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, August 27, 2014

Thinking of You

Thinking of You
20 x 16 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello


My husband surprised me with a pretty yellow and white bouquet this week. I placed it on the dining room table near some light green hydrangeas I had already brought in from our garden.  I loved the color combination of the 2 bouquets together so that became the inspiration for this oil painting.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fields of France

Fields of France
6 x 8 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello


Did a small 6 x 8 study in preparation for a larger oil painting I plan to do in the next few weeks. Working on getting the sensation of the brilliantly sunlit fields in the distance yet still having a sense of depth.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot
6 x 8 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello


Doing a larger watercolor of this scene for a commission project later this week, so thought I'd do a quick study to begin to familiarize myself with the scene.

Had a little fun with artistic license on this one. Changed the chair pads to red and the wine to red to complement all the greens.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Highlands Beauty" in Oil, Video

Highlands Beauty
12 x 16 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello


I arranged some hydrangeas and dahlias for a demonstration in my watercolor workshop last week (see previous blog post) and wanted to try the same arrangement out in oils.  I created short youtube videos showing the basic steps in the process for each so you can see the very different approaches required for the two different mediums.  Here's the oil video and the watercolor version is with the watercolor painting posted on my blog on 8/12/14.

Please share with those who you think might enjoy this!
Have a beautiful day!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Highlands Beauty

Highlands Beauty
12 x 16 Watercolor by Pat Fiorello


Spent last Thursday and Friday up in beautiful Highlands, North Carolina teaching a 2 day workshop "Capturing the Essence of Flowers in Watercolor"
Had lots of fun with a great group of students.  

I made a quick video of the demo painting I did so you can see how it unfolded from start to finish.  Press arrow below to play. 

Students at work on their flower paintings

Still life arrangement of hydrangeas and dahlia

In watercolor it's easiest (though not the only way) to work light to dark. I may try to do this painting in oils as well- the complete opposite process- working dark to light and will share that when I do.

I'll be back at the Bascom teaching "Painting Landscapes in Watercolor" October 22-24. It will be a great time to be there while the leaves are changing this fall. For more information or to register and join in the fun click on The Bascom .

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunny Afternoon, Hearst Castle

"Sunny Afternoon"
9 x 12 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello

 Today's post is a recent painting of a "Sunny Afternoon" inspired by a scene from the gardens at Hearst Castle in CA which I visited last June.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hydrangea Garden

Hydrangea Garden
9 x 12 Oil Painting

While in N.J. recently visiting my family and my friend Jean in the charming town of Madison, N.J. (yes, if you've never been there, there are many beautiful spots in NJ-  it is known as the "The Garden State" despite it's late night comedy reputation).

We drove past this house and I just loved it and immediately could see a painting in the works! Jean drove me back later that day to take some photos 
(see below).

When I got home I cropped in to make more of the white hydrangeas which initially grabbed my attention. I simplified the architecture down quite a bit, changed some of the other flowers and, okay, I probably went overboard on the hydrangeas, but it captures how I feel about them (an abundance of love and excitement) more than reproducing the scene literally.  I love the combination of the white house and white hydrangeas against all the green foliage.  It has such a fresh look and this type of foliage reminds me of my time growing up in the Northeast.

"Hydrangea Garden" above is the painting that I completed earlier this week inspired by my "drive by" in N.J.

A beautiful home & garden in Madison NJ

Sunday, August 3, 2014

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