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, April 29, 2014

Tuscany Study

Tuscany Study
18 x 12 Watercolor
by Pat Fiorello

I have a large commission project I am working on- a 36 x 24 oil painting of a view to Tuscany through a window frame. To prepare for the painting, I did a watercolor study to help me with proportions etc. Dividing the large canvas size in half made it easy just to double up proportions on the watercolor to scale up for the oil. It also allowed me to have something that was in a fairly finished state for the client to review to get an idea of where we are headed. On this one we didn't have specific photo's that the client provided (although I have thousands of photo's of Tuscany from my many workshops taught there) so she shared what she wanted, didn't want and then gave me artistic license.

I started the oil a few days ago and have already made some compositional adjustments to get even more of a sense of depth and also define the plants and bushes in the mid-ground more specifically. Will post the final painting and any additional learning's along the way once it's done (and approved!)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hydrangeas & Flow ; Wesleyan Artists Market

Hydrangeas & Flow
20 x 20 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

I found this beautiful blue flow plate in an antique store a few years back with the intention of using it for a still live. It's been sitting on the shelf since then, but when I came home with these rich blue hydrangeas I thought it might finally be time to put it to good use.  Maybe there's hope for all the other pieces I've collected for future paintings still waiting for their day to come.

 This coming week is the 2014 Wesleyan Artist Market.  I'll be one of 90+ artists in this juried indoor event with original paintings, jewelry, pottery, and more. 

In addition, there will be food vendors, free children's activities, and live musical performances throughout the show.  Details can be found at:

Thursday, May 1    7 pm to 9 pm  Opening night; everyone welcome! 
                                                     I'll be doing a book signing at my booth
Friday, May 2         9 am to 7 pm
Saturday, May 3    10 am to 4 pm

Wesleyan School, Yancey Gymnasium
5405 Spalding Dr
Norcross, GA 30092
Free admission. Free parking.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring Roses in Oil

Spring Roses
20 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

While the flowers from my demonstration in Tuesday's Painting Flowers in Watercolor class were still fresh. I rearranged them in my studio and painted another larger version of Spring Roses shown here in oil.

Here's a short slide show of the steps in the process so you can see how the painting unfolded from the initial bouquet and still life set up through the finished painting. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Roses in Watercolor

Spring Roses
12 x 16 Watercolor
by Pat Fiorello

This was a demonstration for my Tuesday watercolor class in Atlanta.
This semester's course is "Painting Flowers in Watercolor: Loose, Fresh and Easy".

 Our focus is to simplify, capture the essence of flower using my easy 1-2-3- method.
1-Get the overall shape  of each flower or cluster of flowers which communicates what type of flower it is.
2-Define the form -through observation of light and shadow, value & temperature changes.
And 3-Add the details  as needed and finish off the background.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I do!

"I do!"
16 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Here's a painting of a  bridal bouquet filled with peonies, roses, hydrangeas and orchids. Beautifully designed by Anik Keuller of Anik Designs. Anik is a wonderfully talented floral designer with vision and a romantic, European style that I love. She's got a gentle spirit and is a pleasure to work with. I look forward to creating lasting memories for more of her brides.

I've painted this same bouquet before but found a better photo taken out in the sun and cropped in differently for a whole new view of it. The sunlight makes a huge difference. Not a big surprise, but a good reminder that "it's all about the light". In the spirit of impressionism, painting is not about the subject, but rather how the light wraps around the forms and what that light does to our impression of them. The complex and varied shapes of flowers make them intriguing subjects for studying light and shadow.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Painting in Tuscany

Tuscany Beyond the Poppies
16 x 20 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Tuscany is a magical place filled with warmth, history and lots of painting inspiration. In my book, "Bella Italia, Italy Through the Eyes of an Artist", I share why Italy is so paintable from the perspective of an artist- the light, the color harmony, the rich textural contrasts to name just a few of the salient features.

If you would like to experience painting in this beautiful land for yourself, you are invited to join in the fun for a painting workshop I'll be leading there this September 20-27.

 Each day we have a wonderful home-made breakfast prepared for us, we'll do some painting (with  a mix of demonstrations, lessons, painting time on your own and with guidance from me as desired, critiques over the week) and fit in some sightseeing and photography time(and of course a break for gelato). Our days will be completed with a dinner prepared for us in the Tuscan tradition by a wonderful private chef, accompanied by wine courtesy of some of the local vineyards and lots of laughs and good conversation.

We are the exclusive guests at a very special place with a rich heritage. San Fedele, has its roots as a monastery dating back to the 12th century and had many reinventions over the centuries up through the time of being a working parish church and community center in the 1980's. Then it fell into disrepair.  The present day private owners purchased San Fedele and spent over 6 years breathing new life into the building and surrounding landscape restoring it to its former glory and further updating it to have the modern conveniences to make it a magical and comfortable place for us to call our home base for the week. You will learn more about the history and transformation of this site during our stay.
To see more, here's a short youtube video .

From San Fedele, we will take some field trips to neighboring towns and villages like Siena and breathtaking spots in the Chianti Region.

If you would like to join us, click here to register or find out additional details.
Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.  The program is filling up, but we still have room for you if you'd like to come on the trip of a lifetime!

The program is open to artists of all mediums and  all experience levels. I have often had complete beginners come for a unique and creative vacation. why not bring a friend, a mother, daughter or sister for a trip you will never forget.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Midnight Beauties

Midnight Beauties
12 x 12 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

This is a painting of a bridal bouquet created by Bloomed to Last a Premier Design and Event Production Company, led by Professional Bridal Consultant Kristi Richardson. Bloomed to Last creates one of a kind weddings for couples getting married in the mid-central region of the east coast, including Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland.

A photo of the original bouquet is below. It's quite different from the other bouquet paintings I've done before in that it contains flowers with very dark rich colors, compared to the more traditional white or pastel tones.

 I chose the square format to come in a little bit closer on the central lilies and eliminate extraneous background.

For more information on how you can have a "Forever Bouquet Painting" of your very own, or as a gift for a lucky bride, see my short youtube video 

See my "Forever Bouquet Painting" webpage with the details.

I still have several spots available for 2014 wedding commissions, so if you are interested, please email me now.