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!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Did you know you can have exactly what you want?

Fratelli D'Napoli
20 x 24 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

This painting is a recent commission for a client. It's the home of his brother in Naples, Italy. He had seen my paintings of Italy and my book "Bella Italia, Italy Through the Eyes of an Artist" and knew I loved Italy and had experience in painting Italian scenes. So we got some photos and got started.

One of the reference photo's for this painting
One thing people may not realize is that you can have exactly what you want when it comes to art. Rather than search and search for the perfect piece to fit a certain spot in your home or office, many artists will work with you to do a custom piece of art, commonly referred to as a commissioned artwork.

Another reference photo
So if you see an artist with a style you like, but haven't found the exact piece in the colors, size or subject matter you want, ask them if they accept commissions. Not all artists do. Some feel it takes away from their own body of work and rhythm or they don't like to paint to please someone else, but many other artists like myself, enjoy the challenge and also the reward of creating a painting for someone that will be especially personal and meaningful for them.

When I start to work on a commission with a new client, I will schedule a design session, in person if possible or over the phone if long distance, where I can understand their intentions, what they want, why it is important, where they plan to hang it, the color palette, size, medium, framing plans (do they want gallery wrap or not?), the mood or feeling and other aspects that will be input to the creation of the painting.

For many people, it's their first time commissioning something special, so I share an outline of "what to expect when you commission a painting". There are several review points along the way to check in on the direction before the final approval.

I've painted commissions for many, many people for all sorts of occasions. Sometimes it's for a special holiday (like painting a wedding location for Valentine's Day gift), a special event (anniversary or birthday) a memory ( e.g. a painting of a former family home) or just to have an ideal piece to enhance your living space. You can have exactly what you want.

I have more information on my website about commissions in general and specifically bridal bouquet paintings which are a favorite of mine to do, knowing that they will be a cherished keepsake of one of the most important days in someones life.

Just contact me to get started on something that will be especially meaningful to you or to someone you love.

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