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, May 29, 2015


12 x 16 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello

Approached this scene with a different method than I usually do for flowers. Typically I block in the shapes with transparent colors, then build opaques on top to refine. A method I learned from Hedi Moran, Ovanes Berbarian ( he had a slightly different take on it) and reinforced by several other artists I've studied with over the years. I like the luminosity it provides. Feels natural, probably my earlier training in watercolor is creeping in. 

On this one thought, I used an alternative approach that I saw Ovanes demonstrate. he had toned the canvas in black and thalo blue ( I know, hard to imagine), then drew, and starting building the shadow shapes, leaving the light for last.

Below is a glimpse at the process unfolding that led to the finished  "Suncatchers" painting shown above.

As much as I may be "attached" to the way I usually like to start things, this alternate approach made sense too and I was happy with the end result.

Just a good reminder that there are many ways to approach a painting. Not one right or best way. Each painting is it's own unfolding journey and there are many possible ways to get there. Good to have many paths available.

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