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, January 26, 2017

Floral Friends

Floral Friends
16 x 20 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Recently found this beautiful green vase on ebay (a great place to find still life props by the way) and decided to create a still life set up around it. It was late one evening and I wasn't able to get the flowers I needed so instead worked with some silk flowers I have and sometimes use for "stand -ins".  I had some peonies, then added roses and hydrangeas all in the white/ivory family.

 Below is a photo of the initial set up. As I went along, I added and modified some shapes to fill up more of the space.

 I have to say it was much more challenging to paint from the silk flowers, because although the general shapes and value relationships worked fine, you lose the subtle color notes in the shadows. After a couple of days of work on this, I still was not satisfied. I put it aside for a few days and then came back today and added some more color notes to liven it up a bit. Anxious to get back to working from some live flowers after this experience.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

David Austin Roses- Patience

Study- Austin Patience
6 x 8 oil painting
Every once in awhile it is good to go back to basics and just paint a simple study of a single flower in light and shadow.  This is not necessarily a simple flower, but it is a beauty- one of the David Austin Rose collection.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Austin and Silver

Austins & Silver
12 x 16 Oil Painting 
 Here's a larger study of 2 types of David Austin roses- Juliet (the pinkish) and Patience (the whiteish).  All of the David Austin roses are exquisite-  they often have many petals- and can be quite challenging to paint.  I have one rose plant that's doing pretty well so far  here in Atlanta ( not in bloom not, but look great  when they are in season) so I'm going to try out another type to see how those do.  You can see more of what they have to offer at:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Valentine's Day - Valentine's Love

Valentine's Love
12 x 24 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away.

This year give a gift of flowers that will last forever!

The original painting, "Valentine's Love", pictured above is currently available.

Please contact me if interested. 

Prints on gallery wrap canvas (no framing required) or paper or canvas with 

easy framing options in a wide range of sizes are also available at Imagekind .

There are over 60 of my other images also available on Imagekind, so look for your favorites. 

Here's the link to learn more or order today.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Remembering Lake Como

Remembering Lake Como
12 x 16 Oil Painting
 by Pat Fiorello
While it's been well below freezing in Atlanta all weekend and we've been "iced in", I choose to remember a much warmer, sunnier place. Painted "Remembering Lake Como" 12 x 16 oil painting inside my warm studio this weekend. Hope it provides some warm memories for you as well.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Birthday Roses

Birthday Roses
12 x 24 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
I received a bouquet of one of my favorite flowers, white roses, from my husband for my birthday. Enjoyed painting them this week. Thought the longer format might be nice for a change to emphasize the length of the stems too.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Birthday Flowers

Birthday Flowers
12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

 Who doesn't love to get a nice surprise at the door with a delivery person holding a beautiful bouquet.  My birthday was earlier this week and I got a surprise bouquet from my cousin in NY.  It's a double treat- I get to enjoy the flowers and feel grateful her thoughtfulness as well as spend some joyful time painting the bouquet in a still life set up.

Monday, January 2, 2017

My Happy Place

My Happy Place
16 x 20 Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
This painting was commissioned as a Christmas gift. It's a place in Bavaria that is of special significance to someone. Her boyfriend took some photos while they were there on a recent trip and shared them with me to create the painting. Here's what the recipient said:

"Dear Pat,
 I am thrilled with my new painting!  Thank you so much for bringing this happy view into my life permanently.  Andy was so cute taking pictures when we were there in June, but I didn’t realize he was commissioning a painting.   I am so glad you got the tower in there.  It is important to me.  The painting is so beautifully done and again, I thank you so much for capturing this scene and adding happiness to my life".

I have fun collaborating with clients on a special surprise gift that is personally meaningful to someone they love.

If you have an idea for something you'd like captured permanently on canvas. please feel free to contact me to explore what might be possible.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Christmas Roses

Christmas Roses
8 x 10 oil  painting
by Pat Fiorello

As we close out the 2016 holiday season and look forward to 2017, I wish you much happiness, good health and fulfillment in the coming year.