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, February 21, 2018

Watercolor Wednesdays

Marsh Sky
12 x 16 Watercolor
by Pat Fiorello
It's Watercolor Wednesday! 

Over 20+ years of painting I have created many, many watercolor landscapes and florals.  Most have found happy homes over the years, but I have some beautiful paintings still on hand. 

So I've decided that each Wednesday during 2018, I will be running a special offer for "Watercolor Wednesday".  I will be offering one of my watercolors up for auction at some very attractive opening bids. 

This new watercolor has just been listed for auction.

You can bid on this painting and other watercolors and small oil studies here.

At any time, you can check on and search for "Pat Fiorello original paintings" to see what might be available.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mother & Daughter

Jenny's Joy
12 x 12 Oil Painting

Jenny's Love
12 x 16 Oil Painting

Late last year, I was commissioned to create a bridal bouquet painting for a recent bride named Jenny at the request of her mom. Jenny was her only daughter, so mom decided she wanted a painting for her own home as well to remember this happy and important occasion for her family.   I created 2 paintings "Jenny's Love" and "Jenny's Joy", one closer up in a square format and the other in a longer format, to commemorate this meaningful day.

Thank you to Nancy Jo McDaniel of NJM photography in Atlanta for supplying the beautiful photo reference and to Robert Long of  Robert Long Flora & Event Design  for the exquisite inspiration.

Photo credit: NJM photography, Nancy Jo McDaniel

Monday, February 12, 2018

Wintery Mix

Wintery Mix
16 x 20 oil painting
by Pat Fiorello

I don't like to hear the weatherman say we're expecting a "wintery mix", especially here in Atlanta where we are not very prepared for bad weather, but this bouquet of all white flowers- rose, hydrangeas and ranunculus- had a cool wintery white feeling to me.  So the name wintery mix seemed to fit. I definitely prefer this type of wintery mix. Probably my top 3 favorite flowers - in any season.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Drama Queens

Drama Queens
8 x 8 Oil Painting
 by Pat Fiorello


I recently painted "Quiet Moment" shown below and then wondered what the same flowers would look like with a dark background.  The result is the painting above, "Drama Queens".

 The original version with the light background gave more of a quiet pensive or possibly even lighthearted feel. Simply changing the value of the background made a significant change in mood. The dark background added a lot of contrast and more dramatic lighting effects.

Often my students will paint flowers and then at the end try to decide what to do with the background, but I stress the importance of deciding on your background upfront since it has such a major impact on the overall painting. It effects not only the mood but the overall value and color relationships in the painting.  Generally, you'll either have light flowers agains a mid-tone or dark background or mid- dark flowers against a lighter background. The same mid-tone flowers can look either light or dark depending on the background they are in front of.

If you'd like to learn how to paint flowers in oil in a fun and easy approach,  please join me for my upcoming workshop "Painting Flowers in Oil Alla Prima". May 4, 5 & 6th at the Booth Museum Art Academy in Cartersville, GA.

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Quiet Moment
12 x 12 oil painting