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!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Red & White Roses

Red & White Roses
12 x 16 oil painting
By Pat Fiorello

 Saturday, I taught a new one day workshop "Painting Roses in Oils, Alla Prima".

The subject was roses, but the broader lesson was using a transparent color block- in  before adding any opaque colors on top. This helps to keep the colors really clean which is especially important for flowers which are amongst the most vivid elements in nature.

The painting above is my finished demonstration painting. 

But I always have to caution students to be prepared for the end of stage 1 of the process which results in a very garish, bold looking, crazy canvas.

"I know you must be thinking -How is she going to work her way out of this mess?"(see below), but somehow having faith in the process and refining the image in stage 2 focusing on form and adjusting shapes and edges as needed, it all comes together. 

Painting in process at the end of stage 1
Some students at work
This is not the only process I use while painting but one of my favorite which I often use for flowers because it is very fun and freeing.

Some of my rose paintings on display for students to see the variety of colors and shapes of roses

If you'd like to learn more about how to paint flowers in oil, visit my website for the upcoming workshop schedule.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Brighten My Day!

Brighten My Day
16 x 20 oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello

I had some photo's from  a still life done a few years back and decided I wanted to have a more dramatic feel, so I went into photoshop and converted the original photo to have a dark background. 

Original reference photo
Edited in photo shop to see what it would look like with a dark background, It seemed like it would work so I gave it a try. The dark background gives it a whole different mood.