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!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hydrangea Lesson in Oils

Hydrangea Lesson
9 x 12 oil painting

Had a private student here in my studio this week wanting to learn how to paint flowers. This relatively straightforward approach which I first learned from Hedi Moran at the Scottsdale Artist's School is a good place to start. Block in shapes loosely with transparent colors, then build form with opaques. After the first stage, the painting looks pretty garish since you use only transparent colors and no white, but then as you move into the second phase things start to come together.

This is the method I share in my "Painting Flowers Alla Prima Workshop in Oils". The next workshop will be in March of 2017 at the Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross, GA.

Below are the steps along the way to the finished painting.


  1. Amazing work wow! I love the style. Amazing lines and beautiful colour usage. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Jullian, thank you! If you'd like to see more of my work you can visit: Also if you'd like to receive my monthly newsletter ,"Bringing Beauty to the World" you can sign up on the front page of my blog( on the right) Thanks so much.