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!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Trumpet Joy

Trumpet Joy
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

Continuing on my exploration of pushing things in a bit more abstract direction with an aim of putting more of myself, my emotions, my energy into my paintings. You may recall a couple of weeks ago I had posted some small studies that included trumpet vines. I decided to push that idea further with this somewhat larger piece. I started out with a sketch of the general gesture I wanted this to have and some general photo examples of a close up flower and from there just tried to stay in the feeling zone of how I feel whenever I see trumpet vines. The rest is entirely made up from my imagination/memory.

 I first remember noticing trumpet vines on one of my early trips to Tuscany in 2001. And ever since they have had a hold on me. I love the surprise of orange color that you see popping out here and there and the energy and dance of the vines. so much so that my husband out up an arbor for me in our garden and it has trumpet vines and jasmine. It's always exciting to see them come into bloom each year.


  1. I am glad to see the finished work. It is just enough abstract and just enough reality. This painting shows your art is evolving and that is so good. It is a goal of mine as well.

    1. Thanks Carol. I always appreciate your comments. Yes I am consciously seeking to evolve, still staying true to the subjects that excite me, but trying to move from painting things to painting feelings, energy etc.. Painting is a delicate balance of the head and the heart, the intellect and passion , the knowing and the responding/feeling. As I am experimenting in this new direction I feel a renewed sense of freedom and joy while painting. Keep playing and experimenting. I'm playing with edges, how resolved things are, abstracting things, and designing more ( not having to be true to what was really there in the photo in fact this one was totally made up -no real reference to speak of ) but there are many ways to experiment, size, color, values brushwork .... So pick one that interests you and do some experimentation on small canvases then once you find something that seems to be connecting for you, you might want to do a series to continue to pull that thread and see where it leads. good luck and have fun playing