshine". In class we closed all the blinds so we wouldn't see the rain and clouds outside and pretended it was sunny. Doing this painting reminded me of sunny, warm days in Italy.

So it you've got the winter blues, create your own escape to a sunnier place and time. Art can help take you there.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Just for Fun!

Just for Fun!
8 x 8 Oil Painting

I've been working on a complicated painting of a Venice canal scene for the past 2 weeks.  I keep making revisions and I think I'm close to done but wanted to give it a break before coming back to look at it with fresh eyes in a few days. In the meantime, after taking it as far as I could this morning, I was ready to paint something easy, just for fun. In honor of Valentine's Day, I did these roses. This painting is not for sale since the reference photo that inspired it was not one I took myself, but it was a fun and freeing exercise to get back to painting something happy and expressive without worrying about straight lines and perspective.

Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day with the people you love doing the things that bring you joy!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Radio Interview- Monday 2/11 10:30AM est

Hi , just wanted to let you know that I am being interviewed by David Cohen on his "Be the Beacon" radio show. It airs live Monday, February 11 at 10:30AM e.s.t. Or if you are not available then and would like to listen to the 1/2 hour interview, you can  do so as well. In either case, simply click on Pat's radio interview.

David is a brand consultant and artist himself. On his show he discusses personal branding and small business entrepreneurship in the age of social information. I'm not 100% sure of where the conversation will lead, but I hope to share what I can to have it be informative and inspiring.

Hope you can listen in.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Dievole View: David Sorg Easel

Dievole View
16 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Back to landscapes and Tuscany. This is a view from a beautiful winery and resort, Dievole, which is one of the places I usually like to take my group when we paint on location in Tuscany. They have a beautiful garden with all sorts of  flower pots and garden ornaments like this bench as well as amazing views to the vineyards and distant mountains.

On a separate subject, I got a new easel last week. One of my goals for the year is to start painting some bigger paintings and I needed a sturdier easel than what I was working on to accommodate it. After some research and input from other artists, I  decided to go with the David Sorg easel.  It was designed by artist David Sorg to address issues he had with many other easels he used over the years.  One of the key features is that it is counter balanced with a weight so it can move up and down without having to readjust a lot of things and remove your painting.

 It was delivered UPS freight in this box, you can see how large it is compared to my garage door.  Fortunately ( for my husband) it was not as hard to put together as I had expected. I did have to move some furniture out of my studio to make space for it though.

Here's my first painting on the new easel.

For more information on this easel see David Sorg Easel. It's available from David's website directly or also through ASW or Jerry's. I was lucky enough to get it on sale at the end of the year so if you're interested  keep your eyes open for a sale.

Thursday, February 7, 2013


6 x 8 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

In a recent class, a fellow student brought in these beautiful quince flowers. I was not familiar with that type of plant, but loved the elegance of them. Great element for a still life to create some line and movement as well as a delicate contrast to the more solid forms of the vase and pear.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Roses & Tangerines

Roses & Tangerines
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Here's a new painting I recently completed in a class.  A pretty challenging set up- not only getting the form of the silver pot and roses, but suggesting the pattern and texture of the rug.  Below is a photo of the still life set up.